Over the Christmas break we ventured away from the lovely deserted streets of Sydney to beautiful Bowral - just over an hour from Sydney. By pure chance we had booked a self-contained cottage at the stunning Hopewood House and were pleasantly surprised by the superb art hanging on the walls.
It was like a private art gallery with beds! My husband and I put two and two together and realised this was the residence of none other but Tim Storrier – the 2012 winner of the Archibald portrait prize - run by his utterly charming and elegant wife, Janet.
After we got chatting to Janet, it was a pleasure to be invited to dinner with them, and what a delight to talk art all night with two wonderful hosts, followed by a private art tour around their house, and even a sneak peek in to Tim’s next exhibition for his show at Phillip Bacon’s gallery later this year. What struck me was the amount of work Tim has produced, and clearly the amount of hard work put into these fabulous works. And he’s been working on them for years.
Janet and Tim have owned the house for about a year and a half and Janet, a horticulturalist by trade, has done a fantastic job on the palatial-like gardens, complete with roaming white peacocks. An ideal place to stroll and unwind. Hopewood can host weddings, so if you are looking for a venue, you’d be hard pushed to find a better place to tie the knot.
For more information: http://hopewoodhouse.com.au/