Henry Budden's Mornington, 16 Vernon Street Hunters Hill

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  • A classic piece of Hunters Hill and Sydney history.
  • This Federation marine villa was designed and built to house the gentry of early Sydney and enjoys a majestic frontage to the Lane Cove River.
  • For rental 2011 at $2,950 pw
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16 Vernon Street looking North from the Street
Alexandria Bay, Mornington Reserve, Hunters Hill with 16 Vernon Street showing chimneys and two little windows at centre surrounded by trees
Alexandria Bay, Mornington Reserve, Hunters Hill with 16 Vernon Street showing chimneys and two little windows at centre surrounded by trees


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The view East to Woodford Bay and Greenwich

  • Designed by Hunter's Hill Architect Henry Budden in 1906 for Arthur and Ada Muddle
    (the house derives its name from Mrs.Muddle's fondness for the music of Lord Mornington).
  • This is perhaps Budden's finest house in Hunter's Hill.
Federation classic, Mornington, 16 Vernon Street Hunters Hill
Federation classic, Mornington, 16 Vernon Street Hunters Hill

  • It shows the tendency of Federation architecture to use a mixture of materials - brick, timber, shingles,
    rough-cast, slate, terracotta ridging, and sandstone as a rugged base.
  • It also shows Budden's prediliction for angular geometric shapes, with many bays and verandahs;
    the present owners rightly observe that, from above, it resembles a bird with outstretched wings.
16 Vernon Street Hunters Hill aerial view
16 Vernon Street Hunters Hill aerial view

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  • The house is designed to take fullest advantage of the Lane Cove River views and of the movement of the sun around the house through the day.
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Woodford Bay view from the enclosed North-East facing verandah

Kitchen with some original cabinetry and plaster ceiling with Australian motifs
Kitchen with some original cabinetry and plaster ceiling with Australian motifs

  • Games room with two 'eye' windows centre left, leadlight glass windows and plaster ceiling with Australian motifs
    Games room with two 'eye' windows centre left, leadlight glass windows and plaster ceiling with Australian motifs

  • The two unusual little windows at centre left were known locally as "the eyes of the river" and were clearly visible from the ferry as it rounded the peninsula towards Mornington Wharf (named after the house, as was Mornington Reserve).
    Plaster ceiling has Australian motifs
    Plaster ceiling has Australian motifs

  • The interior of the house is well planned but unusual and asymmetrical.
  • Characteristic of the period is the Art Nouveau stained glass throughout and the plaster ceiling of the lounge room with its pattern of waratahs and flannel flowers
    Coffered ceiling with wall arch and original style furnishings
    Coffered ceiling with wall arch and original style furnishings
  • Its residents approached the house by ferry along the river to a stone wharf, until roads were paved from Sydney town some years later.
    Entrance from Vernon Street
    Entrance from Vernon Street


  • The second owners, who purchased the home in 1918, were the industrialist Meggiit family, founders of the linseed oil industry in Australia and pioneers of profit sharing in industry.
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    Yes its a Sauna with Sandstone walls
  • The third and current owners of Mornington have painstakingly restored and modernized the residence over the last 10 years and are offering it for lease fully furnished.
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    Original bathroom with frieze

  • Mornington is one of the finest residences on Sydney Harbour steeped in history and is a statement of class and character for any discerning family seeking to reside in the quiet and exclusive suburb of Hunters Hill.
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Fountain in garden forecourt

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Mornington House at left, old wharf at right

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City skyline view by night with fireworks?

Level 1 features:

  • In ground swimming pool
  • BBQ entertainment area
  • Walk to the jetty and boat shed.

Level 2 features:

  • Impressive separate formal dining
  • Spacious separate formal lounge and billiards room combined
  • Large sunroom with two adjoining sunny decks
  • Luxe master bedroom
  • Large 2nd bedroom
  • Provincial style kitchen
  • Period style bathroom
  • Study with built in shelving units
  • Internal Laundry

Level 3 Features:

  • Large 3rd bedroom opening onto balcony
  • Balcony enjoys uninterrupted north facing water views
  • 4th bedroom with built-ins
  • 5th bedroom or study
  • Modern Bathroom

Hunters Hill, Mornington, 16 Vernon Street
Rental $2,950 per week
Bond: $11800.00
Contact:
Melanie Stoneman Direct 0450 959 136
Sue Droudis Mobile 0450 959 183
Direct 9879 6699
Property ID: 29P0158

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