A Beechworth property where Ned Kelly once bare-knuckle boxed has hit the market.
In 1874, the bushranger is believed to have fought Kelly Gang member Isaiah ‘Wild’ Wright at the Imperial Hotel that once occupied the 56 High St site.
These days, the hotel is long gone and Kelly and Wright Luxury Accommodation — named after the historic bout — stands in its place.
It’s for sale with a $1.089 million price guide.
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Vendor John Furlong said he had enjoyed immersing himself in the property’s history since snapping it up in 2006.
His research, and a photograph he came across, verified it was the site of the former Imperial Hotel — and the infamous fight.
Mr Furlong said the tussle lasted 20 rounds before Wright succumbed to Kelly’s fists, and was believed to be over a stolen horse that landed them both in Beechworth Gaol.
He said the Imperial Hotel was demolished in 1965 and was empty, save for a small cottage, when he acquired it.
Mr Furlong moved an 1895 house from Berwick on to the land. These days, it’s known as ‘Kelly House’ and contains three bedrooms with ensuites.
The owner renovated another character-filled dwelling, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom ‘Pickett Cottage’, and added the two-bedroom, two-ensuite ‘Wright House’, restoring the trio over two years using recycled timbers including Baltic pine.
He also sourced locks and handles fitting of the long-gone era for the three buildings’ doors, and started offering them as accommodation in mid-2008.
Baltic pine floors, ornate cornices, pressed metal, period lighting and tiling, and timber detailing are all part of the buildings’ character.
A solar power system and landscaped gardens are further highlights.
Mr Furlong said he hoped someone passionate about the property’s history could buy it and continue it as accommodation.
“It’s been my passion to build it and set it up the way that it is,” he said.
Ravida Real Estate’s Debbie Ravida said Beechworth was a thriving tourist destination thanks to its well-preserved history.
“It’s like stepping back in time,” she said.
Ms Ravida said the property — for sale as a walk-in-walk-out opportunity — could suit continued use as accommodation, subdivision, a small business in the front cottage, or converting two of the buildings into one large and luxurious home.
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