Historic Mill Pond Farm is set on 41.07 hectares (approx.) of exceptional granite country 10 minutes (approx.) from bustling Braidwood. Currently running alpacas, horses, goats and sheep, and with a popular art and antiques gallery, Mill Pond Farm is a completely unique lifestyle property with additional commercial potential.
The subject of a meticulous eleven-year restoration, Mill Pond Farm has numerous stunning historic buildings arranged on lush fields bordering the Jembaicumbene Creek. The elegant homestead, dating from the 1830s to 1880s, is set in an established garden with swimming pond, and rare 1850s specimen trees. Sensitively restored, it provides sophisticated accommodation for a large family or for entertaining, with five reception rooms including entrance hall, library, drawing room, two studies, summer room and formal dining room. The huge country kitchen has cathedral ceilings and comprehensive gourmet fittings including gas range and an Aga stove, large pantry and silver closet, looking out onto a lovely kitchen garden and a fountain in the formal courtyard. The large main bedroom has a fireplace, a sunny bay window, and fitted walk-in wardrobes with a luxurious modern ensuite, with cast iron bath and separate shower and European fittings. Two additional large bedrooms opening onto the verandahs share a bathroom, and the third large bedroom has its own ensuite with claw foot bath. There are three additional guest WCs. A lovely attic study/ bedroom has a balcony overlooking the Budawang Ranges. The homestead has seven open fires for atmosphere, and is also centrally heated with a wood fired hydronic system. Shady verandahs encircle the house.
The property has a pretty 1840s stable with three stalls, a loose box and a tack room, and an extensive 1840s wooden barn and workshops. The property's 19th century schoolhouse has been converted to a sunny studio used as a teahouse for visitors. The centerpiece of the property however is the exceptional four storey stone and brick flour mill, built in 1859, and offering four gigantic floors of flexible living or creative space. Unique in this part of NSW, the mill is among the best examples of its type in Australia and in exceptional condition. Currently housing a successful gallery on two floors, the upper floors are suitable for conversion to accommodation or many other uses. A rare 1853 Otis lift carries heavy items to all four floors. ( Plans to convert the Mill into highly sought after Farm Stay accommodation are available to view upon request.)
The property has exceptional water, with a permanent spring-fed mill pond, two spring fed wells and numerous other ponds and water courses, as well as a series of deep 19th century ponds in the 25-acre wetland. Bird and native animal life abound, there are platypus in several of the ponds and many water birds including black swans and occasionally a pelican.
FOR SALE By Expressions of interest, written offers can be sent to email@example.com closing date 20th November 2019.
Open to view by private appointment only, phone Kelly Allen directly on 0466632696
MORE History: Originally part of the 1830s Roberts and Badgery estate, Mill Pond Farm housed the earliest dairy in Braidwood, stabling for the family's race horses and was the site chosen for the magnificent Steam Flour Mill by C E Dransfield and his wife in 1859. With some of the most productive land in the area, record wheat crops were produced between the 1840s and 1885, the impressive flour mill also housing a sawmill, quartz crushing battery and bakery. In the late 19th century the property produced record quantities of fine merino wool. The site of the second gold discovery in the Braidwood district in 1851, Mill Pond Farm is thoroughly documented with a rich bushranger and Gold Rush history.
The land includes rich black soil flats and several attractive raised areas of granite country with spectacular long views, fenced into twelve paddocks with various dams, and reticulated water to troughs and ponds. Established trees provide excellent shelter.
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