TIME-HONOURED FARM FOR SALE
WIND back the clock a few centuries to WA’s settlement years, a time when this property’s owners faced the challenges of keeping neighbours’ destructive pigs out of the garden and travelling long distances on horseback to get medical attention.
While the world has moved on, Woodbine Estate provides a snapshot of the past, with original infrastructure and prospect of a self-sufficient rural lifestyle as achievable as it was for farming pioneers in the late 1800s.
The 80ha property with beautiful Moore River frontage in the small Wheatbelt town of Regans Ford, about 110km north of Perth, is on the market and ready for new owners to make their own history at the farm.
Selling agent Adam Shields, who specialises in rural, horticulture and lifestyle properties in the Dandaragan and Gingin shires, said buyers had a rare opportunity to own a historic farm with a habitable settler’s cottage near the city and coast.
“Back in the early days, they only selected the best properties to develop a lifestyle,” he said.
“Woodbine Estate is a great example self-sufficient of WA heritage, fully renovated and maintained to the day.
“It offers a great country lifestyle, with the new owners able to enjoy fresh water to drink, marron to catch and kangaroo
reported Thomas Bandy, who hailed from England, achieved his dream of land ownership when he bought a property on the banks of a rich swamp in 1886.
Hartley Bowen built many homes in the area at the time including the Woodbine house, believed to be the first on the river with an iron roof.
Timber from the Seabird shipwreck was used in its construction and can today be seen over the doorways and in the rafters.
The shearing shed, pig sty and windmill are also original features at the property, where Mr Bandy and his wife Martha raised 12 children while helping develop other landholdings in the area.
Mr de Burgh said Mrs Bandy was known for having a very decisive and forthright character while he recounted tales of pesky pigs and long journeys to the doctor.
“Many a battle royal raged between Mrs Bandy and (neighbour) Edward Regan when his pigs raided her garden.