Experience a truly unique holiday with family and friends at the historic cattle property Roseneath Station.
Located on the edge of the border ranges granite belt, you can bask in the wide open spaces and relax at night on the large open decks viewing billions of stars in the clear night skies, with good food, good company and a good bottle of local wine. A fully self-catered country getaway with the choice of doing as little or as much as you like.
Candy and Shane have taken the plunge and bought their own piece of Australia – The beautiful Roseneath Station! They’ve worked hard and wide to get to the place they now call home… Cooking in the defence force, flying high in the skies, ringers in the top end, driving trucks in WA, managing properties in QLD to finally settle in this historic NSW cattle property. Roseneath Station is family owned and together with parents Sue and Ted and son Ty, they are now taking on the adventure of hosting a farmstay to share their experience of a genuine working farm with others. The drought has been harsh on the country, Ted and Sue have made the move from the central coast of QLD to purchase more land for their cattle and despite it’s beautiful vastness – Roseneath Station has also suffered in drought, so there is plenty to do around the farm… you can help with the daily feed up, bottle feed the calves, collect eggs from chickens, walk the paddocks, roam amongst the hills or sit on the verandah and enjoy the rural quietness.
Roseneath has something special for everyone, its appeal is wide ranging, from nature lovers to the adventuresome, from animal lovers to fisherman, from photographers to painters, there is something appealing to all… Cast a line down in the Dumaresq River, a popular fishing spot for Murray Cod & Yellowbelly, or bring your swimmers / canoe and organize an afternoon picnic along the banks of the river. Roseneath has also wonderful walking tracks, where Australian flora and fauna abound, with over 140 bird species identified on the station, it is a bird lovers paradise.
It is a wonderful family holiday, where kids can experience a taste of the way it used to be – a back to basics farmstay with a touch of luxury, it is bound to make you smile. You are free to come and go as you please and after your day of relaxation, farm involvement or exploring historic Tenterfield and its wineries, there is nothing better than to watch as the sun goes down and the starry night skies appear over the Battlements of the Great Divide.
A Brief History
Sir Michael Frederick Bruxner (1882-1970) was born on 25 March 1882 at Sandilands, Tabulam, New South Wales, second son of English-born Charles Augustus Bruxner, a pioneering grazier on the Clarence River, and his wife Sarah, daughter of Henry Barnes of Dyraaba. As a child Bruxner was delicate, and nearly died of pleurisy and pneumonia. His education was a mixture of private tuition and boarding-schools; he was captain of The Armidale School in 1900. A good scholar, he lived in St Paul’s College while studying arts and law at the University of Sydney in 1901-03, but was sent down for missing law lectures. After a few years on the family property he moved to Tenterfield to help a family friend in his stock and station agency. Liking the life, he bought out his friend and opened his own business in 1907 as Bruxner & Cotton.
On his return to Tenterfield in July 1919 Bruxner sold his stock and station agency and also Emu Park in Queensland which he had bought before the war; and he consolidated Roseneath, near the border, where he bred Hereford cattle. Instead of settling down as a grazier he soon became involved in the emerging Country Party, he was elected as one of three members for Northern Tableland, and was never troubled to hold his seat (Tenterfield from 1927). His estate was valued for probate at $62,758.
Bruxner (who named the highway that runs past the property) was a natural politician and a natural leader, who combined a cheerful smile and an approachable manner with a personal dignity which he never lost: for most of his political life he was referred to as ‘the Colonel’, a style he greatly enjoyed. His portrait by W. Chandler is in the Country Party offices of Sydney, and a sketch by George Lambert is in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Over the years parts of Roseneath were sold off to the various vineyards nearby but the core of the station continued to be equipped for livestock handling both cattle and sheep. When owned by the McCoy family a farmstay started being conducted in the fully renovated Shearer’s quarters until retirement saw the 6400 acres change hands. The homestead, manager’s residence and cottage located nearby were all, at times, used for the farmstay and have been recently updated to the luxury accommodation that you see today… Both the Shearer’s Quarters and Fisherman’s Cottage are open to enjoy your stay at Roseneath Station. In the midst of drought, the Templeton family have collectively taken over both the station and farmstay hoping to provide ample land for their cattle and quality accommodation for all of their guests.