A historical Wahgunyah cottage originally constructed by John Foord, a pioneer of the district, has been recently renovated and will go under the hammer on January 27.
Mr Foord operated a grain mill nearby and built the cottage as the home for his mill manager.
The property known as Mill Cottage is located at 3 Mill Street and was purchased at auction 15 years ago by a director of a prominent Melbourne construction company.
The owner admitted that the property in its then condition, dating from about 1845 with a subsequent addition in 1863, was a shambles, having been gutted.
But having a family connection to the local area and with a young family wanting a weekend getaway the vendor set about completely restoring Mill Cottage by application of his own personal building trades skills.
He was also able to marshal the services and skills of experienced traditional Italian craftsmen from his workforce.
Now with the project completed - and along the way winning an Indigo Shire Award for the Best Historic Building Renovation – and the family pursuing other interests, the completely renovated and restored Mill Cottage property is for sale by public auction.
The onsite auction will take place on January 27 at noon.
Agents Pat Rice & Hawkins are the marketing agents for Mill Cottage.
On offer is a freehold land area of 680 square metres with the restored Mill Cottage having four large bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sitting room and open plan kitchen with a meals area and family room.
The solid brick original building has been enhanced by polished timber floors, the high ceilings have been retained and ornate plaster work replaced.
Upgraded services include gas hydronic heating with ducted evaporative air-conditioning.
Some of the detailing includes a marble surround open fire with marble topped work benches plus a modern gas stove and oven.
Town water and gas is connected while the magnificent covered alfresco area at the rear of the house provides an ideal gathering and entertainment area.
There is also a lock-up garage, while the garden areas are serviced by an in-ground sprinkler system.
Pat Rice & Hawkins selling agent Bart O’Sullivan said that Mill Cottage sits on the high ground of an historic precinct overlooking the now bypassed but still used historic John Foord Bridge that for many years was the sole river crossing between Wahgunyah and Corowa.
“The public auction will be a unique chance for a purchaser seeking a full or part-time retreat in one of the best River Murray town environments,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“The renovation and restoration of Mill Cottage has been a very satisfying personal project for the vendor.
For more information and auction details contact Pat Rice & Hawkins on (03) 9866 5588 or their agents Rob Childs on 0417 579 558 or Bart O’Sullivan on 0408 576 582.