Free settlers COTTAGES
The four restored free settlers cottages: Blacksmiths, Coopers, Orchardists and Shepherds will appeal to groups or friends traveling together
Similarly furnished self contained accommodation, with bathrooms and kitchens added to original sitting rooms, DVD players and upstairs, loft-style bedrooms, they are situated in blocks of two.
Doors can be opened to connect each pair if desired.
These Free Settlers' Cottages were built in pairs, by convict labour, around the 1840s when the estate was at its most active, to provide simple accommodation for the Free Settlers. The cottages have stone foundations and were built from bricks made on the estate. Of the original six (3 duplexes) only five exist. Prior to restoration in 2001, the cottages were in very poor condition.
The upgraded work included wind-bracing, installation of tension bars, damp coursing, new stair case, floors repaired or replaced, re-pointing of brickwork. In addition, the first floor of all cottages were lowered several brick levels to provide sufficient headroom in the first floor bedroom and weatherboard extensions were added to contain a kitchen and bathroom.
The single cottage was stablised structurally but not adapted for accommodation. This cottage will eventually be used for interpretation.