Breadalbane 157 Old South Road
An historic Georgian masterpiece; a contemporary farm retreat.
'Raeburn', one of Australia's finest colonial homesteads, has been meticulously restored and modernised to create gracious country living on 154 hectares of prime grazing land. Ideally situated on the edge of the Southern Highlands, 'Raeburn' is a two-hour drive from Sydney and 45 minutes from Canberra.
Built by the family of Caroline Chisholm and modelled on the colony's original Old Government House, this heritage-listed wonder speaks to an enchanting colonial past, with thirteen-foot-high decorative ceilings, stunning original cedar millwork, marble fireplaces, stone cellar and magnificent stable complex with vast hay loft, tack room and carriage house.
Without losing any of its 1850s grandeur, 'Raeburn's' modern comforts include a champion-size tennis court, a salt-water swimming pool, and stunning interior flourishes such as European wallpapers, Perrin & Rowe tapware and Fanuli lighting. The house has been restored at the hands of renowned architect Howard Tanner and the five-acre grounds by landscape designer extraordinaire, Peter Fudge. The park-like garden and northerly views must be seen to be believed with truffière, croquet lawn, and stone-walled orchard and vegetable garden.
Other features include:
A six-car garage that could be utilised as a function roomA beautiful eat-in country kitchen featuring a five-oven Aga and open fireplaceEight bedrooms and four elegantly renovated bathroomsFarm manager available for excellent cattle facilities: multiple bores and dams, cattle yards, 130,000-litre underground tanks, appealing hardwood fencing and original iron gates.
Relax under the stunning Arbutus tree that's on Australia's National Registry of Extraordinary Trees and invite friends and family to settle into their guest wing. This rare property is for the buyer seeking a country escape that is an exquisitely modernised piece of Australian rural history, secluded but only minutes to the region's gourmet wine and food destinations.
In conjunction with: Michael Pallier of Sydney Sotheby's International Realty
M: 0417 371 522