Cricketer Simon O’Donnell inks multimillion dollar deal for stunning horse and cattle farm in Victoria
Former Australian test cricketer and ex-St Kilda football player Simon O’Donnell has inked a multimillion dollar deal to sell his sprawling country property.
The horse and cattle farm, located in Willowmavin, Victoria has been occupied by the sportsman-turned-commentator, 60, for the past three decades.
Although O’Donnell could not reveal the exact sale price of the agreement reached late last month, the farm had been listed with an asking price ranging from $4.5 million to $4.9 million.
The property encompasses not only the family residence but also an array of horse and cattle facilities that the couple diligently renovated over their 29-year tenure, also featuring a tennis court and large pool.
O’Donnell revealed that the international buyer of the property has a fascination for horses, but reportedly does not have any ties to the racing industry.
Speaking to realestate.com.au, O’Donnell said that even though the sale was bittersweet, he hoped the new buyer will enjoy the property.
‘It’s always been a happy farm, and we are hoping it is for the new occupants,’ he said.
‘It’s been a fun 30 years and we’re looking forward to the next 30.’
O’Donnell boasts an impressive sports career, having participated in six test matches for the Australian cricket team and 87 one-day internationals.
He also had the honour of captaining Victoria’s state cricket team and represented them in Sheffield Shield matches for nearly a decade.
Prior to this, O’Donnell played 24 games for the St Kilda Football Club.
In addition to his achievements on the cricket and football field, O’Donnell later became a prominent figure in the world of horse racing.
His son James has also embarked on a career in the AFL, being listed as a rookie with the Western Bulldogs.
O’Donnell expressed his excitement for his former team as they prepare to kick off their finals campaign this weekend.