History of Kiora Villa House

As the home of Mayor John Hogan built in 1879, Kiora Villa has welcomed many VIP guests through its doors. These include the All Blacks Rugby Union team on its first tour of Australia from New Zealand in 1903.

Set on a corner block on the edge of the village the acre of gardens make a picturesque setting for the homestead. The wrap around verandahs are decorated with ornate iron lacework and a double gable is finished with intricate timber carving. Interior timber floors and high pressed metal ceilings are beautifully restored.

As you can see it was not always in its most presentable state, with past owners pouring love, time and funds into carefully restoring it to the property’s condition today.

The house continues to welcome guests passed the fountain and up to the front door. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the expansive rolling lawns as part of their stay.

The Historic Village of Morpeth

The charming village of Morpeth has a genuine historic feel with many of the original buildings now offering gifts, antiques, fashion and food, rather than government services.

Classified by the National Trust, the village is set on the Hunter River with views over the valley to the hills of nearby Largs. Many of its highlights are easily visited with a stroll down Swan Street or a cycle exploring further afield. Visitors can chat with the people who call Morpeth home, enjoy locally made treats, lunch in a quaint courtyard or a sip from an upper balcony and soak up the views, the peace and the history.

Find out what there is to explore in Morpeth.