Cafe and Restaurant
Hamilton TAS

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Jackson’s Emporium and McCauley’s Cottage For Sale

Jackson's Emporium and McCauley's Cottage are a much admired, interesting and different self employment and work from home lifestyle opportunity.

Located in the historic agricultural township of Hamilton, on a major tourist route in the heart of Tasmania, these neighbouring properties are completely surrounded by other heritage buildings and gardens and have been equipped with quality infra-structure capable of expanding and diversifying the current successful small business.

"The best place for a garden to plate cafe is on the finest land in the world!"

0.62 hectares (1.5 acres)
2 titles, 3 street frontages
2 x houses, 1 x cafe, 1 x garage/ workshop/ store

McCauley's Cottage, 1846, colonial sandstone house (160m2) with rare and special character. Currently trading as an Airbnb accommodation property.

James Jackson's, 1845, colonial sandstone house ( 170m2), comfortable Managers residence attached to shop, 3 bedrooms plus attic multi-purpose room.

James Jackson's Emporium, 1856, colonial sandstone shop (180m2) with excellent modern commercial kitchen and the best customer toilets in the district, liquor licence, indoor and outdoor dining. Currently trading as Jackson's Emporium, a boutique garden to plate cafe and local products delicatessen.

Colorbond Shed, 2019, 15m x 12m, steel clad timber frame on concrete slab. Kitchenette, wheelchair accessible bathroom/laundry and 2 additional storerooms. Designed for a 16kw solar panel array and 3 phase power

Motivated sellers, will consider offers for properties separately.

We suggest that this is the best part of Tasmania, so book a few days at McCauley's Cottage to take in the character of the area and allow us to show you the many many special features of this unique offering ..

Please email, text or phone for more photos and information.

About the location:

Frontage is to the A10, Lyell Highway, the link between Hobart and the Highlands and West.
25 minutes from New Norfolk and 45 minutes to MONA,
An easy 1 hour from central Hobart and 1 hour 15 minutes from Hobart Airport.

Hamilton has a reputation for its gardens and is well placed for tourism, day tripping from Hobart, stopping off on an east/west traverse and central as a base for a holiday.
30 minutes from Mt Field National Park,
less than 90 minutes from Lake St. Clair National Park
most of central and southern Tasmania is within 90 minutes.

The earliest Europeans in Tasmania took the best land first, colonisers were living in the Hamilton area before 1810 for the excellent agriculture. The Anglican Church was built in 1834. The town is well sheltered in the fertile Clyde River valley; it is sunny, warm, dry but close to the Derwent river so we have plenty of water; near the mountains but only 120 metres above sea level. We can see the snow in winter, but it rarely snows here. The area is scenic and photogenic, has an excellent climate for growing great food and is an excellent place for a garden to plate cafe.

About the properties:

These properties present a range of opportunities to work from home -

First and foremost you can buy yourself a fabulous job; step in immediately to continue and further develop the existing hospitality business (cafe, deli and and boutique accommodation). We can give you training and suggestions...

Also the office and several other rooms, spaces and facilities would be excellent options for internet commuting..  These properties would suit wheelchair users.

The workshop would be ideal as a studio for a range of art, craft, trade or service activities - which could be sold in the shop. It could become an adjunct to the shop. ( Or it could be a totally superb person-cave )

The houses could accommodate 2 families or an extended family,
Or McCauley's could be sold separately or long term rented or used as professional rooms
Or the kitchen and cafe area could become a food product manufacturing business (which would be allowed under the existing licence)
The gardens would support a quality self sufficient lifestyle.

The commercial kitchen is a good size, open, well laid out and easy to work in. It has a large steam canopy covering all cooking areas helping to keep the room clean and cool. It is efficient for staff to be able to communicate directly with customers whilst prepping/cooking/washing up.. saves time and increases quality of service. Customers appreciate being able to see what is happening.

Our "best toilets in the district" are newly constructed to current standards. Good toilets give us repeat business and customer recommendations. One toilet is ambulant unisex with a hand washing basin and paper towel dispenser. The other is wheelchair accessible with a hand wash basin and paper towels, plus it has a wheelchair shower, electric heater and baby change table. Both have coved vinyl flooring for easy thorough cleaning. Immediately outside the toilets, a low mounted laundry sink provides opportunity for 'just a hand wash', filling a water bottle or 'cleaning muddy children' as well as efficiency for cleaning tasks.

