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Golden Vale

Golden Vale Homestead

Golden Vale

Golden Vale is a stately house with a beautiful garden in the southern highlands of NSW.

The house

Golden Vale Homestead is a two storey Georgian House built c1868 set in an enclosed garden mostly established from 1984. Once the centre of a rural estate of more than 850 hectares, it now sits on a more modest parcel of a little over 87 hectares.

The accommodation available incorporates on the ground floor, multiple living areas including an attached conservatory, library and formal drawing room all opening to stone flagged verandahs, a music room, and on the first floor, two large bedrooms and two bathrooms. The garden is fully maintained by the National Trust, who also care for the multitude of birds and some elderly horses. Garaging for two vehicles is included.

There are two other cottages on the property one of which is occupied by the National Trust Caretaker.

Golden Vale Homestead is located near the village of Sutton Forest about 10 min. drive south-west of Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands and 15 min. from Berrima. Moss Vale includes all the usual retail outlets and services of a small country town.

Golden Vale is not serviced directly by any public transport. There is a taxi service out of Moss Vale, which is on the Southern Highlands Railway line with regular services to Sydney (about one and half hours). A car is essential if you want to live at Golden Vale.

What to bring

  • Own transport
  • Computers, printers and other digital equipment
  • Linen

Heating and Cooling
The Homestead includes hydronic panel heaters throughout the ground floor as well as several slow combustion wood heaters. Electric heaters are included in the first floor bedrooms.


  • The cost of gas for cooking and heating will be the responsibility of the composer whilst in residence.
  • Electricity costs shall also be met by the resident by way of a $100 monthly contribution directly to the National Trust.
  • Any wood for use in the wood heaters is to be purchased by the resident.
  • Golden Vale has a telephone landline and internet service. The resident will need to meet the cost of connection and use.
  • The property relies on rainwater storage so residents are asked to be responsible with usage.

Residents will need to supply all their own linen.

Cooking and eating
All residents self-cater while in residence.The house has a fully equipped kitchen with cookware, crockery and cutlery. The kitchen includes a blender and dishwasher. If you require specialised equipment such as juicers, rice cookers and pasta makers, you should bring them with you.

There are laundry facilities containing washing machine and dryer.

Visitors, family and children are welcome to stay.

With the exception of assistance dogs, pets are not permitted on site. There are already peacocks, guinea fowl, ducks, aviary birds and some elderly horses at the property, all cared for by the National Trust.

Smoking is not permitted on any National Trust property.