Rural for sale Beaches & Bush Properties Batemans Bay in Wards River 2422 NSW

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"Glengourdie" Lifestyle & Agribusiness Opportunity - 1,923 acres

Wards River
'Glengourdie comprises 1923 acres (779ha) offering an aggregation of 4 titles.

Website: www.glengourdie.com

Location: Approximately 2.5 hours north of Sydney, 60 mins from Newcastle Airport & 20kms north of Stroud. Glengourdie is part of the Great Dividing Range & on the gateway to the Barrington Tops. There is beneficial access to Raymond Terrace (40mins) & Port Stephens beaches (60mins).

Landscape: This magnificent acquisition offers a rural landscape ranging from gently sloping lush green pastures, rising to steeper timbered gullies & ridges.

Glengourdie is located in a temperate, maritime grassland region of NSW. Approximately 25% is arable and highly productive. Due to a pasture improvement programme on the property, the following varieties of grass can be found in abundance: Kikuyu, Clovers, Perennial Ryes and Setaria. The balance of the property has existing valuable native grasses such as Rhodes grass and Kangaroo grass.

The front country has run some 211 mixed cattle including light and heavy steer, 40 lactating cows & progeny. The remaining land has run some 129 head of mixed cattle.

Soils are varied in grey loams improving to volcanic black rich loams in the rear gullies & ridges.

The property has been well managed and is subdivided into 16 paddocks & laneways. The majority of fencing is in near new condition.

Terrain is wide & diversified. Green lush pastures leading to lightly timbered ridges, chocolate loam soil gullies, pockets of temperate lush rainforest, elevating to old growth mature hardwood forests. Mainly Eucalypt tree variety, quality is extensive & of volume, offering straight premium stands of red & white mahogany's, blue gum, ironbark, tallowwood & grey & spotted gums.

A number of stands of timber are presently at maturity including spotted gum, tallowwood, mahogany, ironbark and are presently being considered for harvest, subject to a private forestry agreement being entered into with the relevant
state government authority.

Water: Glengourdie is extremely well watered, comprising 21 dams to which some are Spring fed. There are numerous creeks including Spring Creek, Chainy Creek, Sandy Gully & Sugarloaf Creek dual frontages. In addition, Glengourdie benefits from a volume of water courses. The median rainfall is between 965 to 1143mm (38-45 inches) per annum. Elevation: 399 meters (1,309ft)

Infrastructure: A network of steel & timber cattle yards, race & crush to manage approximately 300 head of cattle. There are a number of machinery and storage sheds.

Glengourdie Homestead

The main homestead residence is constructed of timber & iron and has maintained many of its original features. With three spacious bedrooms, study, living and dining areas, all rooms have high ceilings, with most opening onto surrounding verandahs, perfect for entertaining or relaxing. A modern farm style country kitchen has quality stainless steel appliances. Reverse cycle air-conditioning, fans and open fireplace provide year-round comfort. All bedrooms are carpeted and include built in robes. This large home boasts French doors which open to a veranda, that is partly glass enclosed, and enhances the character and feel of Glengourdie's beauty.

The Cottage

The cottage is charming. It is also renovated and of weatherboard and iron construction with a gable roof. It is located slightly adjacent to the main residence, however offers privacy and a character of its own. The kitchen is traditional country style and has quality appliances. The lounge & dining room is combined showcasing large living areas. This lovely home is extremely functional with all the conveniences. Encompassing some five bedrooms of which all access wide verandas, this residence allows multiple ideals which may include Bed & Breakfast, tourism, managers or possibly even rental accommodation. And of course, I feel the need to mention the additional wine cellar and separate office with library.

Both homes are plumbed to a chain of rain water tanks as well as effluent systems.

Other improvements: At the front of the property is the old Vineyard & Dairy. The two-acre vineyard is irrigated by a computer controlled irrigation system. Infrastructure is installed for 2000 vines, awaiting the boutique vigneron. The old timber dairy has a gable roof and has a concrete foundation. Connected to both electricity & water, this rustic building requires renovation.

Both residences are surrounded by gardens & rockeries growing ornate flowers, shrubs and shade trees. Established citrus and fruit orchard with lemons, mandarins, oranges, peaches, plums, apples, pears and almonds. The majority of the gardens are very well established and benefited via irrigation systems.

The extensive gardens offer privacy, a number of nooks & crannies, along with a BBQ area and several sitting areas.

Current incomes: Primary production being mainly the breeding, fattening & agistment of cattle. There is currently only a small amount of Hardwood timber harvesting & fodder production.

Optional uses: There is a wide range of Agribusiness opportunities, with intensive grazing of cattle, horses or sheep. Hardwood timber harvesting & growth. Private Forestry Agreements can be sought.

Agricultural possibilities are variable to include fodder, fruit & vegetable production.

The RU2 Mid Coast Council Zoning permits eco-tourism enterprises which could encompass tourism accommodation, including Bed and breakfast or Farm stay.
Albeit, Glengourdie comprises some 1923 acres, along with minimum Council zoning building entitlements of 100 acres (40ha), it is recommended that research be conducted within a Subdivisional Development.

History: Wards River was initially surveyed by European explorers during the 1820's, the river was named in honour of William Ward, a founding director of the Australian Agricultural Country. From the beginning, Glengourdie has been a source of harvestable very fine timber. Although it need to be highlighted that much of the premium mature hardwood growth has not been harvested for many years.

With such a diverse platform, "Glengourdie offers a rare opportunity to secure a quality Rural Holding"

Inspections are by appointment;
John Miles 0458 945 100
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