One of Australia’s Most Opulent Country Estates
— Merriwa NSW —
Brindley Park is a unique and special country estate offering a remarkable blend of old 19th century heritage and modern 21st century accommodation. It also holds a special place in the history of Australian agriculture and is now offered for sale, along with approximately 330 acres.
Brindley Park includes a magnificent Neo-Palladian inspired residence, colonial guest house, library, games/summer house, heritage stables, tennis court, pool, magnificent English style gardens and frontage to the Merriwa River.
Brindley Park would make a world class tourism destination or private residence of grand proportions. Located in the Upper Hunter region of NSW, a 1hr 30min drive from Pokolbin’s wine, food, and tourism icons, and approximately halfway between Newcastle and Dubbo.
One of the most striking and opulent buildings you will see in the Australian landscape. The Neo-Palladian inspired residence includes Indian sandstone columns and facade, tessellated granite flooring, five-metre ceilings, slate roof, Teak panelled entry, and hand-carved marble fireplaces. It is an impressive and imposing building with panoramic views facing north to Mt Oxley and the Liverpool Ranges.
Original Heritage House
Early colonial sandstone residence featuring original Australian red cedar wood panelling, doorways, and architraves. It has been completely restored to now offer a 5-star, 6-bedroom guest house with opulent bathrooms and ensuites and views over the gardens.
Another stately building made of Indian sandstone including hand carved marble fireplace, timber book and display shelving, high dome ceiling and an ideal room to relax, read and unwind in front of the fire. Could be repurposed to offer additional guest accommodation or function room.
Games & Summer House
A separate timber building with five-metre-wide screened verandas, pool, woodfire pizza oven, BBQ, games room with fireplace and full gas kitchen facilities and bathroom.
Magnificent timber slab building which is currently used as an office, storage and staff parking area. The stables would make an impressive meeting centre, gallery or separate accommodation venue.
The impressive gardens are centred around the basic design concepts of Capability Brown and other renowned English and continental European landscapers. The garden rooms are created in the Vita Sackville-West style of Sissinghurst Castle in the UK. The garden ‘rooms’ are filled with informal arrangements of plants and centred around individual themes. Basalt stone, sourced from the property, is used for the ‘rock-walls’ and water is a key feature in the layout.
One of the great shearing sheds in rural Australia. Timber was cut on the property to construct the woolshed and in 1888, the peak year, 58,000 sheep were shorn. It its prime it had 110 hand shear stands in operation. It was extensively renovated in 2009 preserving its history and would make an excellent venue for functions or tourism. Today there are 6 overhead shaft driven stands, bathrooms and on a separate stand-alone title.
Land & Soil
The soil type is rich, dark basalt and suitable for crops and improved pasture species. Mostly all the land is arable with contours, five main paddocks and a laneway.
Water is secured by the direct access to the Merriwa River, bore, dams, troughs, and tank system. The main house has an enormous underground concrete water storage and filtration system harnessing approx. 850sqm of roof catchment. The approximate rainfall per annum is 650mm.
Brindley Park History
Originally, the landholding was granted to John Blaxland in 1831 and William Wentworth in 1832 and is said to be one of Australia’s oldest farming properties. James Brindley Bettington purchased the land after his retirement from business life in Sydney in the late 1830s. Bettington arrived in Australia in 1827 from England, where he worked in the family’s general merchant and wool importing business. He came to Australia to establish a wool broking and breeding business. In 1830 he married the daughter of the explorer, Lawson.
Bettington is significant in Australia’s wool history. In 1829 he started a merino stud and imported 200-300 high class ewes from Saxony and later a Silesian ram. Establishing one of the foundation studs of the Australian wool industry. On his death in 1857, James Brindley the second took over until his sudden death in 1893 (drowned) the second son J.B Bettington took over Brindley Park until his death in 1915 aged 78. It was later sold in 1926.
It is also said that Alexander Graham Bell once tried to get funding from JB Bettington for a ‘talking machine’. In 1876, a single wire was hung from the house to the woolshed to demonstrate the invention but J.B Bettington declined to invest as he thought it wouldn’t ‘catch on’. In 1876 Bell successfully received his registered paten for the ‘talking machine’ in the US.