The house was built on a very grand scale for the region. 15 foot ceilings, 8 fire places, and a wide wrap around verandah are testament to statement the house was built to make.
Yately has three huge living areas, 6 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a modern kitchen, large family room (original kitchen), and large laundry. There is also a workshop in the corner of the property. I hope the workshop could be used by groups to learn to restore antique chairs, or learn a craft.
Yatey is the perfect place for families to stay for weddings and get togethers. The house and gardens would provide many photo opportunities.
From dilapidated to fully restored beauty.
After falling into significant disrepair since the 1950's, Yateley was bought by Peter and Pauline Duggan in December 1991. It took 3 years before they could live in any of the rooms, and another decade to plant and restore the gardens. This house and the town of Braidwood will forever owe them a great debt.
As an older couple, the house and garden became too much for the Duggans, and it was put on the market.
I bought the house in April 2015. The garden need some TLC, and I am renovating the original maids quarters, which had previously been only superficially 'spruced up'. I love that I have the opportunity to do some work on the house and garden myself.
Do you or anyone you know have info about Yately?
The house is referred to as "Yateley" (two e's) in newspapers from the around the turn of last century. I hope to restore this spelling, but have to talk to Facebook about how to change the page name.
I would love to hear from anyone who has any information about the house, or people who may have lived here.