Bothwell, pictures speak a thousands words but I will add my own comments..
This place had me in awe - I felt at home here, surrounded by beautiful countryside, gorgeous buildings and history to the max...grab a coffee, sit down and let your eyes be treated by some fantastic sights..
This was to be our home for the night - an early settlement home/convict house.
I want ok - three little words you will hear a lot during this post...
And a modern bathroom to boot...what more could one want...
Greg the owner saw how delighted I was and asked if I would like to see in the other buildings, we were the only guests for the night (the place was full the night before)...
Here is the renovated bakery..
What settlement would be complete without the outback toilet...this is a double seat one.. Fathers could take their sons with them and the women would do the same with their daughters..early potty training..
Not a good photo but I will put it in anyway..
Greg's family are the second owners of this property, with it being only owned by one other family prior to theirs. There are indepth diaries available for everyone to read if they wish, I did think about it but they were more like volumes and I was worried I might damage them.. He did tell us of a story in one of the diaries. It tells of how 14 bushrangers held up the household for four days, ransacking the rooms and keeping everyone hostage. When the bushrangers were finally caught the women of the house pleaded with authorities to be lenient with the rangers because they were reasonably well behaved. The leader of the group even gave back possessions belonging to a four year old child because he became upset they were taking something he loved to play with. We were standing in the very room all of this occurred. All fourteen bushrangers were hung.
Here is the Glass room that has been added to the rear of the house to take in all the surrounding countryside... ok I want.
We had a delicious dinner (did I tell you - Greg cooks), Lamb Fillets or Atlantic Salmon and vegetables with amazing salads, and a cheese platter to start with, and Rhubarb, apple and pear crumble with fresh cream to finish. Some of us had the Atlantic Salmon. You cant see it in this photo but there were fairy lights running along the ceiling
I've decided to break this post up into another part - part 3, as we were there for the boys to play golf and I do have quite a few photo's to put up of them...
Did I mention - ok I want - to all of this place... I want, I want, I want...if only I could get all my kids to migrate with me and the grandkids of course...there are plenty of homes/rooms for everyone.
I will add one more photo to this post..
Inside one of the bedrooms of the homestead is a little tiny room with a small window...named the Prayer window, I couldn't get a good photo but I will put it in anyway..