Narrapumelap Historic Homestead

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Narrapumelap Historic Homestead

Narrapumelap Historic Homestead
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Narrapumelap Rd (Off Glenelg Highway), Wickliffe, Victoria 3379 Australia
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CodyMav
Gold Coast, Australia27,608 contributions
Apr 2021
Pardon my gushing here. This was simply THE BEST accomodation experience in a 2 month roadtrip, all thanks to a hint by a TA reviewer mentioning you can stay here !

Call Kevin direct, your charming host (its not on any booking websites). The mansion is just fabulous to wander around, so much history, passionately being restored by Kevin.

Stay the night, and you can explore it all, as Kevin only allows 1 party to book at a time, so it's all to yourselves !

Climb the tower for sunrise and sunset. Take in the history and beautiful old world feel. Wood & kindling for the fireplace was perfect to enjoy the very comfortable lounge & relax.

Kitchen was huge with a fresh selection of things you can make for your breakfast.

Bedroom was moody and very comfortable.

No Wifi and barely any cell reception (optus), but, that added to the charm. Get off the grid and just enjoy the sensational experience

Just turn left, 500m down Narrapumelap Rd, then thank the driveway a further 700m to this hideaway gem

I can't wait for lockdowns to ease to plan a return stay at this fabulous place.
Written August 2, 2021
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Stephen C
Melbourne, Australia279 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
There are two inspiring, intertwined stories here.

The first is the way in which owner, Kevin McIntyre rescued a once fine house from ruin. The second is the way he ingeniously recreated many features that would otherwise be unobtainable or prohibitively expensive. I am filled with admiration and some envy at the knife edged corners he achieved on his inbuilt cupboards.

Each of us take a different view of conservation. How faithfully should you try to restore a Victorian or Edwardian era home in this vastly different age? Some will applaud the exclusion of High Victorian fussiness to focus on the clean, noble proportions of the rooms. Others will find the lack of curtains, wallpaper friezes and carpets unbearably bleak.

Whatever your taste, you will find this homestead an informative and absorbing attraction.
Written October 4, 2016
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Vicky L
Ballarat16 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
A lovely Gothic mansion, lovingly restored by Kevin. A work in progress with the love and passion for the house explained carefully in a guided tour. Well worth a visit to witness this labour of love
Written March 27, 2016
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Womantraveller27
Melbourne, Australia691 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
This was our 2nd visit to stay at Narrapumelap. The accommodation is just wonderful and it was great to see the recently added top on the tower completed at the end of last year. Kevin was so happy to take us up to see his work and explain all about it.
The accommodation is wonderful for a couple with a full kitchen, breakfast included, a bedroom, bathroom, dining area and a lounge with an open fire. Magic on a cold night.
Enjoyed walking through the rooms of the mansion again and it is all coming together slowly. Can't wait to revisit again soon.
Written May 16, 2018
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barbaraGeelong
Geelong7 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
I visited Narrapumelap Historic homestead with a group of Probus friends, holidaying in Hamilton. We were given a warm welcome by Kevin, the owner and restorer of the house. I concur with all the comments of the first reviewer.
The homestead is set in a beautiful garden ( unfortunately dry at this time of the year due to lack of rain) of tall topiary trees and entered up a few stairs and by passing between two amazing stone lions, which are unique and were specially commissioned. The entrance area has the original tiling and appears larger than it is due to the enormous mirror, hand made by the owner and restorer, like many of the features in the house.
The owner has an amazing sensitivity to the old building (which was originally vandalised and looked irrepairable). He has done his research of it's social, architectural and ownership history and is fascinating to listen to.
The main living rooms all have lovingly restored fireplaces, one with original Minton tiles, sensitively chosen paintwork on walls, decorative moulded cornices and beautiful ceiling roses. The kitchen in contrast is modern and simple, with a well-lit display of old glass bottles which echo the colour scheme. The guest wing is simple, modern and spacious, facing an old walled courtyard. The old family quarters have also been restored in period colours and style.
Mid-way through our guided tour, we were taken to the dining room and offered tasty fresh sandwiches, slices, cakes and biscuits, plus a hot drink, prepared by Kevin.
If you are in in Wickliffe, near Hamilton, Victoria, do try and see this wonderful house and chat to it's very well informed, skill-full and inspired owner. You won't regret it. The house is open to the public at Easter but a visit can be arranged by contacting the owner in advance.
Written March 20, 2015
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Alys-Schatzi
Melbourne, Australia901 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
Having heard of this fantastic old French Gothic style mansion in country Victoria, I was thrilled to finally visit it with a group of people interested in historic gardens and buildings. The homestead is located west of Skipton, south of Ararat, and east of Dunkeld, in the traditionally wealthy Western District. It is National Trust classified but privately owned, with one member of the family having a 'magnificent obsession' to bring the main house back to its former 19th-century glory. The house fell into disrepair after the Second World War when the government acquired most of the productive pastoral land around it to create Soldier Settler blocks. The family member gave us a detailed guided tour of the house, which he is not so much restoring to exactly how it was when first constructed in 1873 as improving along appropriate lines with an eye to a modern, less cluttered aesthetic. He concedes this is a task which will take him the rest of his life.
If you'd like to stay, a rear section facing into the original rear yard has been turned into a one-bedroom apartment (with a sofa bed in the sitting room able to sleep two more guests). It looks quite comfortable but would not be for those wanting all the conveniences offered by hotels and plush B and Bs. Current cost is $140 per night for a couple. Bookings: 03 53503220. The remainder of the mansion is unoccupied. The bedroom wing is undergoing an upgrade and will (soonish?) be available for paying guests. The big, showy front rooms have largely been restored. Some structured topiary and other outdoor features are in place around the front terrace and steps. And the next big project is the restoration (in enhanced form) of the tower above the entrance.
Narrapumelap is open for general public visits twice a year: on the Sunday and Monday of the Easter long weekend, and on the weekend before the Melbourne Cup. Car entry is beside a stone gate lodge. Entry for coaches (for booked group visits) is farther along the unsealed road and not well signposted. Note for frail and disabled visitors: access to the front door requires you to negotiate some stairs or walk up a grassed slope; I saw a person on a walking frame manage this with help. Indoors is all on one level, with occasional steps or differences in floor levels.
Those intrigued by the mansion's history and architecture can buy an $8 booklet published in 1987, "Narrapumelap and The Lions of Wickliffe" by Allan Willingham.
Written November 28, 2014
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Monsur Rahman
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Jan 2021
Wonderful place and really enjoyed it, especially Kevin was an excellent narrator and explain beautifully, spectacular view of the garden and he decorated nicely. We recommended to anyone to visit this place.
Written January 18, 2021
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Expedition563943
2 contributions
Oct 2019
As a lad brought up in the 50's and worked in the shearing sheds of many old homesteads the perfumes from the roses, flowers and the privet hedges, instantly take you back to bygone days, the vista when you walk through the gates is over whelming, take the guided tour or just walk around, the history grabs you, take your lunch or buy it on open days and sit back and enjoy, well worth a visit or two
Written December 16, 2019
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Mizming
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Oct 2019
We stayed overnight in a comfortable beautiful apartment within Narrapumelap House, Kevin, the host is so knowledgeable, easy to talk with, and quite charming....
We cannot wait to return, as this is a hidden gem.
Written October 9, 2019
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Daniel D
Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Still a little bit of restoration work going on. The gardens are nice, but not that large. I assume there is / or will be accommodation available, which would be fantastic, as the house is beautiful, and once the restoration work is done it will be amazing.
Written April 24, 2019
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