Lush South Coast farm bursting full with opportunity

Lush South Coast farm bursting full with opportunity
Lush South Coast farm bursting full with opportunity

Heartwood Farm, a 61.17 hectare property,  has just hit the market in Rose Valley on the South Coast.

The Lane Bank Lane homestead, famous for its exotic finger limes which are on the menu at high end Sydney restaurants Catalina and Monopole, has been listed through Ray White estate agents Neil Campbell and Roida Harper whose price guide is above $6 million. 

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom property dates back to 1878, when it was predominantly used for dairy farming, said co-agent Ray White Gerringong sales agent Mr Campbell.

”There’s a lot of interest in Gerringong and of course sustainable farming and Heartwood Farm focuses on creating a sustainable environment, with a well advanced native timber forestry project and three orchards of native Australian finger limes,” he said.

Owners Kim and Fiona Manley said there were multiple revenue streams from local dairy agistment, holiday rentals, wedding/event opportunities, finger limes and the hardwood timber project, or simply a magnificent lifestyle property.

Lush South Coast farm bursting full with opportunity

“We live in the eastern suburbs but we ended up falling in love with the South Coast. So we bought Heartwood Farm over 10 years ago when our boys were young and they had a rich outdoor childhood here. Dirt bikes, beaches, swimming in dams and getting muddy! We would hit the road after Saturday sport and be here in an hour and a half," Ms Manley said.

“We feel very blessed to have created this life balance for our family and with the sustainable plantations that will be here for many generations to come. I think Heartwood Farm would suit a buyer who is looking for a beautiful lifestyle farm with an appreciation of natives and sustainability. You could also run cattle or horses here too. There really are so many options, but for us the time’s right to downsize, as our sons are older now and we want to travel more. For us, it’s time for another chapter.” Ms Manley said.

After they purchased the property the  Manleys partnered with Landcare Australia to plant over 4000 native seedlings, with the help of local school children in Kiama, to restore and regenerate the land  around Ooaree Creek which runs through the property and valley.

Ten years ago, the Manleys started their long term sustainable forestry project, planting thousands of native Australian hardwood species, including Red Cedar, Silky Oak and Quandong.

These highly valuable trees now standing over five metres tall are prized by those in construction, furniture industries for their quality beautiful hardwoods.

In 2013 they also planted  their first native Finger Lime orchard. The soil and climate were a perfect match for Finger Limes and they have since added two more orchards, always using biodynamic farming methods.

Ms Manley said the farm-  which has its own water resources – was spared by the recent fires.

“We were very lucky that’s for sure. Rose Valley is unique , as it’s nestled between the mountains and the sea and has i’s own lush microclimate. It has always been valued by the local dairy farms.”

Over and above the timber plantation, Finger Lime orchards and land regeneration ,  they have made further capital improvements to the house and property , with a house and deck extension, a tennis court,a rainwater irrigation system for the orchards, additional shed and barn, extensive drainage, rock walling and road works.

The Heartwood Finger Limes are sought after by chefs for their unique  flavour and texture.

"We have relationships with the chefs from Quay , Cirrus and many others who truly appreciate this unique native fruit and where and how they are grown.

When there is extra fruit we sell at our local farmers market in Kiama. Foodies love them with their unique texture and pop of flavour. Some are zingy lime and others like grapefruit.They are known as the caviar of the citrus world.”

The harvest normally runs from January to June, with an opportunity to export overseas frozen fruit.

The property was last sold in 2007 for $3.1 million, and $335,700 in 2003. 

 

 

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