Sir Don Bradman’s getaway for sale

Don Bradman acquired Glenquarry Farm in 1959.

An Adelaide Hills getaway purchased in 1959 by Sir Donald Bradman is for sale by his former daughter-in-law, Judith Bradsen.

Glenquarry Farm, on 8.9 hectares at Crafers West, is being quoted at $1.95-$2.25 million.

Raine & Horne Strathalbyn agent Paul Clifford said the property was acquired by the cricket great, his wife, Jessie and son, John – who later changed his surname to Bradsen.

“Apart from being the family retreat of Australia’s greatest ever cricketer the original cottage we believe is one of the first homes built in the Adelaide Hills,” the agent added.

“It’s claimed the [homestead] was built by a runaway from the British naval expedition before South Australia’s proclamation in 1836,” according to the executive.

Crafers West is about a 15 minute drive from Adelaide’s CBD.

Sir Don additions

Sir Don extended the original property and added a studio and outbuildings.

“He was most adept as a painter and tutored me well in the art of working the brush,” according to Ms Bradsen, of a revamp he also carried out (story continues below).

“However, I do still attribute the Don to a few drops of paint left under the rug in the dining room”.

Glenquarry Farm also includes a barn, self contained retreat, and workshop.

“Just like a Sir Donald, who was a stockbroker, we expect Glenquarry Farm will attract professionals from the city seeking a peaceful retreat in the Adelaide Hills,” Mr Clifford added.

“The movement of equity rich buyers out of the city to find a holiday getaway has collected speed since COVID, but this property’s proximity to Adelaide also means it could quickly become the buyer’s permanent home”.

Buyers who might consider converting 117 Sheoak Road into a bed and breakfast are also being targeted.

Sir Don died in 2001, aged 92, four years after his wife.

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Marc Pallisco

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