Austin Healey Owners Club (NSW) Inc

Retford Park House and Garden Tour

Sunday, 27th March 2022 8:00am - 3:00pm
Retford Park 1325 Old South Rd Bowral NSW

Booking and registration in advance essential (Maximum 30 people)

Meet at Partridge VC Rest Stop (at Pheasants Nest) for a beautiful scenic car journey organised and coordinated with thanks to Alan Mitchell

History of Retford Park

James Fairfax AC always believed that Retford Park should be preserved for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations. In April 2016 in fulfilment of his ambition, Mr Fairfax gifted his historic Retford Park home to the National Trust of Australia (NSW). 

Retford Park is a place of great heritage significance; its European history extends back to grants of land promised to Edward Riley senior by Governor Macquarie in 1821.

The house was built in 1887 by Samuel Hordern (1849-1909) merchant and stockbreeder, and his wife Jane nee Booth. The house at Retford Park (designed by Albert Bond) is set on a low rise, a grand rendered brick Italianate style residence. It was in 1964 that James Fairfax bought the property and started to turn it from an agricultural property to a gentleman's residence.

Having been in the caring hands of Mr Fairfax for over 50 years, the garden is a delight to wander through.

Tour of the House & Garden Visit (3 hours): Be guided through the former residence of James Fairfax AC and see the fascinating collection of furniture, art and textiles on display then enjoy exploring the gardens at your leisure. 

Garden Visit: Explore the vast arboretum and formal gardens. View the flowers on display, such as peonies, arum lilies, dogwood, clematis, rhododendrons, flowering cherries, camellias and tulips. Take a picnic and enjoy a stroll around the pool pavilion and view the emus.

Retford Park was featured on Gardening Australia


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Sun, 6th February 2022
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Austin Healey Owners Club (NSW) Inc
Austin Healey Owners Club (NSW) Inc PO Box 6494 North Ryde NSW 2113
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