• MONA Farm & Historic Home Braidwood
  • MONA Farm & Historic Home Braidwood
  • MONA Farm & Historic Home Braidwood
  • MONA Farm & Historic Home Braidwood
  • MONA Farm & Historic Home Braidwood

Mona Farm & Historic Home

Mona was part of a 4600 acre superannuation land grant, in 1837, to Thomas Braidwood Wilson, a medical officer with the British Navy. The western section of his property was resumed by the NSW government to form the township of Braidwood, in 1839.  Mona Farm today is a the last remaining 124 acres of the original land grant,  located on the edge of Braidwood town.

The Town of Braidwood

The Town of Braidwood

Braidwood was the first complete rural township in NSW to be listed on the State and National Heritage Register. It contains many original buildings, and is an eclectic, busy township with 14 coffee shops, multiple art galleries, and a rich history of farming, bushrangers, and gold mining. It has also been a popular film location (The Year My Voice Broke, Ned Kelly, On Our Selection), and is famously the location where Mick Jagger wrote Brown Sugar. Exeter Farm in Braidwood is the birthplace of Archer, a twice Melbourne Cup winner in the 1800’s. It is uniquely located halfway between Canberra and Bateman’s Bay, offering visitors easy access to both rural and coastal settings.

Awards

Awards:

2002 Belle Magazine – Range Rover Garden Design of the Year

2007 Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards – Winner Deluxe Accommodation

2007 National Finalist Qantas Tourism Awards

In 2013 the property was purchased by Rose Deo and has become a working equestrian property. Rose continues to restore the gardens, whilst raising her four children and running the farm.

The Old Stables

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This is possibly the oldest building on the property, thought to date back to 1859, and once housed Braidwood-Wilson’s carriage and horses. It is being refurbished to become a two level guest house, with a luxury bedroom on the upper level, and a bathroom with steam room and shower, and open plan living with a slow combustion fireplace on the lower level. Perfect as a bridal suite or for romantic couple’s getaways, it is anticipated that the Old Stables will be available in early to mid December, 2016. 

The Gardens

The Gardens

Thomas Braidwood Wilson was a keen gardener and planted many of the mature oaks and elms in the gardens. In total there are almost 8 acres of gardens at Mona, and in its original state, the 2 acre gardens surrounding the main homestead would have been magnificent. The restoration of these gardens, including the Rhododendron walk, tennis court, gazebos, orchard, and elm woods, is an ongoing affair. Thomas Braidwood Wilson is credited with the introduction of two exotic plants to Australia, including Viburnum Tinnus and Lilacs. There are at least five varieties of Viburnums and three different Lilacs in the gardens today, as well as a number of unusual trees, such as the pink horse chestnut in the central area of the homestead gardens.

After the unfortunate death of his wife and son in 1843, Braidwood Wilson met with financial disaster and sold the majority of the property to the Coghill family, and was buried on the hill overlooking Braidwood after his own death soon after in 1847. Coghill’s daughter, Elizabeth, married Robert Maddrell, and the property was renamed from Braidwood Farm to Mona, after Robert Maddrell’s birthplace, the Isle of Man.

The gardens and buildings were added to by Robert and Elisabeth’s son, Henry, and also by subsequent owners, the Mackays (who still own Rose Cottage on the western side of Mona), and the Schnieders. In 1901 the main homestead was extended using bricks from the demolished flour mill, to accommodate Henry Maddrell’s growing family, by architects George King and Edward Armstrong.  The destruction of the windmill was a distinct loss to the community, as it was one of very few of its type in Australia erected outside Sydney.

Henry also added the shearing shed (now the Function Centre), shearer’s quarters, and slaughter house, and established a typical Victorian garden with conifers, shrubs, impressive gates, and a gravel driveway leading to the imposing homestead. Jock Mackay later added the walled garden for his wife, Janet in the 1940’s.

The Schnieders, continued to add to the gardens using the principles of Capability Brown, and added the Croquet Lawn, formal Rose gardens, Roman five- arch bridge, and the lake. They also converted the shearing shed into a Function Centre,, renovated the Coach House, and built the new stables, running the property for a number of years as a Luxury B&B and Wedding Function Centre.

Our Location

Our Location - MONA Farm & Historic Home

140 Little River Road Braidwood, NSW 2622, Australia

 

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