Rippon Lea House and Garden

Elsternwick, VIC, 3185

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Gifted to the National Trust in 1972 Rippon Lea's magnificent Mansion and gardens date back to 1868. The garden covers almost 14 acres, which includes a large lake, extensive shrubberies and flower gardens, an orchard of historically significant fruit varieties, a fernery, rose gardens and many other features of historical, landscape and architectural interest, all forming the setting for the polychrome brick mansion.

Opening Times

Gardens Open Daily, 10am - 5pm
Last entry 4:30pm
Guided Mansion tours run most days from 10.30am to 3pm
Garden tours - Wed & Thur 11am, Fri 2pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Entry Fee: $10

Garden Only
$10 Adult
$7 Concession
$4 Children (4-15 years)
$20 Family (2 adults + 2 children)
Guided Garden Tours are an extra $5 per person

House & Garden
$15 Adult
$12 Concession
$9 Children (4-15 years)
$35 Family (2 adults + 2 children)

Discounts available for large groups

Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces

Location & Contact Info

  • 192 Hotham Street
  • Elsternwick, VIC, 3185

Local Climate Zone: 10 - Mediteranean

Summer avg. Max: 25°C Winter avg. Min: 7°C
Avg Frost Days:2
 
Annual Rainfall avg: 674mm. Summer avg. 146mm.
No. of rainy days: 44 Winter avg. 163mm.

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The gardens

The house's original owner Frederick Sargood was a keen gardener and particularly interested in orchids and ferns. His initial designs were extended including a new, enlarged fernery and made less formal over the years.

In 1910 the property was bought by Benjamin Nathan who, like Sargood, was very interested in the garden, especially orchids they won numerous awards. Nathan also introduced more native plants into the garden and built a large conservatory and 14 glasshouses. At one time he employed 14-17 gardeners.  More Info »

The Mansion

The Drawing Room pictured was originally Frederick Sargood's study and it underwent many changes over the years including the 'Hollywood Style' renovations in 1938-39, which is what you see today. It's just one of the many magnificent rooms not to be missed in the house including the ornate Master Bedroom, the Conservatory, the glamorous Dining room and Ballroom.  More Info »

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