Wivenhoe is situated on part of the original grant of land made to the Cowper family by Governor Macquarie in 1812.

Sir Charles Cowper, son of Rev William Cowper, later to become Premier of New South Wales for several terms, built the original (Camden stone) house. He was married to Eliza Sutton from Wivenhoe in Essex. They had four children, Mrs Hugh Robinson, Mr E G Wood, Charles Cowper Jnr and Mr William Harrington.

The colonial house (1837) and Wivenhoe Stables (1834) is attributed to the architect John Verge who also designed such famous houses as Camden Park (the home of the Macarthurs) and Elizabeth Bay House.

Wivenhoe is a Mediterranean style villa situated on the Mater Dei property. It is close to both Cobbitty and Narellan and stands on a ridge overlooking Camden Valley and Camden Airport, with views to the Razorback Range. Wivenhoe is of both State and National Heritage significance and is the only extant example of a bell cast roof that was carved from a single beam.

Wivenhoe is an ideal venue for:   


Wedding Receptions

Family Celebrations

Small Conferences

Group Outings

Morning/Afternoon Teas

Special Lunches

Historical Tours


(minimum 24 hours notice)


EXCEPT for January
on the first Sunday of each month (February to December)

Wivenhoe House is open to the Public for

Guided Tours from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

A donation of $5 is kindly requested.


For further details and bookings, please
phone (02)4655.7057; fax (02)4655.7057 or by email at wivenhoe@hotkey.net.au