Loggerheads, the Hunter Valley trophy lifestyle vineyard estate listed


Loggerheads, the trophy Hunter Valley vineyard estate last sold in 2008, has been listed with $10 million price expectations.The Pokolbin property has wonderful provenance being the former home of the late Len Evans and before that the Tyrrell family.It was last sold to Robin and Judy Crawford by Len Evan’s widow, Trish Evans.There’s still a village-like setting at the estate which has its rambling residential homestead with three adjoining pavilions.

The seven bedroom, six bathroom homestead is Australian Country in design, with European influences, extensively refurbished by the architect Michael Suttor.

It is now surrounded by Paul Bangay garden, with orchard and vegetable garden.Against the backdrop of the Brokenback and Barrington ranges, there are several outbuildings along with an imposing stone column feature, collected from the demolition of the Bank of NSW on George Street, which remain from the Evans’ time.The level, but elevated property was bought by the Evans clan from the Tyrrell family in 1971 and comes with a 35-year-old vineyard, now with about four hectares under vine.

Set in Australia’s most visited wine region, it has been listed by Alan Jurd from Jurd’s Real Estate who secured its 2008 sale.

The Loggerheads estate is 200 acres.

The 87 hectare property has two road frontages, at 97 Palmers Lane and 2341 and 2347 Broke Road, Pokolbin.

The Broke Road frontage has passive rental income from a fully licensed cellar door wine sales outlet, separate residence, dairy/barn and wine storage shed.

Alan Jurd told Property Observer he expects around $6 million for the homestead holding and $4 million for the commercial lot.

“Loggerheads represents the finest example of a country lifestyle with city convenience being just two hours North of Sydney,” said Shelly Jurd, the agency’s rural lifestyle sales director.

There is a video with the marketing.

The noted bon vivant Len Evans, who died in 2006, was the long-time president of the Australian Wine Foundation, having written about wines since 1962.

He began his beverage career after he migrated to Sydney in 1958 and took a casual job as a pub glass-washer at the Ship Inn at Circular Quay.

Title Tattle recalls Evans planted Shiraz and Gammay in the vineyard.

Jonathan Chancellor 12 January 2015

Property Observer
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