Farm love at first sight
When Peta and Lachlan married they bought a fine-wool property at Rye Park, planted thousands of trees to restore natural habitat, and transformed a 100-year-old shearing shed into their unique homestead. Unity spent her childhood holidays exploring and falling in love with this historic rural landscape and its brilliant blue Southern Tablelands skies.
With their Moss Vale home rapidly outgrown, politics coming to an end, every inch of their suburban garden planted and the addition of a horse to the family, 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.
Run down but with great bones and heart, and bearing the imprint of generations of dairy farmers, graziers, and horse breeders, it was their turn to add their chapter to its story. Picking their way through rickety gates and wild, overgrown hidden gardens they could immediately sense 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, there was not a single surface 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 combines her growing Ashton Park enterprise with her ongoing professional Strategic Consulting practice.