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“a preserved piece of colonial history - great venue”

Elizabeth Bay House
Ranked #120 of 492 things to do in Sydney
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Owner description: With commanding views over Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth Bay House gleams like a Greek temple. Once surrounded by famous landscaped gardens, it is one of the most splendid private houses ever built in Australia and still arouses our delight and astonishment. Its elegant rooms and fine proportions, sweeping staircase and lavish furnishings reveal the tastes and aspirations of its original owner, Alexander Macleay, after the governor, the most important public official in colonial Sydney. But it was his magnificent gardens which most keenly expressed his tastes and passions, and in the economic downturn of the 1840s pushed him towards ruin. Elizabeth Bay House is an iconic Sydney home, with an iconic Sydney back-story of obsession for property and position stretched beyond means and undone by changing financial times. Explore the house on your own or ask for a guided tour. Note that if you are making a special trip for a guided tour, please call to ensure there is a guide available.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

we picked this as our wedding reception venue. The staff were very helpful and put us on to fresh catering who are the approved providors. we paid a fee to arrange all our own wines etc which they were initially reluctant to do. Food was well presented and cooked and the setting just superb for a classy but not ridiculously expensive event. Only 24 seated in the main dining room - brilliant outlook over the harbour. Bigger numbers can be catered for in cocktail party format. Arthur McElhone park is right in front which we used for the actual wedding - need to hire from Sydney council but again a great setting.

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Reviewed December 1, 2014

From the outside Elizabeth Bay House looks quite plain and I wondered if it had been worth the 30 minute walk through the beautiful botanical gardens of Sydney. Walk inside though and you are mesmerised by the stunning architecture and the magnificent views over Sydney Harbour.
We took a good hour to look through the house as there is so much detail and photographs to be taken.
Well worth a look.

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Reviewed November 19, 2014

This attractive 1830s house originally stood in spacious harbour-side grounds. These days it is fronted by a public roadway and has other residences standing close to it. Nonetheless, the interiors are well worth seeing, and the harbour views from inside are splendid. It's worth periodically revisiting as it hosts occasional exhibitions (eg artworks, natural history or curios) and special events. A bus is available; a taxi is advisable if walking up and down slope is hard for you or the weather is hot or one of Sydney's late-afternoon thunderstorms is threatening.

1  Thank Alys-Schatzi
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Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

With its domed saloon regarded as the finest interior in Australian colonial architecture and its mysterious cellars, this beautiful Elizabeth Bay House is worth a visit.

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

I am not very mobile, but was able to walk down hill to it from Kings Cross and even able to get back up slowly!!. The walk is interesting as well which helps. The house is an absolute treasure. It is small Georgian Mansion at its finest. It is the sort of house you could imagine living in, unlike the enormous mansions generally found. Wonderful views to the front across to Elizabeth Bay. The interior colours are beautiful and the staircase and central atrium and dome is truly one of the most beautiful spaces of that type I have come across, and I have done a lot of house in UK and Europe. Everything is in scale and proportion. The Australian cedar timber door frames, doors and windows are a sight to behold, especially the curved door, look for it. Our Guide loved the place and was very knowledgeable and shared that willingly. Worth every bit of the walk. Don't miss it.

Thank katem1901
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