Friday  20th October

"Chatsworth House" near Mortlake was once the principal station property of the district of some 40,000 ha. The property was settled by a Scotsman, Mr John Moffatt in the early 1850s. In 1858 Moffatt commissioned a noted architect, James A. Fox to design the homestead. The extensive garden was laid out by Edward Latrobe Batman who designed some of the major Gardens in Melbourne.
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The pastoral significance of the property is such that the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Alfred, was a guest of the property in 1863. The ceremonial tree planted in the garden is still there. The historic homestead and buildings have been carefully restored and recent development of pastures, fencing and water make Chatsworth House one of the districts premier properties.

1311 Hectares - 3240 Acres

This gracious homestead of approx' 120 squares is symmetrically planned and of typically Victorian design from the grand entrance hall with magnificent green faux marble columns and gilded cornices to the original multi-paned sky light to shine on a Napoleonic ebonised bookcase to the stunning formal rooms and private library. Nothing has been spared to achieve the highest standard of excellence, including the restoration of the delicate scroll work and reproducing the original graining and colour schemes
throughout the Interior and embraces the grand hallway, drawing and billiard rooms, formal dining room, office, private library 6 bedrooms kitchen, scullery and cellar. There is an outdoor solar heated swimming pool. The homestead is centrally heated and partially air-conditioned. Chatsworth House is further enhanced by a beautifully landscaped garden, sweeping lawns interspersed with native and English trees which provides a stately setting overlooking the Hopkins River.

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