Inverell’s Heritage-Listed Accommodation
The imposing Federation-style home, designed by architect Herbert Ross was completed in 1904, including state-of-the-art early 20th century accoutrements, such as a butler and housemaid call system, still visible today. Florence Cooper's mother owned the property from the late 1890's, when it was called "Pinehurst". It was sold to her son-in-law Theophilus Coooper who demolished the original house and built the current manor house. The Coopers stay on for another 3 generations and sold Blair Athol Estate in 1938. His four granddaughters were all born upstairs, in the original Master Suite.
The lavish décor and generous rooms, replete with exquisite ornate ceilings and plaster mouldings, ensured that the resident family would be luxuriously accommodated and that ethos has continued into this new century. Laced with the history of the original family, including the last resting place of Florence and Theodore Cooper, the garden and surrounds add another dimension to an overnight visit, or much to be recommended, a longer, more relaxing stay – just to try to peel back some of the many layers of this fascinating country estate.