Terragong - an introduction
Situated on 12 acres of lush pastureland in the verdant Jamberoo Valley, ten minutes inland from Kiama and an hour and a half south of Sydney, our magnificent two-storey Georgian home, Terragong, was built in 1858 by John Marks (1826-1885), agriculturist and politician. The property remained in the same family through seven generations until its purchase in 2014 by Darryl and Simon.
The homestead is steeped in architectural history with 14ft ceilings (some pressed metal, some timber), cedar doors and windows, multiple fireplaces of marble and tile, solid brick construction that keeps the home cool in summer and warm in winter. Central to the impressive entrance is the Georgian-style cantilevered staircase.
The grounds of Terragong contain giant magnolias, ancient figs, norfolk pines, wisteria draped pergola and a shady wide verandah surrounded by hydrangeas - all with a true country garden atmosphere.
Of particular heritage interest is the original slab hut, built to accommodate the convict workforce who built the main house. Machinery sheds and barn complete the farming needs of this unique piece of dairying history nestled in the lush green valley of Jamberoo.