The First Peoples have been passing through the land on which Silvermere is located for thousands of years. In 1813, Blaxland Wentworth and Lawson noted the magnificent view of the Cumberland plain from a high point on the eastern side of our land. 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 who was also responsible for May Gibb’s ‘Nutcote’ and the setting that surrounds Sydney’s famous Archibald Fountain..
The guesthouse was 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 daughter of the inventor of the ‘Ford pill’. Between 1960 and 1982 Silvermere became classrooms and boarding rooms for the Blue Mountains Grammar School.
In 1983, it was passed 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 under the supervision of well renowned landscape architect Vladimir Sitta. In 2010 we opened restaurant nineteen23 to the public. Today Silks Brasserie, previously of Leura occupies the space.
By staying at Silvermere you are helping to conserve a significant local and Heritage property. Without the funds generated from the guest house it would not be possible to maintain the house and gardens as you see them today.