Dartmoor Homestead on the market

Dartmoor Homestead is widely recognised as one of Naracoorte’s premier properties.

But few would realise its true standing as an inextricable part of Naracoorte’s history.

Not many would know, for instance, that a cottage on the grounds of Dartmoor was Naracoorte’s first ever dwelling. Or that the sale of the long-held property in the early 1900s actually opened up land that led to the eventual growth of Naracoorte to what it is today.

Dartmoor Homestead, on McLay St, is available for sale through Ottoson Partners Real Estate, which held an open evening for visitors to look through the majestic property last Friday.

The main homestead is the jewel in the crown of the estate, comprising two buildings joined to create both formal and informal living and dining areas, four bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The historic cottage provides more accommodation, as does a “bachelor’s hall”. The estate has been both a private home and a bed and breakfast enterprise in recent years.

Its history of ownership throughout the years is almost like a “Who’s who of Naracoorte”.

Local historian Judy Murdoch said the first person to stake out a claim on the property in the 1840s was George Ormerod, whose selection called “Naracoorte Station" was so large that it included most of what is now Naracoorte, and joined up with the expansive properties of the Smiths at Hynam.

Ormerod built a reed shack on the creek, then established a stone cottage which was Naracoorte’s first official dwelling. Ormerod sold part of his holdings to another famous Naracoorte identity, William MacIntosh, just a few years later. MacIntosh established a settlement called Kincraig.

In the mid-1850s, Ormerod sold the remainder of the run to William and John MacIntosh. Thomas Magarey later bought the lease of Naracoorte.

Two townships, Kincraig and Naracoorte, emerged side by side, but in 1869, the two towns overcame their rivalry to combine under one name, Naracoorte.

During his time at Naracoorte Station, Mrs Murdoch said MacIntosh started to build a mansion, but he went bankrupt and was forced from the property. Over the years, the magnificent homestead was completed in four separate stages by subsequent owners.

Naracoorte Station was in time renamed Dartmoor Estate, and in 1902 Magarey sold a large part of his holdings around Naracoorte to the state government. After tightly holding this land for more than half a century, the sale allowed the further expansion of the town.

To enquire about owning a significant part of Naracoorte’s history, Dartmoor Homestead, contact Ottoson Partners.