Village Green, Strath Creek: Victoria’s ‘Lord’s of the Bush’ sells
One of Victoria’s best wickets has finally been bowled over after a testing sale taking close to two years for a buyer to be caught.
Nicknamed the Lord’s of the Bush, the impressive cricket pitch at the Village Green in Strath Creek has hosted players such as Shane Warne and Chris Rogers.
Owners Ros and John Rogers, the latter a former NSW batsman and selector as well as a chief executive for the WACA in Perth in the days of Dennis Lillee, are parting ways with the 26 Hannas Road property after a $2.4m offer on April 12.
Along with the striking ground, the 78ha address features accommodation, a hedge maze based on that of Chatsworth House in England, four glamping caravans and the Rogers’ five-bedroom house.
“We have put an enormous amount of effort into the ground and all the land around it, and we are very proud of it,” Mr Rogers said.
“You never want to leave something you have put so much time into, but after seven years it’s time to go on and try something else.”
The pair have run everything from school camps to bucks parties at the venue, with plans for one last gathering to thank the locals and everyone who helped support them over the past seven years.
“We’ve turned into a community hub, it’s almost been like running a country pub in a sense,” Mr Rogers said.
Their innings comes to an end about 7.5 years after they took the crease.
O’Brien Rye director Anastasia Howard sold the property five weeks after taking over the listing, and revising its previous asking price from $2.995m to a $2.3m-$2.4m range.
Two parties made offers, with the underbidder planning to take it on in much the same way the Rogers had run the property if they had have been successful.
Ms Howard couldn’t name the buyers, but said they were hoping to build on the existing assets to make it a place that could help keep kids engaged with sport.