• 70 flat fertile acres in the Mudgee region
• Historic country homestead
• Large riparian lake
• Lovely country gardens
• Several great entertaining spaces
• Enviable cook’s kitchen
Birriwa Homestead, located in the rich alluvial Birriwa Valley in the Mudgee region, was originally settled by the early explorer William Lawson in the 1840’s. The property is now made up of a collection of buildings dating from this time, including a grand sandstone mansion completed in 1907.
Over the last two decades, the current custodians of this grand old dame have sensitively restored the homestead preserving the original features while adapting it for a 21st century lifestyle. However, they now need to join family overseas and, reluctantly, this wonderfully unique estate is listed for sale.
Flanked between century old palms, the main house wraps around a grassy central courtyard that leads to a walled herb & vegetable garden. Spacious rooms, ornate ceiling roses, large elegant cornices, and marble fireplaces are some of the features that create a graceful and tranquil living experience. The main homestead has 5 large bedrooms, 2 original 1930’s bathrooms, a formal lounge, a library, a grand formal dining room and a billiard room. The country kitchen has a contemporary four oven gas Aga, as well as conventional cooking facilities complete with a butler’s pantry and larder.
Surrounding the courtyard is an office with marble fireplace, three bedrooms, traditionally used for staff, a bathroom with original claw-foot bath and large laundry with copper and fireplace in original condition. An 18th century weather-board ballroom, in original condition, with four adjoining strangers rooms (traditionally used by travellers on Cobb and Co Coaches) is sheltered by a four metre deep veranda overlooking the original clay tennis court. Other outbuildings include the original stables and tack room, a potting room and a five room stone cottage dating back to the mid 1800’s.
Pepper trees, olive hedges, ornamental roses, old fruit trees and a myriad of other interesting trees and plants surround this truly remarkable piece of country New South Wales architectural history. The exceptionally rich 29 hectares (70 acres) currently runs 30 head of cattle. There is a large riparian lake and abundant mineral spring water. The property is also fully fenced.
Fascinatingly, Birriwa Homestead is central to the story of Sam Poo, Australia’s only known Chinese bushranger, who was captured in the area in 1865.
Located approximately 45mins from Mudgee (regular flights to Sydney), approximately 3 hours drive from western Sydney and with the town of Dunedoo just a 10min drive away, Birriwa Homestead offers a wonderful country lifestyle with all of the grandeur of yesteryear.
For more information or to arrange an inspection please call Nicolette van Wijngaarden at Unique Estates on 0411 144 877.
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