James and Gail Kendell's Small Acres Cyder is for sale | Photos, video

ON THE MOVE: Gail and James Kendell at the Small Acres Cyder cellar door which is next to their home at Borenore. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0710jkcyder1
ON THE MOVE: Gail and James Kendell at the Small Acres Cyder cellar door which is next to their home at Borenore. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0710jkcyder1

Orange's pioneering Small Acres Cyder business is up for sale.

Owners James and Gail Kendell have built the cellar door and cider-making operation at Borenore up from scratch over the past 14 years.

However, due to family concerns for Mrs Kendell back in England, they are looking to move there soon.

Mr Kendell said they were keen to sell the business as a going-concern along with their adjacent house.

An alternate option is for someone to buy the business and move it elsewhere and for the property to be sold as a residence or farm.

"My wife is from the UK, her family is back in England, so it is just for family reasons. Gail is going there quite soon but I will be staying on here to run the business as usual [until it is sold]," he said.

"We've had a fantastic time in Orange. We would have been happy to stay."

He said the business could easily be converted into a winery but it offered a lot of potential as an ongoing cyder business.

"It is a positive market and the cider market is continuing to be positive," Mr Kendell said.

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Mrs Kendell said while the 4.75-hectare property had been an orchard many years ago it was open land when they bought it.

She said they then set about creating a cider industry for Orange based on what she had grown up with in England - but using the local apples for which Orange is renowned.

With names including Norfolk Still and Somerset Still Small Acres has embraced the English cider scene.

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She said they also helped create the cider industry in Australia.

"James set up the cider association and the national cider awards," Mrs Kendell said.

David Dent, director of Benchmark Rural and Lifestyle real estate said the asking price for the real estate was $995,000.

He said the asking price for the entire operation, which was being handled with a business broker in Sydney, was $1.25-1.3 million.

"It's a very profitable little interest," he said.

Mr Dent said the house in Akhurst Road had three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

"We have had interest predominantly from out of town, lifestyle, tree-changers from Sydney," he said.

Mr Dent said there also been some interest from people in the local area.