Spring 2020

Part of Oak Dene’s interesting history is the pioneer background in Australia of the Wight family.  Since Davydd Shaw wrote this article, new evidence had been discovered confirming that the original garden was designed by Charles “Bogue” Luffman, then director Burnley Horticultural College.


Summer 2020

We are delighted that both the Shepparton News and Kyabram Free Press published articles about Oak Dene in January.  Please enlarge to read the great text by Gus Underwood:

Autumn 2019

In our garden is a magnificent London Plane tree (Platanus x acerifolia) – nearly 30 meters high and with a striking horizontal bough formation. The National Trust of Australia maintains a register of Significant Trees and this has long featured ours.  This month however is Australian Heritage Month and the tree has made the shortlist of Victorian Tree of the Year.


We would dearly love to win this accolade, which the tree deserves, but to do so will need your help.  The link below takes you to a Facebook page from where you can go to the National Trust site for images of the shortlist.  Assuming that you agree that ours is the finest and wish to vote, you need to like our tree on the Facebook post.  If you don’t use FB, please ask someone who does to cast your vote.  Any Facebookers, please post and share. If you are minded, please forward this email to any connections you have who may be interested.  Going viral when referring to an old tree isn’t normally a good outcome, but this time we need it!  Voting closes on May 18th.


Summer 2019

Gillian was invited by the Kyabram Garden Club to be the speaker at their February meeting.  She outlined some of the history of Oak Dene - both the house and the garden - and conducted a tour of the property later the same day.


To read the text of the talk, please click on this link: 

Kyabram Garden Club Talk


Oak Dene was even more beautiful than the photos, so grand. Wonderful spaces where you could sit and read, a very relaxing environment. Kyabram is a great town to visit and there are so many things to do in the surrounding area. We have decided our next visit will be during the week . A real find.

Janey, March 2019

Absolutely beautiful house, with attentive and easy going host. Highly recommend!

Grace, February 2019

In starting to write this review for Oak Dene my mind is flooded with the tremendous care, effort and attention to detail that Alan and Gillian have put into their magnificent historic homestead in Kyabram (Victoria). The stunning homestead was absolutely immaculate and brings to mind that familiar saying I fondly remember as a child that “you could literally eat off the floor”. Spacious, cool, beautiful, welcoming, relaxing, Oak Dene is undoubtedly an absolute pearl of a retreat on Airbnb. If you happen to be visiting Kyabram or Shepparton and are looking for a truly unique and completely way way way above average Airbnb experience, then Oak Dene is certainly for you. You could not possibly be disappointed in this fabulous treasure richly steeped in history and so very lovingly presented for Airbnb.

Dianne, December 2018

If only we had more time to enjoy this magnificent property! Truly like stepping back in time....felt like princesses! Roomy, comfortable with the most beautiful big trees hugging the property. Definitely recommend.

Kristen, October 2018

please contact Gillian Banks       0432 378 790

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