Saumarez Homestead

Saumarez Homestead is thrilled to be re-opening in 2021 with the return of the Armidale Farmers' Market to bring the community 'Harvest to Heritage' on the second Sunday of every month.

Please note, only the ground floor of the mansion and the market area will be open to the public during Harvest to Heritage: Armidale Farmers Market at Saumarez Homestead.

History of Saumarez Homestead

The property takes its name from the Dumaresq’s Estate in Jersey in the Channel Islands. For five years after settlement, Saumarez with its well supplied store, tools, clothing and basic food was the last stopping point for settlers moving north ‘beyond the boundaries’. After Dumaresq’s death, the property was sold to H A Thomas, whose family lived in the original slab homestead overlooking Saumarez Creek. The White family purchased Saumarez in 1874 and worked the property until they gave the 10 hectares that included the historic precincts to the National Trust in 1984. The rest of Saumarez was split up and sold off by 2004.

What will you see when you visit

The two storey, 30 room Edwardian mansion is the jewel of Saumarez. Wander through its rooms and the farm buildings to be transported back to 19th century pastoral life. Have a coffee at the cafe to return to your own time.

This ten-hectare grazing property was first inhabited by British settlers led by Henry Dumaresq in the 1830s. Today it includes an elegant, extensive, fully furnished Edwardian homestead, built between 1888 and 1906, and 15 farm and other buildings dating up to 1910, with their collections of early farm equipment.

Take a guided tour through the White family’s 30 room Edwardian mansion complete with original furnishings. Stroll through Mary White’s garden, with its Jocelyn Brown-style cottage garden, the picking garden, the heritage rose garden and the lawns. Visit outbuildings complete with 19th century tools and equipment. Allow at least half a day to see this extensive property, and experience 19th century pastoral life.

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Address:

230 Saumarez Road
(Enter via Armidale Airport from the New England Highway)
Armidale 2350 NSW

Open:

'Harvest to Heritage' is on the second Sunday of every month, 9am to 2pm.

Closed:

All other days.

Phone:
(02) 6772 3616
Email:
saumarez@nationaltrust.com.au
Entry Fees:

Grounds only - Adults $8, Concession* $6, Family $20
Children Under 5 years free
*Concessions: Seniors, Pensioners, Full Time Students and Children 5-15 Years
National Trust members – free access to grounds.

What we offer:

The Many Gardens of Saumarez Homestead Await You.

The 2ha (4.4 acre) gardens at Saumarez Homestead, Armidale, were planned and constructed by the Saumarez Whites at the turn of the 19th century to complement and provide a setting for their significant Late Victorian-Edwardian house. They were planned on the model of an English prototype, but included plantings of trees, shrubs and exotics from the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Scandinavia. Mary’s Garden was inspired by Jocelyn Brown.

The Heritage Rose garden at Saumarez Homestead has been established on the site of the old homestead orchard with the nucleus of the rose collection donated by Miss Catherine MacLean, a long time Armidale resident and dedicated rosarian. The main collection, when completed, will include over 600 roses representing each of the major rose cultivar groups, mostly bred before 1930. Adjacent to the formal garden will be beds recognising the contribution of important rose breeders in Australia.

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