RARE OPPORTUNITY: Bonnie Doon in Alstonville is up for auction
RARE OPPORTUNITY: Bonnie Doon in Alstonville is up for auction Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Secure a slice of history

EVERY man's home is his castle and one historic house going to auction soon is no exception.

In fact, the serenity is almost guaranteed.

Bonnie Doon, on Lismore Road, Alstonville, dates from the early 1900s.

Local historian Jane Gardiner said the house was built by the Bullwinkle family, early German settlers who owned a tract of land between Alstonville and Wollongbar.

"Charles Bullwinkle was the manager of the Rous sugar mill and when the sugar industry declined he was smart enough to go into cattle," Mrs Gardiner said.

"He was one of the wealthiest men in town and the family were heavily involved in the community.

"Mr Bullwinkle snr gave some of the land to his sons and one son built Bonnie Doon probably some time between 1910 and 1920.

"Fountain Dale, another Bullwinkle house, has since been moved across the road and still stands. It is one of the oldest houses in Alstonville, probably built in the 1890s.

"Bonnie Doon has a great history and should be heritage listed."

Mrs Gardiner said Charles Bullwinkle snr died in 1917 and the name of the house probably came from his Scottish wife.

The original farmhouse has been restored and features pressed metal ceilings, polished timber floors and stained glass. There is also a rare double gable.

The bedrooms have french doors out to the veranda, the formal lounge and dining rooms each have a working fireplace and the living room has a wood heater. A cooktop with teppanyaki plate is the feature of a modern kitchen.

Outside, the gardens include a giant fig tree older than the house, an in-ground pool and one of Alstonville's first tennis courts.

Bonnie Doon will be auctioned by Elders Real Estate Alstonville on February 8.



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