The magnificently restored Eynesbury Homestead, hand crafted from local bluestone almost a century and a half ago, stands testament to the property’s pioneering spirit. An array of outer buildings classified by the National Trust, including the original shearing sheds, water towers and workers cottages, all provide an enduring reminder of the property’s early settler origins.
When you wander the nature walks and ride the bike trails that will weave through the township, you’ll discover weather-beaten post-and-rail fences erected by farmhands around the time when miners were flocking to the Ballarat gold fields in the 1850s.
Staughton family’s ‘Exford Run’ pastoral empire first established in 1842 , spanning 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares), mixed-use farmland that has carried up to 30,000 head of sheep during its wool-growing past.
The township of Melton was created from the 30,600 acre subdivision. When Mr Staughton died in 1863 his four sons and one daughter inherited his holdings of 70,400 acres.
In 1870 the property was divided into four lots: Exford; Nerowie; Staughton Vale and Eynesbury – each station apart from Eynesbury had its own Homestead.
The Eynesbury Homestead constructed by Samuel Thomas Staughton in 1872 was the most grand of the four homesteads.
In 1947, Eynesbury Station was purchased by M.L. & J M Baillieu (Charlie and Antony Baillieu are still involved in the pastoral business and new township development).
A new residential subdivision was created in the early 2000s creating a small dormitory suburb on the outskirts of metropolitan Melbourne.
Fast forward to today, and as part of the redevelopment of Eynesbury into a modern family town, this magnificent residence, now fastidiously restored, assumes pride of place as the iconic and cultural centrepiece of the community.
The Homestead and is now the home of the restaurant, weddings & functions and the Spike Bar café.