Mona Farm is on a 124-acre historic property in Braidwood, about a three-hour drive south of Sydney. The historic buildings on the property have been beautifully converted into stylish, well-appointed accommodation. When Broadsheet visited, we stayed in the Old Stables, but there are six buildings to choose from all up. Built in 1859, this was the farm's original stables – now transformed into a luxe two-person, self-contained house with a stunning fit-out (designed by Louise Nettleton of Nettleton Architects).
Walk through the original wide timber doors to find a large open-plan space with exposed brick walls and timber beams. There’s a kitchen with enough gear to make any feast you might desire, and a fireplace stacked high with wood that’ll make your stay toasty. There’s also a dining table, lounge, TV and a striking Guy Maestri artwork as distracting as the fire. Upstairs, at one end of the room is the master bathroom – with two showerheads for dual bathing. At the other end, a large, comfortable bed. Copper piping runs along the walls, becoming a design feature – like the timber work on the high ceiling. (There’s a skylight, so pack an eye mask if you want to snooze late.)
Be sure to call on the chefs for meals during your stay. Expect hearty fare such as beef bourguignon with Paris mash (the chefs do take requests, though). In the morning, you'll get homemade buttery croissants with jam, as well as still-warm-from-the-oven bread.
The New Stables, along with the Homestead, are often booked out by groups coming to celebrate a milestone. Up to 51 people can stay on Mona Farm across six standalone buildings of differing sizes and layouts, which is why it’s a good group getaway or destination-wedding choice.
The farm was bought in 2018 by Belinda and Bill Pulver. They have one of the most significant contemporary art collections in regional NSW. As well as the sculptures on the property, they have hung more than 40 pieces on the walls by the likes of Darren Sylvester, Bill Henson, Isaac Julien, Janet Laurence and Adam Cullen.
Mona Farm is less than five minutes’ drive from Braidwood’s high street – a pretty spot to check out, with its historic buildings, cafes and antiques shop. Of course you don’t really need to leave the property. You can play a spot of tennis, jump on a bike, or take a turn around the grounds. It’s got elm woodlands, poplar-lined carriageways, manicured lawns and gardens crafted in the style of Lancelot “Capability” Brown (one of England’s most famous landscape gardeners, who did away with formality in favour of natural-looking landscapes).