The house was built in 1887 by Samuel Hordern. In 1964, James Fairfax bought the property and started to turn it from an agricultural property to a gentleman's residence. Having been in the caring hands of Mr Fairfax for over 50 years, the garden is a delight to wonder through. As you venture up the driveway the grand Victorian Italianate homestead appears from a towering arboretum of magnificent trees. Surrounding the eastern side of the homestead is a patchwork of hedged gardens showcasing everything from a detailed knot garden, exquisite swimming pool and pavilion, sculptures and even
|Saturday, 03 November 2018||10:00AM - 4:00PM|
|Sunday, 04 November 2018||10:00AM - 4:00PM|
|Saturday, 01 December 2018||10:00AM - 4:00PM|
|Sunday, 02 December 2018||10:00AM - 4:00PM|
Gardens open first weekend each month:
National Trust Members - free
Please note the house is not open except on specially advertised dates.
|Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces, Trip hazards|
|Summer avg. Max:||23°C||Winter avg. Min:||3°C|
|Avg Frost Days:||45|
|Annual Rainfall avg:||1357mm.||Summer avg.||336mm.|
|No. of rainy days:||51||Winter avg.||298mm.|
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1, 2 September - SORRY HOUSE TOURS ARE BOOKED OUT BUT THE GARDEN IS STILL OPEN
Retford Park is a place of great heritage significance. Its European history extends back to grants of land promised to Edward Riley senior by Governor Macquarie in 1821.
The house was built in 1887 by Samuel Hordern (1849-1909) merchant and stockbreeder, and his wife Jane nee Booth. The house at Retford Park (designed by Albert Bond) is set on a low rise, a grand rendered brick Italianate style residence. It was in 1964 that James Fairfax bought the property and started to turn it from an agricultural property to a gentleman's residence. The house has become a treasure trove of pieces James Fairfax has collected over the years. Having been in his caring hands for over 50 years, both the house the garden is a delight to wonder through. A surprise at every corner.
IMPORTANT: The house is not open on Open Garden days and Tours only on specially nominated dates. More Info »
This insightful exhibition will be open to the public on all Retford Park Open Garden weekends for spring -usual National Trust entry fees will apply
'Some walk down a filthy alley or past an abandoned building and think, This should all be cleaned up and given a fresh coat of paint. To my eyes, though, the aged and worn surfaces have an appeal that can only come from nature and the passage of time. My art asks viewers to rethink their thoughts about beauty and where it may be found. For this series, I have followed a path from the figurative to the abstract. Exploring plants and the land, and using materials such as copper, iron and gold, I draw parallels between the mediums in their natural forms and the subjects they depict.'
1, 2, 29, 30 September - 10am to 4pm
1, 6, 7 October - 10am to 4pm
3, 4 November - 10am to 4pm
1325 Old South Rd
Bowral, NSW, 2576
T: 4861 1933
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