Downton Abbey meets Daylesford: Wombat Park up for auction

A grand country estate in Victoria's Daylesford is set to go under the hammer this week, giving buyer's the chance to live out their best Downton Abbey fantasies.

'Wombat Park' is listed with CBRE Agribusiness in conjunction with Kay & Burton, and is being marketed with a price guide of between $7 million and $7.7 million.

Interested parties include expats looking to return to Australia as well as Melburnians looking for a change of lifestyle after lockdowns, listing agent Gowan Stubbings of Kay & Burton said.

"It's amazing - it's so beautiful," he said.

"It's one of those properties that really touches a lot of people in a lot of different ways," he added.

Much of the interest has been from buyers attracted to the eight-bedroom Arts and Crafts residence on the property, built in 1910 by Rodney Alsop and renovated in the 1990s.

It was built for the daughter of the estate's founder, William Stanbridge, himself a prominent figure in early Daylesford who later served as mayor.

The property has only been held by two different families and is being sold for the first time in 26 years as part of an executor's sale.

There's also a separate cottage, dating back to 1854; a self-contained apartment and original stables.

10 acres of 'exotic gardens' are also included in the sale, featuring rare conifers.

The 100.86 hectares, which has previously been used for grazing, dairy and growing potatoes, was an easily manageable size, Mr Stubbings said.

"It's accessibility to Melbourne is very good ... It's not a huge farming operation, a lot of people say it's actually quite doable," he said.

Though the home is subject to heritage protection, Mr Stubbings said that there was scope for a new owner to update parts of the property.

"Different people see different things. I had a family viewing who said you wouldn't change a thing," he said.

Features of the design include a floor plan with " a superb blend of formal and informal areas".

The Arts and Craft movement emerged in the late 19th century and embraced an architectural simplicity that focused on craftsmanship, in comparison to more opulent styles.

"The entry, where the main fireplace is, is just spectacular, its incredibly welcoming and inviting," Mr Stubbings said.

'Wombat Park', located at 4719 Midland Highway, Daylesford, is scheduled to go under the hammer on Friday, December 3.

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