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It all started in 1875

The present homestead at Athol was built by Richard and Aphra Glasson in 1875. They acquired the property from Neil Stewart, a Scot, who had named it after the family seat of the Stewart clan in Perthshire Scotland: Blair Athol.

It was one of the first parcels of land granted to European settlers shortly after the route from Sydney over the Blue Mountains had been opened.

The property reached its zenith during the Glasson’s time with 2,000 acres of prime farming and grazing land. Only three families have owned the property.

The homestead has been part of the National Trust’s Central West Committee inspection program.

The gardens were first laid out in 1875 and extensively upgraded to the design of noted landscape architect Michael Bligh in the 1980s.

There are 5 acres of century old trees, lush lawns, intimate walkways, statues, fountains and views across to the surrounding countryside.

The gardens have regularly been opened to the public as part of the Australian Open Gardens Scheme.

Athol Gardens is now recognised as one of the finest private gardens in the Central West.