Mona Country Manor, Braidwood
Mona Country Manor House is your luxury country accommodation located between Canberra and the South Coast of New South Wales. The 2 x European style country villas are surrounded by beautiful gardens on a 120 acre historical Country Estate. Relax and enjoy tennis, croquet, garden and farm walks along with equestrian and farmstay activities. A range of dining options at Mona, an extensive wine cellar collection and the chance of a pampering massage add to your holiday pleasure.
Accommodation at Mona Country Manor
There are two villas from which to choose. The Stables has four bedrooms and a large lounge which features a billiard table and coin-free juke box, while the Tuscan-inspired Coachhouse (completed in 2004) has three king bedrooms, each with an ensuite. Mona also has a large function centre on site and is popular for weddings - with grounds like these, it's a photographer's dream.
At Mona, you will never find yourself in a room next to strangers as the accommodation is designed for your privacy. For groups of 4 or more - only those in your party will be accommodated for the period of your booking. It's one of the differences which make a stay at Mona unique.
The Coach House Villa Accommodation at Mona
Enjoy absolute luxury in this historic 3 bedroom/3 bathroom self contained accommodation at Mona - suitable for couples on a romantic getaway, small groups of friends, or part of a larger party when booked with the Stables Villa for exclusive use of the entire property. Built in 1903 it originally operated as a coachhouse.
In 2005 a complete restoration, renovation and refurbishment saw this gracious, impressive building turned into luxurious self contained accommodation. With its tiled floor throughout featuring underfloor heating, and generously proportioned rooms, it is now more like a grand European Villa than a home to horses.
Set in its own private gardens, the Coach House accommodates up to six adults in three spacious king bedrooms, each with large luxury ensuites. The former central breezeway is now an extensive lounge/dining area. There is a separate eat-in self catering gourmet kitchen which opens onto a European style terrace for alfresco dining. The central lounge area has comfortable and inviting couches and arm chairs around a cosy wood fire. Guests can enjoy fine dining and candlelit dinners around the antique French farmhouse table with plush upholstered dining chairs, in the adjoining area.
A clever mix of antique and fine wood sideboards and tables, soft lamp lighting, prints and paintings combine to provide a special, warm and elegant atmosphere. The original hand cut wood beam ceiling has been preserved and contributes to the significant historical feeling. A TV / DVD and sound system is available, along with a selection of easy listening CDs / DVDs.
The gourmet eat-in kitchen is fitted with a wide Emilie gas stove and a dishwasher. Very popular is the Jura espresso machine which produces coffee with a professional "crema". The kitchen is fully equipped with glassware, china, pots and pans and all the cookware the home chef requires for the preparation of that special, celebratory meal. In addition to the easy access to the formal dining table, the kitchen has a door leading to a sunny sheltered courtyard for alfresco dining, and grand, old, shady oak beyond.
The Rooms at Coach House Villa - Mona Country Manor
The Leonardo ("Pink") Room (15.84 sq m), is a charming King bedroom with ensuite. It has a view across the courtyard to country retreat vistas of green pastures and trees.
The Mona Lisa Room (25.08 sq m), is a spacious and gracious King bed room with a sitting area in the bedroom and ensuite. The French windows open onto the more formal Magnolia lawn on the north side of the Coach House Villa. The distant view is of Braidwood Wilson Hill.
The Da Vinci Suite (26.40 sq m), is a generous room with both an in-room lounge and its own sitting area in the central "breezeway". From the bedroom the views are across the formal Magnolia lawn and to Braidwood Wilson Hill in the north. From the sitting area, with the door open, view across the formal gardens of Mona. The luxury bathroom is just across the sitting room and is unique and absolutely indulgent.
The Stables Villa Accommodation at Mona Country Manor
The Stables Villa is a unique 2 storey purpose-built individually styled 4 bedroom/5 bathroom villa accommodating up to ten adults. (2 x king,1 x triple, 1 x king plus single, plus an extra on a foldaway bed). The Stables Villa is on two levels: upstairs the bedrooms with a central lounge complete with wood fire, juke box, billiard table and dining area, downstairs a fully equipped kitchen, luxury double shower/spa bathroom and two shower bathrooms.
