Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday treasures

A couple of weeks ago I visited this historic treasure with a group of National Trust friends. Bellevue Homestead was rescued by the National Trust in 1975 when it would have been covered by water in the Wivenhoe Dam. It was moved to a site which was actually the original entrance to the property and care was taken to map out gardens etc so the original layout could be replicated in its new home. Sadly the Trust was unable to afford to continue with the restoration and the property was sold in 2002. The present owners open the homestead on Sundays and offer tours and refreshments.
Although the day was a bit drizzly, we all enjoyed a yummy morning tea and an interesting tour with the owner, John. The first photo is of the original part of the house, built in the late 1800s.

This section was built in 1905 as a guest wing and has a beautiful timber panelled dining room, as well as a ladies sitting room and a smoking room for the gentlemen. The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) stayed here in the 1920s.This is the bedroom where he slept.
Hard to believe that his meals were probably prepared in this kitchen!

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  1. How sad to think that the National Trust could not keep such a historic property.

  2. I share your love of history so really enjoyed this post. I must put this on my places to see list. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks so interesting , I love visiting places like this with so much history and a chance to look back at how people lived in those years so thanks for the visit .

  4. Sad the national trust couldn't keep the property. Must try & get there for a visit myself. Happy Stitching,

  5. Wonderful trip Carolyn. Such a shame the National Trust couldn't afford to keep the property. I sense though that the present owner has it's welfare well in hand.

  6. That is just lovely Carolyn.. It would be nice to see it one day.. We saw a lovely old cottage at Springsure when we were travelling last year... so much history..