Lake House, Cressy listed by Virgin Australia co-founder

Lake House, Cressy listed by Virgin Australia co-founder
Lake House, Cressy listed by Virgin Australia co-founder

Virgin Australia co-founder Rob Sherrard has listed Lake House at Cressy in Tasmania, one of Australia's most iconic Georgian farming homes.

The colonial property on 490 hectares in Cressy, 35 kilometres south-west of Launceston, was built in 1830 by London shipowner Robert Corney.

Inspired by British architect Sir John Soane, the stately three storey residence overlooking the Macquarie River has eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms and a number of appointed reception rooms of Georgian proportions.

Some $500,000 plus was conservatively expected to be needed to renovate the home when Sherrard bought it for $4,805,000 in 2004 after 50 years ownership by the Wall family.

Two renovated farm houses, stables, coach house and gardner's cottage make up the gardens that are well suited for cropping and fattening land. 

There are $15 million expectations through Unique Estates agent Dominic Romeo.

Soon after the house was finished, Corney drowned in one of the rivers with his widow in residence until the 1860s. 

It is listed with Nicolette van Wijngaarden and Dominic Romeo at Unique Estates.

This article was first published in the Weekend Australian Mansion Australia property section.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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