The rural landmark Bishopthorpe Manor near Goulburn is up for sale, complete with “monks quarters” and a chapel in the original stables.
Built in 1870 for Bishop Mesac Thomas, Goulburn’s first bishop, the historic bluestone manor boasts an impressive provenance since then, including a stint as a girls’ school, the home of Yarralumla Station owner Frederick Campbell in 1913, a conference centre, boutique guest house, host of the 2005 Celebrity Overhaul reality television show and now as home to Marshal Baxter, of Baxter’s Boots fame.
Baxter, who bought the 21-hectare property a decade ago for $2.3 million, is himself from a notable part of our national history, managing one of the earliest Australian businesses. What began as William Teece’s boot business in 1850 was bought by Henry Baxter in 1885, and is now run by his great-grandson Marshall Baxter.
Baxter bought Bishopthorpe in 2007 from the liquidators acting on behalf of Franklin Winkler’s Huka Investment company.
Winkler's son Maurizio Winkler had overseen an extensive renovation of the property into a boutique guest stay following their purchase of it in 2003 for $2,975,000.
Winkler's renovation wasn't the first. Previous owners, keen huntsman Ray Willmott and his wife Marjorie, had also undertaken a major renovation into a B&B following their 1999 purchase for $1.33 million, although they sold it four years later.
Barry McEntee, of First National Real Estate Goulburn, has the listing.