Tree changers, seekers of a new or alternative lifestyle, environmentalists and buyers with a disposition towards a property with a distinctive location, two handcrafted buildings with a spectacular backdrop are invited to consider the Grampians-edge property known as Mirranawarra in the Victoria Valley.
For private sale with the Warrnambool office of Ruralco Property the property is about twenty minutes due north of Dunkeld which has become a centre for relaxation and to experience the gastronomic delights afforded by the highly rated Royal Hotel and its recently added extra facilities.
Dunkeld about 280 kms west of Melbourne and the Victoria Valley is also the southern entry to the majestic Grampians.
The property is being offered on behalf of vendors Richard Weatherly OAM and his wife Jenny who have owned the property as their principal residence for the last eleven years.
Richard’s Order of Australia was conferred in 2015 in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the visual arts, the environment and conservation.
He is first and foremost an acclaimed painter in all the traditional disciplines but is noted for his portrayal of Australian wildlife and landscape.
His works are based upon his observations on most continents including Antarctica with numerous exhibitions in some of Australia’s foremost art galleries.
The property of 280 acres (or 113 hectares) is bounded by the Grampians National Park on two sides and the landform is almost all retained as the natural vegetation of heath and eucalypts.
Richard says a lot of his artistic work was motivated by his observations of the Grampians surroundings and local birds in particular.
The Weatherly’s were the second owners of Mirranawarra as the original owner was quite creative building an immense three bedroom, one-bathroom homestead that has a building area of about eighty squares as the principal residence.
The architectural features are principally natural materials including mudbricks and especially local timbers and stonework, with recycled lead light windows and floor to ceiling windows that garner all the views of the mountain ranges that make up the Grampians landmark.
Richard says that it affords an exceptional lifestyle and coming from a district farming background not all that distant they viewed their original purchase as an opportunity to escape the rigours of daily living.
“The original owners created a 7.5 acre spring fed lake in the foreground which is always active with the comings and goings of local wildlife and is stocked with fish.
“The house here also has a reliable spring fed water supply conserved as about 60,000 litres of domestic storage and is powered by a combination of solar, gas and with a back-up generator.
“The original owner-builder created two internal structural masterpieces, one being a giant double sided, 5.5-metre-tall sandstone chimney and fireplace that is the focal point of the main living area, while underground is a 500 bottle capacity stone cellar”.
Richard adds that the although the homestead was originally self-built, it was to quite exacting formal building specifications and the natural materials and finishes used make it quite distinctive.
Also on the property is a separate two-bedroom cottage also with similar rustic charm but with all modern comforts.
It also provided Richard with his studio and painting space and he adds at various times they had considered opening the cottage up as bed and breakfast accommodation.
“For the purchaser, this could be a way to generate an on-property income as the local landscapes are extraordinary, there are numerous private walking trails to access, the small villages of the Grampians are nearby, together with good towns like Hamilton (forty minutes distant) and of course Dunkeld are not that far away so the accommodation could have great appeal to a particular demographic wanting an ideal relaxing getaway.
The private sale of Mirranawarra in the Victoria Valley at the southern end of the Grampians and with Dunkeld nearby is in the hands of Ruralco Property agent Peter Worden at their Warrnambool office.
Peter says “it is a property that is difficult to describe adequately being a mix of a rural retreat that accesses stunning views of the Grampians with two stylish buildings that afford comfortable living and enjoyment.
“The landform including the large lake in front of the homestead give this property an added dimension and for a buyer with an environmental or artistic bent time spent living here would pass easily and give an ever-changing experience.
“There is undoubted appeal for a syndicate, partnership or a community interest group to purchase this unique holding and I believe the Weatherly’s firm asking price of $1.5 million is attractive.”