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Historic cottage to be auctioned

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A stone cottage in Central Otago that was originally built in 1897 and has featured in well-known photography and paintings is being presented to the market for sale.

Few properties hold the unique qualities of this historic stone cottage that has undergone an extensive restoration process with room for the finishing touches to be applied by the new owner.

The two-bedroom property sits on the corner of Hills Creek Road and State Highway 85 in heartland Central Otago and is approximately 12km from Saint Bathans, which is famed for its gold and coal mining heritage and was at the centre of the Otago Gold Rush.

Overlooking the Hawkdun Range, where award-winning movie ‘The Power of the Dog’ was partly filmed, the 75sq m house sits on 1,012sq m of land and has been internally rewired. It also has a log burner, bore water facilities, and a fully restored coal range.

With its striking stone exterior, the building has served multiple purposes for the surrounding community throughout its history and has the potential to be used as a dwelling or boutique accommodation for tourists.

Helen Flintoff, Rural and Lifestyle Sales Advisor at Colliers Otago, has been exclusively appointed to market the property for sale via auction that will be held on-site at 10am on Saturday 10 February.

NZ_AucklandCBD_Communications_Historic cottage to be auctioned_Photo 2The house has the potential to be used as a dwelling or boutique accommodation.

Lesley Anderson is the vendor and she has owned the property since 2005 but the time has come for someone else to build on its rich history and write the next chapter.

Anderson has maintained the rustic theme throughout the property’s ongoing restoration process and she gradually worked on the cottage with her family. The door and window frames were made from recycled wood and constructed in Christchurch.

When she first viewed the property before purchasing, Anderson found old newspapers from the 1970s in the cottage, one of which featured a story on an ice skating show she had orchestrated in nearby Alexandra.

“I took that as some sort of sign that it was meant to be,” she says.

“When we bought the cottage it was in a state of ruin but we are incredibly proud of the work we have put into the place and look forward to seeing what the new owner can do.”

NZ_AucklandCBD_Communications_Historic cottage to be auctioned_Photo 3The property sits on 1,012sq m of land in the heart of Central Otago.

Currently there is solar power available in the cottage, provided via a cable from the neighbouring property, which is also for sale, meaning if the new owner was to buy both, solar power can be utilised.

The open plan dwelling also has a partial kitchen, which provides another avenue for the new owner to add their own style.

While Saint Bathans is the closest nearby settlement, Alexandra can be reached in approximately 45 minutes and the farming town of Ranfurly is only 20 minutes away.

Flintoff says this is one of the most unique offerings that will be presented to the market this year.

“The property is steeped in history and has been painted by skilled artists and snapped by professional and hobbyist photographers,” Flintoff says.

“The surrounding backdrop is one of beauty and tranquillity and the new owner will enjoy the peace and serenity that comes with this location.

“The ongoing restoration project has given the cottage a new lease of life, while preserving many of the original features, and it is now perfectly positioned for the new owner to apply the finishing touches.”

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Helen Flintoff

Rural Sales Advisor


As a member of the Colliers Rural team, Helen brings a wealth of experience to the buying and selling process. With a focus on smart strategies and innovative marketing techniques, Helen is committed to providing a client-driven experience that makes her an essential agent to call.

Helen’s upbringing on a sheep farm in Otago has instilled a deep appreciation for the value of hard work and perseverance. Now living on a lifestyle block in the Maniototo, she is passionate about helping families and individuals achieve their real estate goals. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, Helen is dedicated to listening to your needs, communicating effectively, and working at a pace that you are comfortable with to achieve the desired outcome.

With a fresh energetic youthful approach focused on excellent communication, positive experience and commitment that will exceed your expectations.

Her previous experience in education has equipped her with the ability to relate to people, form strong relationships, and provide a simple and effective process that is easy to follow to meet your goals and needs.

For all your real estate needs, Helen prioritises you as her client and invite you to call her first.

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