Welcome to Ashton Park, Moss Vale!
In the heart of rural landscape and vineyards, 130 kms SW of Sydney, Ashton Park is one of Moss Vale's original farms. Midway between Sydney and Canberra, a 90 minute drive or train trip, you can escape to the Southern Highlands, try new creative and garden experiences, discover our country on the back of a horse, enjoy delicious home-grown produce from the kitchen garden, build a dry-stone wall or try new artisanal techniques.
Late summer - elderflower champagne and cordial
Summer is the time for elderflowers and I am regularly making batches of elderflower champagne (or 'wild wine'), and cordial. If you'd like to learn the basics, join me for the last session this summer on Sunday March 26th (weather and blooms permitting) - see details here or call me and arrange a day that suits you.
Scents of autumn - Whisky and Chocolate Pairing Masterclass
Peaty, citrus, grassy, vanilla notes? The best whisky and chocolate share complex flavour profiles and putting the right ones together can enhance our enjoyment of both.
As the weather cools and we think of firesides and a dram, Ashton Park and Noble Spirits are partnering again for a Masterclass in pairing whisky and chocolate. Taste a series of premium whiskies, paired with premium chocolate - around the fire in the Highlands late afternoon.
Saturday April 21st, 2018, 3.30pm to 6.30pm See details here.
School holiday craft workshops: it wont be long before we are thinking of school holidays again - contact me on 0427 203402 for information on art and craft workshops including mosaic, paper marbling, scrap-booking, and gilding.
Highlife Magazine at Ashton Park
Highlife Editor Deborah McIntosh and acclaimed photographer Tony Sheffield visited us last year to see what we have done to bring the restore Ashton Park’s character-filled dairy buildings and garden to a new life. It’s in the current issue of Highlife – which also includes stories about designer Melissa Penfold, Kate Vines and Maureen Varnarvsky.
Thanks to Deborah for writing ‘What Peta Did Next’! – it’s been 10 years of rewarding work and telling her the story reminded me of what we have actually achieved to preserve those tumbledown pieces of Southern Highlands history! And Tony Sheffield’s gorgeous photographs, taken in winter and spring, remind me that these long summer days will turn into different seasons again before we know it.
Tony Sheffield’s photographic portraits of cattle are sublime – if you have a chance, do visit his studio in Moss Vale.
For us, Ashton Park was love at first sight. We look forward to sharing this with friends and visitors. Please join our mailing list to stay up to date with new experiences.
It all started with a dilapidated barn. With dreams of life in our own Australian farmhouse, armed with the CWA Cookbook and The Edna Walling Guide to Gardening, we began a new adventure.
Having fallen in love with the elegant ruins, we have been restoring Ashton Park farm at Moss Vale to a new life as a garden, a creative sanctuary for our family and friends, and to raise cattle. We’re discovering its history – and a lot about ourselves!
Along the journey friends and visitors suggested we find ways to share it with others. So we are. If you are interested in artisanal workshops, art classes, horse riding or just want to learn and relax in a peaceful, restorative environment, you’ll feel welcome at Ashton Park.
It’s a privilege to be responsible for curating and rejuvenating an old working dairy farm, part of Moss Vale’s unique rural history.
There are no right angles at Ashton Park! Whether it’s the rich patina of sheds built from hand-sawn tree trunks and well-worn corrugated iron, or the old dairy buildings and cattle yards, the structures in this rural landscape sit within wild pockets of original, rambling garden, or have a new purpose in the orchards and landscape we have created.
We have learned to love that nothing is perfect, and it is rewarding to have the courage to try new creative experiences. There is always something satisfying in discovering a traditional material, plant or object, and its part in contemporary life.
Join us for a creative country escape in the beautiful Southern Highlands!
Wander through our kitchen garden, discover our country on the back of a horse, enjoy delicious home-grown produce, or unleash your creativity with hands-on art and artisanal projects.
And maybe add a stone to the Great Wall of Moss Vale!
Ashton Park is a work in progress. We have many intriguing projects in the making (including the limonaia for rare citrus, and accommodation in the Old Dairy). Each week takes us to new experiences and projects.
For now, we are hosting horse riding and offering artisanal workshops. Join us in the Art Shed for a day of mosaic making or painting, or discover the art of dry stone walling.
For Corporate groups, we host or facilitate planning and strategy workshops in our light-filled space, The Barn.
For us, Ashton Park was love at first sight. We look forward to sharing this with friends and visitors. Please join our mailing list - and we'll share some favorite Ashton Park recipes.
We'd love to hear from you.