NOT every home can claim to have played host to notable figures of Australian history such as Banjo Paterson or Sir Henry Parkes yet "Nanima" at Wellington can.
Constructed from the late 1890s, the seven bedroom homestead is the centrepiece of the 77 hectare (192ac) grazing property today listed for sale, representing a rare opportunity for buyers to secure a part of history and help preserve it for future generations.
"Nanima" is jointly listed with David Nolan, Webster Nolan Real Estate, Sydney, and Rex Turner, LJ Hooker Wellington, for a July 2 auction.
Price expectations are in the range of $1 million to $1.2m.
David Nolan, Webster Nolan Real Estate said "Nanima" was a "true landmark" property of Wellington and the surrounding district.
He said the property represented a great history - not only as evidenced in the history of the ownership, but also the notable figures who had also visited the property over the years, including Sir Henry Parkes.
Mr Nolan said "Nanima" was suited as either a sheep, cattle or horse property, offering good shade and shelter trees such as White Box, Yellow Box and Kurrajong.
He said interest in the property to date had been far and wide, including from the local area as well as from Sydney buyers.
According to the National Trust, the homestead was built by Charles Barton (the uncle of Banjo Paterson), and was constructed of rendered aggregate and stone, with walls about 500mm thick.
Charles Barton - then the manager of the Wellington branch of the Commercial Bank - purchased "Nanima" in 1894; it had previously been owned by Joseph Aarons, and earlier, Joseph Barrow Montefiore, who had received an original land grant in Wellington of 2560 acres (about 1035ha) in 1834.
Upon completion, the homestead was recognised for its quality and grandeur; it features an entrance foyer, central ballroom with vaulted ceiling, formal lounge and dining, master bedroom with separate dressing room, six other bedrooms and two bathrooms, while a two metre verandah surrounds the house.
It was built on an elevated position and takes in views across the undulating property.
The house represents an opportunity for work and restoration by new owners.
The land itself is notable for its frontage to the Macquarie River.
In addition to the historic homestead, Mr Nolan said the old stables were another feature.
They include three stalls, a stable, tack and feed rooms and day yards.
The property also has a set of timber cattle yards
Located about 13 kilometres north east of Wellington, "Nanima" has an average annual rainfall of 620 millimetres.
Contact David Nolan, 0447 278 236; or Rex Turner, (02) 6845 3058.