Property Of The Week: Glenrock, Marulan, NSW
The most prestigious estate on the Southern Highlands, this Georgian homestead draws inspiration from Greek Revival architecture.
Glenrock, the 1830s colonial estate at Marulan in the NSW southern tablelands, has been tightly held for close to 40 years. In its two-century history the period property has had only five owners.
The now 990ha parcel was one of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s original land grants to pastoralist George Barber, husband of Isabella Hume who was in turn sister to famous explorer Hamilton Hume.
The 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom Georgian homestead with inspiration from Greek Revival architecture has an iconic facade framed by 18 unique fluted columns. The elaborate country mansion has been extensively renovated and restored during its current custodianship with vendor lawyer Charles Mendel.
According to records, Mendel bought the landmark property in 1984 for $1.6 million and reports today place the listing at close to $100 million through Christie’s International Real Estate agent Darren Curtis.
With a colourful history behind it, Glenrock appeared in the marketing campaign after the 1966 American Express gold card launch, but is perhaps best remembered as being home to the late acclaimed architect Peter Muller and his wife Carole who ran it as a Hereford cattle farm for decades. It longest owner was businessman John Morrice, a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly for Camden.
The Highland Way property, which is one of the Southern Highlands’ largest landholdings, has its own five-storey clock tower with viewing platform and features stables, two lakes, a Japanese-inspired boathouse, gorge and waterfall.
After 12 years of intensive works, the reimagined main house is surrounded by more than 5a of park-like irrigated grounds and there is also a manager’s residence, a 19th-century guest house, ten stables with tack and saddlery. Glenrock’s extensive livestock facilities include two cattle yards and laneway systems for easy management of livestock.
Additional benefits of the working property include dual road frontages for privacy, security and potential future subdivision, 650ML of perpetual water licences which can never be revoked and the dwellings have nearly one million litres storage for fresh, filtered water.
Glenrock sits approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Sydney or around 20 minutes by helicopter.
Christie’s International Real Estate, Sydney; Darren Curtis on 0406 761 840; christiesrealestate.com
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