When Richard Jones and Beth Sievenpiper bought their 40 hectare Bentwood property on the fertile Greenough flats in 1990 it looked very different to how it is today.
Bare, apart from half a dozen trees and a building ruin, they had a vision and a good deal of work to do. Inspired by the feeling of returning home to his pioneering family’s area and neighbouring the resting place of his late great grandparents Richard and Beth set about transforming Bentwood.
Some 23 years later the ruin had been lovingly rebuilt as the homestead, a rammed earth and straw bale cottage had been built as a cafe and guest accommodation, and at the forefront of the property some 3000 olive trees planted and an olive grove established.
For the next 10 years (and 3 children later) Beth and Richard devoted their time to running Bentwood Olive Grove as a highly successful cafe and B&B. As the children moved away for school and work, and Richard spent considerable time working away with his Rammed Earth Company, they made the decision to simplify their lives by closing the café and changing the direction of Bentwood. Late in 2012 Bentwood Olive Grove Accommodation and Function Centre was launched.
Beth now has more time to enjoy the things she loves, such as cooking, gardening and smaller landscaping projects around the property. As hands on people, both Richard and Beth enjoy the challenge of projects that create and enhance the beautiful setting that Bentwood now offers. With the help of dedicated tradesmen they have transformed their property into a unique oasis blending a traditional homestead with Mediterranean inspired buildings and landscapes.
As one regular visitor to Bentwood states…“it is truly a beautiful location. You wouldn’t know if you were in Europe or the southwest of the state. Everything is well thought out and there is a plethora of birdlife which is testament to the well-established and abundant gardens.