AUTUMN COUNTRY GARDEN TOUR 2023 | Afternoon Visit to Coriyule

AUTUMN COUNTRY GARDEN TOUR 2023 | Afternoon Visit to Coriyule

Sunday 23 Apr 2023, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

For an autumn afternoon in the country in late April, The Friends will take a self-drive journey to Coriyule, one of Victoria’s most important historic houses. Constructed in 1849 for two Lady Squatters, Anne Drysdale and Caroline Newcombe, the house is constructed in local stone, as their Melbourne architect, Charles Laing, wanted to create an unusual house, with many features pertinent to their needs and the challenges of the times.

Designed in a picturesque Gothic Revival style, Coriyule Homestead is of historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria and it is on the Victorian Heritage Register. This two-storey house is one of the Bellarine Peninsula’s oldest properties, and it is considered architecturally significant as one of the earliest and finest homesteads in Victoria. Its historical significance is as a reminder of the partnership of these two women squatters, who were important in the history of squatting in Victoria.

Over the past nearly 20 years, the property has been meticulously restored and renovated, transforming the garden into a feast of trees, plus wonderful plantings of Australian natives, exotics and vegetable gardens.

This self-drive adventure includes a group lunch at “House of Jack Rabbit Cafe”.

$85.00 for members and $95 for non-members with RSVP by Wednesday 19 April 2023

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