"Wyatts Creek", Jeogla via Armidale
Cattle Property & Executive Residence
Cattle Property & Executive Residence
The Eastern Fall of the New England Tablelands is renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty and fertile soils. It is an environment which fosters sustainable forests, productive pastureland and clean air and water.
Located about 60 kilometres from the region’s hub, the city of Armidale, “Wyatts Creek” is a 428 hectare working cattle grazing property tucked away from peering eyes in the heart of the Eastern Fall.
To get there by road, one must travel through a stunning eucalypt forest that abounds in native flora and fauna. Crossing the grid into the property, you are greeted by pastured paddocks that roll across the valley and up to the Styx River Forest on the opposite boundary.
A quick turn in and along the driveway and you cannot help be struck at once by the presence of the architecturally designed six bedroom home. It is immediately apparent that this magnificent residence is suitable for use as a private home or an executive retreat – a tranquil escape and a wonderful meeting place.
Constructed in 1994 of distinctive Armidale blue brick and widespread use of Australian hardwood timbers, the two storey home nestles against the forest on a knoll in the south west of the property, and enjoys commanding views north and east across the private valley.
With nearly 3m high ceilings and partially louvered verandahs, winter light and solar warmth flood in through the clerestory windows, hitting the central wall, effectively creating a heat bank. In summer the sun’s angle rises and the windows can be opened for cooling if required.
The house comprises two separate pavilions. The main pavilion is entered via an intimate foyer with a handcrafted parquetry floor or the everyday “mini-orb” entry and lead to entertaining areas. These include; formal lounge opening to the separate dining room and informal family/dining room adjacent to the central semi open plan kitchen. All have views across the paddocks. Energy efficient wood fires and LGP gas point connectivity keep winter chills well away. Three double bedrooms, all with generous floor to ceiling built in storage space are located on the ground floor. These are complemented by three bathrooms. The first floor provides two additional oversized loft rooms that are currently used as bedrooms with stunning pastoral views and natural light.
A breezeway separates a second pavilion from the main area of the house. This is a private haven when the house is full, and includes the master bedroom with its Jetmaster fireplace, a spacious en suite, storage and study with separate entry.
The home has mobile phone coverage and is set up with NBN Satellite and 3G wireless internet connectivity.
The garden has been designed to provide for uninterrupted views, seasonal colour and low maintenance. An established hazelnut orchard adjoins the garden. Garden water is pumped from a springfed dam to a 90,000 (approximately) litre storage tank and is supplemented by a reticulated grey water system.
A two vehicle timber and brick garage incorporating further storage is adjacent to the rear of the house.
Working Grazing Property
As mentioned, “Wyatts Creek” is a working cattle grazing property. Fencing on the property is secure and the majority in good condition, with mostly plain and barb wire plus some hinge-joint. The layout of the paddocks is such that mustering is simple, with the paddocks leading toward the well designed steel and timber yards. These yards have excellent access for livestock trucks.
Near the yards is the main Colourbond shed, also built in 1994. It is fully secured and has two double height roller doors plus a sliding door. There are two galvanised tanks connected to the shed, a molasses tank and a diesel tank.
Typically, Wyatts Creek runs about 130 breeders including cows and calves, and retained heifer replacements. Pastures include phalaris, cocksfoot, fescue and clovers, along with a variety of native and naturalised species. “Wyatts Creek” is well watered by 12 stock dams, 5 water troughs (1 decommissioned) and of course, the springfed mountain stream that is Wyatts Creek, which meanders north to south through the property. Other springs and creeks provide additional stock water.
Rainfall on the Eastern Fall is summer dominant. The area benefits from an easterly weather influence coming up from the coast and nearby Jeogla Station (Bureau of Metrology) has long term records demonstrating an average annual rainfall of 941 mm (37 inches).
It is estimated that about 290 hectares are arable, and as such pastures could be further improved and productivity increased. Native timber on the property is a significant resource with a Forest Valuation undertaken in June 2013 putting an estimated total value approximately $225,000 plus GST. Millable species include Stringybark, Messmate, Sydney Blue Gum, White Gum and Tallowwood.
The current enterprise on “Wyatts Creek” utilises Occupational Permits to seasonally graze 6,390 hectares of the neighbouring Styx River Forest area. Whilst not directly offered for sale with the property, the vendors offer to facilitate the transfer or reissuing of these permits to the successful buyer, subject to relevant approvals.
Finding a property to the standard of “Wyatts Creek” is no easy feat. To find one available in such a pristine, private location is an opportunity that seldom presents itself.
Armidale has multiple commercial air services to Sydney and Brisbane and the property is an easy two hour drive from the Coffs Coast via the scenic Waterfall Way.
Please contact the exclusive selling agents, Graham MacDougall of MacDougall Rural Property 0412 220 302 or Richard Royle of Colliers International 0418 961 575 for further particulars.
The above information has been supplied to us by the Vendor. We do not accept responsibility to any person for its accuracy and do no more than pass this information on. Interested parties should make and rely upon their own enquiries in order to determine whether or not this information is in fact accurate.