Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A Country Manor House

The weather this weekend was not great for touring, but by Sunday I really needed to get out of the house. I had seen an 'open house' advertised and being a free event, it was a great idea for a budget-conscious outing.

Campaspe House, was built by Alexander Goldie and his wife Caroline in 1927. The English style, solid brick residence is nestled among bushland on the outskirts of Woodend and features five acres of Edna Walling designed gardens. The house itself has some lovely Art Deco details; a lead light panelled double front door, loads of perfectly preserved wood panelling, and a terrazzo tiled bathroom.

The Goldie family lived in the house until 1942, when their son, Sgt. John Hunter Goldie, died in a training accident in Scotland. The property was purchased by a company in 1984 and has been used as a conference centre and hotel since. There is now a licensed restaurant and the house and grounds are also available for weddings.

The Ladies Powder Room

The two bedroom cottage adjoining the main house.
I can only assume it was originally used as servants quarters.

The restaurant over-looking the rear terrace & swimming pool.
One of the two manor house bedrooms,
this room also over-looks the terrace & pool.

A quiet corner of the gardens.

The house and gardens are really lovely, but there was one thing which excited me more than anything else...

A mushroom!
I've never spied one of these mushrooms in real life, 
I think I may actually have clapped my hands in delight. 

Isn't he adorable?!

- Tamara

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