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New owners wanted for 160-year-old historic Batesford cottage

A PIECE of Geelong’s history has hit the market in the form of a historic bluestone cottage built for the Victorian Railways Department 160 years ago.

Viaduct Cottage was built in 1858 to accommodate a caretaker while the railway viaduct was built over the Moorabool River.

Once the viaduct was completed in 1862 the cottage was sold and has been in the same family ever since.

Now, the cottage at 101 Shepherd Rd, Batesford is for sale and families are taking note because of the 4.86ha land size.

North Geelong agent Mark Mayfield said the three-bedroom cottage was lived in until the 1980s but had been sitting vacant since then.

“It has seen better days, it is due for a full renovation,” Mr Mayfield said.

“It is a fantastic spot with really beautiful views, with that much land close to town a young family could have a lot of fun there.”

The property is part of a subdivision and forms part of the Riverstone Estate.

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