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“What a fantastic place to visit! The gardens and the history are amazing. Reading the plaque in the garden was fascinati”
Review of Rippon Lea

Rippon Lea
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Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Elsternwick
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Everyone should visit this beautiful property at least once It is an amazing part of our history.
Plan at least a few hours to see the house and the gardens.

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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Oh what a waste! Shame on the National Trust for running this place into the ground, the gardens urgently need some colour and pizazz and I saw not one staff member wondering around.

The cafe was dismal and my son and I were quite shocked at:
-the competence of the staff (dirty tables everywhere and it was not super busy, they just kept walking past and had no idea how to prioritize). We actually had to ask them to clear the mess from the last people away after waiting politely for 20 minutes.

-filth (not from that shift) all over the floors, walls and 'decor'. What the heck is a velvet head with a winter puffer jacket hat doing on display in a supposed antique themed tea house???? Most of the 'decor' needs to be binned. The closest op shop could offer much, much better.

-food presentation appalling, our $9 scones were served in a takeaway cardboard container with a takeaway knife really????? You have NO plates. Wow. Coffee half froth. Both took 45 minutes!

Please Gordon Ramsey come and help.

2  Thank CocktailsAtSunset
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Management response:Responded 2 August 2017

Hi There,

The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) values all feedback and we thank you for bringing these items to our attention. We strive to deliver the best visitor experience we can and on this occasion we recognise this may have fallen short of your expectations.

If you would like to discuss this further please contact info@nattrust.com.au

Kind Regards,


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Reviewed 27 July 2017

We drove past here so many times and finally got there for a day. What a pleasure to hear all the Melbourne history relatated to ripponlea. Absolutely brilliant and worth every moment and cent. We ended up buying the book as it was so interesting and made us feel proud to be Victorian Aussies !! Great stuff God bless the family behind ripponlea without them we would lose these national treasures

1  Thank beardedsleeper
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

We had a delightful afternoon in the gardens and the exhibition was beautiful. Don't hesitate to stop by the tea rooms. We had a hot chocolate by the fire with delicious warm scones. Very friendly staff and unique atmosphere. Warmly recommended!

1  Thank 861alicelouise
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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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