Talara in Port Fairy for sale for $1.65 million

ONE of Port Fairy’s most impressive historic homes is on the market for $1.65 million.

Talara, built in 1856 for the princely sum of 410 pounds, has been touted as Port Fairy’s “most photographed home”.

It is the first time the five-bedroom home, located on the Princes Highway, has been on the market in more than three decades.

Lockett Real Estate sales manager Paula Dwyer described Talara as “a grand private residence” and “a unique treasure trove of gothic revival architecture”.

The home features a formal dining room with a marble fireplace imported from Dublin, a balcony, a library, four bathrooms, a walk-in cellar, and a cedar staircase, with a garden featuring a courtyard, an orchard, and a rose garden.

The house was originally built by Dilmond John Howes, who worked for the local shire as a surveyor and engineer.

It was sold by Mr Howes in 1878 to Tyrendarra sheep farmer AV Suter for just 215 pounds, who sold it in 1894 to dairy farmer Joseph Powell. It was in poor condition when it next changed hands in 1945, with purchaser Hannah Dunbar saving it from possible demolition and collapse.