Magnificent Historic Homestead

Hettae Branka House ~ 5 Bumboras Road

A stunning stone building with original footings and foundations from the second convict settlement 1840 -1844 and constructed as the Nobbs family residence in the late 1880s by the Stonemason of the Melanesian Mission. This home is a historical masterpiece, seeking a new custodian of its grand story. Located in the sought after Bumboras area, the home is ideally located less than 5 minutes drive from town, Kingston, stunning Emily Bay, and local Bumboras Beach. 

Built of calcarenite stone mined from the Kingston reef, the external walls of the property are no less than 50cm thick - external bay windows, french doors and high quality sash windows have been expertly cut into these substantial walls. Four metre high ceilings, New Zealand Kauri internal wall cladding, open fireplaces, and spacious bedrooms set either side of the grand hallway offer the kind of quality and precision building rarely available in modern construction. Structurally the property is in incredible condition, such is the sturdiness of the external walls, and stone foundations.

With various changes through the last 170 years, the home was operated as a restaurant until 2009. The commercial style kitchen with impressive dining areas, and cosy closed in glass verandahs, would enable a quick transition back to a functional operation - or repurposed to a spacious and characterful home. 

In addition to the stunning stone residence, there are 2 x 1 bedroom units located at the rear of the property, which with some renovation could offer guest accommodation, excellent rental returns, or form an option to expand overall floor plan of the home. 

Property Highlights include:

~ 2 large bedrooms with french doors and bay windows opening out to wide stone verandahs

~ Huge commercial kitchen and informal dining space ideal for family living

~ Flagstone open verandahs & an enclosed verandah for all weather use;

~ Established cottage gardens with fruit trees

~ Large water storage (approx 15,000 gallons)

~ Solid external (and some internal) calcarenite stone walls mined during the convict settlement

Branka House has a proud history on the island and is the only existing inhabited example of a stone building outside of the Kingston & Arthur's Vale Historic Area. The current owners have loved her for 40 years and now feel it is time to pass the baton to the next generation of custodians who will take her into a bright future. 

*Building report available on request |Inspections by Appointment only


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Address 5 Bumboras Road, Norfolk Island
Price Offers Over $930,000
Property Type Residential
Property ID 429
Category House
Land Area 6,443 m2

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