Jonathan Chancellor | 11 November 2012

Former Mel Gibson Springbank Angus cattle retreat listed

Former Mel Gibson Springbank Angus cattle retreat listed

The former Victorian rural beef cattle retreat of actor Mel Gibson has been listed for sale.

Springbank, a 390-hectare farm in the Kiewa Valley near Albury/Wodonga with views of the Australian Alps, was bought by Mel Gibson in the late 1980s as a retreat to run Angus cattle.

A four-title holding was sold  in 2004 by Gibson for $1.825 million to the current vendor, Albert Park racehorse owner David Trevethan and wife, Christine, who have $5.5 million-plus hopes for the Gundowring farm.

It's been marketed as recreated since it was Mad Max's playground, with the original homestead replaced by a four-bedroom, four-bathroom homestead with designer kitchen, library, formal lounge and dining rooms, and a glass-roofed conservatory. The 620-square-metre stone home was designed by Peter Barton and features ironbark hardwood floors, rosewood doors, and wide, grey box verandas.

The barn has been converted into an entertainment area with open fireplace and a bar, as well as self-contained accommodation with a bedroom with ensuite.

The property, which has been used to run cattle and train horses, also offers cattle yards, machinery sheds, paddocks and 17 dams.

Offers are due with Peter Hawkins of Pat Rice & Hawkins by November 23.

Last year a 60-hectare holding sold by Gibson to Trevethan was listed for sale with a $750,000 asking price.

Involved in the racing industry as an owner and breeder for almost 40 years, David Trevethan's notable success came from part ownership of Better Loosen Up, who went on to win the Cox Plate and the Japan Cup.

At one staged Gibson owned two ranches Beartooth Ranch near Columbus, Montana, and his home ranch in Victoria. 

The two beef operations, which comprised Beartooth International, shared a common seedstock genetic base as well as marketing strategies.

The 20,000- acre (8,094-hectare) Montana ranch, named after the Beartooth Mountain range bordering it on the west, ran 1,200 cows.

“I preferred the natural existence and open space of a ranch over claustrophobic city life,” Gibson once said, so he went looking for something that would "soothe me between making films".

Springbank internal pictures on page 2

 

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