Step back in time as you explore this preserved Edwardian mansion and its gardens.
Set on a 25-acre grazing property outside Armidale, Saumarez Homestead is an 1880s-built Edwardian mansion located on the site of one of New England’s first grazing properties.
Together with its 15 farm buildings, it was completed over 20-odd years and has remained relatively unchanged since 1910. Today it is a fully furnished, elegant example of early Australian rural grandeur and is open to the public as a museum.
Visitors can take a guided tour through the White family’s ostentatious home and admire its many original furnishings. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time as you wander through the many rooms of the home, half expecting to see a vision of the White children wandering the long corridors.
Today the property is managed by the National Trust and is State Heritage listed.
Visitors can stroll through Mary White’s garden and admire its Jocelyn Brown-style cottage garden, the picking garden, the heritage rose garden and the lawns. The many outbuildings are complete with 19th century tools and farm equipment, offering a priceless glimpse into 19th Century pastoral life.
The venue makes for a charming half-day’s exploring, and is also popular for weddings, functions and photo shoots.