Buy­ers scarce for the Bloom­field Lodge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Hay­den Smith

BUY­ERS are prov­ing hard to woo for a re­mote Far North hol­i­day venue.

Bloom­field Lodge, about 70km north of Port Dou­glas, has now been on the mar­ket for about two years.

Ac­ces­si­ble only by boat or air, the prop­erty has been placed into “hi­ber­na­tion un­til new own­er­ship is found”.

In the heart of the Dain­tree, the 2.9ha prop­erty has gained in­ter­na­tional ac­claim over the years.

But Syd­ney-based agent Dar­ren Cur­tis, of Ken Ja­cobs, said buy­ers for unique and pres­tige prop­er­ties such as Bloom­field Lodge were “few and far be­tween”.

“The in­quiry level is good, but it’s find­ing some­one who has the ca­pac­ity and would have the long-term ne­ces­sity for such a thing,” he said. “Over­seas in­ter­est is quite high, but it’s about find­ing some­one for whom this prop­erty works.

“It (Bloom­field Lodge) is an on­go­ing busi­ness op­por­tu­nity, which cuts the mar­ket down again. But it will sell … it’s just a niche prop­erty in a niche mar­ket.”

Bloom­field Lodge is one of the last re­main­ing Far North Queens­land as­sets of Bri­tish busi­ness­man Mike Goo­ley, who bought the prop­erty in 1990 and spent $7 mil­lion trans­form­ing it into an iconic eco re­treat.

He re­cently sold his Edge Hill man­sion for $1.22 mil­lion, which he built not long af­ter buy­ing Bloom­field Lodge.

Bloom­field Lodge, 70km north of Port Dou­glas, can only be ac­cessed by boat or air

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