Known as: Serenade Olive Grove, comprising of 16.039 Ha
High-set 4 Bedrooms, hardiplank low-maintenance timber-profile exterior cladding, master b.r. with ensuite.
Three bedrooms with built-in robes. Large laundry/sewing room, media room, 2 kw solar power generating system, solar hotwater system, telephone extensions throughout residence, including one at farm workshop, home carpeted throughout, new model woodfired centrally located stove/oven, 120 000 I. rainwater storage tanks, some systems interconnected. 4 independent watering/pumping systems.
800 mature olive trees, in 3 groves of approx. 10 ha
varieties: manzanilla, Queen of Spain, carignola, Mission and Frantoio (all producing since 2007) growing mostly in liberally-draining rich sandy loam soils, gentle slope has predominantly easterly aspect.
Harvests cycle biannually, groves produce at different years in those cycles.
To Date, all harvests, except for 2007, have been processed into table olives, following time-honoured receipts from Italy and Spain. All varieties can be utilized for total harvest oil production, albeit with different fruit mass/oil ratios.
Trees were planted for easy access for slashing and mowing; to date, picking was done by hand and low-friction olive rakes onto mats, potential access for picking machine, but not advised due to heavy toll (damage) to trees.
Current pest and weed management via organic regimen (all preparations expensive), but recommend traditional methods with systemic agents.
Rainfall variations from 600 mm p.a. to 1300 mm p.a. (detailed charts available back to and including 2008)
3 dams and 1 pond, (*combined approx. storage capacity 3.5 mega liters) large dam has been fenced for swimming and recreation.
Other structures on property:
Guest cabin, fully carpeted, with ensuite shower and W.C., small sunroom, fridge, T.V., sleeps up to 3 persons, sink with tea-making facilities, covered patio facing east and south, independent water supply , hotwater system powered by rapid-heat gas unit.
Large 9m x 6m workshop with hobby room under mezzanine floor for extra storage, incorporated in this workshop are 9m x 6m carport for 3 vehicles, extra 3m x 6m lockable garage and a 9m x 3.2m skillion roof, suited for tractor parking and plant maintenance work on the opposite side of workshop.
3.6m x 3m (new) colourbond shed.
2 medium sized steel sheds for storage of olive harvesting equipment and the other for firewood storage. Plus one small open garden shed (for gardening tools)
1 double-brick storage shed for even temperature olive fermenting and general storage off-season.
Covered entertainment area, complete with table seating 12, wood-fired brick continental bread oven, washing-up facility, storage space and independent water supply.
Air-conditioned studio, exposed rafters, heavily insulated, including 38mm Cyprus pine flooring (currently unitized for home-based music teaching) This 8.2m x 5.4m building has been constructed with a view to granny flat conversion or king-sized office space, with separate entrances each end. Currently, the smaller partitioned-off area provides for processing of home preserves, including the final containerizing of olives, plenty of shelf space.
2 large vegetable-growing shade tunnels
On-farm food production:
Large open garden and 2 shade tunnels.
Small established orchard including lemons, grapefruit, mandarins, oranges, white sapote, macadamia nuts and limes plus ( established six years ago), plums, apples, pears, citrus and peaches.
Apart from conventional W.C.'s, servicing the home and guest cabin, there is also a rotaloo composting system accessible from indoors and outdoors (saving approx. 5000 gal. rain water p/a for an average family)\
Maintenance, farm cultivation plant:
40hp (2017 model) tractor which can be hooked up to mulcher, 1.50m slasher or boom sprayer with 500 I tank, 22 hp ride-on mower, 21 hp zero-turn mower, 2 chainsaws, 2 brushcutters, 2 kva field generator, twin-impeller high-pressure firefighting pump and accessories, single-impeller (petrol) high-pressure water pump, drill press, electric chainsaw sharpener, trade quality bench vice, independent water supply, $WD on-farm utility vehicle (not registered), compressor and olive harvesting equipment. Assortment of maintenance tools.