Opulent Edwardian Styles across Australia

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This is a comparison of three Edwardian homes across three states:
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'Fenton' 388 Bowen Terrace New Farm

A Grand Residence with Style and Convenience; Beautifully restored and sitting on one of New Farm's largest land holdings, this immaculate Robin Dods-designed estate is a stunning expression of quality craftsmanship and timeless design. Sold for $1,800,000 Fri 23-Nov-12
Fenton, 388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm, Qld 4005
Fenton, 388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm, Qld 4005

"Beautifully restored and sitting on one of New Farm's largest land holdings, this immaculate Robin Dods-designed estate is a stunning expression of quality craftsmanship and timeless design – a remarkable offering with dual street access and 23 metre frontage.
  • "From the expertly landscaped gardens to the inviting front portico, this traditional residence exudes classic style and sophistication."

Desirable features:
  • Rich interior details combine timber VJ (vertical joined) walls,
  • a restored fireplace,
  • high ceilings and
  • polished timber floors for a warm and welcoming atmosphere that radiates class and elegance.
  • An extensive verandah runs down the side of the home, opening several rooms up to this swathing outdoor area. Overlooking the pool and enclosed by louvers, it is ideal for year round use.

Other features:
  • Entertain poolside, or simply relax with a cooling dip to escape the summer heat.
  • A centrally located gourmet kitchen is sure to become a gathering point whether you're entertaining or simply enjoying a quiet family lifestyle.
  • Stone benches, extensive work and storage space and a range of quality stainless steel appliances ensure a functional yet stylish space while
  • a gallery of windows bathe the kitchen in soft natural light, providing views of the lush, green surrounds.
  • There are three good-sized bedrooms serviced by two bathrooms. This includes a large master suite completed by timber floors, fireplace and study alcove.


'Bishopscourt' 34 Brown Street Newcastle NSW 2300

"A Magnificent Family Estate Capturing Harbour and Coastal Views Unlike Any Other Property in Newcastle; Influenced by the style and proportions of a grand 19th century English estate, this landmark property on The Hill known as 'Bishopscourt' is quite unlike anything else on offer. Expressions of Interest ends 11th May at 12pm.
  • A landmark property on The Hill known as 'Bishopscourt' is quite unlike anything else on offer.
  • Taking pride of place in one of Newcastle's finest dress circle positions."
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE, Image 1
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE, Image 1

Desirable features:
All the classic features of the period including
  • rich timber floors and wood paneling,
  • a grand staircase,
  • soaring ceilings and
  • large arched windows with elegant leadlight detailing.
  • The generously proportioned floor plan offers family versatility with a lavish choice of expansive living areas, exceptional seven bedroom accommodation and four bathrooms
Bishopscourt, 34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE, on the Hill
Bishopscourt, 34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE, on the Hill
Other features:
  • Landscaped gardens on over one acre offer exceptional potential to extend or add a pool (STCA)
  • Formal lounge room with elegant timber wall paneling a feature of its era
  • Formal dining room with outdoor flow to gardens
  • Concertina doors enable one huge living space, perfect for large scale entertaining
  • Study with curved ceiling, impressive leadlight bay window and fireplace
  • Oversized family room; large utility room; three storerooms
  • Large timber kitchen equipped with gas cooking, dishwasher and servery
  • Chapel featuring leadlight windows, timber ceilings and detailed arched brickwork
  • Doors from main bedroom and large guest room open onto a large north facing sunroom capturing magnificent views over Newcastle's iconic harbour and beaches

20 Cichon Road Bridgewater SA 5155

A majestic "Queen Anne" style property brimming with the “tasteful elegance of prideful wealth”. Sold for $1,600,000 Thu 31-Jul-14.
  • "Delicately framed by lead lacing and Wisteria, surrounded by well-groomed grassland, a professionally constructed equestrian arena, full sized tennis court, 2000m of manicured lawn,
  • "a prodigious natural Amphitheatre suitable for the finest operatic aria, land abounds to ride your horse or simply escape. "
Has decoration typical of the Edwardian era. A Queen Anne house would have a name, since street numbers did not exist prior to the Edwardian era.

