On the banks of the Yass River, Cooma Cottage is in the heart of a beautiful and romantic pastoral landscape.
The original colonial bungalow forms part of the earliest complex of dwellings and stables on the site, as built by pioneering pastoralist, Cornelius O’Brien. Outside the front of the original cottage is the beautiful and rare Picconia Excelsa tree, perfect as a backdrop for any function.
The property is most noted as the home of Australian born explorer, Hamilton Hume (b1797-1873). It is said that Hume fell in love with the site when camping there in 1824 on his epic overland journey to Port Phillip Bay with another great explorer, William H. Hovell. He purchased the cottage and 100 acres in 1839 and over the next 20 or so years embarked on an enthusiastic and creative process of building extensions, adding his own version of Palladian-style wings and a Greek revival portico.
The gardens contain many notable 19th century trees and shrubs, with vistas of sheep grazing pastures. Cooma Cottage’s gardens are the perfect location for a wedding or function for up to 150. Alternatively the pretty colonial dining and drawing rooms can accommodate up to 40.