Surrounded by orchards, lush paddocks and spectacular bush and water views, Herons Rise Vineyard is a stunning property at Kettering, just south of Hobart and in the centre of a culinary paradise.
The family-owned property has three holiday cottages on its 4.64ha and superb views across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island, on the slopes above Kettering village, which has a population of about 1000.
There is also a large two-storey residence, a small vineyard, sublime gardens, lawns and trees, a bore, a dam, and numerous water tanks. The owners are open to offers above $3million.
“it’s a very beautiful place, in magnificent, pristine condition,” says John Blacklow, from Knight Frank. “Everything there is top class. Kettering is only 30 minutes from Hobart and the site for the ferry to Bruny Island.”
The hills around Kettering are lush and green, and many holidaymakers use Herons Rise as a base for long stays to experience one of the most spectacular regions of Tasmania.
Herons Rise has also proved extremely popular for family stays with its array of farm pets including miniature Mediterranean donkeys, blue egg-laying Araucana chooks, Indian Runner ducks and Babydoll Sheep.
Kettering’s busy Oyster Cove Marina is the base for the Bruny Island ferry and home to scores of yachts.
The area around Kettering was explored by French naval officer Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux in 1792 and was settled in the early 19th century by timber cutters, whalers and sealers.
Today the area is noted for its orchards growing apples, cherries and pears, as well as its boating and fishing. It has also become a lifestyle choice for commuters wanting a rural home with jaw-dropping views of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, and yet still only a half-hour drive from Hobart. The town also serves as a beautiful stopover for travellers on the road south to the Huon River Region.
The Oyster Cove Inn was built in the late 19th century by Alfred Cotton, a wealthy grazier who at different times owned vast outback stations including Brunette Downs in the Northern Territory. Cotton would holiday in Tasmania to escape the oppressive heat and humidity of Australia’s north.
Bruny Island supports the world's largest population of the endangered forty-spotted pardalote, up to a third of the world population of the swift parrot, all 12 of Tasmania's endemic bird species, and up to 240,000 breeding pairs of the Tasmanian mutton bird.
Just 3km from Herons Rise, The Raptor Refuge is situated on an 8ha property overlooking Kettering and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Among its splendid grounds, the refuge contains three of the largest raptor flight aviaries anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. They are purpose-built to flight train wedge-tailed eagles, sea eagles and other birds, during their recovery from injury.
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