Photo: Minimbah House
I am indebted to ABC Newcastle for drawing my attention to the re-opening of Minimbah House.
Minimbah House was built between 1875 and 1877 in the late Victorian era. This exquisite mansion was designed by Benjamin Backhouse for wealthy pastoralist Duncan Forbes Mackay on land issued in 1823 to John Cobb.
The mansion is so large that it takes up over an acre, and boasts some amazing inclusions, which have stood the test of time.The grand staircase staircase is made from Australian cedar and rosewood carved in Germany that leads to a landing characterised by columns and arches. It is magnificent with the detail in the carvings and is very ornate.
The stained glass windows are all in original condition and the tiles are from Italy, beautiful antique furniture pieces specifically designed for this home surround you throughout, and the massive marble baths and fireplaces are an absolute feature of the home.
Now the grand house has been revived as Minimbah Country House & Spa.
Alison Edwards as General Manager is an enthusiast.
"You can lose yourself in this home for hours and hours just trying to discover every secret compartment and feature," Ms Edwards says.
Ms Edwards went on.
"At this stage, we're opening a boutique hotel which will have eight bedrooms on the top floor," she says.
"On the ground floor we're going to have a bar, a games room and conference facilities, and we will specialise in weddings and functions as the grounds really do lend themselves to a beautiful wedding setting."
Minimbah Country House & Spa119 Minimbah Drive, Whittingham NSW 2330
Phone: 02 6571 4002
Fax: 02 6572 4002