The Homestead is the latest chapter in the long and significant history of Mananga, a former dairy farm located at the northern entrance to the charming rural township of Berry in the NSW South Coast’s Shoalhaven region.
Rich in local history
Mananga plays a significant part in the history of Berry. The property in its entirety is listed as an item of local environment heritage, and lies within a small historic precinct that was the site of the original town of Berry – then known as Broughton Creek. It was the home of the Stewart family, early pioneers of the region who established a thriving dairy farm and the area’s first post office. The family’s original 1864 cottage was succeeded by the current Mananga homestead, an 1894 Federation Queen Anne-style farmhouse designed by renowned Sydney architect Howard Joseland and listed on the Australian Institute of Architects’ Register of Significant Buildings in NSW.
By the water
An Aboriginal word meaning ‘by the water’, Mananga still retains the original mill race used to divert water from nearby Broughton Creek to power the local sawmill until the 1830s. It is one of just two water races left in Australia. The Stewart family were to remain custodians of the property for more than a century. Julie and Matthew Quinn, are the current custodians of Mananga, and your hosts at The Homestead.
Where heritage meets luxe
Since taking over the property in 2018, owners Julie and Matthew Quinn have poured heart and soul into restoring the original Mananga homestead and gardens. They have also undertaken extensive renovations to existing outbuildings, including converting the old silo and cowshed into a rustic yet stylish wedding and events space, as well as a lounge for guests.
The addition of bespoke cottage-style accommodation ideal for couples and small groups is a fresh addition to the property, delivering the ultimate in indulgent luxury getaways while paying homage to the property’s rich history.
An experience like no other
The Homestead may be an easy two-hour drive south from Sydney, but it feels like a world away. Driving through the gates and into the lush grounds of The Homestead, the weight of the world begins to lift from your shoulders. Heritage charm and lush green vistas abound, immersing you in a rural idyll where history greets you at every turn… with every modern luxury at your fingertips.
With the celebrated cafés, restaurants and shops of Berry just a five-minute walk, you can leave the car behind and explore everything the village has to offer. If sun, sea and adventure call you, a ten-minute drive lands you at beautiful Seven Mile Beach or paddling on the tranquil Crooked River. If total relaxation is what you seek, you may just prefer to curl up by the fireplace in the privacy of your luxuriously appointed suite with some sparkling wine and a local cheese plate. It’s all there waiting for you.