Historic Homestead Linked to Pioneer Explorer for Sale

An historic homestead linked to the family of pioneering Australian explorer Gregory Blaxland and lovingly renovated by its current owners on a blue chip rural holding near Quirindi in north-west NSW is being offered for sale via auction.

‘Little Kickerbell’, which has also been a highly successful guest house and a la carte restaurant, is being marketed by Luke Scanlon of Ray White Quirindi on behalf of owners John Cockburn and Sue Stone.

The original 20,000ha station ‘Kickerbell’ was established around 1835 by John Blaxland, the eldest brother of Gregory Blaxland, the co-leader of the expedition which completed the first crossing of the Blue Mountains by European settlers in 1813.

Little Kickerbell, located near the village of Pine Ridge about 30km west of Quirindi, is a 13.4ha property featuring a six bedroom weatherboard and stone homestead with majestic wrap around verandas and surrounded by expansive lawns and established trees.

Sue Stone said she and her carpenter/builder partner John bought the property a decade ago after discovering it online and moved to the Liverpool Plain from their previous home on the NSW South Coast.

“The place was falling into disrepair when we bought it and we’ve totally renovated it since we’ve been here,” Sue said.

The couple maintained the highly successful guest house/restaurant business and also planted lavender on the property but in recent years they have used ‘Little Kickerbell’ solely as a residence.

“The guest house and restaurant just got too busy for us,” Sue said.

Sue and John also run vintage interiors and furniture store Stone & Co at Murrurundi, south east of Quirindi, and are now relocating to the small town as they have purchased another property there which is also a restoration project.

Luke Scanlon said Little Kickerbell offers an idyllic rural lifestyle on a unique property just under four hours’ drive from Sydney which is situated on a productive parcel of land that is well watered.

“The home and infrastructure, which includes a Jackaroo quarters, also lend themselves to be a country home stay accommodation,” he said.

The property will be auctioned on site from 11am (AEDT) on Saturday, December 5, 2015, with price expectations of more than $800,000.