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Buy a piece of history: Northam manor seeks new owner

Property buyers have the chance to secure a piece of West Australian history, with a heritage-listed mansion in Northam on offer for $2.2 million.
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Set in the heart of the Avon Valley on 21 hectares, the 21-room Buckland House last changed hands 15 years ago.

The two-storey Victorian Georgian residence was built in 1876 for the Dempsters – a prominent pioneering family who were involved in exploration, farming and politics – around the 1836 cottage of original landowner Charles Pratt.

Agent John Garland, of Garland International, says Buckland House is one of the first manor residences in WA. “It is a unique regional masterpiece with one of the few examples of the Dempster-Pratt lifestyle of about 150 years ago,” he says. “It has seen a high level of restoration and upgrading.”

The stately home was once a social hub for the community, with a church and school operating there in the late 19th century. Mr Garland says local folklore suggests it had a colourful history with tales of smuggling, a family feud and buried silver hoard.

With thick stone walls, high decorative ceilings and wide verandahs on both levels, the house now has six bedrooms, three bathrooms and several living rooms, including a drawing room, formal dining room and a garden hall with adjoining courtyard. The country-style kitchen has a scullery.

The property, about 100 kilometres east of Perth, also contains two B&B cottages, a six-stable horse facility, a former granary and a lake.

With the owner selling up to retire, Mr Garland says it presents an outstanding lifestyle opportunity for buyers also looking for commercial prospects.

“Weddings and the B&B are major opportunities, since Northam is lacking in this area,” he says.

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