Monday, May 14, 2018

Yallum Park homestead

Contrary to popular belief, usually those beliefs that go on in my own brain, I do manage to do shit away from the four corners (well six actually) of my home without the shitheads that relentlessly test my sanity. Namely, three kids, one who is an adult, and a equally childish husband. It is rare, and when the opportunity strikes, you can bet, I am jumping in the car like some sort of demented magician and disappearing.

I was under the impression that the Yallum Park open garden day finished at 2pm. So when I finished baking a sourdough loaf at 1pm and googled the actual times of a 4pm finish, I chucked on scarf, grabbed my camera and handbag and said, "hasta luego" to my people and dashed out the door.

Yallum Park is  an eight minute drive from Penola in South Australia's south east, gateway to the Coonawarra wine region.

The Yallum Park homestead is a Victorian mansion, built for John Riddoch between 1878-1880. John Riddoch was a Scotsman who had made it rich in the goldfields. It is one of the best preserved historic houses in Australia, boasting original wallpapers, 500 pounds worth of gold leaf trims, 11 Italian marble mantle pieces, cut glass door knobs and five acres of gardens, including 70 different types of conifers. 

Some of the noted famous people who haved stayed here are English novelist Anthony Trollope, King George V(when still the Duke of Cornwall), Adam Lindsay Gordon, and many other princes and political dignitories.

Along with the five hectares of garden, the house was also open for tours. The open garden day cost $8 per person, with a tour of the house and extra $10. I was not lucky enough to do a tour of the house, but caught a glimpse through the verandah windows of the well preserved bedrooms, with original carpets and furniture.

Yallum Park homestead and the way it has been preserved by the Clifford family is a credit to our region and is well and truly worth the visit if you ever have the opportunity.

I do love the drive to Penola, the trees that line the road are amazing and took a couple of photos along the road, of the gums making a cathedral arch, and the red growth of she-oaks on the way home. The afternoon light that made them more amazing is not justified in the last two photos.

I am ever so glad I took off in the car this day and saw it for myself. As I walked down the driveway and the house came into view, I was awestruck by it beauty. It is a vision and experience that can only be appreciated in real life. Breathtaking!



























11 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous place - I love the close up of the fountain drops. And good for you for making it there!

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    1. I knew I was well overdue for some time away from the house and my people, I had no problem walking out the door!

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  2. Yallum Place homestead looks like an amazing place to visit! It would have been so beautiful and relaxing.

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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    1. It was so beautiful, it took my breath away as it came int view. So glad i went.

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  3. This place looks so much like Melbourne’s Rippon Lea. (I wrote about it ages ago if you want to read about it.) Beautiful garden.

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    1. It's a well looked after garden, I was amazed by how old some of the trees were.

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  4. What a beautiful homestead! YOur photos of it look amazing and make me want to visit there in real life!

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    1. I can just imagine sipping tea in the rotunda back in the day :)

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  5. That was worth the drive for sure. I think too you had an even better experience with no hangers on so you got to engage behind the lens so beautifully. More of these trips will help your heart soar! Denyse x

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    1. I do need to do more things like this and be able to take my time and really 'see' it. Good for the soul most definitely!

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  6. Such a beautiful building in serene surroundings. That looks like a place worth visiting. Reminds me of Larnach Castle in Dunedin,NZ.

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