Desirable features:
  • Wrought iron and Baroque chandeliers
  • 12 foot ceilings throughout
  • double brick, bluestone faced,
  • two story cathedral like spaces and
  • spectacular leadlight windows, intricately woven with thistle and ferocious heraldic lions.

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater, SA 5155
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater, SA 5155
Other features:
  • Five metre high suspension platform that draws you into the native forest canopy and provides expansive views of the Hahndorf valley.
  • Entertain in exorbitant style from your external alfresco dining area, equipped with a full kitchen, including stainless steel BBQ, dishwasher, divine stone top benching and quality surround café blinds.


Edwardian features:

So here are the desirable features of these three Edwardian home, side by side: (widescreen viewing recommended)

388 Bowen Terrace New Farm
34 Brown Street Newcastle NSW 2300
20 Cichon Road Bridgewater SA 5155

Entrances:



Impressive entrances:
Impressive staircase
Impressive front door lead-light ornamental setting:
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

(Above) The use of timber for impressive ornament
The staircase, if it exists, is made to impress in glorious timber
Timber doorway, timber floor and ceiling, timber doorways

Timber features:



388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

Queenslander entertainment on the verandah
Ecclesiastic entertainment in the drawing room with bay window
Formal entertainment in the drawing room with leadlight French doors
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

(Above) Dining room is lined with timber panelled shelving
Timber panelling and ornate ceiling with leadlight doors and bay window
Large entertainment area has Romanesque doorways
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm, Qld 4005
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm, Qld 4005

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

Timber fireplace is a characteristic Edwardian feature
Before WW2, Entertainment was made at home
The ornate timber fireplace belies the 'Queen Anne' description

Fireplaces:



388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

The general rule is: Marble fireplaces are Victorian
Timber fireplaces are an Edwardian feature
The simpler the fireplace, the later the period.

Leadlight windows:



388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

Ornamental timber work and lead-light are very desirable


Edwardian cosiness:



388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater, SA 5155
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater, SA 5155

Edwardian cosy area in a window nook
A rather grand window nook
A modern entertainment area
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater, SA 5155
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater, SA 5155

Verandahs:



388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE - the sea breeze on 'The Hill' would be a gale!
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE - the sea breeze on 'The Hill' would be a gale!

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater - no sea breeze
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater - no sea breeze

Timber kitchens:



388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

None of the kitchens remain very Edwardian, all have island benches
The influence of the white kitchen becomes apparent...
Only in S.A. would the renovator paint the natural timber finish! or cover up the leadlight!!

Bedroom design:



388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

A Queensland bedroom has timber walls for evening cooling (and a fan)
An Edwardian bedroom complete with bay window drapes (and a fan)
Edwardian leadlgiht and timber surrounds, but Victorian drapes (and air-con)

Updated bathrooms:



388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm, showing a mix of styles
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm, showing a mix of styles

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE, without period style
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE, without period style

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater

Bathing is an outdoor activity in tropical Queenslander style
Bathing is quite private in 'Bishopscourt'
Modernised spa-bathing in Edwardian leadlight splendour

Garden design:



388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater, SA 5155
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater, SA 5155

Outdoor entertaining has rather different expressions
Newcastle outdoors is merely pictorial for Bishopcourt entertainment
The formal outdoors in Bridgewater, S.A.
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm, Qld 4005
388 Bowen Terrace, New Farm, Qld 4005

34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE
34 Brown Street NEWCASTLE

20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater, SA 5155
20 Cichon Road, Bridgewater, SA 5155

A Jacaranda tree is a highly coveted ornament to any garden
Newcastle heritage uses consistent historical plaques
A tree-lined drive is a highly regarded feature