Saturday 17 October 2015

Iandra Castle

Recently I took a lovely day trip to Iandra Castle with a friend. Australia doesn't lay claim to all that many castles, and I'd never heard of this rather unusual place between Cowra and Young before, but I'm always up for an excursion somewhere new.

The land for Iandra was bought by George Greene, who was to become a prominent farmer and politician in the area.

Originally there was a more modest house on the site but as his wealth and influence grew George began work on a rather unusual Edwardian reinforced concrete castle in 1908. I'm not sure if it was finished by his death in 1911. 

Sadly Iandra has fallen into a state of some disrepair. The current owners are undertaking major structural work for its preservation, but it's clearly a long, difficult and expensive process. They have a number of open days each year to help raise funds. 

The ladies withdrawing room

Thank goodness for modern plumbing..

What am I gunna do with a gun rack?
Another Wayne's World moment that helps
me with everyday life. 

Sparrows attempting to take over

It was a beautiful day and there were many more people than I expected for a rather remote location.

Walking to the stables

Memories of my pony riding days

Looking back to the house from the stables
We had a lovely picnic in the grounds. I don't picnic enough. I need to do it more.

As well as establishing his own town, Greenethorpe, George Greene also built his own church, St Saviours, not too far from Iandra.

Looking back to Iandra from St Saviours Church

The scenery on the drive home was lovely. The canola out in bloom is always a special time of year. 

The farmers had left rocks and trees in the paddocks in various places. 

The view from Tout's Lookout

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Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

A castle! How fun. I think I like best that the owner built his own church. If you have your own church, you can worship exactly as you please, I think.

grammajudyb said...

Interesting castle! Love the photos of the grounds. I need to picnic more too, it is always relaxing and enjoyable.

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Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love castles...I wouldn't want to be in charge of renovating one, though...LOL. Lots of work.

My eldest son lived in a 16th C. castle near Prague a few years ago, along with several other young people...they got to live there in exchange for working on renovations. He took some great photos, too.

Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing with us such an interesting place, and love your pics of the landscape. Is the yellow patch canola harvest? I've just returned from a New England road trip. I've some photos to share as well.

Ginx Craft said...

What an unusual building. I haven't ever seen anything quite like it.

Brona said...

I have driven that road between Cowra and Young more times than I care to remember, yet I don't recall Iandra Castle. It certainly looks like it's worth the visit.

Have you ever been to an Open day at Abercrombie House in Bx? You'd enjoy that too I'm sure.

The canola is really lovely isn't it *sigh, I do miss a country Spring.

Louise said...

Arti- yes the yellow is the canola in bloom.

Brona- it's a little bit off the main road. Just outside his own village, Greenethorpe. I've never made it to Abercrombie House- it's on the list though.