Review: Mona Farm Welcomes Lovers To The Shearer’s Quarters

Play, Travel / 11 July 2023

Experience luxury accommodation and nature intertwined at Mona Farm’s newest guest house, The Shearer’s Quarters.

The luxury that is Mona Farm was created back in 2018 by Belina and Bill Pulver. The Sydney-based duo were charmed by the heritage-listed town of Braidwood in New South Wales and wanted to inject some sophistication into the landscape. They came across 124 acres of land with a gorgeous lake and surrounding forest, immediately seeing its potential to become a sanctuary for those near and far.

Seven guest houses now grace the estate, along with enchanting wedding spaces and gardens that have garnered prestigious awards. Beautifully restored buildings and gardens inspired by English aesthetics pay homage to Mona Farm’s rich history, while the presence of sculptures and artworks throughout the property reflects Belina and Bill’s admiration for contemporary art.

Mona Farm is a three-hour drive from Sydney CBD so it’s encouraged to stay the night. Should your visit be a romantic affair, we recommend The Shearer’s Quarters, the latest accommodation addition sleeping two extremely comfortably. As the name suggests, the building has a rich history dating back to 1873 when it served as the shearer’s quarters for the property. Over the course of two years, acclaimed Australian architect, Louise Nettleton, meticulously restored the building, preserving its historical essence. The original central fireplace remains intact, along with the authentic timber floorboards, bricks, and corrugated iron, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the captivating atmosphere of its storied past.

The Shearer’s Quarters features an open-style kitchen and living area where you can comfortably relax. The centerpiece of the space is a cosy fireplace that brings warmth to both the living room and bedroom. Indulge in the tranquil atmosphere of the Japanese-inspired bathhouse, complete with a deep tub and dual-headed shower. For chilly evenings, the bathroom provides underground heating and the glass walls offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape with guaranteed privacy.

Step out onto the expansive alfresco deck, a welcoming space that beckons you to embrace the outdoors regardless of the season. Positioned above the gentle flow of the creek, the heated outdoor spa provides a serene setting where you can unwind and spot the resident platypus. To top it off, a well-equipped premium barbecue and cooking area, as well as a fireplace and outdoor living space, complete the experience of luxury at The Shearer’s Quarters.

Just like its fellow guest houses on the estate, The Shearer’s Quarters offers more than just a place to stay—it seamlessly blends accommodation with an art gallery experience. Among the remarkable artworks featured, one particular masterpiece is ‘Old Job – New Australian 2003’ by the talented Australian artist, Adam Cullen. While such artwork is typically reserved for prestigious galleries, it has found a permanent home at The Shearer’s Quarters, adding a touch of rustic Australian charm that harmonises beautifully with the surrounding landscape.

Elevate your experience by opting for the ‘Stay, Wine & Dine’ package. You’ll be treated to a delicious grazing platter upon arrival, brimming with the finest regional produce, and a refresh minibar throughout your stay. In the evening, a three-course dinner prepared by acclaimed chef Tristan Rebbettes will be delivered to your door. With an impressive culinary background working in Hatted Sydney restaurants like Cafe Paci, EST, and Saint Peter, Chef Rebbettes brings his expertise to every dish he creates. Expect a celebration of local suppliers and warming, comforting dishes such as slow-roasted beef cheeks and a divine apple tart tatin.

As part of this exclusive package, you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast at Provisions, a charming local cafe and deli owned by the team at Mona Farm. Take your time exploring the wide selection of local and international cheeses, charcuterie, and a curated selection of wines. However, the true highlight of Provisions lies in its specialty: traditional French galettes from the creperie. Be sure to order a coffee and freshly baked French-style sweet treat on your way out such as Paris-Brest and macarons.

Designed for a cozy and intimate retreat, this self-contained accommodation at The Shearer’s Quarters is ideal for a romantic countryside getaway. To book your stay at The Shearer’s Quarters and find out more about Mona Farm, head to their website.