Wollombi Valley homestead offers in-ground pool, Olympic horse arena and self-contained cottage

Jade Lazarevic
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Billy Bourne Farm in Wollombi is listed for sale with a $3 million to $3.3 million price guide.
Billy Bourne Farm in Wollombi is listed for sale with a $3 million to $3.3 million price guide. Credit: Supplied/Musgrove Realty

A rustic homestead described as one of the finest properties in NSW’s Wollombi Valley has hit the market.

The 157-acre property, Billy Bourne Farm, comprises a homestead with two buildings connected via a timber breezeway, and landscaped grounds with an in-ground swimming pool.

The acreage also has an Olympic-sized horse arena, with adjoining horse stables built by the previous owners.

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The property is listed for sale via expressions of interest with Garry Musgrove at Musgrove Realty, who has suggested a price guide of $3 million to $3.3 million.

“It is not often that we get properties like this come up, but they do come up every now and again and they’re very special,” Mr Musgrove said.

“It is built in a very Australiana way with timber slab, but it is five-star on the inside.”

The main building features a sandstone fireplace which warms the open plan living areas and adjoining modern kitchen.

The master bedroom has an ensuite, and a separate family bathroom with underfloor heating services the second bedroom and a third loft bedroom.

Features of the rustic-style home include an internal timber roof line with open rafters and hardwood timber floors.

The living room in the self-contained cottage.
The living room in the self-contained cottage. Credit: Supplied/Musgrove Realty

The second building has an open-plan living space, also with a slow combustion fire place, an additional kitchen, and a bathroom.

Mr Musgrove said the cottage could be utilised as guest accommodation or as a short-term rental.

The listing has drawn a high level of enquiry since it hit the market last week.

“It has mainly been interest coming out of Sydney,” he said.

“Those buyers are usually our target market for the Wollombi Valley, and a lot of people who buy in the valley then tell their friends about the area.

The acreage property also features an in-ground swimming pool.
The acreage property also features an in-ground swimming pool. Credit: Supplied/Musgrove Realty

“Around 75 per cent of people who buy in Wollombi are from Sydney.

“It went crazy during COVID and we got down to three listings, but we now have about 53 listings, so that’s the contrast.”

Sydney-based owners Pam and Simon purchased the property 12 years ago as a weekend getaway.

“We have always loved Wollombi,” Simon said.

“We bought a smaller place there in 2003 which we had for 10 years and we just loved the valley, so when I saw this property advertised we went and had a look and fell in love with it.

The two buildings are connected by a timber breezeway.
The two buildings are connected by a timber breezeway. Credit: Supplied/Musgrove Realty

“The building extension is modern, but the exterior looks beautiful and rustic, and it fits in the setting really nicely.”

They transformed the second dwelling into self-contained accommodation after it was used as a storeroom by the previous owners.

Other features of the property include a timber barn, additional stables, stock proof fenced paddocks, a newly constructed timber stock yard, and a large dam.

Wrap-around verandas take in the surrounding bushland view and a creek runs through the property.

“The setting is incredible,” Simon said.

The wraparound veranda.
The wraparound veranda. Credit: Supplied/Musgrove Realty

“It is set in its own private valley and when you turn up and go through the entrance gate and drive along the valley bottom towards the house, it is just stunning.

“Winter is one of the most beautiful times of year because the valley is surrounded by ridges and hills, so the mornings are spectacular with the mist rising and the sun coming over the hill.

“It is so peaceful and quiet, it is quite a magical place.”

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