A heritage-listed property in the Grampians is on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Warrayure, established in about 1860, is located at Moutajup with commanding views of the Grampians.
Designed by notable Melbourne architect John Shanks Jenkins, the five-bedroom homestead is set to go to auction for a price between $5 million and $5.5 million.
Charles Stewart Hamilton listing agent Andrew Dufty said Mr Jenkins was well-known for designing Melbourne's iconic Princes Bridge.
"The Princes Bridge is one of his architectural masterpieces. The homestead, woolshed, stables and coach house were all designed by Mr Jenkins and are constructed of local bluestone," he said.
"Historically the property has also got links to the earliest pioneers of the state, which is fantastic."
The property was first taken up as part of the Mt Sturgeon Plains squatting run by Alexander Cameron. It was then transferred to Stephen Henty in 1860 who owned Warrayure until he died in 1872.
"The Henty family were one of the earliest settlers in Victoria. They were the first over-traders from Tasmania in Portland," Mr Dufty said.
"The property also has a jail. It has one window with bars and one door which is lockable from the outside. I don't know who would have occupied it.
"The location is very good as well. It is located just between Hamilton and Dunkeld. It has got beautiful views of the southern end of the Grampians.
"It's on a highly productive bank of the country that can be used for either cropping or grazing."
Mr Dufty said due to the COVID-19 restrictions, potential Melbourne buyers have not been able to inspect the property.
"Normally we would expect a lot of buyers from Melbourne for a place like this, but they can't travel due to Covid.
"There has been a lot of enquiries from Melbourne, but not inspections because of the inability to travel.
"So the buyers are really coming from regional Victoria - generally from west of Geelong, through to the South Australia border."
The property also includes three machinery sheds, equine facilities, steel sheep yards, steel cattle yards and four silos with an approximate 2000 bag capacity. A high level of water security is provided with 11 dams and six bores.
Warrayure is well suited to a range of agricultural pursuits including wool and sheepmeat production, cattle grazing and cropping.
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