Devereaux Farm W.A.

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From http://watoday.domain.com.au Courtney Trenwith May 30, 2011
One of the **most grandiose properties**in Australia, and one of Western Australia's largest properties, Devereaux Farm, located in Perth’s outer metropolitan area at Bullsbrook, boasts an internationally-recognised polo field, five residences, two helipads, two swimming pools, a tennis court, its own river and dam, two mansions and three cottages. There is also 81 hectares of spare land that already has approval to be sub-divided into 16 titles.
  • The sprawling Devereaux Farm had been withdrawn from the market days before it was expected to fetch at least $50 million at an auction.

Ric Stowe's Devereaux Farm, WA sells to Linkforce mining engineer Luke Herbert

By Jonathan Chancellor Wednesday, 20 November 2013

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The mining services business owner Luke Herbert has paid $21.35 million for one of Western Australia’s most famous grazing estates, Devereaux Farm.
  • The sale of the 2470-hectare property, formerly owned by coal baron Ric Stowe, settled on Tuesday, according to the Australian Financial Review.
  • With an estimated $20 million net worth, Luke Herbert recently appeared in 90th place in BRW’s Young Rich 2013 list of 100 wealthiest Australians aged 40 and under.
  • The Commonwealth Bank of Australia had valued the property at $68 million in 2010.
  • John Garland, of Garland International, and Jones Lang LaSalle handled the sale process which included artwork and other house contents. Read more....

Devereaux Farm in Bullsbrook, near Perth
Devereaux Farm in Bullsbrook, near Perth


This house is obviously a fine example of Federation Filigree style, reminiscent of a grand Queenslander, but has been extensively remodelled and little internal Federation features remain. In fact, any valuable features seem to have been fully removed.

Tthe property was formerly owned by **failed businessman** Ric Stowe. Read more....

The ornamental glass work around the entrance has a Victorian style, with no coloured glass remaining.
Grand entrance to Deveraux Farm Homestead
Grand entrance to Deveraux Farm Homestead


Grand staircase with Art Nouveau wrought iron decoration
Grand staircase with Art Nouveau wrought iron decoration
The wrought iron balustrades have a Florentine design, probably not original? Note that dogs and/or small children have been barred from the upper floors.
Elegant tiling and staircase
Elegant tiling and staircase
The timber frieze with simple infill looks original. A bullnose verandah roof typical of Queenslander style verandahs is visible further down with exposed rafters also typical of the period.
Decorative Timber treatment to verandahs
Decorative Timber treatment to verandahs
The chapel in Gothic style with decorative barge boards has a distinctive bullseye stained glass window, which appears to be the only remaining example of original Federation glass work in the property.
Chapel on the impressive Bullsbrook property, Deveraux Farm
Chapel on the impressive Bullsbrook property, Deveraux Farm
The (jarrrah?) log beams reflect an American rural influence. The sandstone walls or facing are at odds with the timber above.
The rooms have been remodelled and lack definitive treatment; however the jarrah floors still look magnificent.
Main entertainment area has log beams and timbered eaves
Main entertainment area has log beams and timbered eaves
Transom windows above the doors and windows would originally have been decorated with glass leadlight.
Remodelled Dining Room
Remodelled Dining Room

The impressive Bullsbrook property, Deveraux Farm.
The impressive Bullsbrook property, Deveraux Farm.
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