Ebenezer, an hour's drive north-west of Sydney, is located in the pretty Hawkesbury Valley. The town has several historic buildings worth visiting including Australia's oldest church. Nearby is Tizzana Winery set in a magnificent sandstone building built in 1887. Enjoy lunch, wine-tasting and even stay overnight in a luxurious room overlooking the valley. Many historic towns are nearby including Pitt Town, Windsor, Wilberforce and Richmond.
Ebenezer Church is Australia's oldest church, established in 1809 at Ebenezer, New South Wales. It was the first Non-conformist, then Presbyterian, Church in Australia and was a pioneer in education in the colony, beginning a school in 1810.
The church is open each day, visitors can take a self-guided tour using pamphlets provided. The pamphlet contains information on the historic precinct of the church, cemetery, churchyard and the tree across Coromandel Road.
A visit to the Schoolmaster's House contains photographs and memorabilia on the church's interesting history.
Casual visitors may enjoy devonshire teas/coffees (lunch available for large groups only) and purchase locally made jams, craft, souvenirs and family and church history books.
Groups such as coaches, car and social clubs need to make bookings for teas/lunches. A talk on the fascinating history of Ebenezer Church is offered at no extra charge....
Tizzana is a romantic getaway, with a sense of history, in one of Windsor district's most outstanding buildings (circa 1887). A National Trust listed building with a Mediterranean feel, it was built of local sandstone and set in a peaceful valley that overlooks a pond of water lilies.
Tizzana is a unique working winery and vineyard with a fascinating contribution to early Australian viticulture. The luxury rooms are comfortably appointed with many extras to make your stay a memorable one.
Tizzana is just 15 minutes from Windsor, nestled in a valley on the Hawkesbury River, overlooking a lake of waterlilies and in walking distance of historic churches, vineyards and olive grove. The region is surrounded by National Parks including the Greater Blue Mountains National Park and Wollemi wilderness.
The Putty Road, one of the major routes to the Upper Hunter Valley vineyards, is also close by.
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When you stay, you will see that nothing is uniform. Every living area has been lovingly designed to ensure your comfort. Unique pieces can be found throughout the rooms at each of the properties, giving them a level of warmth and comfort that you do not get in a hotel room.
Step outside and the building that you are staying in is as unique as the rooms inside it. Stop for a minute and imagine the stories that these charming and exceptional buildings could tell you.
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