WILLOW BEND FARM Beautifully-renovated Federation homestead with farmstay accommodation, commercial kitchen and farmgate stall
This perfect little farm offers everything you will need to create the perfect Island lifestyle. From the historic homestead and large apple shed to the registered commercial kitchen, successful accommodation business and roadside stall, this farm offers the new owners the ideal package with both income and lifestyle.
Set on the edge of Lunawanna in a sheltered valley with arguably some of the best soil and fresh water on the island, Willow Bend Farm is one of a kind.
The 100 year-old homestead was built by one of South Bruny's pioneer Conley families, who cut timber and planted orchards on the fertile slopes beneath Mt Mangana. The current owners have recently finished a complete renovation, inside and out, with care and style, in keeping with the homestead's period and character.
Entry to the house is via a covered veranda, with space for boots and coats. The bright country kitchen with ceiling skylight has a huge electric range, which was the commercial oven of the Geeveston Bakery/Café.
A newly-installed Nectre baker's oven is also a feature of the spacious and light-filled kitchen. Enjoy farmhouse cooking moments baking your own homemade loaves and goods while soaking up the warmth and atmosphere of the wood-fired stove and oven.
From the kitchen, three bedrooms open off the high-ceilinged hallway,all with attractive views into the long-established gardens.
In the sunny sitting room adjoining the kitchen,a large double-glazed picture window looks out across the dam, taking in farm and mountain views. A newly installed wood combustion fire in this room extends warmth and ambience throughout the home.
A third open fireplace in the large lounge/dining area provides atmosphere for long lunches and family gatherings, with ample light and garden views from the four picture windows surrounding the room.
A delightful bathroom - like the rest of the home, recently renovated with flair and attention to detail - has a large picture window looking into the back garden.
The front verandas overlook the productive vegetable gardens, which include a series of raised beds fenced from wildlife, as well as tunnel greenhouses and fruit trees.
The huge farm shed has undercover parking, animal stalls, expansive workshop, cool room and heaps of storage space.
The farm has two spring-fed dams with perennial springs and a third dam near the cottage. The pastures are well-established making use of the property's rich soil and high rainfall.
Native forest borders the farmland, which has been improved and managed for sustainability over the past few years by the current owners, who are experienced farmers. Fencing is of a high standard throughout. A test bore has proven the existence of a good supply of groundwater.
The range of property improvements include a fully-fenced boundary to keep out the abundant wildlife, electric lines and paddock shelters providing security for horses or other sensitive livestock.
Other upgrades include tanks and pressure system, new hot water systems, guttering and downpipes, new electrical work, flooring, advanced trees, garden drains and a new driveway.
Separate from the house and screened for privacy by plantings and fencing is a charming self-contained one-bedroom cottage, with its own lounge room, sun deck, registered commercial kitchen, laundry and bathroom. The council-approved holiday accommodation has been operated as a successful farmstay since early 2018, with nearly 200 outstanding reviews from guests and a 4.98 Airbnb star rating. The cottage is currently booked at over $200 per night in all seasons.
A final unique feature is a roadside stall near the corner of Cloudy Bay Road, where the owners sell garden produce, sourdough bread and pre-prepared meals from the commercial kitchen, with solid weekly earnings via an honour system by cash or PayPal.
Lunawanna is a friendly country community, recently enhanced by some special features - a café with excellent coffee and vegan pies, the Bruny Island Food Truck with takeaways on Friday evenings and the fortnightly Lunawanna Market at the Memorial Hall.
There are beaches, jetty and boat ramp nearby. Cloudy Bay is down the road. The township of Alonnah is a short drive away.
With its combination of appealing features - a meticulously-renovated home, a productive hobby farm, well-established kitchen gardens and a solid tourism business in place - this is the complete package, a very special property indeed.
Jude and Jen are both full-time Bruny residents - call to arrange an inspection.
*The information contained herein has been supplied to us and we have no reason to doubt its accuracy, however, cannot guarantee it. Accordingly, all interested parties should make their own enquiries to verify this information.
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