House of Gabriel put on the market
THE iconic House of Gabriel, nestled on the banks of the Tweed River, is for sale.
The 98-year-old, 837sq m waterfront homestead at Tumbulgum sits on the original location of the first bakery in Tweed Heads.
The property boasts a five- bedroom residence, a café, two boutique gift shops and an art gallery, surrounded by award-winning gardens.
Owner Robyn Turner purchased The House of Gabriel several years ago after stumbling across the picturesque property while on an afternoon drive.
Bought for its ideal positioning, Ms Turner said the property posed a unique business opportunity, but was also primarily the family home.
“Ultimately it’s my home, and I’ve loved living here,” she said.
“But it’s not just a home and a business, it’s also a lifestyle.”
A labour of love, Ms Turner said the running of the property was a family affair and always had been.
“It was originally owned by the Wright family and they had nine children. They used to make bread out the back, where we live now.”
Today her son-in-law is a chef in the café, her son runs the art gallery and her granddaughters work in the gift shops.
Ms Turner is reluctantly selling the property, as its sheer size has become too much for her.
“It’s breaking my heart to sell it,” she said.
“It’s such a special place. But it’s just become too big for me.”