Step Inside This Sleepwear Designer's Historic Hawkesbury River Homestead

Lauren Powell
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McGrath Real Estate

This Heritage-listed homestead nestled on 100 acres of flourishing land on the banks of the Hawkesbury River is even more spectacular than it sounds. “Ukamurra” is a charming sandstone structure surrounded by pristine manicured gardens (a Paul Bangay creation, of course), a Hamptons-inspired pool area, and a verandah that was made for drinking tea while relaxing in a rattan rocking chair in the sun.

The riverfront property belongs to Gendy Parry-Okeden, one half of the duo behind Aussie sleepwear and lifestyle brand Hickory Hill Home, and her family who worked with architect David Jones to transform the once near derelict home upon moving in six years ago.

Parry-Okeden loves the country-meets-city location of the grand home. “We are just one hour from Sydney’s CBD, but a world away—we access the Hawkesbury River for boating activities, we are on 100 acres so the children ride motorbikes, horses, and we have cattle,” says Parry-Okeden. “Yet we can shop at Chatswood Chase or have dinner in Sydney—it’s an amazing location.” The dream? Definitely. Scroll on to take a tour through the classic abode.

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