A Little About Us
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The land was first owned in 1860 by John Lebbeus Hordern who was granted 50 acres which he quickly increased to 485 acres on both sides of the road. John built a house down the road by as his main residence. The property and land were owned by the Hordern family until 1947 as a country retreat. The Hordern’s were a well-known family, who made their money through owning large retail stores in Sydney, and owned many substantial properties across NSW, including the world famous property and gardens at Milton Park in the Southern Highlands. The Horden Pavillion in Moore Park is named after the Horden family.
The line of pines at the top of the property, were initially the entrance way to the old house. The house burnt down in the bushfires of 1915 was rebuilt, and was burnt down again in a subsequent bushfire in 1925.
The property as it stands today is a total of 48 acres with 4 major buildings, the Top House, the Manor House, the Lake house and the Gatehouse. The property was purchased in 1978 by the Taylor family, the original Top House and Manor house were both built by Alex Taylor, who did extensive work on clearing the property and planting the current mature trees, as well as excavating the lake. The current property is still owned by the Taylor family and maintained by Anthea and her husband Scott.
The design of the property is based on the gardens of Stourhead in the UK, and has a wide range of European and exotic trees, rhododendrons and azaleas. The buildings are built with Mt Gambier limestone in a Georgian style, with reclaimed period fittings where possible to ensure the correct style and look is maintained.
The property is home to a variety of wildlife including our resident duck population that regularly stops traffic on Tableland road. We often have visiting Kookaburra’s, Wood Ducks, Pacific Ducks, Australasian Grebe, Parrots, Sulfur crested and Black Cockatoo’s, Bower birds and Lyrebirds, Bluetongue lizards, Longneck turtles, and if you are lucky enough to be in the garden at dusk or dawn, you may see some of our resident Kangaroos, Wallabies, Wombats, Bandicoots and Possums.