Burnham Beeches is an iconic Art Moderne mansion and estate located on Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke, 45 minutes from the city of Melbourne. Aside from the exquisite mansion the estate contains extensive established gardens and a rolling rural landscape totaling 22.72 hectares (56.142 acres). The original mansion was built in 1933 and has two newer buildings (1980’s) adjoining it - these two wings incorporate 58 hotel rooms/suites. These rooms/suites are currently stripped of fittings and fixtures but work has begun on transforming the space into Australia's first 6-star luxury retreat deliverable by 2018. In addition, there are numerous outbuildings, greenhouses, an old piggery, a mill and four cottages, streams, natural springs and an adjacent rainforest. The greenhouses now grow our vegetables, the piggery has been morphed into a state-of-the-art bakery and café with the mill becoming the Moo Brew-affiliated microbrewery and bar. In time, Australia’s longest chicken run will be built at Burnham Beeches plus a 16-cow automated dairy, along with the steakhouse. Outside a slew of tables lay under heating strobes looking out to lawn bowls, croquet and bocce pitches. Look even further across the 23-hectare estate and into the distance and you’ll spot the 500-tree trufferie, extensive vegetable gardens (now providing organic produce for the café plus Vue de monde and assorted Vue Group restaurants) and an emu enclosure, with the eggs used in various Piggery Café dishes.
The Piggery Café, has been designed in a warm and rustic manner with touches of modernity. Working with global architecture firm Woods Bagot, the design of Burnham Beeches is focused on creating a venue dedicated to the promotion of the best of Australian culture across all facets of heritage, architecture, food, art, hospitality and inspiring landscape.
Burnham Bakery loves good bread... it’s the staff of life. For the last 8000 years bread, in its many various forms, has provided the daily sustenance and a staple diet within every culture across the world. Along with an irresistible array of pastries, our breads are proved and baked in state-of-the-art ovens, guaranteeing perfection every time. For bakery products made with passion, dedication and integrity, come to Burnham Bakery and experience bread as it should be with a taste of history in every bite. www.burnhambakery.com.au
Trained by some of the world’s great chefs including Albert Roux, John Burton-Race, Marco Pierre White and Alain Ducasse, Shannon is now one of the pre-eminent chefs in Australia and his restaurant, Vue de Monde, is globally recognised as one of the best restaurants in Australia. As befits his culinary achievements Shannon was invited to be the first Australian member of the associations Jeunes Restaurateurs D’Europe and Le Grand Tables de monde. Burnham Beeches adds yet another hospitality entity to the ever-evolving Bennett restaurant stable with the rustic retreat being his most ambitious project to date.
Adam has spent the last 17 years applying strategic investment and bespoke development over a diverse range of projects – from large scale and residential heritage buildings, such as the Melbourne GPO, the Hotel Windsor and Red Court, all of which were in dire need of resuscitation. His history is based upon selecting projects with unique histories and locations in the areas of hotel, hospitality, retail and residential for new retail, hotel and hospitality predominately in Victoria.
THE BIRTH OF BURNHAM
Burnham Beeches was conceived by Alfred Nicolas who built his fortune on his skills in marketing and manufacturing his brother George’s invention, Aspro. Mr Nicolas purchased the land in 1929 and commissioned Melbourne architect Harry Norris to design Burnham Beeches. Nicholas and Norris were neighbours in Melbourne and Nicholas engaged Norris to design a house with the brief that it was to have “fresh air, sunshine and an outlook of command, yet under control”. Nicholas visited the Chelsea Flower Show in 1929, obtaining many plants and engaged a cornishman, Percival Trevask to sort the landscaping. By 1933 the project was complete. The Burnham Beeches estate was apparently named with reference to the English National Forest of Beechtrees in the County of Buckinghamshire. The Aspro factory in the UK was located nearby. A contemporary journal article wrote that the house included a “private theaterette with talkie equipment”, an “electric pipe-organ” in the music room, orchid houses, a dairy with “prize Jersey cows”, and the gardens included artificial waterfalls, a lake and floodlighting at night. Our aim is to restore and modernise for the 21st century market and beyond.