Stamford Park Homestead
The final stage of the Stamford Park redevelopment has been realised!
The Stamford Park Homestead restaurant in Rowville has just opened following an extensive and sympathetic expansion and renovation by owners Jason M Jones and Brahman Perera.
The homestead was built in 1882 and is one of the last remaining 19th century homesteads in Knox and the region.
“We’ve been careful not to make the homestead too shiny and new because we didn’t want to lose the beauty of a home nearly 140 years old,” said Mr Jones who has more than 30 years’ experience in hospitality.
The cafe holds 140 patrons outside on the deep verandah and central courtyard, and will serve a seasonally-driven Australian- European menu for breakfast, lunch and high tea daily.
Grander private spaces inside can host up to 70 diners on Friday and Saturday nights. Two and three-course dinner menus have been devised by Executive Chef Nicholas Boyle (Gingerboy, Rockpool). Private dining spaces also feature in the homestead with the ‘Little Sparrow’ room catering for up to 14 people and the ‘Grand Row Room’ catering for up to 36.
With over 20 successful hospitality businesses to his credit, Mr Jones has been involved in each business from their conception to construction, development and operation periods. From hole-in-the-wall coffee offerings, French brassieres and intimate Italian enotecas, Mr Jones’ finger is always on the ‘next’ pulse. Current other properties include Entrecôte Parisian steakhouse in South Yarra, Second Home cafe and kitchen in Eltham and Bouzy, a little French ‘bar à vins’ in Armadale.
“What makes Stamford Park so special is its unique stunning location, its classic and timeless architecture, the history behind it, the amazing food sourced from Victoria and the relaxed ambience. The views over the wetlands are a real bonus.
“It’s always a delicate combination to mix the past with the present and future but this has been achieved at Stamford Park,” he said.
NEW BEAUTY IN ROWVILLE
Stamford Park’s redevelopment includes 45 hectares of natural habitat, waterways and open space with the homestead as its centrepiece. Key features include:
hectares of parkland and wetlands with shared pedestrian and cycle pathways and public spaces;
- garden around the homestead;
- permaculture garden;
- harvesting and recreation lake;
- boardwalk and kiosk;
- play zone; and Green.