Windy Ridge Gardens + Mannor House Lunch

Windy Ridge Garden


The garden dates back to 1877, when it was part of the estate of pioneer settler, Jesse Gregson. In 1921, the property was subdivided and Jesse's daughter, Helen, became the owner of the sweeping, timbered slope that became Windyridge. Swiss migrants, Fred and Hanny Huber, purchased the property in 1940. They planted many deciduous trees including pin oaks, maples, copper beeches, ginkgos and tupelos. Rodger and Wai Davidson, owners of Davidson's Wholesale Nursery at Galston in Sydney, bought Windyridge in 1995.

Transforming Windyridge

When Rodger and Wai first came to Windyridge there was really no garden, just lots of trees. They began to transform it into a grand garden with the help of Landscape designer, Gordon Sykes. Tens of thousands of cold climate plants were brought in, including 3000 Karume azaleas which were planted to create a wave of colour when in flower. Windyridge is not on town water using bore water, so twice a year shredded paper, stable manure and pea straw is applied to the garden beds to conserve water and maintain an even soil temperature.

Garden highlights

Today Windyridge features sculptures and works of art by Ted Secombe and other artists. There are stunning watergardens, including a lily pond and waterfall. A classic fountain in the middle of the formal parterre garden is surrounded by clipped box hedges and roses. There is also a white garden, magnolia garden, rainforest, rock garden and a bluebell wood, all connected by carefully designed paths and walkways.

Even the toilet block is impressive with its own water feature, beautiful paving, and basins by Ted Secombe. Rodger described the gazebo area and barbecue as the 'fun bit of the garden'. The timber gazebo is open on all sides, so there is plenty of room for people to sit or stand up and move around. Nearby is a fridge, a sink with hot and cold running water, and an open log fire.

Mannor House

1876 Mount Victoria Manor

was built by John R Fairfax, founder of The Sydney Morning Herald, as a mountain retreat. The original building was designed by Alexander Dean, a builder and architect, who was commissioned by Fairfax. The building reflected the grandeur of the time.
It was originally situated on about 13 acres, which was about half of the village of Mount Victoria. John Fairfax died the following year and his two sons leased the house out until 1887. One of the tenants was Mr. Aiken who opened a private boarding school within the building but was not a success and closed within a few years.

1876 to 1966

Mr. G. H. Cooper purchased the house furnished and after obtaining an hotel license opened the Blue Mountains Manor House Hotel the Easter week of 1887. Many alterations occurred over the next eight years in the process of creating a tourist hotel but the beauty of the house remains with the Fairfax monogram still gracing the entrance and front of the main house. The name was changed to Cooper's Grand Hotel and remained so until 1966.

G.H. Cooper's daughter inherited the property on the death of her father and she, along with her husband, managed the hotel until the late 1930's. Mrs Ward, G.H. Cooper's granddaughter, was the proprietor from the late 1930's until the mid 1960's.
Mount Victoria Manor History Dining Room

1960's to 1988

The building was then sold to The Logos Foundation. During this time the building was known as Westwood Lodge.

1988 to 1991

The Patterson Family purchased the property and the name was changed back to The Grand.
1991 to 2015 The Lenton Family bought The Grand and the name was reverted back to The Manor House with 'Blue Mountains' behing added.

2105 to present 2015

saw a change of ownership and the properthy is now known as Mount Victoria Manor to give the property back to the community of Mount Victoria.
A major renovation is currently underway with the vision of producing a property where the theme 'Heritage with a Twist' is being used to re-establish a historically important building that reflects not only it's history but also it's place in the community and in the 21st Century.
Denise and Garry invite you to share their passion for Mount Victoria Manor and to experience Mount Victoria and all it has to offer right at the top of the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains.

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