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Buda Historic Home and Garden

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House of Original builder who was a talented silver smith. Set on beautiful grounds.

The house is of historical interest with artistic work of the original owner and his family on... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Helen B
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Castlemaine, Australia
beautiful garden & building lovingly maintained

worth a visit when in Castlemaine, great historic information & learning for all adults & children... read more

Reviewed 25 February 2017
Felicity D
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'Buda' is an authentic house and garden surviving from the gold rush era in Castlemaine, Victoria, lovingly named after Budapest by its Hungarian owner, Ernest Leviny. It was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their...more
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42 Hunter St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

an interesting house historically but I was expecting a lot more. It all feels a little unloved and the gardens were very uncared for but I do realize these places take enormous amounts of time and money to upkeep so don't mean these comments as...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank brenandjoan
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

We welcome your feedback, and thank you for taking the time to visit Buda. Buda is a local treasure, lovingly managed and cared for by a small staff and many volunteers. Of course, the limited funding received can make it difficult to maintain. However, Buda...More

Reviewed 4 May 2017

The house is of historical interest with artistic work of the original owner and his family on display. Annual jewelry making prize is displayed here. The spacious and beautiful garden that has seasonal charm is a delight for those interested in gardens. The Nursary sells...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Helen B
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thankyou for your review, Helen! Buda does indeed have a Nursery, that sells plants propagated from Buda's own collection of historic 19th century plantings, plus many drought tolerant indigenous and exotic species. We welcome visitors to pick up a Buda specimen to plant in their...More

Reviewed 29 April 2017

Buda was the family home of creative people. It is a delight inside and the gardens provide soothing walking and lovely views. Also has a garden nursery selling old time plants.More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank judith b
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thankyou for your feedback Judith, and we appreciate you spending the time visiting and appreciating Buda. There were indeed many creative members of the Leviny family who lived here over 120 years (just 2 generations of the one family), and much of their artwork is...More

Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Was expecting so much more based on reviews. House quite nice, as is art works. But THE gardens seemed to need some tlcMore

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Julie P
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thankyou for your feedback, Julie, we welcome your review. Buda has been successfully preserved as one of the most significant large nineteenth or early twentieth century suburban gardens surviving in Victoria. The garden has come a long way since volunteers took over management in 1981,...More

Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

As a couple that love old homes, antiques, and who could spend all day admiring workmanship from the past, we were looking forward to our visit after recommendations. Felt it was not only a waste of the admission fee but also the 20 minutes we...More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank TraceynGreg
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thankyou for taking the time to write a review, Tracey and Greg! Buda has a small staff but a very large team of volunteers who manage this 1.2ha historic 19th century garden. New garden curator Jill Hildebrandt, who started in 2016, has a fantastic volunteer...More

Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful old house built in the 1860's the house is as it was when the last occupant passed away. Worth a visit. Normal entry is $12.00 per Adult

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank Paul R
Clare H, Front Office Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thankyou for review, Paul, we appreciate your feedback, and hope you will return to Buda!

Reviewed 25 February 2017

worth a visit when in Castlemaine, great historic information & learning for all adults & children. You can visit just the garden or garden & house, small fee applies. You will need at least 1 1/2 hrs to appreciate it all

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Felicity D
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thankyou for your review Felicity!

Reviewed 29 January 2017

There are many reviews and so much information about Buda House, there's not much to add. The family was extraordinary, their story is extraordinary and the house is beautifully preserved to reflect this. The garden is also special ... a lovely visit.

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Bathurst2795
Reviewed 8 January 2017

The house has some nice old furniture, though I've seen better. The gardens would be a nice setting for a wedding or party. Overall, barely worth the entrance fee,

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank K5802EYjohnk
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The historic home of an amazing man who came for gold rush and made his fortune as a jeweller/artist. The home shares his story from that exciting time starting in 1850s. Walk the house, see how they live and get a taste of history. Buda...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank ShaneABurke
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Response from Bathurst2795 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I've been away and didn't see your question in time. But if you're there now and checking TripAdvisor, then the answer is 'yes' it's worth a visit. This was the home of an extremely interesting family and the... More
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