What’s better than a weekend escape to the countryside? A weekend spent at a stunning farm manor that’s been carefully curated with a mind-blowing collection of sculptures and paintings.
If this sounds like a dream to you, look no further than Mona Farm. Located in Braidwood, about three hours south of Sydney, inland from Bateman’s Bay, this property is set across 124 acres of magical gardens and a working farm.
It’s undergone a super special transformation from historic estate to luxury local escape, and now features one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in regional NSW. It’s practically a museum, with over 20 Australian and International sculptures peppered throughout the property. For the art-enthusiasts, expect to see works from Bill Henson, Adam Cullen, Darren Sylvester, Janet Laurence, Guy Maestri, and Dale Frank.
You’ll have the option of six standalone buildings to choose from, each with their own storied history. First to be renovated was the Homestead built in 1853 and the Coach House from 1903. Next will be The Stables, The Cottage, The Old Stables and The Shearers Quarters. The whole property can fit up to 44 guests.
Venture through the enchanting original elm forest, planted by Mona Farm’s original owner Thomas Braidwood Wilson in the 1800s. You’ll discover a series of breathtaking sculptures along a path that leads to a hidden croquet lawn and rose garden.
The property is also home to Scottish Highland cattle, English Wiltshire Horn sheep, Wessex Saddleback pigs, free-ranging chickens and Clydesdale horses. In the large, sparkly lake are rainbow trout, long-neck turtles and platypus. Beehives are a tribute to Wilson, who actually introduced honey bees to Australia.
Featuring seriously stunning furniture from the likes of Space Furniture and MCM House, this is a baller experience that ties together the best of all worlds: nature, art and living large. Head over here for more information and bookings.
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