Almost twenty years ago noted stonemason David Broadhurst built a greatly admired complex of buildings in the Strathbogie Hills employing hundreds of tonnes of hand chosen local granite stone.

The property known as Pomona* at 708 Galls Gap Road is about four kilometres south of the Strathbogie village, or fifteen minutes east of Euroa township all by bitumen road.

First and foremost, David chose an attractive site to employ his craft – a 4 hectare or ten acre rural allotment that overlooks Polly McQuinns* Reserve a historic reservoir, weir, bridge and picnic area constructed amongst large granite boulders and a large waterhole on Seven Creeks.

As a water feature there is a three-sided concrete weir built in the 1920s with the water spilling into a large natural pool.

Located directly opposite Polly McQuinns, the Pomona property is now for private sale through the Euroa office of Rodwells Ruralco Property and their agent Steven Jeffery with an asking price of $849,000.

The vendors only the second owners bought Pomona as their weekend getaway from the City but quickly moved there permanently such was its appeal

Three stunning buildings comprise a stylish and traditional two storey stone home complete with a large cellar beneath, a separate self- contained stone cottage of about 70 sqm that the current vendor has used as a bed and breakfast or short stay accommodation venue.

Between these two structures is a large working space or studio building of another 70 sqm with a range of services including a separate, laundry, wood fired stove and double door access.

The vendor of Pomona has used this building for a range of practical craft activities including a program of ‘artists in residence’ for city visitors and local community groups.

There is also a two car garage plus a workshop of about 100 sqm with a concrete floor and a powered roll up door for access

The driveway entrance to Pomona is through an imposing double set of hand crafted steel gates and up a winding dry stone walled driveway set amongst numerous recently pruned fruit trees.

The whole allotment has been extensively landscaped with stone and metal sculptures, many specimen plantings and grassed easily maintained lawns or pastured sections.

The property is adjoined by a number of large scale grazing properties with the northern boundary having a direct frontage to Seven Creeks downstream of Polly McQuinns from where a two megalitre water right is held and an electric pump system is installed.

Pomona’s prominent stone home has a large master suite upstairs with its own balcony and an equally large quality ensuite.

Downstairs a well-designed kitchen and living area with a small snug behind that is sited to trap the sun and this area is highlighted by a massive stone open fireplace.

The cottage building similarly has a very large central stone chimney with a bathroom, laundry and bedroom behind and the large living area in the foreground.

Extensive use was made of timber ceiling linings and for the flooring which is believed to have been recycled from a historic public building.

The vendor who has moved interstate to pursue her hobby interests says that the studio, itself set in an established garden with paved local stone pathways has been a very popular short stay holiday or weekend accommodation venue, with a considerable stream of visitors.

Steven Jeffery Rodwells Ruralco Property selling agent says that Pomona has over the years been recognised as a local landmark.

“Many visitors to the area stop on the roadway to just observe and admire the distinctive shape of the buildings, their landscaped surrounds and the idyllic location opposite Polly McQuinns.

“For those who have travelled in Europe many would place Pomona in the hill villages or rural ambiance of the best provinces of northern Italy.

“While David Broadhurst, now retired, went on to create and build a number of other distinctive stone homes in the local area I think Pomona would be described as the hallmark of his craft.

“In addition to providing a delightful living environment here with attractive visual aspects in every direction Pomona would ideally suit a couple with artistic interests and the self- contained cottage could continue to be a useful cash flow generator from bed and breakfast or short stay accommodation.

“When you walk around Pomona the individual materials that the original stonemason collected really stand out.

“There are numerous key stones placed throughout both the home and studio, quality timbers, heritage light fittings etc. that mark Pomona as a rural lifestyle property of distinction.

“Every comfort is catered for including 75,000 litres of rain water storage, plus the pumped supply from the reliable Seven Creeks, with a secure dog run and chook enclosure at one end of the property and even the spare paddock where the vendor has run up to five pet sheep.

“There is quality boundary fencing, good mobile phone and television reception and the heritage steelwork features in the garden also sell with the property.

Pomona is the sort of property that would be greatly enjoyed by a couple or buyer seeing an easily accessible country retreat where there are plenty of choices for involvement in the Strathbogie or Euroa communities and the revenue potential of the cottage accommodation would clearly generate a comfortable cash flow contribution” Mr Jeffery says.

For more property information, or an appointment to view contact Rodwells Ruralco Property in Euroa or selling agent Steven Jeffery on 0427 595 760.

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