One of Singleton's iconic homes Minimbah House at Whittingham is on the market with a price expectation of $10 million for the 45 room U shaped mansion.
Set against the Brokenback Ranges in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Minimbah House has been described by prominent heritage architect Robyn Graham as "one of New South Wales', if not Australia's, grandest and finest rural mansion houses".
Renovated by the current owners and now with grounds designed by Paul Bangay, with a substantial pool and poolhouse, elaborate vegetable garden and a chicken coop, this is the prettiest the house may have ever looked.
There is no impression more grand than the timeless facade of Minimbah House.
This historic residence, constructed between 1874 and 1877 by Benjamin Backhouse for the Mackay family stands as a testament to the opulence and architectural brilliance of the Victorian Filigree style. With its elaborate cast iron detailing, it remains true to a bygone era while offering the palette and comforts of modern luxury living.
Legend has it that Minimbah was built after the Mackays were not invited to a party at nearby Baroona owned by the Dangar family.
The Mackays were determined to make their mark and embarked on building Minimbah. It overlooked Baroona and was designed to be a much more imposing home.
When it was built it is beloved to have cost the Mackays 60,000 pounds (estimated at $30 million in today's money) and consisted of a two storey house with walls made from cement rendered standstone and sandstock bricks.
The entrance hall has a tessellated floor and beaten copper paneling with a staircase of Australian red cedar and rosewood carved in Germany.
Today majestic old fig trees more than 100 years in the making along with newly planted bay hedges and understated sandstone hardscaping unite to present this masterpiece like never before.
Sprawling over two levels in three wings, this two-storey residence boasts massive wide covered verandahs on both levels, making the most of the breathtaking views that surround the property in all directions. A beautiful dining hall and drawing room with original marble fireplaces have been luxuriously finished with Phillip Jefferies wallpaper and elegant velvet curtains making it the perfect setting for lavish dinners and gatherings.
A brand-new hand-painted kitchen with a stunning Aga cooker wraps around a central island and is completed with a roaring open Jetmaster fireplace, a walk-in larder and walk-in cool-room. Minimbah's grandeur even extends to what may be one of the grandest laundry rooms ever built.
The mansion offers a seamless blend of informal and formal living spaces including a massive billiard hall, an underground wine cellar, numerous home offices and staff or managers quarters. Two substantial suites each with their own bathroom en-suite, beautiful marble fireplaces and breathtaking views offer accommodation for the owner and guests while another wing of bedrooms, also with their own bathrooms en-suite provide ample space for many more.
A third wing can be open to the main residence or separated off and used as manager or staff accommodation and it is fully self-contained and has its own entrance. A gym along with a row of external bedrooms and bathroom in what would have originally been the coachman's quarters add to the incredible flexibility of Minimbah House.
It is being offered for sale by expressions of interest through Jurds Real Estate.