July 02, 2013 12:44
in General Mt Barney Lodge by Nea ::
Walking into this turn of the century farmhouse usually makes people exclaim that it is “just like my Grandmas house!!”. A visit evokes fond childhood memories of shared family moments, home cooked meals, and lazing on the veranda in the sunshine. The colonial furniture (which even includes a piano!) is in perfect keeping with the houses character, and many of the pieces have been renovated by Tracey after some lucky “finds” both in the Scenic Rim and beyond. The old-fashioned perfume of furniture oil probably has alot to do with guests being carried away by their memories!!
This charming self-contained house is set at the back of the property in its own private gardens, and as Mt Barney Lodge is a Land for Wildlife property, it is common to observe a Red-necked Wallaby family, gliding Wedge-tailed Eagles or the odd bandicoot from the veranda.
“Moringararah” was the name given to the adjacent dairy which the original selectors of the land (Ernest and Ellen Hargrave) built soon after their marriage in 1898. In Janet Hauser’s historical book “Grandfather Grew Mangel-Wurzels – heritage plants, pioneers and places of the Scenic Rim Region” it says “the house was originally intended to be built on a site closer to the Upper Logan River. However Grandma Ellen suffered a nightmare about the chosen site and the house was instead built on higher ground on the opposite bank of the river”. When researching the name in local history books, John and Jenny Larkin who established Mt Barney Lodge in 1991 found that the house was referred to as “Moringararah” and that is the name that continues today.
The massive Crepe Myrtle “hitching tree” that you pass as you enter the house, was planted at a similar time to the house, and was used by visitors and the children who rode to school to tie their horse up. The soft pink flower is in full bloom in late summer, and makes a beautiful carpet of flowers on the lawn. This heritage tree is featured on p. 27 of Janet’s book, and the original botanical drawing in the book is framed in the main bedroom of Moringararah Homestead.
As Moringararah is a rambling seven bedroom Queenslander Homestead, it is one of the most popular self-contained houses at the Lodge. Now a two level building, up to fifteen people can stay a few nights or more , and is a popular option for large groups or several families together. With a classic country kitchen for gathering, a large formal dining room, outdoor and veranda breakout areas with breathtaking views of Mt Barney, and comfy couches surrounding the potbelly stove, there are plenty of options and space to be used in any season.
Moringararah is open to visit free-of-charge with the annual national Sustainable Open House Day event from 12pm on Sunday 8th September 2014. Find out about some of the sustainable actions that Mt Barney Lodge every day, that could apply to your lifestyle. A veranda Devonshire Tea with local 4Real Milk and homemade guava jams will be available for sale.
Book now for your slice of country charm and hospitality!!