Scone, recognised as the Horse Capital of Australia, is also one of the most visually attractive areas of the Hunter, boasting beautiful scenery mountains, valleys and babbling brooks. It’s a great place to discover the serenity of the bush.
Nine years ago, Novocastrians Keith and Iris made a decision to swap their city life for a tree change. From their lofty position high on a mountain top, a short drive from the town centre, they can sit on their front verandah and have a bird’s-eye view of what’s happening in the Scone district.
They can survey the fenced paddocks below and the comings and goings along the busy New England Highway, and view the horizon as far as Gundy and the Barrington Mountain ranges. There’s not a neighbouring house in sight, yet they can see an expected visitor coming along the distant road kilometres from their property gate.
The couple are known to many Hunter residents as former long-time owners of two successful furniture store at Mayfield and Warners Bay known as KC Country Furniture, stockists of imported mahogany and pine reproduction antique furniture. Many residences would still be proud owners of their timeless furniture pieces. Nine years ago the business ceased trading and Keith and Iris decided to retire and start a new chapter of their lives…
Story: Marilyn Collins. Images: Katrina Partridge.