Looking to mix business with pleasure? This Balhannah property offers the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Rachel and Rod Short bought the property in 1999, attracted by its location, view and potential for development, and have since added both a successful vineyard – from which Rod produces for his label Romney Park Wines – and a riding arena.
“The home is beautifully sited and the whole house and garden has a real presence to it,” Mrs Short says. “It’s quite unusual to get those old houses – this one was built in 1900 – that far off the road, and this one’s halfway up the hill.”
“It’s a beautiful package, and it’s in the heartland of Hills wine production. Shaw & Smith are across the road, and we have Nepenthe, The Lane and Hahndorf Hill nearby. It’s a real little hotspot and the soil here is perfect and has lovely soft slopes that are ideal for wines.”
The house has four bedrooms, or three and a study. The heart of the home is the open-plan kitchen, dining and living room – a large space complete with cathedral ceilings with exposed timber beams, and divided by a central fireplace.
It’s surrounded by established gardens, an arena and stables, and shiraz, pinot noir and chardonnay plantings.
“Rod does his tastings by appointment from the house and everyone who comes gets out the car and starts taking photos because the view is stunning,” Mrs Short says. “You could put in a cellar door and have restaurant facilities, and, with the vineyards around us, that would be an excellent opportunity for the next buyer to capture some of that passing trade. It will be a very difficult property to leave – it’s one of those places where you really feel like a custodian.”
116 Johnson Rd, Balhannah
$1.5 million to $1.65 million
Agent: Harcourts Williams, in conjunction with Hunt Lifestyle, Dee-Anne Hunt 0411 555 774. Land size: 7.66ha