A historic homestead and dairy farm linked to the famed Australian cheese company Bega Cheese has been listed for sale after being held by the same family for 168 years.
‘Daisy Bank’, on 163ha includes a granite built bacon factory and smokehouse as well as a homestead that has housed six generations of the D’Arcy family.
Thought to be one of the original farms in the Bega valley, the land was purchased by the family patriarch John D’Arcy in 1854 and was used as a dairy and pig farm before the bacon and ham factory was established in 1870.
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In 1899, John D’Arcy was one of several local farmers in the area to band together as a co-operative butter factory, D’Arcy proposing “That a company, to be called the Bega Co-operative Creamery Company, be originated, according to the Bega Cheese Heritage Center.
The co-op later became known as Bega Cheese.
The homestead was built 133 years ago and was modeled on the family home in Ireland, albeit with the addition of an iconic Australian wraparound veranda which is said to have been added to protect the building from the harsher Australian elements.
Constructed from hand made bricks that were shipped from Sydney to Tathra and then transported by river to the property, the house is partly rendered on the Eastern side with a galvanized iron roof.
The inside of the five bedroom house is like a time capsule and features original ceiling roses, cornices, skirting boards and seven working fireplaces.
It also has etched glass in several of the internal doors and windows and carved cedar surrounds.
There is also a separate four bedroom manager’s residence.
The property is still run as a dairy farm and has a Lely Astronaut milking system.
David Nolan from Webster Nolan Real Estate Surry Hills said he has received interest from local and interstate dairy farmers as well as interstate and overseas buyers interested in the estate’s potential as a lifestyle property.
The house is being sold in conjunction with Gerry Tarlinton from LJ Hooker Bega and is scheduled to go to auction in Sydney on October 11 with a price expectation of around $8m.
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Originally published as Historic homestead linked to Bega Cheese listed for sale