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Porn king Hugh Hefner looking at buying McLeod's Daughters property

GAWLER is abuzz with rumours American porn king Hugh Hefner is thinking of buying Drovers Run, the 55ha property where TV drama McLeod's Daughters was filmed.

According to The Australian newspaper, Graeme Hann, from Elders Real Estate, says Hef's Australian reps inspected the farm on the weekend but "have not yet expressed a definite interest".

The paper's calls to the Playboy Mansion in California went unanswered yesterday.

The asking price for the land is $1.5 million, with the two-storey, three-bedroom sandstone farmhouse needing some work.

Hann says it was built in 1856 and "it's showing its age".

Unlike Hefner, says The Australian, who was built in 1926 and, with three live-in girlfriends, is still acting like a teenager on heat.

May 27, 2008
The Advertiser

Hugh Hefner eyes McLeod's Daughters property

BUNNIES, not rabbits, could soon star on the property featured in TV drama McLeod's Daughters after it emerged that porn mogul Hugh Hefner is interested in buying it.

Members of the sleepy community on the fringe of South Australia's Barossa Valley were as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as Hef himself yesterday, following reports the Playboy prince has enquired about the sale of the Drovers Run estate.

Along with 2500 others, a representative for Hefner canvassed the 55ha farm at the first and only open inspection held at the weekend.

There were several expressions of interest from international buyers, but it was the "random enquiry" from the leathery Lothario's "people" that caught the country town and property vendor Channel 9 on the hop.

The network owns the SA pile and its surrounding farm and has put it on the market for $1.5million following the surprise axing of the show late last year.

It's still a way from being transformed into a Playboy Bunny barn, but the two-storey Georgian-style homestead on the property has all the makings of a perfect, um, bush retreat, said agent Peter Taylor of Elders Real Estate.

"At this stage there has been an enquiry, but no offer has been made," Taylor told Confidential.

"It's a stunning property, made all the more appealing due to the TV program, its remote location and beautiful homestead."

Hef will have another six weeks to make a bid, with all expressions of interest to be lodged by July 11.

May 28, 2008
The Daily Telegraph