Saumarez Homestead

May 9th 2016

Armidale has some amazing heritage within its surrounds, none quite so classy and elegant as the historical Saumarez Homestead, situated about five kilometres south of Armidale.

The homestead was built in 1888 as a single storey residence and vastly extended 18 years later. Saumarez Homestead remains largely intact from this period and still contains the original furniture, curtains, ornaments, paintings, engravings and other decorations from 1906. It contains fine examples of stained and etched glass as well as the original staircase. This remarkably intact collection provides a glimpse into pastoral life back in the 19th Century.

Today it includes an elegant, extensive, fully furnished Edwardian homestead, built between 1888 and 1906, with 15 farm and other buildings dating back to 1910, with their collections of early farm equipment.

Take a guided tour through the White family’s 30 room Edwardian mansion complete with original furnishings. Stroll through Mary White’s garden, with its Jocelyn Brown-style cottage garden, the picking garden, the heritage rose garden and the lawns.

The property provides a unique experience for the visitor. The homestead, garden and extensive farm buildings cover an area of 10 hectares and were given to The National Trust of Australia (NSW) in 1984 by descendants of F.J. White and his wife.

Allow at least half a day to see this extensive property.

Entry Fees:

House tour and grounds - adult $12, concession $8.
Pre-booked tours and group house tours - $8.
School groups - $6.
Family house tours and grounds - $25.
Grounds only - adults $7, concession $5, family $15.
National Trust members – free access to grounds.

Opening Times:

Open: 10.00am - 5.00pm daily, except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.
Entry tickets available from Saumarez Homestead office/shop. Brochures and honesty box available when office unattended.
On weekends and public holidays guided tours (10.30am, 2.00pm and 3.30pm) and the café open (10am - 4pm) on weekends and public holidays.

Closed: The Saumarez Café and guided house tours are not available in winter from mid-June until the end of August (except for group bookings and functions).

If you are visiting Saumarez Homestead during your stay with us at Westwood Motor Inn, we have plenty of brochures at the reception desk. We are also more than happy to discuss with you any other attractions or places you may wish to visit while staying in the heart of the New England.

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