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“Period charm”
Review of Rippon Lea

Rippon Lea
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USD 80.17*
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Elsternwick
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

I came to Rippon Lea primarily to see the latest exhibition Nightlife- a fashion exhibition of the 1920s and 30s. This historic house is the perfect setting for it, with the exhibition covering both floors and many rooms. Gorgeously laid out and displayed with evocative lighting to emphasise the night lights or lack of, I really enjoyed it. If you were brave enough, you could even dress up in pieces from the period and take photos of yourself! I took the opportunity to also take a wander in the beautiful gardens with their enormous mature trees and expansive lawn. I love Rippon Lea - it's an absolute treasure.

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Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Fans of Miss Fisher murder mysteries would have no doubt visited this heritage home & well kept grounds. I did too a few years ago & enjoyed it.

Parking is a challenge esp. if some exhibition or event is held here. I decided to train it on 28 April to attend a garden tour. This homestead is about 10 mins leisurely stroll from Rippon Lea station (Sandringham metro line).

More info added to my knowledge of the history until it was handed over to National Trust. However - i was rather disappointed that our friendly guide was more knowledgeable about the house but was unable to answer queries about the garden which was what the tour was all about. Fortuitously, the young gardeners going about their duties were obliging.

The garden's highlights are the massive fernery behind (mostly sourced from the Dandenong ranges) housed under high domed metal frame with slatted timber, the created features - mini lakes with interconnecting bridges, small waterfall, grotto, the mound (with earth dug to create the lakes). You can pick up a leaflet with garden layout map & historical info at the entrance gatehouse where the gift shop & cafe is located (was closed on this friday visit for an event).

Definitely visit if you are into Melbourne's historical homes during the gold rush period & for fans of fictional Miss Fisher. However, if you have done UK & Europe's grand heritage tours - this might be lacking in the palatial grandeur. Werribee Mansion might be a better option. Rippon Lea definitely has its unique hallmark - smack in the middle of older establised suburbia. Hard to imagine it used to be orchards & pastoral land here!

Thank Traveller88Melbourne
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Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Visited the National Trust's Night Life exhibition at Ripponlea today. Such a beautiful home and the 1920's gowns on display were wonderful. The audio visual were well done and informative ... Very well integrated into the whole show. Stopped on after the tour to visit the gardens ... This was the best part of the day. What a fabulous estate. So glad it has been preserved for us to see and use today. Rounded off our visit with a delightful Devonshire tea in the gate house. Would love to come back and meet the gardeners.

Thank Julie I
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Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

While $15 each adult might seem steep, this is the cost of a movie. You could consider National Trust membership (especially if you are going to the UK soon). The garden is amazing. Lots of unexpected delights. DO go through the house - it is a window to another time (at the risk of sounding like a cliche). The volunteers are knowledgeable and interesting with their insights. Go on do it.

Thank ianpresnell
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Reviewed 25 April 2017

Beautiful house and gardens full of interesting history. Tour guide was both interesting and passionate about the property that fortunately was saved from being subdivided many years ago. Everybody who is working at the property today appears to be on a volunteer basis so do it for the love. My only disappointment was the sandwich I had at the tea house when we first arrived (it was old and terrible).

Thank Simon S
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