Buderim House, QLD

Buderim House, 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD

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Heritage 1913 Buderim house listed

When the Duke of Gloucester paid a visit to Queensland as part of his 1934 Australian tour, he was a guest at Buderim House, a grand Queenslander set amid 6315 square metres of sub-tropical gardens and sweeping lawns.

  • “These sorts of homes aren’t being built today, the cost of them, with the labour content is just too prohibitive.”Lew Pottinger, Ray White Buderim

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The five-bedroom, four-bathroom Queenslander sits on 6,315 square metres of luxuriant sub-tropical gardens and sweeping lawns designed by award winning landscaped architects.

  • The property underwent an architecturally designed extension in 2003 and features built-in silky oak cabinetry, a games room with a custom-designed built-in bar and commercial wine fridge, an expansive wrap-around verandah and a resort-style pool and spa.
  • Last traded for $530,000 in 1997, the home maintains its heritage with Blackbutt timber floors, casement windows, limestone floors, French doors and Norfolk Island timber joinery milled from the property.


Heritage-listed Buderim property once host to British royalty hits the market

Domain – WENDY HUGHES AUG 8, 2017
Ray White Buderim agent Lew Pottinger said Buderim House, located at 10 Orme Road, was a rare find in a secluded location that was still only 10 minutes from the beach, conveniently placed to make the most of the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.

Farmer Herbert Fielding had his majestic Queenslander built in 1915 on 16 hectares of the 49 his father had selected back in the 1870s.

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This landmark property’s colourful history began even before the house was completed – when Fielding received an offer he couldn’t resist from an interested buyer.
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  • Walter Oakes added a couple of conditions to the purchase —
  • he wanted a tower added to the top of the house and an elaborate “Buderim House” stained glass window in the front door.
Buderim House was brought back to life by its current owners. Photo: Ray White - 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD
Buderim House was brought back to life by its current owners. Photo: Ray White – 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD

Both additions have stood the test of 102 years. Not that current owners Tim and Jackie Banks have need for the tower — they can see the ocean from their bedroom window: “There was a big ship parked off Mooloolaba yesterday,” Tim said.
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  • Fielding went on to build a very similar house nearby but he re-purchased Buderim House back in 1925 and continued to produce fruit, cattle and coffee on the land.
Buderim House, 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD
Buderim House, 10 Orme Road, Buderim QLD

The property is set on 6,315 square metres of land in one of Buderim’s highest points. Photo: Ray White Buderim

  • “There are coffee trees all through the yard,” Banks says. “I thought about harvesting some but… it’s a lot of work.
  • “As you come in the driveway there’s an orchard of Washington navels, mandarins and lemonade and a couple of mango trees.”
  • He said this season’s citrus had been the best in years. “We’ve been getting hundreds and hundreds.”

But the fertile land, the sub-tropical gardens and those views over the Maroochy coast are not even the biggest drawcards of this site — that crown must go to the majesty of the house itself. It is said to have hosted many a notable guest over the years, including the Duke of Gloucester.

The house is heritage listed but has been brought into the 21st century thanks to a beautiful renovation. Photo: Ray White Buderim
The house is heritage listed but has been brought into the 21st century thanks to a beautiful renovation. Photo: Ray White Buderim

The house was run down when the couple found it in 1996 but even after years of use as a function centre and tea house, with 14 unapproved toilets and a commercial kitchen whacked in downstairs, the heritage grandeur of the building was undeniable.

  • The couple got busy restoring the mountain-top beauty along with the addition of a pool, landscaped grounds and an in-character extension at the rear. Established trees were moved around the property as needed and rock walls were incorporated from stone found on the site.
  • The Banks have bought another local property, known as Rim House — “half the name and half the land of Buderim House” — and are putting their beloved home of the last 20 years under the hammer on September 16.

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Buderim House, located on a northern slope of Buderim Mountain, sits amongst established gardens which include a section of the original scrub, to the west of the building, which covered the mountain.

  • The building is a high set timber residence with corrugated iron roof and verandahs to three sides.
  • The corrugated iron roof has a central square belvedere and projecting gables with timber batten panels.
  • The verandah roofs are at a lesser pitch and the belvedere has a ribbed metal, hipped concave roof with finial, curved timber eave brackets and casement windows.

The building has timber stumps with a timber batten skirt below the verandahs. Underneath the building has been enclosed.

  • Entry is from the northern side via a twin stair to a landing and a single stair to the verandah, which is framed by an arched timber battened valance and brackets.
  • The verandah has battened timber balustrade and timber brackets, and single skin tongue and groove walls with french doors and fanlights. The recessed entry door has art nouveau leadlight fanlight, side lights and central panel with the name BUDERIM HOUSE depicted. The eastern dining room also has leadlight panels. The northeastern verandah has been screened for insects.

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Buderim House was built c1915 for Herbert Victor Fielding, son of pioneer Buderim sugar planter, mill owner and fruit grower John Fielding, who in 1876 selected nearly 49 hectares on the northern slopes of Buderim Mountain.

  • In the 1880s competition from imported sugar forced Buderim sugar planters into crop diversification, and by the late 1880s, Herbert Fielding was growing bananas on a large scale on the family property.
  • Following John Fielding’s death in 1890, the farm, by then reduced to about 40 hectares, passed to his wife Jane.
  • When Herbert Fielding acquired the property in 1906, it extended from Orme Road to Mill Road and across the present Gloucester Road to the creek.

He was a successful farmer, and in the early 1900s attended state-wide agricultural conferences as the representative of the Maroochy Pastoral Agricultural Horticultural and Industrial Association.

  • He is believed to have erected his first house on the property after his marriage in late 1904.
  • This house and part of the farm was sold c.1915, at which time he erected Buderim House on a 16 hectare section of the property, on the highest point of the northern slope of Mt Buderim, overlooking the Maroochy coast and river valley.
  • The architect was George Trotter of Corinda, and the contractor was Kangaroo Point builder Christian Schriver.
  • Prior to its completion, the house on about 11 hectares was sold in 1915 to Walter Frank Oakes, who insisted on the addition of a tower, flagpole and the inclusion of the name Buderim House in the leadlight panel in the front door, before the sale could be finalised. Oakes grew bananas on the property. Fielding meanwhile erected a third house on his remaining Gloucester Road farming land, from the same plan as Buderim House.

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  • Murphy, later an alderman in the Maroochy Shire Council, developed the present gardens around the house in the 1930s. He sold the house in 1954, and the land was subdivided further in 1967. The house now stands on about 0.6 hectares.

Close to the house a small section of vine scrub, known as Fielding’s Scrub, was left as a break against the westerly winds. It remains one of the few vestiges of the dense scrub which covered Buderim Mountain and hindered agricultural development of the area in the 1870s. The cocos palms [Cocos nucifera L.] in this scrub reputedly were seeded by Fielding.

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“Buderim House” showcases the very finest of Buderim living, embodying a colourful history, stunning views, magnificent gardens, and exceptional elegance and grace; whilst still functioning as a welcoming family home that seamlessly blends its character and tradition with the comforts of superior contemporary living.

  • Circa 1913, the home’s grandeur and savoir vivre still shines brightly; there is nothing comparable on the Sunshine Coast for pure old-world majesty and refinement, it truly stands alone. Heritage listed, it is the one of the areas most significant homes, with a commanding presence and timeless appeal.
  • Sale and photos


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