A luxury farm in Narbethong, a town 95km northeast of Melbourne, has hit the market with price hopes north of $11 million.
A PICTURESQUE farm that was originally the private country retreat of former Victorian Premier Sir James Munro has hit the market.
St Fillan Farm in Narbethong, 95km northeast of the CBD, was established in 1880 and now serves as a cattle farm and exclusive weekender.
The property at 723 Maroondah Highway comes with price expectations north of $11 million.
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The since updated property was originally former Victorian Premier Sir James Munro’s country retreat.
Renowned interior designer Stuart Rattle decorated the rebuilt homestead.
It features a grand four-bedroom residence, a pool, tennis court, two guesthouses, a barn, machinery sheds, undercover cattle yards and 50 paddocks.
RT Edgar director Andrew Houghton said the owner had used the country retreat as a weekend getaway for many years, with a farm manager operating the property full time.
The main homestead was rebuilt on the site of the original home in 2010 and used the designs of late interior designer Stuart Rattle. Rattle, who was murdered by his partner in their South Yarra apartment in 2013, was best known for his development of Musk Farm in Daylesford.
The property features the grand residence plus two cottages as additional guest housing.
Talk about a luxurious weekender.
The homestead’s gardens were created by the Baron Sir Ferdinand von Mueller, during his time as the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in the late 1800s.
The design included a tree from every known country at the time, many of which still stand today and are listed on the National Trust register in Victoria.
The gardens also feature works from well-known sculptors including Jane Valentine, Greg Johns, Rudi Jass, Zhu Wei, Anthony Pryor and Robert Klippel.
Sir Munro was the 15th premier of Victoria and served for two years, assuming office in 1890.
Local and international buyers are expected to show interest in the property.
The property is the pinnacle of a luxurious country escape.
Mr Houghton said the buyer could come from offshore, or be someone from Melbourne wanting “a really exclusive property to get away on the weekends”, being an easy drive from the city.
He labelled it one of the district’s top working farms, producing Red Angus and classic heritage breed belted Galloway stud cattle for local and national markets.
“There are three permanent creeks and a big lake — it’s a drought proof property,” he said.
“You can have a cow to an acre for breeding which is as good as you can get in the country, it’s a very productive farm.”
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