For Private Sale
GILES CREEK – HOLBROOK – JINGELLIC UPPER MURRAY PROPERTY IN TWO TITLES WITH RAMMED EARTH CLASSIC AUSTRALIAN HOMESTEAD IN PARK LIKE ENVIRONMENT
In 1993, the homestead of the property known as Giles Creek, at 3104 Holbrook-Jingellic Road in the Upper Murray district, between the two established towns of Holbrook and Jingellic with Walwa just a few kilometres over the Murray River in Victoria, was destroyed in a fire.
When the time came to replace their home, owner Andrew Urquhart and his wife Tinks chose to rebuild on the exact same site.
It was, as Andrew explains, the ideal location within an established garden, overlooking a recreational lake and tennis court and with the ideal alignment for both solar efficiency and to take in the many attractive local aspects.
The home, of about 270 square metres or 30 squares of living area plus a wrap around veranda that the Urquhart’s designed with professional input in a classic Australian homestead style, was built in rammed earth with spacious exposed timber lined ceilings. It was constructed by the noted rammed earth builder Rick Lindsay from Mansfield Vic.
The home, offering four bedrooms plus a study and a full range of domestic services, boasts virtually all rooms having access to the wrap around veranda on all four sides.
The Giles Creek property is now listed for private sale by Ruralco Property.
Giles Creek comprises a freehold of 59.7 hectares (148 acres) which is held in two separate titles conveniently divided by an access road with the enticing title of Toorak Road. Both have corner frontages to the main bitumen regional road.
The home and most of the building improvements, including the workable original woolshed plus a full set of easy to work cattle and sheep yards, is on one title of 18.7 hectares (or 48 acres).
The second title comprising high value and productive pasture is a separate title of 40.0 hectares (just on 100 acres) with an as of right building permit available to add another home on this lot, which offers many attractive elevated building sites.
Andrew says “our children grew up on this property but they have now moved to places like Melbourne and Geelong and my wife and I want to move closer to enjoy our family and grandchildren as they progress.”
So Giles Creek is for private sale with an asking price of $1.1 million to facilitate their reluctant move.
Andrew says key features of the property are the water resources and the pastures which he has carefully managed over the years to provide high value grazing conditions for both sheep and cattle.
“I typically run about 150 ewes and lambs as they do a great job in keeping the farm tidy.
“I have also run up to fifty head of cattle to take advantage of the seasonal peaks in our pasture growth which tends to coincide with the best returns for fat sheep and cattle in the local markets.
“Giles Creek has a reliable creek for stock and garden watering with a reticulated pipeline supply on an easement from an adjoining dam and there is a high production submersible pump equipped bore that produces very high quality low saline water.
“In addition, there is 90,000 litres of rain water stored from the extensive roof area of our delightful homestead” Andrew adds.
Giles Creek presents attractively due to its easily maintained, irrigated and well-established garden surrounds.
The recreational lake that the home overlooks has its own timber jetty, which Andrew says is a delightful place to relax and review the activities of the day as night falls.
Vegetation is another keynote throughout the property. The established native and deciduous trees in the garden create livestock shade and a park-like aspect.
An attractive block of native vegetation of about ten hectares has also been left untouched as a landscape feature.
In addition to enjoying the idyllic lifestyle, Andrew has worked as a local livestock agent and believes that a new owner could seek a similar work option.
“We are only 31 kms from Holbrook or 22 km to Jingellic with Albury only 85 kms or about an hour away, so every service can be reached in short travel times on uncluttered main regional roads.
“This is a reliable rainfall area where the seasons are highlights, while running sheep or cattle to take advantage of market trends provides a useful income from the property and a lifestyle or tree changing family could add to this by gaining employment locally.
“The immediate local area has a number of large farming properties of significance so by relative standards we are one of the few small holdings in this district in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.”
Giles Creek is listed for sale by Ruralco agents Peter Ruaro who can be contacted on 0447 600 825 and Michael Everard on 0408 653 161.