Cross Park Farm Stay
When I first spoke to Jo and John, I didn’t think their farm would be anything like the incredible Cross Park that is. This place is so damn beautiful..
“Cross Park is a boutique 150-acre farm on the banks of the tranquil MacDonald River in the Hawkesbury. Just over an hour from Sydney and only 5 minutes from Wisemans Ferry
The shining star of Cross Park is the beautifully restored 1800s sandstone farmhouse. The house comfortably sleeps 8 guests and can accommodate up to 10. Set in landscaped gardens with a 12-metre private pool and stunning views across the grounds, it’s the perfect place to relax.”
“The house and facilities are all positioned on the hillside providing panoramic views over the paddocks and surrounding natural bush escarpments. Uniquely, the property also benefits and enjoys approximately 3km of river-frontage, private sandy beach, boat launch ramp and pontoon on the river”
Initially, I was commissioned to paint the Chicken but that quickly turned into converting the old water tank into a ‘Bee Hive’. The day before I was meant to leave, I was asked if I would be interested in painting the Cockatoo’s on the other 2 water tanks across the road. I ended up staying a total of 3 weeksand had the best time. I had the house to myself, access to the vehicles and equipment on the property - and had fresh and local produce dropped off by Jo and John every couple of days …why would I leave?
It wasn’t all happy days tho. On one of the very last, I dropped my phone to the bottom of the Hawkesberry river whilst kayaking so I sadly lost most of the content taken. All good tho. Still one of my favourite “jobs” to date. Big love and special thanks once again to Jo & John for everything.
A little bit more about the property...
A landmark, historic estate on 60ha of land and with 3km of river-frontage on the Lower Macdonald River has come up for sale.
Built in the 1830s by the first convicts to the Hawkesbury Valley, the property has designer gardens, a private beach, equine facilities and is minutes to Wisemans Ferry.
“Cross Park is named after David Cross, who was given the land in the 1830s by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The son of a convict who arrived on the First Fleet in 1788 for stealing sheep, Mr Cross opened an accommodation business at the residence in 1838 called “Queen Victoria Inn”. He operated the business until he sold the property in 1845 to his son Johnny for just 150 pounds.”
It is now being sold for the first time in decades through Alison Coopes of Agency by Alison Coopes, who expects the property to sell for north of $10m.