In the event you dream of the basic rural lifestyle, you might be in luck


Ten minutes from Canberra, a million miles from Care. Photos: Ray White

It is really idyllic. Rolling hills, lots of fruit trees, a vegetable garden, and at the heart of it all, a spacious weatherboarded cottage trimmed with a wooden porch, flagstones, and fireplaces. Oh, and there’s even a railroad car.

Less than 10 minutes from Canberra, 44 Holmwood Road in Wallaroo near Hall offers a peaceful lifestyle with beautiful rural views all around overlooking the Murrumbidgee River. The approximately 25 hectare land is flat to hilly with high-quality pastures that are suitable for cattle, horses or hiking.

The two bedroom cottage dates from the 1930s but has been lovingly modernized with its original features. It enjoys the classic proportions of the time, including a continuous flagstone and cypress veranda, an original open fireplace and a high-quality new combustion fireplace.

Ray White real estate agent Mark Johnstone says the current owners have lived there for many years and enjoyed a largely self-sustaining country lifestyle. The location, the breathtaking view and the quaint little house make it a dream for everyone who wants the same thing.

“Many visitors speak of the great opportunity to expand the property or even build a second house and use the holiday home for families,” he says.

If you need more rooms or lodging in the meantime, you’re in luck. A historic railway wagon with the character of bygone times adjoins the house, which is ready for clean-up work and minor renovation work (plumbing is available ready for connection). There is also a full-size yurt in front of the house with an electrical connection – ideal as a teenage retreat, guest house or office.

The house offers a wonderful view from every window, either of the orchard, the garden or wide views. The interiors are light and airy and the layout offers a north-facing open living room, dining area, pantry and two spacious bedrooms. The deep wraparound porches are sloped to let in the winter sun while the summer sun stays outside.

Not your average point of view. Photo: Ray White

With a strong emphasis on comfort and relaxed living, the neutral country-style kitchen offers high-quality appliances and is the focal point of the house. This kitchen contrasts a contemporary modern style, updated appliances and finishes with quaint historical features like the light fixtures.

You’ll even love doing the dishes thanks to the fascinating view from the kitchen.

The current owners have enjoyed a self-sufficient lifestyle with extensive vegetable gardens, an orchard, solar hot water, solar energy, ample water supply, a large shed and a gray water system.

No chemicals have been used on the property for over 50 years, which makes organic certification easy. The owners had run a lucrative free-range egg business with up to 1,000 chickens in purpose-built henhouses and fox-proof paddocks, though some repairs will be required to get it back up and running. They supplemented this business with the sale of figs and asparagus to restaurants.

This delightful lifestyle property has an elegant charm and a unique character, with additional potential to build your dream home with double occupancy rights (STCA) or possibly to generate additional income from the existing residence and infrastructure or the house of the extended family.

Wallaroo is the closest rural outpost to Canberra and is a very desirable area with excellent views and a friendly community.

This house will be auctioned on Thursday 12 August at 5:00 p.m. at 2/14 Wales Street, Belconnen.

To schedule a tour of the charming 44 Holmwood Road in Wallaroo, call Mark Johnstone on 0414 382 093 and check out all of the other hot deals on Zango.