16 August 2015
Destination : Nile, Tasmania
As a relatively new country, stately homes are far and few in Australia, compared to say older parts of the world like the UK and Europe. Pockets of these historic grand establishments however do exist, and as part of my work, I got the opportunity to spend an afternoon wandering through one of the country’s finest this winter – Clarendon House in Tasmania.
This beauty, was built in 1838 by convicts, for James Cox who played a huge role in the export of Tasmania’s thriving agricultural food bowl back in the 19th century. The setting of this property is truly a patch of paradise, located in the midst of some of the state’s most picturesque countryside, on the outskirts of a town called Evandale in Tasmania’s north.
Nowadays, the estate is managed by the National Trust of Tasmania
whose ongoing upkeep of the property thankfully keeps it open to the
public. At the moment the folks over there are beginning work to
completely replace the roof of Clarendon House – only the third time
this has happened in two hundred odd years mind you. Wear and tear of
the existing tiles has left a few pesky leaks but a significant amount
of water damage throughout much of the interior, not to mention staff
extremely busy mopping up the mess. The trust has secured federal
funding to help cover some of the costs of this restoration process, but
they still need a few pennies more and have launched a crowd funding
campaign. You can find out more here.
My photos below don’t really do the property justice as many of its
statement antiques are currently off display to be spared from water
damage. The house should really be experienced in its full glory though,
and fyi will reopen at Christmas. The parklands, gardens and other
attractions on the estate such as the Australian Fly Fishing Museum will
be accessible by visitors from September. (Can I also add the grounds
are perfect for picnicking)!
To find out more about Clarendon House, visit the national trust of Tasmania website here.
Do you have any favourite stately homes? Would love to hear about them below.