Wild West saloon at Central Goldfields home on the range seeks a new cowboy

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Brett Pressley and Narelle Leivers, with their donkey Katie, outside the Nuggetty Saloon on their property near Maldon, which is for sale. Image: Rob Leeson.


Say ‘yee-haw’ to the Nuggetty Saloon in Victoria’s Wild West as a golden opportunity for homebuyers looking to saddle up a one-of-a-kind tree makeover.

Narelle Leivers and Brett Pressley are selling their 85-acre property at 300 Maldon-Shelbourne Rd in Nuggetty, a five-minute drive from Maldon in Central Goldfields, including their own old-fashioned American-style bar, with an expected price of £1.395m. Dollars.

Called The Rusty Gate, the site has three separate buildings: the main residence, the guest house, and the rustic hall, all built by Pressley.

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Pressley, a film and television set builder who worked at Crocodile Dundee, decided to put his carpenter skills to use to build the hall just before his 50th birthday.

Ms Leivers said her partner spent three weeks working on the project after seeing a TV show with a similar structure.

“He worked on it day and night for three weeks, he was a man on a mission,” he said.

“We had his 50th birthday there, we called it a Wild West party, there were bales of hay, a bonfire and a five-piece band on the deck.”

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An impressive view of the mountain range from the living room.


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Brett Pressley and Narelle Leivers at the Nuggetty Saloon, which Pressley built. Image: Rob Leeson.


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Fittingly, the entrance to The Rusty Gate is marked by a gate.


Many visitors have suggested renting the hall for weddings and functions, as it seats up to 50 guests and features a pool table and piano.

The living room has views of the Nuggetty Ranges, Mount Tarrengower and The Rusty Gate vineyards.

Mrs. Leivers and Mr. Pressley make wine, which they give to their friends and sell to local stores under a wholesale license.

“The living room could also be converted into a basement door, if that’s something a buyer is interested in,” Leivers said.

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Inside the shed-like house is both a home and plenty of space to park cars, trucks, and other vehicles.


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Inside the elegant property.


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Shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and semillon vines flourish.


The couple bought the property in 2012 and live with their horse Toby, donkey Katie and two hand-raised sheep.

In keeping with the country theme, the main house and guest residence were designed to resemble sheds from the outside.

“We have also approved planning permission for the construction of two B&B cottages behind the vineyard and a Harkaway house,” said Ms Leivers.

The Harkaway Homes company builds houses based on Federation and Victorian styles.

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An open plan living room.


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Blue skies over the entertainment deck.


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Two large shed spaces are located on the site.


Jellis Craig Castlemaine’s partner Leah Panos described The Rusty Gateas “one and only”.

“All the potential buyers have looked at the saloon and thought it’s fantastic,” said Ms. Panos.

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