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Five Rural Estates To Own

Escape the rat race with one of these sprawling country retreats.

By Terry Christodoulou
Mon, Mar 15, 2021 5:55amGrey Clock 3 min

The well-documented escape to the country continues unabated – metro dwellers looking for something more given ascendant city prices and COVID’s forced rethink on space and the traditional working week.

Here, we cut through the dross to deliver five standout escapes from across the country.


Olio Milo Estate, Pokolbin, NSW

Olio Milo represents the pinnacle of Hunter Valley living. The country estate features a 25.5-hectare vineyard and olive grove, including a small olive oil and wine business.

Elsewhere, the southern European styled six-bedroom main residence is accompanied by magnificent grounds, while a two-bedroom guest house, managers cottage and olive processing plant round out what is an exceptional and unique offering.



5 Blake Court, Mount Samson, QLD

Courtesy Innov8 Property

Situated in a breathtaking location — with views of the hills and beyond — this impeccable residence is a combination of Hamptons and contemporary Queenslander, with soaring ceilings and beautiful timber adornments.

Beyond the two-hectares of land and jaw-dropping pool, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom, four-car garage pile offers impeccable ‘granny flat’, cinema room, Smeg, Miele and Liebherr appliances and a raft of smart home gadgetry.



534 Donaldson Road, Ancona, VIC


‘Hayfield Rise’ is an incredible take on high-country architectural modernity, situated in Victoria’s impressive Ancona Valley.

Sat on 20 hectares, the home’s s four pavilions, five bedrooms and four bathrooms offer space, light and designer flourishes at all turns.

The home – which also wraps around a central pool – is characterised by the use of recycled timbers, concrete, stone and galvanised iron, touching on the past and also developing a unique, modern narrative.

The gardens, by acclaimed landscape designer Paul Bangay, surround the house and include fruit tree orchard, rose garden, perennial garden beds and more.




3383 Chittering Road, Chittering, WA

This is a majestic and modern 1000sqm home perched on a rise that allows stunning views across the Brockman River Valley.

The single-level house – which rests on 61-hectares – boasts five-bedrooms, three-bathrooms and room for 14 cars. Yes, 14. Floor to ceiling windows dominate, so too the use of cedar and Toodyay stone.

Wrapped around a luxury 25-metre pool, it’s outside you’ll also find an LED floodlit tennis/basketball/netball court, with an all-weather surface and fully enclosed cricket pitch as well as large, undercover playground area.

Located in the hills outside Perth — meaning trips to the ‘big smoke’ remain an option whenever needed.



71 Sand Road, Jupiter Creek, SA

Courtesy: Dee-Anne Hunt

A heady combination of privacy, luxury and functionality, ‘Bandarrah’ provides the best in country living.

The expansive 574sqm residence offers six living spaces, five-bedrooms and three-bathrooms and is set across 21.85-hectares. There’s also designer pool and impressive entertainer’s pool house.

Set up for horses with 16 paddocks and four holding yards, the shedding complex will prove attractive to any serious car collector or those seeking a solid workshop.

While you won’t want to leave – Adelaide remains an easy 35-minute meander.



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