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“Amazing history - knowledgeable guide”
Review of Abercrombie House

Abercrombie House
Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Bathurst
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Lockyer Valley, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Amazing history - knowledgeable guide”
Reviewed March 15, 2012

Abercrombie House is owned and run by the Morgan family. The tour is led by the family and a real history is given. The house itself is well preserved and undergoing restoration to its original glory. It is indeed a spectacular place - it almost seems out of place in its location, but once the history is known, it is perfectly understandable. Abercrombie House also has great event days such as medieval themes and so on - it really is a great experience.

Visited October 2011
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
“Magic piece of Australian history”
Reviewed March 11, 2012

If you love old houses then this is a must see when in Bathurst.

Visited March 2012
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Wollongong, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Swords and stories”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

The Morgans have a vast number of wonderful stories about the house, be sure to ask about the bullet hole! I loved going through a welcoming family home like a guest, without any ropes stopping you from examining the wonderful treasures. The Ballroom is spectacular and the collection of medals fascinating. Can you find the Victoria Cross?

My son loved the collection of swords and posed with the 1880's Chinese Execution Sword handily kept near the kitchen for anyone avoiding the washing up! My daughter loved the mother of pearl furniture. I loved the stained glass tower room.

A wonderful walk through another time led by an Archeologist and father who made it fascinating for fidgety children (just driven 4 hours), through a collectors dream.

Well worth a visit!

Visited January 2012
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“A step back to another time, another place.”
Reviewed January 4, 2012

Abercrombie House is a wonderful historic home that is even now, lived in and loved by its owners. It is full of a rich and intriguing facts of early Australia and Bathurst itself and is definitely worth the $10 entry fee for the guided tour. I love this place and will return another day.

Visited January 2012
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Canberra, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

We were lucky enough to chance upon a tour of this delightful, crumbling ‘pile’ on the outskirts of Bathurst. Generally, tours are only conducted on weekends around 11am and last about an hour and a half.
On the tour we were informed that Abercrombie House was built by James Stewart in the 1870s.
Built as a Tudor Gothic/Scottish baronial style mansion, it has over 40 rooms and 29 fireplaces. The large grounds reflect a fading landscaping design.
The house has been owned, and lived in, by the Morgan family since the 1960s and Chris Morgan, son of the first Morgan owner, led our tour.
Just wonderful.
As a fan of British TV programs such as ‘Country House Rescue’ where large old buildings are given new life, we were delighted to see that we have something similar happening in Bathurst, NSW.
The building is full of antiques and collectables of every kind and renovation is being undertaken in all areas. Chris was most proud of the renovated ballroom with its gold painted ceiling some 7 metres high.
Visitors need to be aware that there are many stairs to climb to fully access the upstairs rooms of the house.
The family has done a wonderful job with the renovation – every credit to them.
At $6 for seniors, entry fees were almost too cheap. Garden plants, some antique tools and other goods are for sale to boost coffers.
Worth a visit.

Visited November 2011
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