Step back in time with a visit to the state heritage listed Iandra Castle.
Resting between the villages of Greenethorpe and Monteagle, just 25 minutes north of Young, is the state heritage listed Iandra Castle. The historic property was purchased in 1878 by Mr Greene, with the construction of the homestead occurring between 1908 and 1910 by pioneering engineer Edward Giles Stone.
The homestead is an impressive example of the Federation Romanesque style, and when coupled with the surrounding agricultural property becomes a rare Australian example of the manorial system.
At the same time as the homestead was being built, so too were the reinforced concrete stables, the water tower, filtration plant, sheds and forty houses for the sharefarmers. In its heyday, Iandra had its own store, post office, public school, carpenter’s and blacksmith’s shops, with 350 men employed on the property not including the 61 sharefarmers, contractors and carriers.
The homestead provided accommodation to visitors from around the world who were interested in sharefarming, a method introduced in 1893. In 2005, the homestead, along with the surrounding stables, church and residences, were listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register.
These days, the castle offers frequent open days, usually one per month, where visitors are invited to come and explore this fascinating property. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn, under the trees, or on the veranda, with freshly brewed locally produced Art of Espresso coffee available on the day.
Iandra Castle is located 11km out of Greenethorpe on Young Rd, NSW. Click here for more information.