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Kippilaw, the rural NSW Georgian homestead, ventures into the digital age with online March auction

Kippilaw, the Breadalbane homestead, well known to anyone with an interest in NSW colonial history, has been listed for sale again.

But this time its via an online auction through Meares & Associates, with bids to be placed between March 10 and March 12.

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Initially Meares & Associates, the rural property specialists,  were expecting a $6 million plus sale for the Goulburn district holding. But that was spring 2012. The opening online bid will be $3.75 million, with interested parties required to register prior to bidding.

Its history stretches back 180 years to when James Chisholm and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to the NSW southern tablelands district, taking up a grant of 1,280 acres (518 hectares) given to her as a marriage portion from Governor Ralph Darling , a custom begun by Governor Lachlan Macquarie for settlers on their marriage.

Elizabeth named their 1837 Georgian residence after her birthplace in Scotland, Kippilaw, near Melrose Abbey.

Its meaning comes from "Kippi" which is Pictish for "little", and "law",which is Saxon for "hill". The homestead became a meeting place and party house for visiting friends. Mary Durack, in her seminal Australian pioneering history, Kings In Grass Castles, devoted several pages to the generosity of the Chisholms at Kippilaw.

The restored house comes with views of the Wollondilly River and gardens in the Italian manner.

Agent Chris Meares also oversaw the last sale when in 1997 Janet and Graham Webb sold the farm to businessman Robert Rich and his late wife Helen in 1997 for about $2.6 million.

The Webbs bought nearby Wollogorang, another historic property, one built by the English sea captain Henry Edenborough in the 1840s, on more farming land than Kippilaw.

Kippilaw is a viable working farm with 400 acres (about 160 hectares) of quality breeding and fattening country, which have been well fertilised and pasture improved over the years. It grazes and fattens 160 cattle on the pastured acres, supplemented by winter grazing crops.

The prize holdings within a 2¼ hour radius of Sydney comes with a restored homestead - a two-storey, six-bedroom stone house comprising four separate wings with a central courtyard.

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It was built from locally convict quarried stone with crafted cedar joinery.

It comes with the Old Kippilaw School House.

The Kippilaw gardens comes with oak trees line as old as the house that line the driveway.

It's described as an easy care garden with its in-ground computerised irrigation system from the Wollondilly River and backup bore.

The gardens comes with tennis court and nearby in-ground swimming pool with small pool house.

There's the sunken garden built by one of the Chisholm boys during WWI and the historic rose garden, supplemented by carpets of daffodils, jonquils, iris, peonies and roses with a spectacular wisteria and rose archway.

It also includes a separate self?contained two bedroom apartment and the 1810 caretaker’s cottage.

The Meares agency has had limited success to date with auctionsworkonline, with just the one sale of its past seven listings. Last December it secured the $2.25 million sale of 3370 Sturt Highway, Wagga Wagga, a flood irrigation/grazing holding called, Kabinga.

news@propertyobserver.com.au

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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