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“Peaceful, secluded”
Review of Ellensbrook

Ellensbrook
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Owner description: In 1857 Ellen and Alfred Bussell chose the site of their new home. Sheltered from the winter storms, the site had access to fresh water and was surrounded by fertile soil. Over the decades the house was built in stages by ticket-of-leave convicts, deserting seamen and local Noongars. The Ellensbrook venture was successful, with income derived from the sale of beef, butter and cheese. Much of the success was due to the practical skills, energy and sound management of Ellen. Alfred and Ellen left Ellensbrook in 1865. Between 1871 and 1877 Ellensbrook was managed, and the homestead extended, by the eldest of their five daughters, Fanny. Later, the second daughter Edith made Ellensbrook her permanent home. In 1899 she established the Ellensbrook Farm Home for Aboriginal Children. The Home continued for 17 years during which time Edith continued the tradition of extending the main building. The Noongar name for the locality is Mokidup, and it was a traditional summer camping spot for thousands of years.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We visited in the late afternoon and didn't have time to go through the house so we just wandered about the grounds. The house survived a recent bushfire, although it came very close, taking away at least one outbuilding. We walked through some of the bushfire damaged trees along to the weir above the house. The grounds would be a lovely place to have a picnic or just to sit and rest for a while.
You do pay to go through the house, but you can wander the grounds for free.

Thank LesleyKlang
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

This was off the beaten track but we decided to visit as it was mentioned in the DK Australia book. We were not disappointed. It's a National Trust property and whilst there isn't much to see in the house itself, the setting is superb. We chatted to the young warden who clearly loves his 'job', which is unpaid but with free accommodation. We walked up to the falls which were not in full flood but the peace and tranquility was priceless. It is also the only place. Have ever been to that has a 'loo with a view'! Leave the door open (you can do this because there is no one around) and you have a great view of the Leeuwin Bay!

From there it is a short drive to Gracetown which is a wonderful beach, and clear blue waters. Magic!

1  Thank Jacki R
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We enjoyed this pioneers' home, hidden away in a valley. The manager (a German) was amazingly helpful, and this increased our enjoyment.
The rooms are almost empty, but there is plenty of information about the history of the property.
The walk to Meekadarribee Falls was not so good in January, as there was no too much water, but it was interesting, and we saw the damage caused by a recent fire.
Definitely worth a visit when in the area.

Thank ColinBut
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Am a regular visitor to Ellensbrook as it is a great place to visit on those days when it is a little windy or cold. Great little 1/2 hr walk to the Meekadarabee Falls through the Peppy forest and is quite magical for the younger kids (my daughter saw a fairy there a few years ago!). Behind the house there is a awesome tree swing that'll keep the entire family entertained for ages! Walk is suitable for toddlers that are able to walk a little bit otherwise is almost entirely pram / wheelchair friendly. Gardens are spectacular for picnics.

Thank Grant P
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Very quiet and secluded, felt we were miles from anywhere. Interesting trip, easy walk to the waterfall with information available explaining the history of the place. In great condition for an early homestead.

Thank Emma H
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