Black Solitaire is set on 66 beautiful acres of seclusion in the midst of a natural forest. The area is renown as the most successful in the southern hemisphere in producing Black Perigord Truffle for the restaurant and from the 2014 season Black Solitaire will be able to supply the domestic retail customer with farm direct truffle, either by overnight air courier anywhere in the world or from our retail outlet in Burswood in Perth.
The fertile soils on the side of a hill make for an idyllic setting for the Truffiere. The clean water and air are perfect for growing organic foods. The cattle located on the property are now Angus beef as the Highland Cattle we once agisted here were insanely hard to manage.
The homestead is reputed to have been built in 1935 when the farm was growing tobacco. Constructed of hand made concrete blocks and a new iron roof, it will last another 100 years. Mark and Amy invested over $200,000 on repairs and renovations to the homestead, restumping the rear, replacing floors, ceilings, ageing kitchen and bathrooms. it now comprises a huge formal longe - the size of a ball room with an open log fire, three double bedrooms, a formal dining room that seats 10 comfortably and warmed by a solid fuel box heater, the kitchen has gas cooking and family size country style oven with range hood. The bathroom is renovated with a huge shower - long vanity and heating. There is also a study off one of the sleeping rooms, a games room currently used as a storage room and a newly renovated laundry with its own shower, handbasin and toilet.
The property has a number of sheds, one is a three bay open fronted with power and light. This serves to house tractor and equipment and the cement floored section is a workshop. The other storage shed is enclosed and has a roll-a-door and is again three bays and has power and light. It stores mowers, slashers, chain saws and also doubles as the woodshed and houses the lightweight Suzuki we use for the farm runabout.
There is a large barn in which we store dressed timber and it used to be a shearing shed with floor. It is getting tired and the alpacas use it at night to stay dry. There are two smaller sheds in paddocks which are under-utilised right now as the dogs sleep in the laundry to be close to Amy.