• Jon Ruwolt

Heritage-rich Federation mansions - Adelaide Hills, and Pymble, NSW

Updated: Aug 12, 2019


Kincraig in Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills, and Hamilton Park, Pymble, are two Federation mansions with plenty of room.


Kincraig, 17 Sturt Valley Road, Stirling SA 5152

Stirling's Kincraig,mansion at 17 Sturt Valley Road, has been restored to its former glory

Stirling’s iconic Kincraig hits the market for the first time in more than 30 years.

Kincraig (1915) has been restored by John and Lyn McDonald while Mr McDonald says their association with the property goes back three decades.


Kincraig, Stirling

“We’ve had an affiliation with the property for more than 30 years because we knew the previous owner, and we actually got married here more than 20 years ago and have had anniversary parties and everything here since then,” Mr McDonald says.


“We always wanted to own it – these houses are quite rare and unique, and they don’t come on the market all that often. It was originally a summer house, we believe, for Priscilla Bickford,” (wife of Mr. Harry Bickford, merchant, manufacturing chemist, and soft drink purveyor). - Wikipedia


The two-storey "gentleman’s residence" has five bedrooms, a gym or sunroom, a billiard room, an office, several balconies, a cellar and a separate coach house with a loft and a range of storage spaces.


Mr McDonald says the couple have renovated the home throughout, remaining true to its original identity, but also bringing it into the modern era. “We’ve totally restored the home to its former glory, sparing no expense but still being sympathetic to the era with which it was built,” Mr McDonald says.

“We did a lot of research when we did it to make sure we didn’t cross styles or anything like that and made sure anything that needed replacing was done in exactly the form in which it was originally done. “It’s got a lot of oak inside and teak floorboards upstairs which had never been polished before, so they’ve come up an absolute treat.


"Flying Gable" at Kincraig, Stirling South Australia