Pretty and productive island farm has new owners


Breaking News Breaking News 992 Coolangatta Road Lunawanna. Fall

No.992 Coolangatta Road Lunawanna. Picture: SUPPLIED


BRUNY ISLAND’S Willow Bend Farm has been sold in the blink of an eye.

The 9.78ha property at Lunawanna has so much to offer — from a historic homestead to multiple business ventures — which attracted multiple buyers.

Fall Real Estate’s Bruny Island expert Jude Viney said the sale happened very quickly with two serious contenders vying for the property.

“It is a beautiful property, there is nothing else like it on the island,” she said.

“Of the interested parties, two were interstate couples who inspected it over the first weekend that it was on the market.

“And there was one family originally from the mainland.

“Offers were made within a few days.”

The sale price is currently undisclosed.

Breaking News Breaking News 992 Coolangatta Road Lunawanna. Fall

Where would you rather be?


Breaking News Breaking News 992 Coolangatta Road Lunawanna. Fall

Breaking News Breaking News 992 Coolangatta Road Lunawanna. Fall

This property at No.992 Coolangatta Road was, in the past, the home of TV’s Ross O’Meara of Gourmet Farmer fame.

It is absolutely the type of property that has got it all.

It starts with the beautifully renovated Federation homestead, then add farmstay accommodation, a commercial kitchen and a farmgate stall — it is the full package.

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 pioneers, the Conley family, 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/Cafe.

Breaking News Breaking News 992 Coolangatta Road Lunawanna. Fall

A newly installed Nectre baker’s oven is also a feature of the spacious and light-filled kitchen.

From the kitchen, three bedrooms open off the hallway with tall ceilings.

Each bedroom takes in attractive views of 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.

Like the entire home, the bathroom is a delight. Recently renovated with flair and attention to detail, it also has a large picture window looking into the 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, an expansive workshop, cool room and heaps of storage space.

Breaking News Breaking News 992 Coolangatta Road Lunawanna. Fall

Breaking News Breaking News 992 Coolangatta Road Lunawanna. Fall

Breaking News Breaking News 992 Coolangatta Road Lunawanna. Fall

Native forest borders the farm, 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.

Separate from the house and screened for privacy by plantings and fencing is a charming self-contained one-bedroom cottage, with a lounge room, sun deck, registered commercial kitchen, laundry and bathroom.

Since early 2018 it has generated about 200 outstanding reviews from guests and has a 4.98 Airbnb star rating.

The roadside stall is positioned near the corner of Cloudy Bay Road. The farm owners sell garden produce, sourdough bread and pre-prepared meals.

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