A few years ago I learned that the National Trust owns properties which can be visited by the general public. I’m slowly making my way through the list of properties. Some have charm, others have interesting backgrounds but all are unique and wonderful in their own way.
I have visited several properties in Western Australia now and I must admit, Woodbridge House is my favourite to date. Entry is $5 for an adult and with a two storey homestead to wander around, it’s definitely worth the admission fee. The house is open Thursday-Sunday (except in July) between the hours of 1pm and 4pm. It’s situated in one of the few remaining historical suburbs in Perth called Guildford on the Guildford Grammar School grounds
I did visit this house in January but to my dismay, it was closed for an extended period of time. Fortunately, today I was in luck and was able to walk through the homestead. I was greeted by two wonderful ladies who equipped me with a small laminated information sheet which had details of which pieces were authentic and the history behind the rooms.
It made me smile when I read on the history sheet that the homestead was classified as Captain James Stirling as being a ‘small’ homestead- in today’s’ society, we would class it as a mansion. It’s a grand estate, each room has its’ own charm and captivates you. There’s something incredible when you realise that you’re standing in a property which used to be called home to so many people- a place where children were raised, food was eaten, tears were shed and laughter was heard.
On the second floor, you can lean over the railings and see straight down to the front door. It made me wonder how many people entered that hallway and had a smile to look up to or hearing footsteps running down the staircase to greet them in a hurry.
You can easily spend an hour walking around the rooms, taking photos and absorbing the history. There’s a cafe in the gardens- I didn’t pay a visit this time but the outdoor setting and menu looked wonderful.