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“VERY unusual, but very special.”
This is how Elders Real Estate Southern Tasmania agent and business owner Wendy Nielsen describes Kingsholme, a unique and intriguing property that has just hit the market in Ellendale.
The river frontage property is set on about 80ha of land featuring a five houses, a timber cottage, multiple cabin-style dongas and a “huge, magnificent” triple-level 100-year-old hop kiln (oast house) that measures 43m x 9m.
“Our rural team works right across the state and as far as we can tell there is nothing similar to Kingsholme on the market,” Mrs Nielsen said.
“An ideal buyer might be someone with a vision to change Kingsholme into something special such as a wedding venue.
“It could be ideal as a backpackers, a fruit farm or for tourist accommodation as it is located on a route that includes Mt Field National Park, mountain bike tracks, fishing destination, lakes, bushwalks and vineyards are all nearby.
“The oast house is awaiting someone to develop it and bring it back to life.”
The property is also located nearby the Derwent Valley, a tourism hotspot and a property market that’s on the move with exciting new projects underway.
Kingsholme’s Lot No.1 measures 38.15ha highlighted by fertile river flats, gently rolling pastures and stunning Derwent Valley views.
There is a long boundary to the Jones River and water licenses totaling 40.6 megalitres.
The land has not been subjected to horticultural sprays or fertilisers for decades and could support small fruits, orchards, raspberries, blueberries or garlic.
Lot No.2 is slightly larger at 41.1ha, it is home to the 1912-built oast house.
Alongside the housing and backpacker-style accommodation, this part of the property includes a commercial kitchen, a function/dining area, plus offices.
The large dam is home to a family of platypus and has been described as “almost a lake”. It is sited at the foot of a natural amphitheater, overlooked by the kiln and the nearby houses.
Kingsholme is a property with a rich history.
“It was one of the major hops farms in the Derwent Valley and it dates back to just prior to the First World War,” Mrs Nielsen said.
“A decline for the hop industry in Tasmania in the 1970s saw the property evolve into a rural retreat center for families and small groups.”
Over the years it has had many uses including providing help for people battling addictions, homelessness and mental health issues.
Mrs Nielsen said the owner, a Tasmanian charity, was selling the property with a plan to invest resultant funds into programs and services.
The 16-bedroom property at No.1084 Ellendale Rd, Ellendale will be sold by expressions of interest over $2 million.