Gardening storyteller Mary Moody sells Yetholme, Bahurst district farm

Gardening storyteller Mary Moody sells Yetholme, Bahurst district farm
Gardening storyteller Mary Moody sells Yetholme, Bahurst district farm

Glenray Park, the historic Yetholme homestead, has been sold by Mary Moody, one of Australia's leading horticulturalists and gardening authors.

Lovingly restored and cared for over her 20 year tenure, the home was built near Bathurst by Mabel Walshaw in 1908.

It sold at $746,000

It has been marketed as having stunning mature ornamental park-like garden surrounding the homestead which boasts the grandeur of historical homesteads with a surge of new age sustainable living. The five bedroom, two bathroom triple brick homestead has 14 foot ceilings, five fire places, and Oregon doors and trims.

Within the 20 acre property, there is a permanent mountain spring and Frying Pan creek water. There have been cattle run on the farm on the western slopes of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

The grounds have two irrigated propagation/shade houses for the professional market gardener and chook house and home vegetable garden. 

There's a 1920s dance hall once used for community dances and meetings could be transformed into a functions room or artists studio. 

Glenray Park, at 61 Porters Lane, Yetholme, sold through Ray White Emms Mooney agents Patrick Bird and Sam D'Arcy. There were $700,000 plus expectations.

Yetholme is 20 minutes east of Bathurst and two hours drive from Sydney's CBD. 

The gardening author who trained as a journalist in the late 1960s at the Australian Women's Weekly was a long time presenter on Gardening Australia from her then Leura, Blue Mountains home. Her memoirs included Au Revoir, Last Tango in Toulouse, The Long Hot Summer and Sweet Surrender.

She has lead tours in France and the Himalayas and has written a book and made a film on a local rural French restaurant, Lunch with Madame Murat, for the SBS Network.

Glenray Park has been listed following the death of her partner, the film maker David Hannay in March 2014. It was 2001 when the couple relocated permanently to the Bathurst district after selling Villa Florence, their Katoomba cottage.

Moody is moving back to the mountains to be closer to family, but intends keeping a small block of land with an eco-cottage.

The Yetholme property was sold to buyers from the Blue Mountains.

Rural NSW

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