Farm love at first sight
When Peta and Lachlan married they bought a fine-wool property at Rye Park. They planted thousands of trees to restore natural habitat, and transformed a 100-year-old shearing shed into their unique homestead. Daughter Unity spent her childhood holidays exploring and falling in love with this historic rural landscape and brilliant blue Southern Tablelands skies.
They were rapidly outgrowning their Moss Vale home. Every inch of their suburban garden was planted and they had added a horse to the family. With Peta’s politics coming to an end the family were ready for the next phase and the first place they looked at in the farmland around Moss Vale was Ashton Park. It was love at first sight, and they made it their new home in 2007.
Ashton Park was run down but with great bones and heart. It bore the imprint of generations of dairy farmers, graziers, and horse breeders. And now it was Peta and Lachlan’s turn to add their chapter to its story. Picking their way through rickety gates and wild, hidden gardens they sensed how the farmhouse, dairies, barn and sheds could be the heart of their home and new creative activities.
In the first few months Peta got to know every inch of the century-old house. As her post-political therapy, not a single surface was left untouched as she renovated it completely. Once settled in, they started fixing paddocks, fences, and water troughs before tackling larger projects like the Barn.
Peta continues to combine her growing Ashton Park enterprise with her ongoing professional Strategic Consulting practice.