By PHILIP CHANDLER
An Arrow Junction property including a renovated 1880s stone cottage, visitor accommodation, workshop and showroom form one of the rarer offerings on the local
The four-building compound, on a 5064 square metre park-like section at 45 Arrow Junction Road, is on the Queenstown cycle trail, halfway between Arrowtown and the Kawarau bungy bridge.
It’s been owned for the past 10 years by taxidermist David Jacobs, who’s looking for larger premises to serve the needs of a growing number of recreational Kiwi hunters.
The one-bedroom ‘Bowler Cottage’, built by the pioneering Bowler family in 1880, who operated a blacksmiths on the site, was burnt down in 2015.
Using a design by Jacobs’ architect brother, it’s been renovated using as much of the original stone and timber as possible, while creating a space that’s warm, cosy and comfortable.
The cottage shares a common entrance way with a two-bedroom residence that’s set up for short- or long-term rental accommodation.
Also on the property are a four-bay garage/workshop, and a studio/showroom, with ample parking.
Bayleys Queenstown sales consultant Hemi Brown, who’s marketing the property, says the property’s rare ‘rural general’ zoning means it suits a range of potential uses like a craft brewery, gallery, shared office space or tradesman’s yard/office.
Brown says this range of uses isn’t normally available for most other rural sections in the district.
A spring by the nearby Arrow River, with a generous permitted allocation of water, could also be valuable for a new owner.
Jacobs is in the throes of adding an outdoor fireplace/entertaining area onto Bowler Cottage.
There’s also an elevated building platform, at the back, on which a two-bedroom cottage could be added for visitor or staff accommodation.
The sales method is ‘priced by negotiation’.
Jacobs hopes to have a deal concluded by the time he returns from a hunting safari in Mozambique in August.
‘‘It’s time for someone else to add their chapter to the colourful history of the site,’’ he says.