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Rippon Lea Estate

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Rippon Lea is a large nineteenth century mansion surrounded by 7 hectares of Victorian pleasure gardens. It is listed on the National Heritage Register because it is one of the finest examples of an original suburban estate in Australia.
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192 Hotham St, Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria 3185, Australia
+61 3 9523 6095
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This mansion has a vast garden covering 14 acres with lake, windmill, lots of green lawn and many plants. Tours are conducted. Events take place here. Great wedding venue. Fab place for family get together and picnic on the lawns. The estate is cared for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sam H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed an informative and interesting tour of the mansion followed by a lovely walk around the beautiful gardens.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank turpin_13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love Rippon Lea and go there all the time. They’ve just reopened the mansion with some new rooms to see. They’ve done a great job and there are now some interactive parts. The gardens are amazing and beautiful. The kids love exploring and spitting...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MollyAtlantic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a gorgeous old estate but the gardens aren’t anything that fantastic. They are large but actually not properly cared for. The homestead was grandiose in its day but it’s a little run down now and needs LOTS of money poured into it to get...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AppleEva
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great for picnics, so many “perfect” spots to choose from. If you forget to pack a picnics you can purchase a few items from the onsite Gatehouse shop. The gardens are well cared for and beautiful year round. If you want to see inside the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Track19
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I attended a dinner here. The gardens are spectacular and the home maintained in beautiful condition. The Ballroom is such a stunning room - in particular the ceiling.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 176samantha
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Once again we visited Rippon Lea Estate today and were mesmerised by its stunning beauty. So much history and being restored to its former beauty by National Trust. The surrounding gardens a credit to them all, even the tea rooms a must to visit. A...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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NatTrustVic, Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Thank you for your review! The National Trust takes great pride in looking after such an historical house and garden and with the ongoing restoration of the property it is always interesting and diverse. We hope you visit again soon.

Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

The house is a bit shabby, but is still beautiful. The garden is the true reason to visit. Transports you to a different time. Make sure to visit the fernery and the walk around the lake. October was a fantastic time to visit with so...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Sandra K
NatTrustVic, Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Thank you for your review. We take great pride in looking after such a wonderful garden. The house is celebrating being 150 years old this year so it's upkeep is always ongoing!

Reviewed 14 October 2018

An interesting place to visit with a huge mansion. Some of the grounds is really well kept some of it not so much.More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MelbAlison
NatTrustVic, Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Thank you for your review. The seven acres of the estate is a wonderful place to relax on a visit and we are glad that you enjoyed it. Our team of gardeners and volunteers take great pride in try to keeping the gardens looking as...More

Reviewed 14 September 2018

Truth is we are a bit light on bricks and mortar visible history, but this fabulous property and tour is a must for everyone who lives in Melbourne or who visits.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Jon K
NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review Rippon Lea!

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30 October 2018|
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Response from jennifersusan54 | Reviewed this property |
We caught the Carnegie tram number 67 from outside Flinders Street Station, down Swanson Street, get off tram at Elstenwick Station and it's a 7 minute walk. At the present time they have a 70's clothing display so it to me... More
30 October 2018|
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Response from Jon K | Reviewed this property |
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14 September 2017|
Response from NatTrustVic | Property representative |
Hi There, Guided tours of the beautiful mansion run throughout the day starting at 10.30am, subject to volunteer guide availability. From September 27, we will also be offering tours of the stunning 14 acre gardens every... More