A Cattle Ranch in Australia That Evokes ‘Lord of the Rings’

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Location: Taggerty, Australia

Price: AU$3.8 million to AU$4.1 million (US$2.4 million to US$2.6 million)

Rivendell, named after the magical elven valley of Middle-earth in “The Lord of the Rings”, is a lakeside cattle ranch in Taggerty, Australia.

The property, which overlooks the Little River and offers majestic views of Cathedral Mountain, is being sold by John C. Scott, a retired business executive turned cattle rancher, who bought it in 2008.

The ranch’s main residence, ‘House of the Elves’, was built by Mr Scott and his wife, Karen, in 2012 to replace a much older house that was damaged in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires .

He noted that the new house “is sympathetic to the historic garden with trees that are well over 100 years old.”

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Mr Scott, who is ’78’ and owns other ranches, said he was selling because he needed more land for the 60 cows on the property.

“We loved living here because the morning light awakens the brightly colored parrots that roost in the majestic oak trees,” he said. “We residents rise to accept the challenges of the day on the farm until the sun disappears below the west wall of the valley.”

The estate overlooks Cathedral Mountain.

Pat Rice and Hawkins


Situated on 75 acres, the main residence, accessed by a private road, features three bedrooms and two bathrooms and a two-car garage. The guest house has two bedrooms.

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The main house has high ceilings, imported Italian stone flooring, marble detailing, custom lighting, study/office, library, elevator, five-zone climate control system, underfloor heating, two gas fireplaces, a zoned sound system, seven televisions and a diesel backup generator.

The custom kitchen is equipped with top of the line appliances, including two ovens and a wine fridge. The outdoor entertainment area, which faces the lake, has barbecue areas.

In addition to the pastures, there are nine paddocks, 10 water troughs, three dams and a 48,000 liter water holding tank. Additional structures include two machine sheds with rolling doors and a hay shed. There are also cattle pens, sheep pens, and an automated 14-station sprinkler system that draws water from the lake and river.

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Taggerty, a small rural community in Victoria a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, is surrounded by “high-end agricultural estates owned by Melbourne businessmen and wealthy locals,” Mr Hill said.

The community, which is in the Acheron Valley, is close to the tourist destinations of Marysville and Lake Mountain. Its population of 328 inhabitants is served by a general store, a town hall, a caravanning and several guest houses.

Cathedral Lodge & Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Greg Norman, is 20 minutes away. “Its members are high net worth individuals and it is ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the world,” Mr Hill said.

Agent: Robert Hill, Pat Rice and Hawkins

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