Burnham Beeches is an iconic Art Moderne mansion and estate located on Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, 45 minutes from the city of Melbourne.
Aside from the exquisite mansion the estate contains extensive established gardens and a rolling rural landscape totaling 22.72 hectares (56.142 acres).
The original mansion was built in 1933 and has two newer buildings (1980's) adjoining it - these two wings incorporate 58 hotel rooms/suites. These rooms/suites are currently stripped of fittings and fixtures but work has begun on transforming the space into Australia's first 6-star luxury retreat deliverable by 2018. In addition, there are numerous outbuildings, greenhouses, an old piggery, a mill and four cottages, streams, natural springs and an adjacent rainforest.
The greenhouses now grow our vegetables, the piggery has been morphed into a state-of-the-art bakery and cafe with the mill becoming the Moo Brew-affiliated microbrewery and bar.
In time, Australia's longest chicken run will be built at Burnham Beeches plus a 16-cow automated dairy, along with the steakhouse. Outside a slew of tables lay under heating strobes looking out to lawn bowls, croquet and bocce pitches.
Look even further across the 23-hectare estate and into the distance and you'll spot the 500-tree trufferie, extensive vegetable gardens (now providing organic produce for the cafe plus Vue de monde and assorted Vue Group restaurants) and an emu enclosure, with the eggs used in various The Piggery Cafe dishes.
The Burnham Beeches mansion was built for Aspro-brand sales magnate Alfred Nicholas.
The 1930's Art Deco mansion and surrounding gardens [Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens] was owned by Alfred Nicholas, a philanthropist who, along with his brother George (1884-1960), a pharmacist, made the first Australian aspirin and named it 'Aspro'.
In 1929 Mr Nicholas hired 60 workers to clear the land and set off to Chelsea flower show in search of plants to fill his garden. There he met Percival, the man who went on to become his head gardener. 150 trees were shipped from England to Burnham Beeches.
The property was named after the English National Forest of Beech trees in the county of Buckinghamshire.
After Alfred passed away the mansion was used as a children's hospital during World War 2. In 1954 the house and property were handed over to their company and converted into a research lab. In 1965 the Nicholas Institute donated the gardens to the public whilst Burnham Beeches remained privately owned. For a time it became a small luxury hotel before new owners Shannon Bennett and Adam Garrison, hope to turn Burnham Beeches into a premier food and accommodation destination.
Burnham Beeches is located at 1 Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, approximately 50 minutes from the CBD in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. The Burnham Beeches Estate is also home to the stunning and highly regarded Alfred Nicholas Gardens, which are known for their picturesque waterfalls, water features and its iconic ornamental lake and boathouse. Entry is accessed from Sherbrooke Road or whilst the gate is open between the estate and building only.
Train via the Belgrave line to Belgrave + Bus 694 (Mt Dandenong) to Nobles Lane - a short distance from the venue, and a lovely 6min walk along a path past Alfred Nicholas Gardens, amongst the Sherbrooke Forest.
Due to limited parking on the site, if you prefer to drive, we strongly encourage car-pooling, which also keeps nature happy.
FROM THE CBD:
Follow M1 State Route 22, to Mt Dandenong Tourist Road/C415 to Sherbrooke Rd in Ferny Creek
From the north of CBD: Follow the Eastern Fwy/M3 to Burwood Hwy/State Route 26 to Mt Dandenong Tourist Road/C415 to Sherbrooke Rd.
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⊜ 1 Sherbrooke Road Sherbrooke | Map
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