People have been passing through our property probably for thousands of years. In 1813, Blaxland Wentworth and Lawson noted the magnificent view of the Cumberland plain from the eastern side. Our main driveway was once part of ‘Cox’s Road’, constructed by convicts in 1814 and the first Australian ‘highway’.
The house was designed in 1923 by BJ Waterhouse, also responsible for May Gibb’s ‘Nutcote’ and the setting that surrounds Sydney’s famous Archibald Fountain.
The guesthouse and chauffeur’s cottage were originally a cool climate retreat for the extended family of Horace Edward Broughton Young; one of the owners of extensive sugar plantations and a sugar mill at Fairymead near Bundaberg in Queensland.
In the 1950’s Silvermere was bought and renamed ‘Blue Horizons’ by the inventor of the ‘Ford pill’ Between 1862 and 1982 Silvermere became classrooms and boarding rooms for the Blue Mountains Grammar School.
In 1983, it was sold to two grandsons of Horace Edward Broughton Young, one of whom was Canon Broughton Knox then recently retired as Dean of Moore College at the University of Sydney.
We purchased Silvermere in 1998 and spent two years restoring the house and grounds before opening as a guesthouse in April 2000. In 2006 we completed extensive landscaping to allow us to cater for small functions and weddings. In 2010 we opened restaurant nineteen23 to the public. From 2016, the restaurant is now only available for weddings and corporate functions.
By staying and/or dining at Silvermere you are helping to conserve a significant local and State Heritage property. Without the funds generated from the guest house and function activities it would not be possible to maintain the house and gardens as you see them today.