Bowral 1171 Old South Road
A Stately Home With Endless Opportunity
With its spectacular views of the Blue Mountains and Nattai Valley, and a national award-winning garden to complement the stunning sandstone colonial Georgian home at its heart, 'Greenbrier Park' is unique in its scope. The property offers four separate dwellings and farmland of more than a hundred acres stretching from Mt Gibraltar, across the back of Bowral, to 'Retford Park'. Designed as English-style gardens within a harmonious Australian woodland setting, the spectacular landscaping and grounds were designed in conjunction with Howard Tanner and Michael Bligh: follies and sculptural wonders are dotted throughout magical garden rooms; water features, ornamental lakes and even a vine-covered ruin, resplendent with climbing roses and clematis, create a sense of cool-climate magic. An arboretum of significant trees offers park-like grace. Wandering through Greenbrier Park is an escape from the world.
The Main Home:
Built in 1989 by renowned architect Ron Gilling with input from heritage architect Howard Tanner, the gracious sandstone home is based around a central kitchen and formal and informal living areas downstairs, with two extensive wings joined by glass breezeways: one houses a vast conservatory that offers many months of cosy living and takes in extraordinary garden vistas. The other is an enormous games/billiard/tv room.
Upstairs each of the three bedrooms are large and each has its own bathroom. The home is built with double cavity stone walls for year-round comfort and offers a significant underground cellar. Elevated and sited with magnificent northerly views, 'Greenbriar Park' is tucked into the lee of a hill to protect it from South-easterly winds.
Above the oversized double garage, a spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment offers separate living for guests or staff.
The Manager's House:
A lovely, two-bedroom manager's house is sited privately, and provides ample accommodation and space for onsite staff or extended family living.
The Cellar Door:
Once operating as a vineyard, a large weatherboard cellar door building is tucked away behind garden rooms at the front of the property. It houses an exquisitely stylish upstairs apartment with magnificent views. Downstairs is a double-garage sized storage room, which could be converted to further bedrooms (STCA).
More than 100 of the property's 118 acres is given over to farmland, which is invisible from the house. Currently running cattle, it features rich basalt soil that offers excellent growing conditions. With 6 dams, a bore, copious rainwater tanks and with the farmland bordering the Nattai creek, there is no shortage of water.
Named as the National Champion Garden in Australia's National Garden Awards in 2001, the gardens are world class. Designed to be low maintenance, they are a study of symmetry and elegance. Ha-ha walls, a central fountain, a sunken garden and an iris-rimmed lake are features.
The arboretum, planted in 2019, offers more than 44 species of trees (there are almost one hundred species throughout the property). When fully mature it will form a beautiful canopy. Varieties of maple, oak, elm, spruce, ash, redwood, cedar, cypress and beech offer an Autumnal spectacle like no other in the Highlands.
Having already hosted weddings, the Sydney symphony orchestra, the Art Gallery of NSW and many significant garden organisations, the property would be perfect as an event business to take advantage of the thriving Southern Highlands weddings and events scene. (STCA). Or simply enjoy weekends within your inimitable garden and luxurious home and invite guests to share the serenity and views.