What is significant?
Glenhope is located on the north side of the Hamilton Highway, in the township of Tarrington. The house is a single storey, symmetrical bluestone residence with a timber verandah on three sides. The most significant feature of the house is the very large, steeply pitched roof, which is said to have been added to the earlier house in 1926 while retaining the original beneath. Its height is emphasised by several very tall chimneys and a small gablet at its apex. The garden surrounding the house was laid out in 1902, and was originally an intense cottage style garden adjacent to the house with another garden beyond. The cottage garden close to the house survives almost entirely intact, although the symmetrical planting of Fan Palms (Washingtonia folifera) at the front of the house has been altered by the removal of one palm. The house was the first built by the Lodge Brothers on their arrival from England, and was possibly designed by architect Frank Hammond. The house and garden are in excellent condition and retain a very high degree of integrity.
How is it significant?
Glenhope is of historical, architectural and landscape significance to the township of Tarrington, the Southern Grampians Shire and the State of Victoria
Why is it significant? Glenhope is of historical significance for its long association and ownership by the Schurmann family, who held the land from the 1850s. The house is a representation of the important role which the Schurmann's played in the development of Tarrington. The house is of architectural significance for its unusually high pitched roof, emphasised by the deliberate symmetrical planting of Washingtonia folifera at the front of the house and tall chimneys, providing an example of an Interwar remodelling of a Federation style building. It is of further architectural significance for its associations with the well known Lodge Brothers, whose first commission in the area was Glenhope in 1902. The garden is an excellent example of a Federation period cottage garden, with shaped beds and a range of palms, perennials, shrubs and annuals typical of the period.