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Rippon Lea Estate

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Rippon Lea is a large nineteenth century mansion surrounded by 7 hectares of Victorian pleasure gardens. It is listed on the National Heritage Register because it is one of the finest examples of an original suburban estate in Australia.
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192 Hotham St, Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria 3185, Australia
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 1, 2013

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...More

5  Thank Belgo96
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Unfortunately, the day we visited it was drizzling with rain. As we were visitors to the city, were unaware that there was a display of costumes from the Miss Fisher's Mysteries TV series. Disappointed that we were unable to look at all the rooms as...More

4  Thank Collal2013
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I attended a dinner here. The gardens are spectacular and the home maintained in beautiful condition. The Ballroom is such a stunning room - in particular the ceiling.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Once again we visited Rippon Lea Estate today and were mesmerised by its stunning beauty. So much history and being restored to its former beauty by National Trust. The surrounding gardens a credit to them all, even the tea rooms a must to visit. A...More

2  Thank jennifersusan54
NatTrustVic, Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! The National Trust takes great pride in looking after such an historical house and garden and with the ongoing restoration of the property it is always interesting and diverse. We hope you visit again soon.

Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

The house is a bit shabby, but is still beautiful. The garden is the true reason to visit. Transports you to a different time. Make sure to visit the fernery and the walk around the lake. October was a fantastic time to visit with so...More

1  Thank Sandra K
NatTrustVic, Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We take great pride in looking after such a wonderful garden. The house is celebrating being 150 years old this year so it's upkeep is always ongoing!

Reviewed October 13, 2018

An interesting place to visit with a huge mansion. Some of the grounds is really well kept some of it not so much.More

Thank MelbAlison
NatTrustVic, Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. The seven acres of the estate is a wonderful place to relax on a visit and we are glad that you enjoyed it. Our team of gardeners and volunteers take great pride in try to keeping the gardens looking as...More

Reviewed September 13, 2018

Truth is we are a bit light on bricks and mortar visible history, but this fabulous property and tour is a must for everyone who lives in Melbourne or who visits.

1  Thank Jon K
NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review Rippon Lea!

Reviewed September 12, 2018

Delightful and huge garden with a lake. Summer houses and conservatory and swimming pool to view. The house although changed by its former owners over time still retains its old world charm. There are often events such as teddy bears picnic, and exhibitions of antique...More

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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to visit Rippon Lea and give such a wonderful review. Do keep an eye out on our website for future events such as our 1970's disco happening in October!

Reviewed September 11, 2018

The gardens are perhaps the main attraction - the lawns, the fernery, the huge fig trees and the lakes, but the buildings are also special. I particularly appreciated feeling the 'upstairs / downstairs' experience. The galley, kitchen, laundry, and pantry areas downstairs were so different...More

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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2018

Thank you for your review. The house and gardens are a special part of the rich history or Melboune and one we take great pride in maintaining for everyone to visit. We are always looking for Volunteers at the National Trust!

Reviewed July 17, 2018 via mobile

Though I don’t ever mind contributing to a fund which supports gardens and historical landmarks, I attended the estate today and was informed that the tea house and the house were both closed. That’s fine and these events need to have time to set up,...More

1  Thank Jan E
NatTrustVic, Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2018

Dear Jan Thank you for your feedback. At the time of your visit we were in the process of setting up for our annual winter exhibition. We are sorry to hear that you found some of the areas not to be open when you visited...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

A last minute decision to visit - in the afternoon. This meant all the house tickets had all been sold, so we just bought the garden tickets - but firstly had a coffee and sandwich in the cafe at the entrance. Lovely grounds with a...More

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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We will pass on your request for better signage for the plants to our gardening team so that in future there will be some reference.

Reviewed June 25, 2018

This National Trust Victorian mansion in suburban Ripponlea - just 9 kms from the CBD - provides insights into the lives and habits of the upper class of Melbourne in the period 1860s to 1970s. Guided tour is beneficial in gaining details of the property's...More

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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea Estate, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Thank you for the review! Our current exhibition, the super 70's will be in the house until November if you would like to return! The gardens will remain open as normal.

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Response from jennifersusan54 | Reviewed this property |
We caught the Carnegie tram number 67 from outside Flinders Street Station, down Swanson Street, get off tram at Elstenwick Station and it's a 7 minute walk. At the present time they have a 70's clothing display so it to me... More
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Response from NatTrustVic | Property representative |
Hi There, Guided tours of the beautiful mansion run throughout the day starting at 10.30am, subject to volunteer guide availability. From September 27, we will also be offering tours of the stunning 14 acre gardens every... More
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