COVID-19 continues to be a public health risk for the community, particularly for those most vulnerable to infection. The National Trust (NSW) takes our duty of care for our staff, volunteers and the community very seriously. We have closed Golden Vale Homestead until further notice and we are assessing how we can re-open our properties and maintain safe physical distancing and infection control on site.
This grand sandstone home in the Southern Highlands has witnessed almost 150 years of elegant living in and around its English style gardens. Established as a rural homestead, the 212 acres include stables and a woolshed to explore.
The property includes a c1870 homestead complex with a substantial two story stone house set in a large English style garden and a range of associated outbuildings dating from the nineteenth century and including stables and woolshed. The property comprises some 200 acres and has a fine setting on the Medway Rivulet at the foot of Mount Gingenbullen, near Sutton Forest.
Golden Vale Homestead was owned by people of very diverse backgrounds including an emancipated convict, Thomas Wilmot; Edward Carter who discovered shale oil at nearby Joadja; Sir Phillip Goldfinch – a member of the NSW colonial patrician King and Cowper families and a founder of the secret counter-revolutionary Old Guard formed during the Lang government. The last owner, The Hon. Geoffrey Keighley OAM was a businessman, politician, pilot and first class cricketer, who was educated at Eton and Oxford.
The property was occupied by Mr and Mrs Keighley from the mid 1980s and it was gifted to the National Trust in 2005.
The house contains an extensive collection of furniture, pictures, documents and objet d’art from the Keighley period; the collection of a couple who had wide interests in travel, sport, flying, music, entertaining, gardening, literature, community affairs and politics and who cultivated a taste for a gracious lifestyle.