When the heavy Stables Villa door is thrown open, the eye is instantly drawn to the entrance foyer with its welcoming chairs and marble top table. On this ground floor is the warming country kitchen with its fuel stove (which can also be operated electrically), and everything required for cooking up a hearty country feast. Across the foyer, a double spa/double shower bathroom all in white with underfloor heating provides a room for total pampering.
Ascending the stairs, guests are greeted by the juke box which, with its wide selection of music, proves popular with all ages. A T-shaped lounge dining area provides a space for fun, relaxation and convivial conversation. A farmhouse dining table and benches are positioned next to the picture window with a view over the fountain lawn and rose garden. Couches and "comfy" chairs are arranged around the slow combustion fire. There is a television/video, a Ronisch upright grand piano and a billiard table. The lounge has a "Private Club" like atmosphere.
Two king bedrooms at each end of the lounge are accessed by a short hallway. The Stables bedrooms are carpeted and heated by individual oil heaters. Each is individually decorated. The ensuite bathrooms have shower recesses but not baths. There is "toasty" underfloor heating and towel warmers.
The Rooms at The Stables Villa at Mona
The Blue Room (16 sq m), also a king bedroom, has a western aspect with a lovely bow of an old oak tree right outside the window. Views are over the paddocks where Mona’s horses graze and across the creek to the woolshed and shearers' quarters.
The Bunk Room (25.89 sq m), has three single beds. This room is suitable for two adults or three, even four children (a foldaway can be supplied).The shower bathroom, with underfloor heating, is just a step across the narrow hallway.
The Peacock Room (25.89 sq m), has a king bed and a single bed. This room is suitable for a couple and one child. There is room for a cot. Again the bathroom is just a step across the narrow hallway.
There are several hazards for children that parent's should be aware of:
• There are two lakes. One is 10 metres from the stables, the other is 800 metres away.
• The floor of the plunge pool is very slippery when wet and is not suitable for diving or jumping into.
• Some of the horse fences are electrified.
|Special Occasions at Mona Country Manor, Braidwood
Special Event Dinners can be served in The Blue Room, a private dining room with lounge area and open fire. Mona is licensed. Alternatively you can be served a two or three course meal in your accommodation. Dinners must be booked prior to your arrival. Menus are provided on request.
Activities at Mona Country Manor – Braidwood
MONA Country Manor House is the place where you can be active all day or take it easy, relax and do nothing. For the sports enthusiast MONA Country Manor House tempts you with a tennis court, croquet lawn, jogging track and horse riding. Strolling through the award winning gardens offers a more gentle form of exercise, as does bird watching, platypus spotting and fishing for one of our elusive Bass. A picnic in the grounds can be set up at a location of your desire or simply order your picnic basket and take a stroll.
MONA has long been famous for her formal gardens. The gardens have been a work in progress since 1837. Mature Elms, Oaks, Cedars and Poplars provide strong and dramatic structure to the romantic garden plantings of Viburnum, Philadelphus, Crab Apple, and Lilac to name a few.
To enhance your stay at Mona there are a number of included services or optional extras. Remedial massage, Tai Chi, women’s workshops and picnic hampers. Choose to have a delicious home made dinner delivered to your villa - perfect for special occasions or a romantic interlude.
Mona Country Manor House Location
Kings Highway, Braidwood - New South Wales
190km or three hours southwest of Sydney; 85km or one hour east of Canberra.
The entrance to the property is easy to find on the Kings Highway just East of the Braidwood township. Watch for the imposing iron gates, stone fence and sweeping driveway. Once you have arrived at the entrance to MONA, follow the drive about 800m and cross over the Palladian bridge. Just past the first building on your right (the Stables Villa), make a sharp left turn and follow the sign to reception. The reception office is a small cottage located at the rear of the homestead.