Carrick Hill House, Adelaide

The House at Carrick Hill

The house itself isn't that old having been built in 1937 to 39, it's what inside the house that makes it historically interesting.

The young couple Edward and Ursula Hayward were given the land as a wedding present and then travelled to the UK for a year long honeymoon. It was during their time there they attended a salvage sale of a stately home. Beaudesert House was owned by the Marquess of Anglesey, it was a Tudor mansion. It was set to be demolished because the depression in Britain had left this country estate devasted by family debt and like so many others, uneconomic to run. In July 1935 the Haywards had bought windows, doors, fireplaces, oak panelling and the staircase. 

It was then all shipped back to Adelaide and an architect who was a family friend set about designing the house around these items, the house would resemble a seventeenth century manor house. (With all the modern features of a 1930s house, ensuite bathroom, heated towel rails, electric bell pushes to summon the staff)

While the park and gardens are free to enter there is a fee to see the house. I was delighted to see when I was there that the house was decorated for Christmas.

The staircase, it had been divided into pieces and then reassembled in the house.

The landing which separates the Hayward's bedroom and dressing room and bathroom from the other bedrooms upstairs.

The dining room with its panelling, looking through to the Butler's pantry and then beyond to the kitchen.

The table set for Christmas lunch, the painting over the fireplace is a Dobell, one of Australia's most prominent artists. The State government agreed to accept the bequest of Carrick Hill as it had a wonderful art collection that the Haywards had put together.

The Butler's pantry which has a nice collection of the dinner services belonging to the Haywards. Here food was kept ready to serve, love the little trolley to help keep the food warm.

There's a narrow set of stairs leading from the main part of the house downstairs to a storage area. It housed items such as the canteens of silver cutlery, but these are what caught my eye. Coronation souvenirs! The second and fourth mugs show the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra,  (in 1902) I think the first and 5th are from the coronation of King George VI. 

The drawing room, it had a signed photo of Queen Mary, these Haywards it seemed had contacts!

Photos of Edward (known as Bill) Hayward and his wife Ursula. The fan shaped painting over the fireplace is a Gaugauin. There used to be another painting with the Gaugauin label but it proved to be a fake, but this was has been authenticated.

The library.

The bedroom complete with breakfast tray on bed!

Going outside there are the stables which are the latest building restored and it seems it's used as a child entertainment area. The stables were for Bill Hayward's polo ponies and are made from wood. Older era stables in Adelaide were all stone buildings.

Inside a stall at the stables, rocking hours for young children.

There's a small souvenir shop as you leave and a cafe. It was good to be able to sit down and take in what you had seen.