The property was granted to Matthys Coeymans in 1669 and its homestead was subsequently erected in a Cape Dutch style. During the 19th century a number of Victorian features were added. It was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislation on 20 February 1981. It appears that some time during Sir George Grey's term of office as Governor he occupied this house, and that the main rooms were renovated for his tenure. The homestead was bought and restored by Désirée PICTON-SEYMOUR together with her husband, Michael Duckham, and daughter, Nicolette.

Transcript of plaque:
Désirée Picton-Seymour,
artist, architectural historian
and dedicated campaigner
for the
appreciation and preservation
of architectural heritage
lived and worked here
From 1969 to 1991