Former Mintaro cop shop going for a steal

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Built circa 1868, 81 Burra St is the town’s original police station which has now been converted into a home.

The property still retains the original cell blocks and prison exercise yard and is for sale through Mid North Real Estate Clare for $429,000.

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The old Mintaro cop shop, complete with three original prison cells, is for sale. Picture: Tait Schmaal.

The old Mintaro cop shop, complete with three original prison cells, is for sale. Picture: Tait Schmaal.Source:News Limited

One of the old prison cell is still in original condition. Picture: Tait Schmaal.

One of the old prison cell is still in original condition. Picture: Tait Schmaal.Source:News Limited

Vendors Nicola and Matthew Carlile purchased the property 13 years ago, when moving from Queensland to the quaint town - located a two-hour drive north of Adelaide – for work.

“We moved here from Brisbane but I’m from England originally, so naturally I love history,” Mrs Carlyle said.

“So when we saw the property, we instantly fell in love with it. It has a real Ned Kelly feel about it and the main home is a stone castle-like building. It’s just beautiful.

Try breaking out of this property. Picture: Tait Schmaal.

Try breaking out of this property. Picture: Tait Schmaal.Source:News Limited

Climbing across the prison wall is even hard work for cats. Picture: Tait Schmaal.

Climbing across the prison wall is even hard work for cats. Picture: Tait Schmaal.Source:News Limited

“There’s a lot of history here and the property was once used as the local magistrate court.

“We’ve also found out that, when the foundation stone was put down, they had a big ceremony here and buried a time capsule. We just don’t know where the stone is, so I say it’ll stay buried for some time to come.”

Set on a 4000sqm block, Mrs Carlile said the home had undergone a major renovation and now features two good sized bedrooms, a central living space, a bathroom, and a kitchen.

One of the prison cells has been converted into a guest bedroom for the vendor’s in-laws. Picture: Tait Schmaal.

One of the prison cells has been converted into a guest bedroom for the vendor’s in-laws. Picture: Tait Schmaal.Source:News Limited

Meanwhile, the children’s bedroom inside the converted cop shop looks a little more comfortable. Source: realestate.com.au.

Meanwhile, the children’s bedroom inside the converted cop shop looks a little more comfortable. Source: realestate.com.au.Source:Supplied

A highlight of the home is the bluestone walled courtyard, which gives access to three original prison cells.

“One of them is a double cell so we put a queen size bed in it,” Mrs Carlile said.

“It’s quite rustic and when my parents come to visit from England, that’s where they stay.

“My husband loves telling people that he puts his in-laws into a cell, but it’s all good fun.

“The other two cells could also be converted. One we currently use as a storage room and the other is still in original condition with a timber bed and slate floors.”

The former police station has been converted into a loving family home. Source: realestate.com.au.

The former police station has been converted into a loving family home. Source: realestate.com.au.Source:Supplied

Even the kitchen looks inviting. Source: realestate.com.au.

Even the kitchen looks inviting. Source: realestate.com.au.Source:Supplied

Mrs Carlile said they were sad to leave but it was time to move on.

“We’re planning on moving back to Queensland as that’s where my husband’s family is from,” she said.

“But we’ll miss living here. The courtyard in particular has been a favourite. It’s such a secure space for kids to play. You never have to worry about them getting out.”