Blue Chip Rural Lifestyle Opportunity
Old Belmont, 196 Toms Gully Rd, Black Mountain NSW 2365
Area: 87.75 ha or 217 acres
The offering of Old Belmont for public auction provides astute buyers an opportunity to invest in an exclusive property that has a multitude of highly desirable features. Such features include satellite NBN, excellent mobile phone coverage, sealed road and school bus to the front gate. This is the first time Old Belmont has been offered for sale since the current owners purchased the property in 1984. Old Belmont is well located being 30kms from the regional city of Armidale known for its excellece in education and just 10kms from the township of Guyra.
The Old Belmont homestead dates from the Edwardian period, and is nestled in a lovely setting between two hills overlooking the valley in which Boorolong Creek rises. The homestead has been strategically and tastefully renovated in recent years. The current owners have successfully modernised whilst faithfully preserving the original character and charm. The home presents as 4 spacious bedrooms (one of which has pressed metal ceilings and walls) plus an office. The master bedroom, which opens onto the verandah, is complete with a large ensuite and generous dressing area. The spacious modern kitchen opens out into the dining and family area. The beautiful formal dining room, considered ideal for entertaining purposes, has original wide polished floorboards, and the ornate metal on the ceiling continues down the walls to the chair rail. The magnificent over-sized hallway, again with ornate metal ceiling, is a striking feature leading inside from the front door. The many external windows, each of which frames a view of the lovely garden, assure an abundance of natural light is captured, creating a bright and light interior. The home is heated with two combustion wood heaters plus radiators which are heated via wood fired hydronics. The wide traditional homestead verandah, draped with grape vines, faces North East and provides the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy the unique vistas which overlook the garden, fertile grazing paddocks and greater surrounds.
The Old Belmont garden, approached through a broad avenue of Golden and Claret Ash, is a standout feature, and has been opened on a number of occasions for charitable events. Mature trees, most of which are deciduous, shade the garden in summer and provide spectacular colour in autumn. Crab apples, viburnums, camellias and rhododendrons, along with roses and perennials create an old fashioned cottage type garden and there is a newer section with a large water feature and more modern plantings. Drystone walls and hedges define the different areas and provide a pleasing foreground for the surrounding paddocks and views.
Old Belmont boasts outstanding water security. Water for the garden, livestock and domestic toilets is provided from two main sources. A spring fed dam is equipped with a modern solar pump which feeds to a 34,000 litre header tank which reticulates to the garden and stock troughs. The springfed dam is complemented by a bore that is equipped with an electric pressure pump which feeds the same system. In addition stock water is provided by 7 main earth dams.
The fencing on the property is in good condition with a percentage of boundary fencing renewed in recent years. Old Belmont is fenced into 20 main paddocks plus smaller holding paddocks located around the sheds and stockyards.
The working infrastructure comprises an equipped single stand electric shearing shed, sheepyards, all steel cattleyards complete with a vet crush, hayshed, machinery shed, garage and storage sheds. The current owners have recently added a bank of solar panels which feed into the grid.
The property features fertile arable basalt soils and has benefited from years of fertiliser application and is sown down with productive perennial pastures. The pastures are primarily a Fescue base with Rye Grass and White Clovers. An ongoing pasture improvement programme is in place with high levels of grazing production achieved providing the opportunity to fatten livestock and generate a significant additional income.
Old Belmont is a truly unique listing with a high level of presentation offered, inspections will certainly not disappoint.