“Avonlea” has only had four owners since selection in 1894.AN OPPORTUNITY to secure a beef operation in the Hunter Valley is sure to excite many investors.
For $1.95 million “Avonlea” offers 324 hectares (800 acres) of country with ample water.
“Avonlea” is the last section of the “Milmilland” aggregate of properties put together by Bruce and Helen Mamone in 1978.
According to Mrs Mamone, “Avonlea” was the flagship of the selection because of its high quality soil.
The property has only had four owners since selection in 1894.
Alfred Baker was the first selector until the turn of the century when George D. Simpson took over. Mr Simpson made a good living from growing potatoes and wool production until he retired in the 1950’s.
“Avonlea” was then purchased by Darval Edward Kater from Mumblebone Egelabra Stud. Mr Kater began a prime lamb enterprise. He also ran medium to fine wool wethers as well as cattle.
According to Mrs Mamone, Mr Kater also supplied seed-potatoes to areas that were affected with potato blight, including Crookwell and Dorrigo.
“This was a very profitable exercise so much so that the Tomalla Seed Potato Co-op was formed and he continued to grow commercial potatoes until 1978 when he retired and sold the property to us,” Mrs Mamone said.
Following Mr Kater’s stint at “Avonlea”, the Mamones ran prime lambs and, later, they grew superfine wool.
Gradually their enterprise became cattle oriented.
Mrs Mamone said “Avonlea” could carry 200 breeding cows with minimal supplement cropping of oats and turnips.
She said the carrying capacity could “easily be doubled” with intensive cropping.
“Backgrounding of cattle with rye grass and turnip crops is being carried out on neighbouring properties with extremely good success and if applied to “Avonlea” a large number of animals could be prepared,” she said.
The area has an enviable yearly average rain fall of 1400 millimetres (55 inches).
“Water is plentiful – we’ve never known a drought,” she said.
Tourism has also proved to be very “popular and profitable” over the last two decades for the Mamones, who have offered a cottage stay plus trout fishing.
The property contains a set of steel cattle yards and an 18 metre by 9m machinery shed and workshop with concrete floor and power.
The property’s homestead was built in 2005. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-plan timber kitchen which features a Falcon electric stove, a slow combustion bakers oven and a walk in pantry.
“Avonlea” is being offered for sale due to ill health.
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