Those considering a regional lifestyle should recognise the multiplicity of benefits to had with  (necessity of) a great big shed.  This workshop/garage/store would have to be the best shed available for sale in Tasmania at the moment.  (In the first instance it has been custom designed to blend tastefully with surrounding trees and heritage buildings.). Importantly there is space, facilities and flexibility for a wide range of purposes. 15 metres x 12 metres (180 sq m) is bigger than an average house.

Those with a shed on their list of must have's must look at this!!!

. 3 phase power, 3 separate cat. 6 cables to the house network allow installation of high power equipment and multiple communications connections. Roof battens are in place to allow up to 16 kw of north and west facing solar panels. This would be excellent for charging electric cars with solar power.

. Remote control high opening roller doors allow convenient access for several cars, a medium truck, boats or RV's

. Kitchenette (2.4m x 2.4m) has a double bowl double drainer stainless steel sink.

. Toilet / bathroom/ laundry is still being fitted out with the plan being for a wheel chair accessible toilet and shower to allow working independent of the house..

. Store room one (2.4m x 1.8m) has full thermal insulation and a deadlock as well as floor to ceiling shelving. Currently used as a drinks store.
. Store room two (2.4m x 1.8m) is currently used as a packaging store.

.Plus plus room for tools, workbenches and projects galore.

Double gates, wide driveway and loads of off street parking allow excellent access; sufficient for a large truck and multiple cars, boats and caravans

Liquor licence permits sale of drinks with meals and to accommodation customers. Wider opportunity exists with business development.

There are 50+ established fruit and nut trees -
An historic mulberry*, several apples, pears, apricots, peaches, cherries*, quinces, plums, prunes, nectarines, nashies, walnuts and an olive*, fig*, almond, lemon, feijoa.

Also 20+ established native trees - eucalypts, wattles

Also established berry patches - raspberries*, strawberries*, gooseberries, red currants* .. grapes - all sorts of other berries grow well here too.

( * inside a netted garden)

"How long is your strawberry season? We argue that strawberry season length is an indicator of life quality ...". In Hamilton we have strawberries ripe in the garden from November until June! That is a 7 month strawberry season...

The asparagus patch has been planted on deep rich soil with plenty of room for expansion.

Veggie gardens are raised behind sandstone borders.

Another special feature here is that quantities of wild field mushrooms appear in both autumn and spring. No gardening necessary. When the soil has the right balance of moisture and warmth - up to they come .. just pick them.

Other perennials include artichokes, horse radish, rhubarb, mint, peppermint and other herbs ( plus a bay tree).


Well planned infrastructure here creates convenient lifestyle and will facilitate your business growth.
NOTE this is not a mature project, there is significant space and opportunity for additional development.  (We have suggestions for what else will work here.)

POS computerised cash register, 3 phase power, 3 sub boards, plenty of power points and lights, cat.6 cabling, well located taps and stop taps, gas network (from bottles), remote control garage doors, excellent shelving and storage, landscaping includes gently sloping pathways, stone steps and garden edging, preparation for automatic watering, convenient and dry firewood storage, netted berry garden keeps birds and animals from attractive fruit, rain water and laundry grey water re-use. Topsoil; more than 100 m3 has been placed in berms to enhance plantings, on site water retention and for potential re-use.

Over the road is an ex primary school now a centre for Landcare projects, a Men's Shed, Rural Fire Brigade .. with a community tennis court and grass oval.

Are you interested in wildlife? Although this is a farming area, there is native forest not far away in different directions, so sheep and cattle are generally around us and native animals are seen from time to time. We particularly enjoy spotting echidnas in the garden and eagles in the sky.

An area behind Jackson's was paved with river stones (perhaps in 1845). Sections have been damaged, but some repaired already... and stones have been recovered for use in further repairs This in an opportunity for re-creating an historic cobbled courtyard for additional outdoor dining.

The properties are connected to the electricity grid (3 phase at Jackson's), mains water and sewer ( commercial kitchen via registered 1000 litre grease trap). Internet is via fixed wireless.

Extra resources potentially included with the sale.

Freezer room; custom made for the back of the Emporium, not yet assembled. Sandstone; 5 Tonnes of heritage shaped blocks, potentially for building or landscaping.

Timber; 3 Tonnes, a collection of posts and beams, old and recent, collected for landscaping and outdoor furniture construction.

Motivated vendors.

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Price: E.O.I. WIWO
Client No: W1004867256
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