Carrick Hill has the finest collection of antique oak furniture in Australia. Collected by the Haywards to complement their Tudor-style house, it is a fascinating mixture of Elizabethan (1500s), Jacobean (most of the 1600s), Georgian (1700s) with some Victorian (1800s) and early twentieth-century copies.
Since there was never enough genuine old oak furniture available during the various fashion revivals of these styles, it was common for bits and pieces of old and modern furniture to be made up into 'new antiques', either fraudulently or as acknowledged copies. The Victorians often added extra decorative elements to what they considered to be plain originals. Over the centuries as damaged furniture was repaired, new feet frequently replaced the old on tables and chairs after the wood had rotted from standing on damp stone or rush-matted floors. Carrick Hill contains examples of these different types.
The tester bed made up of sixteenth, seventeenth and twentieth-century elements (also a wedding present from Sir Edward to the second Lady Hayward), and the late sixteenth-century Spanish coffer are the centrepieces of this bedroom.