Nambrok for sale

The McGauran family has listed the historic Nambrok property for sale, with a price expectation of about $20 million.
The McGauran family has listed the historic Nambrok property for sale, with a price expectation of about $20 million.

NAMBROK, the historic rural estate perched on the hill just east of Rosedale, has hit the property market for a cool $20 million.

The home, currently owned by one of Gippsland's most high profile families, the McGaurans, is also known as the home of Melbourne Cup winner and history-making colt, Patrobas.

The iconic 989 hectare estate is spread across nine titles, and includes a grand mansion, circa 1860.

According to its listing, the property was renovated in 2012, meticulously restoring Nambrok's original features, but also updating its facilities to "a more contemporary feel".

The main homestead's unique "florid polychromatic" faade hides a tiled entry foyer, four large bedrooms, a billiard room, a formal dining room, a formal living room, a refurbished kitchen, a second living and dining area, two modernised but sophisticated bathrooms, a subfloor cellar, generously-sized three car garage, chandeliers, polished timber floors, high ceilings and grand open fireplaces.

There is also an adjoining five bedroom residence (also circa 1860) which has two bathrooms, a kitchen and living area, a separate office, a laundry and a verandah.

Outside, there are manicured lawns, an English garden and a synthetic grass tennis court fit for a Consul-General.

Because of its elevation, the homestead boasts some of the best views in Gippsland - an expansive panorama of farming land from the Great Dividing Range to the Strzelecki Ranges.

The site includes the original Nambrok stables (of nine stalls and six stables), an eight stand shearing shed, two cattle yards, modern sheds for machinery and hay, an authentic storage shed with sliding door, 18 catchment dams and four bores.

Also up for sale is a three bedroom brick veneer manager's residence.

Since 1985, Nambrok has been in the hands of one of Gippsland's most prominent families - the McGaurans.

The family released a statement announcing its decision to sell its "pastoral interests".

"Farming has been integral to the family for 150 years, which has had a lasting influence on all family members," it read.

"However, the time has come to see Nambrok flourish in the hands of new owners.

"Everyone who has lived or worked at Nambrok knows its special appeal and the rare beauty of Nambrok House.

"The family are grateful to have been custodians for the past three decades of a unique part of Gippsland agricultural history."

Marketed by Anthony Stevens and Nick Myers of Elders Real Estate, the home is described as "one of Australia's most distinguished rural holdings", and a "diverse asset suitable to a range of pursuits including livestock, cropping, equine, viticulture or leisure/hospitality".

Elders said it had "very strong early interest leading into the campaign", and anticipated interest from local and international buyers gaining traction as it continued into the marketing campaign.