Harper's Mansion, Berrima
Harper's Mansion is a National Trust (NSW) property in Berrima in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Berrima is easy to get to by car or coach as it is about 3kms off the Hume Highway (Moss Vale exit) about 125kms south of Sydney.
Harper's Mansion is listed on the NSW Government Heritge Register as a property of State heritage significance. The circa 1834 house is a fine example of a colonial Georgian residence and is furnished in period style. The house is set in two acres of strolling gardens of cool climate heritage plants overlooking the historic village of Berrima and features one of the largest hedge mazes in Australia.
The house was built by James and Mary Harper just after Berrima was gazetted in 1831 and presents an inspiring story of a proud early Australian family. The ownership of the property by the Catholic Church is remembered in the Chapel, upstairs in the house. The garden includes a large produce garden and heritage rose beds.
A National Trust Shop is open in the house, whenever the house is open.
Harper's Mansion is open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 10.30am until 4.00pm. Harper's Mansion is open at other times for tour groups by appointment. Closed Good Friday and over Christmas from 15 December 2013 to 3 January 2014. Re-opens on Saturday 5 January 2014.
Harper's welcomes enquiries from schools and invites teachers and students to participate in our Education Program.
The Garden and Maze can be hired for events, weddings and is an ideal location for period photography and filming with the maze and Georgian house as a backdrop.
Harper's Mansion is a participant in the Companion Card programs
Harper's Mansion will issue a Companion cardholder with a second ticket for their companion at no charge. A Companion Card is issued to residents of NSW with a significant and permanent disability. The card has a photograph of the cardholder and can be presented when booking or purchasing a ticket, provided the cardholder requires attendant care support in order to participate at that particular activity.