About the house:

The House

The large brick almost untouched country house built in 1866 by the man who discovered gold at Stanley.
Set on 2 acres of orchards, well- established gardens including a fragrant rose-arbor, vegetable garden and pond encouraging a wide range of native birds, the house features painted floors, high ceilings, open fire-places and access to the verandah from the dining room and several bedrooms.
Built from hand-made red bricks as a family home by Joseph Bigelow, who was the first to discover gold in Stanley in 1852, Bloomfield was occupied by the family for over forty years. Recent additions include hydronic heating and modern en-suite bathrooms to all the bedrooms.
Bloomfield is a perfect venue for family relaxation. The grounds provide a safe environment for children to experience creative play and be out from under parent’s feet. Most of the garden can be observed from the house, allowing parents to keep an eye on children’s activities. Just keep in mind the unfenced dam on the property.

Bedrooms

Bloomfield Walnut Grove at Stanley is set amongst a walnut grove, with views of the garden from each window. Bloomfield has 4 bedrooms, 3 with open fires. There are 3 queen size beds and 1 room with 3 single beds.
All 4 Bedroom have an en-suite accessible from a spiral staircase in each room, one with additional spa room. There is a 5th Bathroom and toilet on the ground floor.

Kitchen

The house has a country styled kitchen with a slow combustion stove, a gas stove, and kitchen table with seating for 6 people, microwave, dishwasher and other modern appliances.
Breakfast provisions are provided for the first days stay, if any longer than that then other arrangements will be made.

Dining Room

There is a large dining room with French doors onto the north facing verandah and a large open fire,

Lounge Room

At the end of the hallway, opposite the dining room you will find a large lounge room with open fire-place. A Pianolia

History

To look at the quiet picturesque little village of Stanley, 8km from Beechworth, you’d never guess that it was once a bustling centre, a goldfield with coaches running daily to Beechworth, Yackandandah and Melbourne. There were numerous shops, a lockup, a courthouse, an Athenaeum, a Post Office and seven hotels. Just reading through the list of their names is enough to summon up all the romance of a bygone era. Names such as the Star Hotel, built by John A Wallace (who also built hotels in Chiltern, Rutherglen, and Yackandandah) Full moon, Sun, Vine, Golden Age, Bush Inn, Snake Valley Inn, and the Stanley Arms.
The lovely old homestead of Bloomfield was built by the man who started it all, Joshua Cushman Bigelow, who was an American a ‘forty-niner’ who with his party first discovered gold at Stanley in Dec 1852.
Before coming to live in Stanley with his wife, Margaret, Joshua was manager of the ‘Homeward Bound Mine’ at Yackandandah.
They lived at Hillsborough until their house was destroyed by fire. By this stage Bloomfield was completed and it was their home for the next 35 years.
It is thought that the original house, built of handmade bricks with French doors opening onto a full return verandah was constructed in the 1860’s. Later, after marriage and a burgeoning family (Joshua and Margaret had 11 children) two more rooms were added around 1873 – a formal dining room and a sitting room. With their 12 foot 6 high ceilings and cedar fire surrounds they proclaimed Joshua Bigelow’s growing status in the district. Beyond the verandahs, which protect the house on 3 sides is an old established garden surrounded by a picket fence.