New owners at Rosenthal
ONE of Warwick's oldest properties sold under the hammer yesterday in a landmark auction.
The historic Rosenthal Homestead and surrounding property, a total of 24 hectares, sold under the hammer for $845,000.
Built in 1850, the homestead was last sold since 1919, but will now be a place to call home for Killarney Hotel owners Jan and Annie Moir.
The mother-and-daughter pair said they only discovered the Warwick property was up for auction two weeks ago but quickly fell in love with the spot.
"Mum and I bought it together," Annie said.
"Mum had been out there before and I went out there on Monday and it's the sort of property that brings you right back to a particular time, there's that real sense of history."
Previous owners Jim and Diane Mulcahy said they wanted new tenants to take care of the heritage-listed homestead, which had been in the Mulcahy family since 1919, and the Moirs said they would do just that.
"We have a lot of experience doing up old properties," Jan said.
"We don't want to change the look of the place we'd just be looking after it and doing what needs to be done.
"It will take a bit of time because we will still be running [the hotel], but we're both excited."
Jan said after living at the hotel for several years, she had thought of returning to Sydney but would now remain on the Southern Downs.
"It will be really nice to have a home again," she said.
"I didn't think Annie would be as interested in it as I was but everything's come together just as we hoped it would.
"It's such a lovely spot and it's got such a wonderful history that I want to learn more about."
Southern Downs Realty principal licensee Brent Bowles said several buyers had taken interest in the property.
"We had quite a few interested buyers, and even phone calls coming in about the auction today," Mr Bowles said.
"It really is an incredible piece of history."
Annie said she and her mother were happy to secure their own bit of Southern Downs history with the buy.
"We were scared we might lose out on the homestead if they moved to auction it off in the different parcels so we bought it all together," she said.
"We thought it would be good for Mum to have a new home and a project, even at 77.
"We're both just really excited, it's a really special property."