Nagambie district homestead built by late Victorian minister Marie Tehan, listed by her daughters

Marie Tehan died of the rare Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in 2004.

A trophy riverside homestead built by late politician Marie Tehan is being sold by her daughters.

Dalhousie, at 1878 Northwood Road, Mitchellstown, in the Nagambie district, is expected to trade for more than $2.8 million.

About 125 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD, the lifestyle property covers 46.5 hectares and has about 500 metres of Goulburn River frontage.

Ms Tehan and her husband Jim acquired the land in 1995, later employing architect Chris Parry to design a home beside the waterway.

With an internal area of about 540 square metres, the dwelling is configured with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a library/study and numerous dining and living areas, one with an open fireplace.

It offers north-facing river views from many rooms.

Dalhousie adjoins landmark property Swettenham Stud, owned by thoroughbred breeder, Adam Sangster.

The homestead, with an internal area of about 540 square metres, is beside a wide section of the Goulburn River.

The recently refurbished Mitchelton Winery and Hotel – owned by the Ryan family, which founded Jayco – is in the area as is the Purbrick family’s Tabilk winery and vineyard.

Pat Rice & Hawkins Matt Childs and Bart O’Sullivan are closing an expressions of interest campaign for Dalhousie on Friday, June 26.

“The Tehan family has a long multi-generational involvement in agriculture in north central Victoria and were renowned for their ability to acquire and hold prime country,” Mr Childs said.

The library/study overlooks the Goulburn River.

“The late Marie Tehan secured the Dalhousie land as a prime district holding with one of the best direct Goulburn River exposures along its length.

“The homestead was built to capture this special location.

“Northwood Road which extends only twenty minutes beyond the Hume Freeway interchange at Seymour forms the golden mile of the Mitchell Shire thoroughbred industry.

“Not only is Swettenham next door but just down the road is the acclaimed Godolphin stud property and several other breeding landmarks are in the immediate area”.

Marie Tehan served terms in both houses of the Victorian Parliament holding appointments as both Minister for Health and later Conservation in the Kennett Liberal government.

Dalhousie spreads 46.5 hectares.

Born in Melbourne, before marrying in 1963, and having six children, Ms Tehan died at aged 64 from a rare illness called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), which also killed her sister 20 years earlier.

“It is a one in a million disease,” her brother Paddy O’Brien said at Marie Tehan’s funeral, which was attended by Steve Bracks, the late Joan Kirner and former Melbourne Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle.

“The chances of two sisters getting it is one in a billion”.

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