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“Forget the cafe - BYO FOOD”
Review of Rippon Lea

Rippon Lea
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Elsternwick
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

The house and gardens are spectacular and worth a visit.
The cafe though, is not worth a visit. Ridiculously slow service and unprofessional, unfriendly staff. Over priced for a cold meat pie ($8.50). Don't bother. We noticed that most tables had leftover food on them. My advice would be to take your own picnic and enjoy the beautiful surrounds.

1  Thank Lyndylou18
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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Had time to spare and took the kids. They enjoyed running around in the gardens and exploring the paths. The plants and really nice. Great to have a picnic on a nice day with friends.

1  Thank Christopher D
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

Rippon Lea House and gardens is a must for anyone visiting or living in Melbourne.The gardens are fantastic well maintained a must visit will not be dissapointed

1  Thank Rodney G
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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.

1  Thank Maria G
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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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