Bed and Breakfast accommodation on the Hawkesbury River
Welcome to a new and purpose built Bed and Breakfast one hour from Castle Hill in Sydney and two hours from the CBD in the area of Wiseman’s Ferry.
Your hosts Primrose and Roy, constructed a dwelling for the 21st century that reflects the history of the property as well as their own interests and conserve the views and aspect of the historic Chapel (1855) preserved by the local Historical Society. Their wish is to not only provide accommodation but to provide an experience which will be remembered.
The property was one of the first settled on the Hawkesbury River and was initially known as “Greens” after the first owners who settled there during the very early 1800’s. In the mid 1800’s the Methodist revival swept the Hawkesbury area and a small Chapel was constructed on land given by the Greens adjacent to our home and Bed and Breakfast. During the mid 20th century the “Divine Word Mission” acquired the property and because of them it became known as “The Missions”.
The property has 3 kms of river frontage including a sandy (sometimes muddy!) beach ideal for young and old alike. Boats can be launched from the beach, as well as float planes. There is also on the property a dedicated area for radio controlled aeroplanes under the auspices of the Sydney Radio Control Society.
Three separate buildings were initially projected not to dwarf the Chapel with any single structure but due to council requirements they are conjoined with glass walkways connecting them. There is also a sandstone clad cottage and function room overlooking the river.
The central structure is a round tower library, inspired by the Irish and English Martello towers, this holds many volumes devoted to the main interests of the owners, humour, theology, natural history and in particular aviation history.
The second element is a small two bedroom residence for Primrose and Roy.
The third element, on the right, is a substantial guest accommodation with cinema/conference room, lounge with a focus wood burning fireplace, kitchen, dining room and four spacious guest suites, all open on to a balcony overlooking the river. Each room also has reverse cycle air conditioning, TV/DVD player, tea/coffee making facilities and a bar fridge. Outside there is an 8 person hot tub spa also overlooking the river affording spectacular views of sunrise and sunset - as well as on occasions a view of the moon rising over the Hawkesbury sandstone escarpment - truly memorable!
The three element design is part of the trinity of the property which consists of the luxurious bed and breakfast, a working hobby farm with gardens, an airstrip, and a hangar with a unique collection of vintage aeroplanes.
These aeroplanes represent a cross section of civil aircraft from the “Golden Era” of flight in the 1920's to 1930's. Each aeroplane has an amazing individual history and enthusiasts from as far as the U.K. and the U.S.A. have come to Sydney to seek them out. Some aeroplanes fly regularly from the airstrip while others are projects under long term restoration and maintenance.
When admiring either the views from the structure, the books in the library or the vintage aeroplanes you are essentially admiring the mind of the creator of these things as quoted from the French writer Antoine de St. Exupery author of "The Wind, Sand and Stars" and one of the most famous aviators from this golden age of flight. The building is designed to augment these things and to act as a frame so as to inspire the admiration of the mind of the Creator. The aeroplanes were all flying in 1937 and thus the property's website is now known as “The Missions 1937”.