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Wollombi couple farewell acreage


They built their forever home to be just as they’d always wanted – loads of entertaining options to suit any season.

North-facing and open-plan, the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Wollombi was designed to offer plenty of nooks to serve different purposes, all allowing views of the magnificent surrounding countryside.

With six adult children between the pair, Bernie and Jo knew the 4.4 acres would eventually be a hit with the grandchildren too.

An outdoor pool and spa, indoor-slash-outdoor entertaining area with pizza oven and built-in barbecue, not to mention the two bar fridges, and the options for slow combustion fireplace in winter or sunshade in summer.

They were all elements deliberately designed to appreciate the stunning native garden, paddocks, and majestic Corrabare State Forest.

But, circumstances change and the duo say unfortunately it’s time to say goodbye to their dream home.

“We both love the place,” Bernie says.

“But, for now, it’s time we tend to other commitments.

“It’ll be sad to see it go.”

When they completed the build in 2019, the home at 35 Canning Street was exactly as they’d hoped.

“We had a vision when we first saw the block,” Bernie says.

“She [Jo] knows what she likes in a house, and I think that it turned out just as we’d wanted.

“We lived in the retreat while it was getting built so we were already getting to know the land.”

The retreat is a two-storey studio which has been fitted out for weekender use.

It boasts a wet area, kitchenette, two-bedrooms, and outdoor undercover area all fitted with reverse cycle air conditioning and ceiling fans.

The Wollombi property has plenty of space for any big toys as well, with a double carport, shelter, tool shed, and double bay farm shed.

Bernie, a volunteer at the local RFS, says the 26 solar panels and 10,000 litre water storage tanks are just what a property in this location needs.

“They’ll keep the bills down too,” he adds.

And, while it exudes tranquillity and peace, this address is just a ten-minute walk to the township of Wollombi.

“Let’s be honest its ten minutes on the way there, it’s all downhill,” says Bernie.

“It might take a little longer on the way home.”

He clearly knows the trek; Bernie says the Wollombi Tavern and the locals who gather there on a Friday afternoon are one of things he’ll miss most.

“The comradery and the way the community here rallies together is something I think I’ll miss the most.”

This Wollombi property is on the market for $2.5 million. Contact Musgrove Realty for details.

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