Historic Blayney property Framlingham is up for sale

Throughout Blayney's long history, only a few of the stately homes have a pedigree as distinguished as John Plumb's Framlingham.

John Plumb was elected as Blayney's first mayor in 1882 and although the exact date of construction is unknown, research by the Blayney Shire Local and Family History Group shows that the Plumb family lived in Blayney from 1873 to 1886.

Over the years the property took on other names such as Te Rata and Holly Folly, and it seems that it has always had a distinguished list of occupants.

The first doctor to practice in Blayney was Dr Ernest Edwards Griffiths who lived in the house from 1886 to 1901.

The house hosted a number of doctors after Dr Griffith's including the Smith-Marrs and fellow New Zealander Dr Purchas who may have named it Te Rata after the 4th Maori king.

Te Rata then became the residence for varying periods of the following doctors: Dr. Percy Dean Bray, 1910-1917; Dr. Sydney James Woolnough, 1917-1918; Dr. Victor Asher, 1918-1919 and Dr. Charles Henry Oliver, 1919-27.

Orange based real estate agent Scott Peterson said that the current owners had lived in the property for the past 10 years and had undertaken a number of restoration projects during that time.

"The interior has a number of original features that really makes this a unique property," Mr Peterson said.

Sitting on 2,000 square metres the seven bedroom, three bathroom residence was converted into a bed and breakfast just before the COVID-19 lockdowns commenced.

Mr Peterson said that the property would suit either an investor looking at the possibility of continuing that style of short-term let, as longer term accommodation or back to a family home.

"We've been getting a huge amount of interest from people in Sydney and in Orange who are searching for a property as unique and good value as this," he said.

"Depending on the zoning you could open another gallery, cafe or other enterprise here and live comfortably upstairs."

At prices around $750,000 Mr Peterson says that it may appear to be at the higher end of the market for Blayney, but prices are increasing, especially for properties at the upper end of the market.

"We recently sold a property in Carcoar for $940,000," he said. "If we could drag this to Orange I could put a two in the front of it."