“The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden”
– Sir Thomas Moore
“A garden created to warm the heart and fuel the soul”
A GARDEN OF JOY
Hillcrest is aptly named: it is nestled at 750 metres in a cool climate on the crest of a hillside with captivating valley views. Heralded by mature whispering pines and snow gums with abundant birdlife and kangaroos that sneak a peak or two, the estate overlooks and takes in the gentle folds and creases of the lovely Binda valley with its old stone heritage buildings.
For this beautifully luxurious and gracious 1870s home reimagined into the 21st century, we set forth to develop an exquisite setting for a rare jewel – a setting that truly reflected the surrounds and its ecology. Consequently, there is delightful formality and structure that transposes into the greater surrounds of meadows beyond and that allows the magic and mystical nature to come through.
As you wander and take in the many joys of this estate and as you take moments to rest throughout, the wonderful peace and tranquillity will allow your soul to breathe and your heart to soar. This truly is a land and landscape that allow reconnection to those deep parts of us that yearn for the nature that truly underpins us and which we are disconnected from in city life. And it is structured for the romantic in each and all of us.
A TRUE FOUR SEASONS GARDEN
Whatever the season, the swathes of colours, the forms and textures will sing a song in your soul and warm your heart as you wander and explore.
Our wonderful four seasons are true to their name. They quickly transition and change is magnificent. We have developed our plantings to capitalise on and reflect these fabulous seasonal influences. Our plantings include a rich range of colours, forms and textures.
Globe cherry trees Frucitosa Globosa, the pears – Aristocrat, Capital, Snow, Manchurian, Chanticleer, the maples – Lipstick, Negunda, Trident, Crab Apples, London Planes, Magnolia Grandafloras, Indian Bean, Sophoras, Pin Oaks, Liquid Ambers, Olives, Leighton Greens, Simonii Fastigiata Poplars, Cape Chestnuts all combine with hedges of Vibernum, Cherry Laurel and white Escalonia.
WONDERFULLY CLEAN AIR
Luxury comes in many different forms at Hillcrest Binda.
In our increasingly challenged world environmentally, Hillcrest Binda is in an area renowned for its clean air – some say the cleanest in NSW. Being on top of the range – the Great Dividing Range – at 750 metres and outside of the metropolitan and road clogged smog traps, we luxuriate in wonderful air flows. These air flows allow a totally different and delightful way of life in this rich, diverse, four seasons landscape – a landscape likened at times to the beautiful English Downs.
Because of the way our planet is tilted, the southern hemisphere is far brighter in stars showing than the northern hemisphere. The North Pole faces outward to the Universe whilst the South Pole faces to the galactic centre of the Milky Way. Our star-lit skies at Hillcrest Binda are awe inspiring.
OUR VINEYARD IN THE MAKING
Beautiful chardonnays have always held their place in the love of good wines. We are adding to Hillcrest three sets of vineyard plantings. Pole structures are now in place and in spring 2019, we will be planting our vines. Exciting – yes, especially given Hillcrest is at 750 metres and we have the challenge of frosts. Nonetheless, we are confident given our loam soils overlaying clay structures. We believe our superb cool climate especially with its warm to hot days and cool nights at key times will give us great opportunity to explore developing an interesting drop or two.