In March 1991, artist Jean Bellette died in her home on the island of Majorca. Earlier, the Hill End cottage that she shared with her husband Paul Haefliger was bequeathed to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, the organisation that has managed the historic site at Hill End since 1967. A condition of the bequest was that the cottage remain an artist's retreat. Haefligers Cottage is largely unaltered with works of art, books and furnishings that echo the presence of the artists who have lived and worked there since the early 1950s. Haefligers Cottage is located on Denison Street.
Haefligers Cottage is equipped with basic facilities and utensils. Artists will need to take their own food and art supplies.
The living/dining room has a large open fire and is furnished with Australian colonial furniture collected by the Haefligers along with a library of books, paintings, drawings and artifacts that echo the occupation of an earlier generation of artists. As a result Haefligers Cottage is a sensitive heritage environment containing items of cultural significance.
Haefligers Cottage has the capacity to accommodate one or two artists and is not suitable for young children. There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and a three- quarter bed in the second bedroom. Pets are not permitted.
Hot and cold running water, electricity, indoor bathroom, electric oven/grill, wood fired stove, fridge with a large freezer, washing machine, a slow combustion wood heater (living room) and fireplace. There is a flush lavatory located in the Garden at the back of the cottage.
The studio (5.0 x 4.5 m) is detached from the cottage and faces west. It was purpose built by the Haefligers in 1953 and contains a work table, desk, easel and day bed.
The garden of figs, plums, quince, lilac, roses and herbs is surrounded by the town common, adding to the sense of privacy and seclusion.
Currently the garden is maintained through the combined efforts of NPWS and BRAG. Artists are asked to help with the general maintenance of the garden by watering it occasionally. There is a hose connection both front and back.
IMAGES: (Top to Bottom) Back gate Haefligers Cottage 2012. The kitchen at Haefligers Cottage 2012. Photos: Emma Hill
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