When your home is a cas­tle

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - JARROD BEVAN

AF­TER 31 glo­ri­ous years in the Der­went Val­ley, Garry Roohan and Pat Kel­sall are ready to re­tire, and with that comes putting their historic river­front man­sion on the market.

For Pat, buy­ing Tyn­wald more than three decades ago was a dream come true.

“My dream home was to live in a Scot­tish cas­tle,” she said. “So when I first saw Tyn­wald’s tur­ret, it made me gasp with ex­cite­ment. A cas­tle in Tas­ma­nia? What could be bet­ter than that.

“My hus­band is Aus­tralian, and he was re­lieved to put aside the idea of liv­ing through a Scot­tish win­ter!”

At the time Pat and Garry were liv­ing in Ade­laide.

There are cer­tainly old build­ings in South Aus­tralia, but few would boast the rich his­tory of the 10-bed­room 1830s home at New Nor­folk.

Pat knows the time is right to sell, but is a lit­tle wary of the day a “sold” sign is placed at Tyn­wald’s front gate.

“When that day comes, it will be so emo­tional for us,” she said. “I will need a huge box of Kleenex when we leave.”

Just a 30-minute drive from Ho­bart, stately Tyn­wald has had only five own­ers in its near 200-year his­tory.

The home has stained-glass win­dows, func­tional fire­places and pressed-me­tal ceil­ings.

The man­sion is set on 14 hectares of pic­turesque water­side land on sev­eral ti­tles.

The man­i­cured gar­dens in­clude a lawned pool area and a ten­nis court, and a ve­randa wraps around the home.

Within the grounds there is a mill dat­ing back to 1820 — the first in the dis­trict — and a 1822 grain store that has been con­verted into a self-cater­ing cot­tage.

Tourism news has been running hot in the Der­went Val­ley of late, in­clud­ing the open­ing of a deluxe “glamp­ing” re­sort, grow­ing Mount Field Na­tional Park visi­tor num­bers, the in­stant suc­cess of the Agrar­ian Kitchen Eatery and Store, and the forth­com­ing May­dena Bike Park, set to open in sum­mer.

Pat said with busi­ness pick­ing up in the area, the tim­ing felt right for them to sell.

“It has been a seven-day-per-week job running our 25seat restau­rant and our ac­com­mo­da­tion busi­ness, but it does feel like the cor­rect time to sell,” she said.

“How­ever, when the first peo­ple came through for an in­spec­tion, they were think­ing Tyn­wald would be per­fect for a pri­vate house rather than a busi­ness. Who knows how it will all pan out?”

Tyn­wald is listed with Ray White Ho­bart as an “ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est” sale.

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