Knight Frank Tasmania

Introduction


Introduction

An estate of significant provenance and sublime presence, Freshwater Point offers country tranquility and extensive Tamar Estuary frontage in a setting that seems a world away – yet is merely moments from Legana shopping and some 15 minutes from central Launceston. 

Spectacular gardens and the satisfying crunch of the gravel drive deliver you to the homestead, originally constructed by Jonathan Griffiths c1824 on land first named Freshwater Point by Matthew Flinders. 

The sense of history is palpable throughout the quadruple convict brick built residence that reveals all the benefits of a renovation project that has been comprehensive in its reach, compelling in its refinement. 

Evocative original details define superb period spaces that reveal elegant verandah dimensions and delightful garden views through romantic French doors while the up-to-date efficiency of the light-filled kitchen cannot be faulted. 

Five bedrooms and three bathrooms include one of each in ‘The Folly, an award winning Georgian inspired dual level apartment that seamlessly melds modern excellence to the homestead’s classical elegance. 
Views over the grounds to the Tamar, three self-contained cottages and extensive out buildings and storage contribute character and convenience in equal measure.

 Entertaining is made even more memorable by terrace expanses and the solar heated saltwater pool. 

A captivating cellar, highly regarded vineyard, majestic mature trees, heirloom plantings, a 30m jetty and a deep water mooring accompany Freshwater Point, a property that enthralls, engages and entices in different ways each and every day.


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Location


Location

The property is situated in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley approximately 30 minutes north of Launceston City Centre. 

The satellite suburb of Legana is situated 5 minutes from the property, where a major Shopping Centre is located. 

The Tamar Valley Wine route is one of the most spectacular places in the world. 

With a cool climate due to latitude, the Tamar valley basin provides lush green landscapes with views overlooking the snow capped mountains of Ben Lomond in the winter months.

This property is appox 30 mins (29.3 km) from the Launceston Airport and 20 mins (16.1 km) from the Launceston CBD and Approx 60 minutes to the Devonport Ferry Terminal.


History


History

Matthew Flinders first sailed up the Tamar River in 1798 where he named the area Freshwater Point as it was where he found water fresh enough to drink. Is was not until the 1820’s when Jonathan Griffiths one of Tasmania most successful colonists built  Freshwater Point Homestead.

Jonathan Griffiths was only 15 when he was convicted of grand larcency and was transported to Australia. He arrived on the second fleet in 1790 on the Scarborough where he was transferred to Norfolk Island.
 
Griffiths was pardoned in 1804 and in 1822 sailed into Launceston  and was granted 2300 acres at Freshwater Point where he built the homestead.

When Griffiths died in 1839 he was reputed to be the richest man in Tasmania.


Improvements - home


Improvements - home

  • Purchased by Peter and Elizabeth Wallis in 2003 and renovated/restored 2006 by CRC (Master Builder of the Year 2012)
  • Property retains many original features 
  • Polished timber floors throughout including sections of original pit-sawn timber sourced from the property
  • Quadruple thickness convict brick walls with ashlar render
  • Attached self-contained apartment “The Folly”
  • Central hallway with original double door entry facing the Tamar river (the original “front door” to the house)
  • 4 bedrooms (1 en-suite) including a bunk room
  • Family bathroom with freestanding bath, separate shower and open fireplace
  • Sitting room with original plaster work, ceiling rose, open fireplace and two double French doors to verandah
  • Dining room with open fireplace, access to verandah and cellar
  • Music room/library with full height built-in bookshelves, open fireplace and access to verandah and gravel courtyard
  • Powder room, laundry
  • Country kitchen with pantry, Rosieres “Paul Bocuse” cooker, Qasair rangehood, small freestanding Morso log-burner and recently added Velux opening skylight. 
  • Small double-glazed breakfast conservatory with floor heating
  • Triple stone-walled underground wine cellar accessible from dining room and from garden
  • Ducted heating and cooling
  • Security system
  • NBN connection
  • Verandah surrounding 3 sides with direct access from bedrooms, sitting room and dining     room
  • Sweeping views of the Tamar river from every aspect

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Improvements - "The Folly"


Improvements - "The Folly"

  • Award winning 3 storey attached apartment built in Georgian style using recycled Georgian windows and doors,  and a major structural oregon beam from a Salamanca Place warehouse c1860
  • Upper floor bedroom with four shuttered, arched, Georgian windows with views of garden and river
  • Sitting room with double French doors to Juliet balcony, log burner, heat pump, staircase
  • Bathroom and dressing room, basement storage room, double French doors to separate deck

Improvements - the cottages & outbuildings


The Cottages (Elm Cottage, Stables and Hayloft)

  • 3 self-contained cottages with bathrooms and kitchens (2br, 1br and 1 br)

Outbuildings

  • Storage shed/garage
  • Restored original shed/garage with pizza oven and wood storage
  • Tool shed
     

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Improvements - garden


  • Several acres of mature formal and informal gardens with extensive lawn areas to river edge
  • Fully irrigated gardens and lawn
  • Magnificent displays of blossoms and bulbs in spring, colourful flowering borders in summer and vibrant autumn colours
  • Large areas of naturalised flowering bulbs including many rare varieties of daffodils
  • Various garden ornaments and structures including numerous sculptural pieces by renowned Tasmanian sculptor Folko Kooper (www.koopertasmania.com.au)
  • Sandstone fishpond with bronze fountain
  • Extensive gravel paths, borders and stone walls
  • Large numbers of mature elm trees and other trees
  • “Weeping Elm” on Significant Tree Register
  • Large terrace for outside entertaining
  • Part of Australian Open Garden Scheme November 2014 – 900 visitors over the weekend raising $8000 for charity
     

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Improvements - launching ramp, jetty & deep water mooring


Improvements - launching ramp, jetty & deep water mooring

  • Concrete launching ramp, non-slip gravel surface
  • Timber jetty approximately 30m in length
  • Deep water mooring with transferable permit approximately 40m from jetty, visible from homestead, serviced March 2020
  • Transferable lease on Crown reserve adjacent to the jetty

Improvements - vineyard (0.3 hectares)


Improvements - vineyard (0.3 hectares)

  • Established 1960s (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • Extended in 2008 (Pinot Noir, multiple clones)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon removed 2016 – replanted with Pinot Noir (pommard clone)
  • Fully irrigated
  • Highly regarded Pinot Noir (Halliday 2017 PN 97points)
  • Easily managed

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Floorplan


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