Godolphin is an historic Australian property near the Byng settlement in the heart of New South Wales’ Central Tablelands. Since its founder, Richard Glasson, was awarded a grant in 1852, the property has been handed down through six generations of his descendents who continue to raise sheep and cattle there today.
You can look at some of the personalities associated with the property and the district in the slideshow under Images.
Richard and his wife Emma named the place after Godolphin House in Cornwall – home of Lord Sydney Godolphin, best known for introducing the “Godolphin Barb” thoroughbred racehorse to the UK.
Accommodation (and occasionally house sitting) is offered in Godolphin’s converted Georgian Stables and Dairy with room for up to four couples and extra beds for children. There are excellent self-catering facilities including both indoor and al-fresco dining areas as well as loungerooms with TVs.
Just twenty minutes drive from Orange, and a few Km north of the Mitchell Highway the property has an idyllic, secluded setting with access to some of the region’s best vineyards and award winning restaurants..
Kevin Pye one of the nation’s finest Bush poets was inspired to suggest you will find the following :
On the road towards old Byng
You’ll find Godolphin farmstay
Where the Lowries take to wing
Lambs cavort around their Mums
Across hills of Springtime green
As they did when pioneers
Settled in this verdant scene
The coach road in the distance
And the creek to Ophir nearby
Will lead you back in history
If you stand a while and try
The Stables and the Dairy
And the Oaks and Elms around
Date back when convicts laboured
On colonial,virgin ground.
Six generations later
And descendants still live here
A sign that Cornish forebears
Came with a vision very clear