It was a worthwhile trip out from Melbourne CBD to visit Rippon Lea, a beautifully maintained old mansion in suburban Melbourne. For the $12 admission cost you will get a tour of the house by a national trust volunteer which is informative and relaxed. The house is beautifully maintained with some original pieces and some copies which are representative of the style of the era. The servants quarters downstairs are musty and cramped and certainly give you the feeling of the "upstairs/downstairs" attitude of the era. The gardens are well cared for. The mansion grounds also house the largest undercover fernery in the world (according to their brochure). It is quite impressive. It is easy to get to from Melbourne. You go to Flinders Station. Get on the train that is going to Sandringham and get off at Rippon Lea station (takes about 10 minutes). It is only a 3 minute walk from the station. Probably best to print out a Google direction map from Rippon Lea Station to the house before you go because it is a very quiet suburban area and not a lot of people out to ask for directions (on a Sunday anyway). There is a rudimentary cafe with soft drinks and coffee on sale at the grounds.
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