Mawarra Manor, heritage listed and built in 1932, is set on 3 acres and sleeps 8 in 4 exquisite bedrooms. The garden is recognised as the most famous surviving example by renowned garden designer Edna Walling.
Whilst both house and garden have undergone extensive restoration and modernisation their historic significance has always remained at the forefront of thinking.
The manor incorporates all traditional formal and informal rooms that one would expect in a home of this era. Extensive wood panelling, wall to wall carpets, gas central heating, evaporative cooling and tasteful lighting provide a luxurious ambience. The upper level comprises an entry hall, large bow-shaped formal lounge with open fire place, dining room, enormous enclosed balcony area overlooking the central staircase and garden, country kitchen with Miele appliances including 2 dishwashers, built-in refrigerator and built-in coffee machine, electric oven, gas hob, microwave and separate gas AGA oven and hotplates. The lounge is furnished with three comfortable 3-seater couches and a baby grand piano, TV and DVD player. The verandah dining room has an 8-seater dining table, chiffonier and drinks cabinet. A separate breakfast room leads from the kitchen. The upstairs bathroom features a rain shower head and a European laundry and separate toilet. French doors lead to an enormous avocado-shaped gas and solar-heated indoor swimming pool with games area and sauna. The pool area has separate heating and humidity control. It looks through floor to ceiling glass onto a deck with outdoor dining setting.
Upstairs is a king-sized 4-poster bed in one room and a queen-sized 4-poster bed in the other. Downstairs is bedroom 3 having a king-sized 4-poster bed and bedroom 4 having a queen-sized bed and ensuite bathroom. There is a separate toilet and central shower room off the hallway. Both bedrooms have separate entries from the garden. If required, there is a 5th single bedroom available for an additional fee.
The garden offers a pedigree like no other, the centrepiece being the sweeping stone staircase leading to the stunning octagonal reflecting pond at the bottom of the property, described by Edna Walling as "a symphony of steps and beautiful trees".
Beautiful vistas and rare plantings reflect the love that has been lavished on Mawarra over the years with many beautiful paths traversing the grounds quaintly known as "Garden Walk", "The Reclining Boy Walk", "Birch Walk" and "Cottage Walk". Wander through and find the old lawn tennis court, a cottage garden and an orchard/nursery highlighted by a model Tudor village.
You'll discover, discreetly tucked within the grounds, "Edna Walling Cottage". Built in 1936 and based on Princess Elizabeth and Margaret's life-sized dolls' house at Royal Lodge Scotland, "Edna Walling Cottage" is fully self-contained and perfect for a visit to the Yarra Ranges. NB the cottage is currently let.
Other things to note
It is definitely possible to host your wedding ceremony and subsequent celebrations at Mawarra Manor and Gardens. We have a function fee of $2000 and would be delighted to assist you in organizing your special day. We are able to assist with some of your function requirements including some furniture which may help negate the need for hire. We can recommend caterers and florists we have worked with in the past. We are more than happy to provide you with times to view the property in advance to enable you the greatest opportunity to plan everything.
To maintain a high standard for our guests we require certain conditions to be complied with. We appreciate most will respect our property but the occasional abuse requires that we state the following conditions.
Number of Guests should not exceed the number stated on the Confirmation Notice or subsequently agreed in writing or email. Fees will apply for excess guests not agreed with the owners in advance.
Parties and Functions are strictly prohibited. The price charged is for domestic use only and not commercial. Accordingly this rate does not allow for the extra wear associated with functions in terms of cleaning, garbage removal, wear and tear, repairs etc. Use contrary to this may result in loss of your bond and/or additional payments.
Damage, Breakages, Theft and Loss are the tenants responsibility during their stay.
Departure - the property should be left in a similar state to its condition on arrival. Check-out time is 11:00 by the latest, to allow time to prepare property for next guests.
Disturbance to our neighbours, including excessive noise, is prohibited and may result in termination of rental and loss of bond.
Loss - the owners take no responsibility for the tenant's personal property.
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