"A strong farmer’s house from 1888” is how the writer Mary Leland described Georgie and Michael Penruddock’s beautiful home, a house where Ms Leland also admired the “welcoming mixture of of traditional rustic with contemporary cosmopolitan.” Welcoming is what Newtown is, thanks to a painstaking and patient restoration by the Penruddocks, a restoration that revels in authenticity and appositeness, and welcoming thanks to Georgie’s fine cooking and the couple’s lengthy experience of both hospitality and of managing grand houses – before finding Newtown, they worked at Lismore Castle for 15 years.
Over the last twenty years Georgie and Michael have unearthed the soul of this fine house, and their good taste and discrimination was abettted by a determination that Newtown wasn’t a house that suited looking “smart.” It doesn’t look smart: it looks real and lived-in and comfortable. Add in the views down the estuary from the guest bedrooms, the beach walk at the end of the gardens and theoverall feeling of well-being that the house offers, and you have the dream getaway in Newtown.
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