On the weekend of 1 and 2 February, the house and gardens of Retford Park will be open to the public. 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.
James Fairfax AC has always believed that Retford Park should be preserved for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations, particularly those of the local district. On 19th April 2016 and in fulfilment of his ambition, Mr. Fairfax gifted his historic Retford Park home to the National Trust of Australia (NSW). It was in August 2017 that the National Trust officially took control of the property.
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. The house has become a treasure trove of pieces James Fairfax has collected over the years. Having been in his caring hands for over 50 years, both the house the garden is a delight to wander through; a surprise at every corner.
IMPORTANT – HOUSE TOURS: Due to the popularity of the house tours, bookings are essential.
There will be three tours per day: 10.30am, 12.15 and 2pm and last around one hour long.
There will be a maximum number of 20 people per tour.
If you have any difficulties with booking on the internet please call Property Manager Scott Pollock to help you through the process: 48611933
House and Garden: BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Adult – $25
Concession – $18
Child – $10
National Trust members – $15
Garden Only: No bookings needed
Adult – $15
Concession – $10
Family – $35
National Trust Members: Free