Are you interested in leasing Bridgetown’s oldest building and/or redeveloping an iconic site on the banks of the Blackwood River?
The National Trust of Western Australia is calling for expressions of interest to:
1. help find a long term use for this significant homestead on the banks of the Blackwood River; and/or
2. to redevelop a portion of the site on Hampton Street.
The lots situated on Hampton Street are subject to regulatory approvals and could be developed for a range of commercial, entertainment or tourism uses.
Bridgedale will be open for inspection on Thursday 6 December between 12pm and 2pm to enable interested parties to view the place.
Bridgedale sits in picturesque landscaped grounds on the Blackwood River, a short walk to the centre of historic Bridgetown in the heart of Western Australia’s south-west. “Once the apple growing centre of the state, Bridgetown-Greenbushes is now famous for scenic drives, forests, starry nights, and the longest continually flowing river in the state.” (www.bridgetown.com.au)
Bridgedale was established in 1859, pre-dating the town. The c1863 house remained the residence of the Blechynden family until the 1950s. The nine-roomed c1868 house is of locally made brick construction with a galvanised iron rooms and wide verandas. The residence faces Hampton Street and its rear gardens extend southwards to the Blackwood.
The National Trust of Western Australia is chartered to protect and promote the heritage values of this important heritage place and recognises the optimal way to achieve this is through supporting sustainable activities and uses at the site. Bridgedale is ideally located at the southern entrance to Bridgetown and offers a range of opportunities to capitalise on its landmark status.