'Blundells Farmhouse, Slab Outbuilding and Surrounds' is included on the Commonwealth Heritage list and is managed by the National Capital Authority. The site is also known as Blundells Cottage, a six-roomed stone cottage on the northern shores of Lake Burley Griffin, within Canberra’s National Triangle. The Cottage was built in 1860 as part of the Duntroon Estate and is the oldest remaining building in the National Triangle.
Blundell’s Cottage demonstrates the intricate and well-developed fabric of the pre-Federal Capital Limestone Plains and the pastoral property Duntroon. It is valued because it is significant as an agricultural workers dwelling and has clear associations with pioneer Plains families. It shows evidence of the major historical phase of the Limestone Plains development from the mid nineteenth century to the present. It is a significant educational resource for the study of social history, landscape history and building and construction material history. The aesthetic values of the Cottage precinct lie in the irregular and vernacular charm of the buildings and landscape.
Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), all Commonwealth agencies are required to prepare management plans for Commonwealth Heritage listed places under their management. The purpose of this management plan is to identify, protect and manage the heritage values of Blundells Cottage. This management plan was prepared in accordance with the Commonwealth Heritage management principles and the requirements under the EPBC Act.
This management plan was reviewed by the Australian Heritage Council.