The devastated tax collectors behind what is believed to be the only Victorian waterhole you can get to by jet ski reveal why they reluctantly sell.
The devastated publicans behind what is believed to be the only Victorian hotel you can arrive by jet ski are selling the waterhole and farm stay they’ve added to it.
Gary Paxton and Bridget Bowe bought the Granya Hotel last year, intending to revive the pub that traded on the shores of Lake Hume from 1928 to the 1970s before it became a drug rehab center.
They also raised a small menagerie of farm animals at 3100 Murray River Rd, Granya, property.
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“We opened in early November (last year) and during the summer we had groups of jet ski racers from Melbourne and the Victoria area,” said Paxton.
“They were coming up to us for lunch. One afternoon, about 35 boys came out of the water.
But with successive lockdowns, the pair had their doors open for less than five months, even though sites on the NSW side were able to continue trading.
“I’m about 50m from the water and looking at NSW over the beer garden,” he said.
“If we had been open all the time, I have no doubt that local commerce would have skyrocketed. “
But despite abandoning his plans, it’s knowing that he and his partner will have to abandon the animals they raised for the stay at the adjoining farm that is most devastating.
“There are three alpacas, three sheep, the two mini horses and a few mini Herefords roaming the property,” Mr Paxton said.
“We would just take the buggy and hay and let the kids feed all the animals. And losing it’s gonna be the killer.
The Granya was Mr Paxton’s 15th licensed location, and the couple have already spent more than $ 200,000 to renovate and renew the 2.02ha property, using the various blockages to complete a long list of renovations they’ve had to make. they expected to undertake over the next three years.
“With what I’ve been through over the past 18 months, I’m almost done with ads,” Paxton said.
“And there are others who put the keys on the bench and come out too.”
Normally capable of accommodating up to 44 people, the hotel and farm stay combined are severely limited by restrictions.
Commercial limits on the pub left them no choice but to let go of their staff and chef, and make the 93-year-old pub complete with a bar, beer garden, dining room and kitchen. commercial in the market.
It includes a three-bedroom main residence attached to the pub, two renovated cottages, a wood-fired Jacuzzi, animal shelters, vegetable gardens, sheds and rainwater tanks.
Bart Hanrahan of Brian Unthank Real Estate said the property is expected to sell for around $ 1.2 million and has sparked interest from people in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra looking for a tree change or an investment.
“It’s only very rarely that you see something like this,” Mr. Hanrahan said.
“I have never added a miniature horse to a sale.
“And it’s a great place for a beer, with an unreal view of the spillway.”
End of expressions of interest on October 15.
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Originally published as the jet ski pub Granya Hotel list pub, Farm stay on Lake Hume