One of Victoria’s oldest homes has hit the market in Bacchus Marsh.
The grand circa-1846 ‘Manor House’ was built for the town’s founder Captain William Bacchus with the same locally quarried stone used for Melbourne’s Treasury Building.
The property is recognised by Heritage Victoria as “one of the earliest surviving substantial houses in Victoria” and a “rare example of the Georgian style in the state”.
It’s also significant for its important historical associations with Captain Bacchus and the early settlement of the region, and later town.
YPA Bacchus Marsh agent Shane O’Brien said the property at 28-32 Manor St was “super iconic to the area” and many locals had wandered through inspections so far.
“After it was built in 1846, it was also the courthouse for the local area as well. The history in it is incredible. The old cells are still underneath,” he said.
“The vendor’s living there. They’ve been there since about 2007, when it last sold for $634,500, and they’re just downsizing after the kids moved out.”
To live like an affluent early settler buyers will now have to dig up $1.45-$1.5 million.
Mr O’Brien said the vendors had done some painting and freshening up, but a full restoration was carried out in the 1960s and “a lot of period-style heritage” remained.
The five-bedroom house on 2768sq m, with about 52m of street frontage, could suit as a family home, bed and breakfast or investment opportunity with subdivision potential.
A main bedroom “fit for Lord and Lady of the Manor”, grand entrance and staircase, multiple fireplaces, stone walls, private office and “unique basement cellar that hosts three separate rooms” in the old jail cells are among the highlights spruiked on the property listing.
A separate building has potential to be converted into a studio.
The property was lived in by Captain Bacchus for only two years, before his son William for a further two years, then several other prominent people, and used as a court and social club.
Alongside state historical and architectural significance, it is also considered scientifically significant for potential archaeological and materials sampling research.