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Westham Farmhouse

  • Posted by Patrick Bollen
  • September 29, 2011 11:22 AM AEST

Every now and then a sailor must leave the sea and head to places so far removed that the smell of salt air becomes a foreign scent.

I did this recently. In fact I try to do this regularly so I don’t loose touch with another of my great loves and that is , the country.

Last weekend I, along with some friends headed west to a little farm just north of O’Connell which is located 22kms from  Bathurst on the Oberon Road.

We stayed at the beautiful and historic Westham Farmhouse, a four bedroom cottage recently restored by Mr ‘Clean Up’ Ian Kiernan AO.

Westham dates back to 1830 and was the original homestead of John West, the first Surgeon General to the new colony of New South Wales.

West and his brother Thomas took up a land grant and together they built a sod walled house measuring 30 by 15 feet.

This earth rammed structure is still in excellent condition and remains today the central core of this stunning restoration.

The house features all the mod cons along with a brillant kitchen, huge dining and lounge rooms with magnificent open fire places, four wonderfully comfortable double bedrooms, overlooking magnificent lawns, gardens, open paddocks and Aussie countryside under big, big skies.

The O’Connell pub is just 5 minutes down the road. A terrific place to hang out with the locals and historic Bathurst, the first city settled west of the Great Divide is just 15 minutes away by car.

First settled in 1814, Bathurst, situated on the Macquarie River  is the oldest inland settlement in Australia and was the site of the first gold rush in the new nation.

Named after the then British Colonial Secretary, Lord Bathurst the city and districts is best known  as the home of former wartime Labour Prime Minister Ben Chifley, the Bathurst 1000 motor race held annually on the thrilling Mount Panorama Circuit, its historic buildings including the magnificent neo classical Courthouse and as a centre of education and farming.

Westham is an idyll country stay just 2 hours and 45 minutes from Sydney.

If you’ve had enough of the grind of city life and need a quiet break in a thoroughly peaceful respite or you are a visitor to our shores and would like to experience a very special place in the country, do yourself a favour and spend some time at Westham Farmhouse.

Come on now, you deserve a break. Organise a stay with family or friends or your special loved ones and head out in the country You’ll simply love it.

Rates are very reasonable. Go to

Tell them Tenpin told you to check it out.

Patrick Bollen