Granite Lodge – Harcourt

DSCN2610This is the first of a series of open gardens I visited on the 4th of November, 2013 in Harcourt.

The gardens had been established around houses built of granite quarried locally at Mt. Alexander.

Granite Lodge was the earliest of the houses built in the 1860s by a gold miner, Bryan McMahon, who used his earnings to build himself, and his children, fine solid houses.

I enjoyed the story about how a horse dragging a large log, would be led into the kitchen through one set of doors, the log unhitched and rolled into the fire place, and then the horse led out through another set of doors in the opposite wall of the kitchen.

The current owners have created a rose garden on the site of the old dairy and grow vines for wine.

In the garden is a building, formerly used as a cellar and smoke house, set below ground level.

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One Response

  1. There is something gorgeous about granite and roses paired together! Lovely photos, Margaret. I love that you explain a bit of the history of the areas you document.

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