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Buda Historic Home and Garden

Open Now: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Open today: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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History lesson

An amazing home with a story to tell of the Levinys. The house and garden is maintained by... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2016
rhondalil
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Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
Would have liked to spend more time there

such a hidden gem with rich history. Our guides were enthusiastic and informed about this important... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2016
Catherine M
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Doncaster East, Victoria, 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 1 October 2016 via mobile

Balked at the cost to enter the historic home and gardens. It was definitely interesting but not worth the entry fee. It has been very wet but didn't think the gardens were of the quality that is advertised and needed a weed. The family history...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

Either the house or the gardens would be worth a visit, but both together makes for an amazing couple of hours. The history of this artistic family is so interesting, and some of the pieces of work they created are incredible. If you are interested...More

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

Thankyou for your feedback, and glad you enjoyed your visit! The Buda Nursery stocks the heritage plants from our garden, as well as local indigenous natives and other perennials.

Reviewed 28 July 2016

House is full of the items the people used which makes it so interesting of times gone by, decorated instyle of the era,just a lovely house to visit, garden is full of flowers of the era ,well worth spending some time there.

Date of experience: July 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 feedback. Buda is an intact collection of the belongings of the one family who lived here for 118 years. We are so glad you appreciated this authentic step back in time!

Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

An amazing home with a story to tell of the Levinys. The house and garden is maintained by volunteers who really care. Take the time to really look at the furnishings and home made art works of family life. A happy three hours spent in...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 30 June 2016

Buda is the name of the Levine family home in Castlemaine. We visited Buda on a cold and rainy June afternoon and were the only visitors. To slowly wander through this living museum to a family's life, to read about their accomplishments, to enjoy and...More

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

Thankyou so much for your review, yes, Buda is a wonderful place to come and escape the weather, as the house museum is very cosy and there is so much to explore! Of course, when the weather clears, the three acre garden is full of...More

Reviewed 17 June 2016

A visit to Buda had been on my Castlemaine to-do list for several years before I got there with friends on a Saturday afternoon. It turned out to be a great pleasure. I especially appreciated the younger family members' early 20th century arts and crafts....More

Date of experience: June 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 this honest and informative review! Yes, good to plan your trip, and Buda staff can arrange a tour guide for your group of 10 or more people for any day of the week. Also, our volunteer receptionists know much about the history of...More

Reviewed 21 May 2016

such a hidden gem with rich history. Our guides were enthusiastic and informed about this important house and garden. We experienced and were drawn in to the story of the family who lived here. Would have liked a longer tour with a smaller group

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Catherine M
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2016

Thankyou for your feedback, so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 18 April 2016

I have visited Buda several times over the years, and have twice had the pleasure of attending writing workshops in "the garden room". If you like local history, arts and gardens then this place is worth a visit. Established by the Leviny family in the...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 25 May 2016

Couldn't have said it better myself, thankyou for your feedback!

Reviewed 1 April 2016

we only went to the garden because i think 12 AUD per person is to much for both, House and Garden. I dont get the point why buda or what has buda with the garden to do. Yes it is nice but this is it.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 25 May 2016

I have added some extra information about Buda in our profile now, hopefully that helps explain that Buda is named after Budapest in Hungary, the birthplace of the owner, Ernest Leviny.

Reviewed 27 February 2016

A very interesting place to visit, beautiful furniture and features inside the house. full of history. A really lovely well kept property run mainly by volunteers. It also appears as though you can hire the grounds as there was a wedding going on ther when...More

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank kathy3terry
Clare H, Public Relations Manager at Buda Historic Home and Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Hi Kathy, Hopefully you can come back and see the terrific work that our new garden curator has done to improve the Buda garden since your last visit. Keep in mind, though, that it is an historic garden, with original plantings, and was never designed...More

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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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