A lifestyle with elegance at Eltham Valley Pantry
A UNIQUE lifestyle opportunity has hit the real estate market with the listing of the renowned Eltham Valley Pantry.
For seven years, owners James Payne and Julie Rhodes have run the cafe and 7.5ha farm in the lush green Eltham Valley, and now they are ready to kick back.
After planting 330 pecan seedlings in 1995, the couple moved a 110-year-old farm house from Gundurimba onto the property and spent two years renovating it, before Eltham Valley Pantry opened its doors in March 2007.
The business has gone from strength to strength, picking up a swag of regional and local awards, and featuring in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide every year since 2008.
"Every year the numbers increase, the reputation gets better, and the accolades keep coming," Mr Payne said.
"It's such a beautiful place and a great opportunity for someone to come in and take over a well-established business."
The couple, who also own a 28ha farm opposite Eltham Valley Pantry, said they were ready to enter the next phase of their lives.
"We are both in our late 50s and are ready to hand over the business and the farm to someone younger."
Julie now has a full time job in Lismore, while James said he had plenty of work to do around the farm.
Mr Payne said the pecan nuts grown on the farm were sold to businesses across the region.
"I would be prepared to stay on for a while to help the new owners with the farming to show them the ropes."
Listed for $875,000 with Scott Harvey Real Estate, the property includes water licences to irrigate the pecan orchard, a tractor and farm equipment, buildings, the cafe and trained staff.
"There is approval from the council to build a house on a 2000sq m site with a beautiful outlook across the valley," Mr Payne said.