The Lauriston Bloodstock, owned by award-winning breeders Bill and Anne Anderson, is expected to fetch up to $4.5 million after hitting the market.
Located just two hours north of Melbourne, the Longwood property at 113 Longwood-Ruffy Road, includes a granite stone homestead built by a top stonemason.
Originally designed to be the Vinery Stud office and stallion barn, two renovations remodelled the spacious building into a three bedroom family home, with extensive living, entertaining and garaging spaces.
The fully developed equine facilities including a twelve box stabling facility, a six box stallion barn, which are up to date, functional and fit for purpose and impressive to inspect.
Three other major shedding structures exist for fodder, vehicle, and machinery storage, with the property also home to a motorised horse walker and an 800 metre railed and sand based exercise track.
Overlooking the floodlit foaling down paddocks are three fully equipped manager’s homes and three self-contained double bedroom staff quarters.
A staff luncheon facility plus adequate storage for horse gear is also in place.
All the buildings are set in landscaped garden and grassed, with irrigation water derived from the large on farm dam equipped with a solar pump – there’s also multiple tank storages and access to town water.
Lauriston Bloodstock is subdivided into fourteen main paddocks up to twenty five acres in size, with an additional twelve quarter acre spelling paddocks plus six post and rail stallion yards.
A significant investment has been made into fencing most of the paddocks with a three panel American synthetic horse rails, with majority of the internal farm roads bitumen.
The owners also maintained an active pasture management and fertiliser dressing regime on the farm, which is key to creating horses with bone and enduring qualities for their race day performances.
History of the Lauriston Bloodstock
During the late 1990 to early 2000s, US-based businessman Dr Tom Simon was developing a destination and premium thoroughbred breeding holding, which he hoped would rival the great horse studs of Kentucky.
His plans were only partly complete when the Anderson’s purchased the so-called Vinery Stud development in 2006.
Over the past 15-years, the couple have made a significant investment in advancing and completing the project, while also achieving significant success in their chosen enterprise.
They have been twice declared “Breeders of the Year” in Victoria, have bred 27 Group one winning horses and hold the record sale price for their yearling filly, which was traded at auction for $160,000.
The property is also home to two top standard bred stallions and their band of fifteen mostly American bred brood mares.
Nutrient Harcourts selling agent Jeanette Laffan said Lauriston will appeal to all levels, either thoroughbred or standard bred.
“It could be used by the purchaser as a stallion or brood mare farm like the vendors, or for owners and trainers as an agistment, pre-training or racing preparation facility,” she said.
“By any measure Lauriston would be judged to have significant income potential with little or no ingoing capital investment required as it presents.
“The vendors after their development and venture success have decided with no family continuation to conclude their delightful lived and competitive experience on this property and I expect it to be keenly sought on the presentation alone.”