Ellenbrook Estate

Stuart Land & Cattle Company constructed the main residence at Ellenbrook circa 1860, which was used as the manager’s house for their massive cattle operation. Today, the estate is managed by The Ratcliffe Foundation and is proposed to become a regional history museum and caretaker’s residence. After restoration of the main house was completed in 2012, QCLA was commissioned in 2013 to master plan the estate grounds and domestic landscape. As such, QCLA was tasked with designing the grounds to be both period-specific, yet beautiful for visitors and the caretaker’s enjoyment. Designing with a ‘light hand’, QCLA reconstructed the domestic landscape to include outbuildings, pleasure gardens, vegetable gardens, a fruit tree orchard and a formal arrival court and entrance lawn. Thought was given as to how to repurpose the old dairy complex and ideas were presented to convert Elk Garden Creek, a perennial spring creek, into a stocked trout fishery. Special attention was given to the arrival sequence and included an entry gate, improved stream crossing, entrance allee and resurfaced drive.