House for sale
261 Estate Road,
8 3 5
Expressions of interest
Lifestyle property or commercial opportunityA country retreat, a boutique business, a lifestyle change - these are some of the options "Campania House" in the Coal River Valley has to offer. Just 10 minutes north of historic Richmond village and 35 minutes from Hobart, "Campania House" is a Tasmanian treasure. Built circa 1830 by Francis Smith, an outspoken opponent of convict transportation, this stately Georgian home was described in 1840 by French explorer Lt. F E de Barlatier de Mas as "an elegant dwelling ... *error* overlooks the whole countryside," reminding him of his "beautiful France". He mentioned that "sweet scents ... filled the air" and "pretty track*error* ... wound through freshly cleared land". In 1859 it was advertised for sale in the Hobart Town Courier as a "substantial well-built mansion ... containing 15 spacious rooms".
Whilst maintaining many of its beautiful Georgian features, the house has in recent times been refurbished to accommodate modern living. With further modifications it could easily be converted to country accommodation or a boutique hotel, as it has numerous bedrooms, a swimming pool, a tennis court, established gardens and an intriguing documented history.
A prosperous property by 1828, Campania Estate was producing quality hops for brewing and grapes for wine. Breeding lambs and fine Merino wool became its mainstay during the early part of the 20th Century until 1919 when it was divided and sold under the Soldier Settlement Scheme, leaving the homestead on a smaller allotment. Today the title includes the home and 22 hectares, of which 12 hectares (30 acres) are good arable land and another 8 hectares (20 acres) are fertile alluvial flats. The Coal River forms its eastern boundary and with water rights of 20 megalitres from the nearby Craigbourne Dam, the land offers a number of viable agricultural opportunities. The rich alluvial soils and arable land provide a sound basis for the growing of grapes, hops, stone and berry fruits or even niche market agriculture such as organic produce. A boutique winery or brewery are also among the possibilities, as is the propertys suitability for equestrian pursuits.
"Campania House" is waiting for its 21st Century potential to be realised.
Last updated: 02:29PM on Jan 11th 2019