Approximately ten minutes from central Maitland, Lochinvar is close to the vineyards and wine tasting areas of Lovedale and Rothbury. Lochinvar has a picturesque rural perspective and offers accommodation including bed and breakfast, hotel and cottage properties such as St. Helena Estate, built in 1869, which also offers a restaurant.
Visit a true country pub, where the publican will be happy to tell you a tale on the town and visit the country department store which stocks authentic Australian hats, belts and trousers. With farmlands stretching as far as the eye can see Lochinvar is a natural gem in close proximity to the city centre.
In 1823, Leslie Duguid, a founding director of the Commercial Bank of Sydney, received a land grant; from these 2000 acres Lochinvar was founded. Throughout Lochinvar there are beautiful homes and buildings crafted with carved sandstone and kilned bricks produced by convict labour. So eloquently described by Duguid in 1840;
“ the grandeur of the view from this lot is seldom to be met with and still more rarely excelled.
The view is enriched by the broad bosom of Loch Katrine with its thousands of wild fowl and the River Hunter in the foreground; and the background displays, in the distance, the lofty mountains, known as Mount Dyring, Tyrannie, and the mighty Tangorin”,
Lochinvar is just as tranquil as the first day it was settled.