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Buda Historic Home and Garden

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Love, love, love

We were in Castlemaine on a Tuesday when Buda is typically closed, but I decided on a whim to take... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2016
annemaried351
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Sydney
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Interesting

This is a great house to visit in Castlemaine. It is only open Wednesday & Sunday afternoons so... read more

Reviewed 27 November 2016
Barbara H
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Mornington, Australia
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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 12 December 2016 via mobile

We were in Castlemaine on a Tuesday when Buda is typically closed, but I decided on a whim to take a quick look from the outside. As there were quite a few cars parked outside and people about, we went inside to find that the...More

Date of experience: November 2016
3  Thank annemaried351
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Thankyou for your review Annemarie! Yes, we have occasionally opened for our visitors on our official public closed days, especially as many visitors come to Castlemaine especially to see Buda! The Leviny daughters (five of whom never married and lived at Buda their whole lives)...More

Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a great house to visit in Castlemaine. It is only open Wednesday & Sunday afternoons so time your visit, as it is worthwhile. The house itself is interesting as is the history. What a talented family used to own & live there. The...More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Barbara H
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2016

Hi Barbara, we're glad you enjoyed visiting Buda! However, I must correct you on our opening hours: Wednesday through to Saturday 12pm - 5pm Sundays and public holidays 10am - 5pm Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Reviewed 15 November 2016

This house with all the historic elements intact is a fascinating place to visit. There is a bird aviary, rose gardens and many paths through beautiful trees, green lawns and garden beds. There is also an nursery selling great plants sourced from the gardens.More

Date of experience: April 2016
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Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Thankyou for your review Irene! Yes, our new garden curator works hard with her team of volunteers to make sure the Buda garden is maintained. Due to very limited funding and resouces, they are only here two days a week, but we think they do...More

Reviewed 10 November 2016

Visit the Buda House is a good way to explore the past way of living in Castelmaine for the rich people ; the garden is also worth a visit.More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Thankyou for your review! Yes, we believe that Buda is in some ways emblematic of the history of Castlemaine, but it is unique in other ways. The five Leviny daughters who lived here their entire lives, and created and collected some incredible artwork, is an...More

Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

We were met by very friendly and engaging staff who made us extremely welcome. The history of the house and its occupants is fascinating. Lots of objects to look at and enjoy. One gets the feeling of stepping back in time. Gardens are beautiful.More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank J T
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Thankyou for your feedback. It's wonderful that you immersed yourself and took in all that Buda has to offer - there is so much here to learn from - a story of immigration, art, craft, women, garden history and the gold rush all in the...More

Reviewed 1 November 2016

While the home and history are interesting, I felt there were too many rooms closed to viewing, with notices stating they are used as storage, administration and staff rooms, all uses that should be housed in the new 'reception room' so the original rooms may...More

Date of experience: November 2016
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Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Thankyou for your comment. We, too are sorry that we are unable at the present time, to open up the whole house to the public (6 out of a total of 18 rooms are closed to the public). Plans are afoot to build a new...More

Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Buda Historic Home is well worth a visit and should be on your Castlemaine must do list. It represents a view of the era and the potentially modern attitudes of a family calling this place home. The gardens have an abundance of flowers rarely seen...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2016

Hi Martin, thankyou for your review! The Leviny daughters who lived their entire lives at Buda had some very contemporary attitudes for their era! The incredible artwork they created, from metalcraft to embroidery, photography and woodwork were definitely unusual crafts for most women of that...More

Reviewed 22 October 2016

Personally I love historic houses and this one did not disappoint. The inside had an interesting collection of arts and crafts pieces made by the very people that lived in the house. It was nice to learn that the house really stayed in use by...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Glad you enjoyed your visit to Buda! We have been open to the public since 1982, the very year after Hilda Leviny passed away, the last of her family to live there. Many local residents remember the Leviny girls, who were so hospitable, regularly welcoming...More

Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We visited here while staying castlemaine i realy thought the buda house would be good to see thinking there would be so much to see its such a big house but i was disappointed to find that so much of the house was taken up...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Thankyou for your comments, and we, too, are sorry that more of the house isn't open to the public. (All up, 6 of 18 rooms are closed to the public). A Feasibility Study for a lovely new reception and office area has been done just...More

Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Visited with our young kids. Was expensive and a bit of a let down for what it is, especially as we were told to definitely visit. The house is lovely, with lots of information. But the gardens are rather neglected. The kids were welcomed but...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Hello and thankyou for your recent feedback. We are sorry that were disappointed with your visit. Our pricing is very much in line with other historic properties open to the public. However, unlike many government subsidized historic houses, we rely on visitor entry fees and...More

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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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