27 Oct 2022 | 3 mins

Famous landscape gardener Paul Bangay puts iconic ‘Stonefields’ up for sale - Herald Sun

Famous landscape gardener Paul Bangay puts iconic  ‘Stonefields’ up for sale - Herald Sun

Famous landscape gardener Paul Bangay is selling his “iconic” Victorian property, boasting a Tuscan-inspired house and one of the world’s most celebrated gardens, with a $8m-$8.8m asking price.

The 20.23ha home named “Stonefields” is located at 20 Belty Drive, Denver, between Kyneton and Daylesford.


An aerial view of the estate.

Surrounded by oak trees and cattle grazing fields, Stonefields features a hilltop pool, Roman-style statues both inside and out and two studios separate from the main abode, one of which Bangay uses as a working studio.

Bangay purchased the site in 2004 for $320,000, according to CoreLogic records, and built his home including walled garden sections, topiary, blooming flowers and tall hedges.


The back yard of legendary garden designer Paul Bangay, pictured here with his Labrador Timber.

He collaborated with late interior designer Stuart Rattle on the five-bedroom house’s interior.


The stunning gardens.


An extract from Stonefields by the Seasons by Paul Bangay (Penguin Random House)

Posting on Instagram on Thursday, the Bangay stated it was time to pass Stonefields “on to a new custodian”.

“Every chapter must end, so we can begin writing a new one,” he wrote.

“And so today I share with you all that I am selling my beloved ‘Stonefields’.

“(It) has been my life’s greatest work and has given me so much fulfilment both professionally and personally. I feel my work here is done.”


Inside the home.


The kitchen.


One of the home's bedrooms.

Forbes Global Properties Australia director Michael Gibson said the property was “definitely iconic and a treasure”.

Mr Gibson said the first time he visited Stonefields, he felt like he was in another country.

“It’s like something that doesn’t exist anywhere in Australia, as much as I can tell,” Mr Gibson said.

“You could put it anywhere in the world, like Tuscany, and it would rival the best.”

He said Bangay had designed the home to take in the “breathtaking views” of the surrounding valley.


A freestanding bath.


Statues throughout the home.

“As Paul would say: ‘The property has four distinct seasons,’ and he loves it in winter as much as spring,” Mr Gibson said.

Bangay does not live at the property all year round, he added.

Mr Gibson said the house included a well-concealed door off the main living area, which blends seamlessly into the wall.

“There is a secret door to the main bedroom that’s hard to spot,” he said.




Pool with a view.


Bangay has said that the property ‘has four distinct seasons’.


It looks like something out of a fairytail.

Bangay received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to landscape architecture in 2018 after receiving the Centenary Medal for his role in designing the AIDS Memorial Garden at the Alfred Hospital in 2001.