Traditionally old estates had a gate house or gatekeeper’s lodge at the entrance to the property. Located near the original carriageway to the Homestead, the Lodge was the first indicated of a settlement during the 1850’s, as indicated by one writer:
“After driving north from Clare, you reach Bungaree domain. The parks on each side of the road were studded with large spreading trees and the grassy lawns and undulating nature of the ground gave an English appearance to the whole. A further drive of two miles (3.22km) took us to the South Lodge, which is situated on rising ground.”
Generally a member of the gardening or household staff occupied this cottage, located just a short walk from the Homestead.
Today the Lodge remains the most southern building on the property, but the main entrance has been moved, leaving this cottage in a peaceful setting on a rise, looking over paddocks and towards the Homestead Gardens. With the nearest neighbours being sheep and deer, this cottage is perfect for small families wanting to escape to the country and couples who wish to relax.
This heritage cottage can accommodate up to 4 guests and has 2 bedrooms (1 bedroom x 1 queen bed and 1 bedroom x 2 single beds), bathroom, kitchen and sitting/dining room with TV/DVD. It has both reverse cycle air conditioning and a wood fire. Outside on the patio is an outdoor dining setting and gas BBQ.
All bedding (including electric blankets) and towels are provided, along with provisions for a country breakfast (e.g. eggs, bacon, juice, cereal etc).