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TAS Country : October 13th 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011 Tasmanian Country 15 Country Living Rare chance to buy great estate PLEASANT Banks is a grand Georgian homestead built in 1838 and is the centrepiece of a 16ha estate on the banks of the South Esk River. The three-storey home- stead is in a commanding position, with panoramic views across the river to the historic village of Evandale. David Gibson built the stately house as a home for entertaining, hence the large rooms and plantation balconies facing the moun- tains in the east. He used convict bricks on bluestone foundations. In 2002 the property was bought by architect and tourism entrepreneur Ken Latona, who restored the homestead, returning to the original floor plan and re-instating the plantation balconies on the upper level. The elegant and tasteful- ly designed homestead has seven bedrooms, four bath- rooms, a large kitchen, dining room, living room, library or office and two upstairs balconies. Alternatively, two bed- rooms and two bathrooms and another kitchen and living area in the basement level could accommodate extended family or be used as staff quarters. Hawthorn hedges en- close a large, park-like garden which contains magnificent oaks, elms, pines, cordyline palms, walnut, mulberry and horse chestnut trees, many of them planted at the time of the house construction. An extensive, well- drained vegetable garden and orchard contains a substantial raspberry en- closure, newly planted and heirloom varieties of fruit trees. During the restoration period, world-class eques- trian facilities were estab- lished outside the garden framework of Pleasant Banks. A 10-stable horse barn contains groom accommo- dation, a four-bay garage, tack rooms (including in- door and outdoor wash down facilities). An outstanding over- sized Olympic indoor arena can accommodate dressage or show jumping under full, 3-phase power lighting. Ten day paddocks, two sand arenas and four grass dressage arenas all have access to the stables via a plane tree-lined drive. Ad- ditionally there is a quar- antine horse paddock and shelter sheds. A 180m hay barn also can accommodate large farm implements, horse transporters and tractors. Rainwater is stored and reticulated to troughs in all paddocks. Electric pumps on the South Esk River provide water to a 20,000-litre tank for livestock and garden use. Additionally a 140,000-litre tank storage system provides rainwater for domestic use and there is a further 120,000-litre tank system for backup. As commercial busines- ses operated from the premises, the house is wi- red for ADSL internet ac- cess from all rooms and contains an alarm security system. The property is listed on the Register of National Estate, the State Heritage Register and National Trust Register. There is development approval (valid until 2013) for a tourist operation, in- cluding alterations to the heritage-listed house, new manager's residence and swimming pool. EVANDALE 170 Leighlands Rd Pleasant Banks heritage homestead and equestrian centre Land: 16.7ha House: Seven bedrooms, four bathrooms Auction December 2 Roberts Rural Real Estate Peter Stackhouse 0408 133 408 rural property Launceston 6391 6522 418 Evandale Road, Western Junction Hobart 6235 1451 2 Collins Street, Hobart • 2 , ug 4 n ing mpl x "The Boomer" Hamilton tion "T B m , 1 u i f m , l m f un p un in . N i g n il u un , u i l f l/f p . Pl n f n i l l n gulli , p l f ing un m l wi ju n l u uni . Cu n l p i ing g u n in ming li /w l in u . • 10,000 D E f m gnifi n ing un Au i n 11 N m 12 n n An w Fi 0407 805 624 D i inn 0409 936 643 • 5 m f f n g Cl Ri • Ul li l w , p qu li f n ing tion 2012536-111014
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