Star gardener Jamie Durie buys Paul Bangay’s Stonefields

Famed gardener Jamie Durie has bought one of Australia’s most extraordinary private gardens, Paul Bangay’s Stonefields, for more than $11 million.

The TV personality and his business partners are planning to convert the private home into luxury accommodation around 85km northwest of Melbourne.

Set on 40 acres in Denver, between Kyneton and Daylesford, Stonefields’ stunning gardens have been described by renowned landscape architect Bangay as “the greatest work of his life”.

Bangay listed the residence last spring and said at the time he hoped the new owner would be someone who loved gardens.

His plan was to find another opportunity in the area to create his next dream home with husband Barry McNeill and said it was frustrating not being able to do much with the garden once he grew up.

As the gardens matured, there wasn't as much to do.

As the gardens matured, there wasn’t as much to do.Credit:Forbes Global Properties

Records show that Stonefields last sold for $320,000 in 2004. Bangay transformed the site from a bare paddock into grand gardens inspired by his world travels, with stately oak trees, a hilltop pool, a Tuscan-inspired main house with dramatic interiors, and a guest house and private office.

New resort guests will enjoy the property's stunning views.

New resort guests will enjoy the property’s stunning views.Credit:Forbes Global Properties

Michael Gibson of Forbes Global Properties had the listing and confirmed the sale, which includes an adjacent property that was not originally on the market but represented a compelling deal for both parties. Star gardener Jamie Durie buys Paul Bangay’s Stonefields

Brian Lowry

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