As promised, today will be the balance of photos from our Garden tour of Ercildoune Homestead.
Ercildoune was settled in 1838 by the Livingstone-Learmonth teenage brothers, and became one of the most famous and widely renowned stations in Australia. The homestead construction is of massive blocks of granite stone cut by hand from a quarry close by. The Learmonths built most of the various outbuildings including the Gothic styled Managers House.
The name Learmonth arises from lands in Berwickshire and the Learmonths of Ercildoune in the Merse (a flat area in the east of the region that borders the River Tweed) were the earliest family of note. The Learmonth Family Motto is ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ – uncovered during restoration on the arch in the entrance hall = ‘While I Breathe I hope’.
182 acres of the old homestead was auctioned off last weekend (house and gardens). It was expected to bring in about 3.8 million. As much as it would be lovely to own, we just didn’t need 9 bedrooms!
- Visiting Ercildoune – Part 1 (astimegoesbuy.me)
- Scottish Heritage – Ercildoune (astimegoesbuy.me)
- Ercildoune Homestead (ercildoune.com.au)