Conveniently located within 30 minutes of western Melbourne lays one of its most prolific historic homes and architectural icons. Renowned as the Werribee Mansion this picturesque 19th century residence is one of the city’s premier highlights for not only history buffs but architecture fanatics as well. Built as far back as 1877 the Italianate style structure served as the home of the affluent Chirnside family who were wealthy sheep farmers of the era. Ensconced within a stunning 10 acre garden this monumental mansion is now open to visitors who can explore its environs including its large reception halls, its massive kitchen, bedrooms, and billiards game room and uncover its secrets.
Often referred to as a picture postcard representation of Melbourne life in the 19th century the luxurious mansion encompasses a whopping 60 rooms that are located on a number of wings. Personal items such as furnishings and other curios belonging to the Chirnside family are still visible today after the venue’s complete restoration. In its heyday the Werribee Mansion was occupied not only by the family but an extensive farming work force who called the working structures and residential quarters of the mansion home for the duration of their employment.
Although the outward facade of the mansion displays Italianate leanings the interiors are of a purely Victorian nature displaying classical elements of the Victorian decor style. Having served as a religious seminary for Corpus Christi College till 1973 the venue’s elegant interiors were used as filming locations for British TV series The Genie from Down Under and Hollywood films such as The Devil’s Playground and The Pirate Movie with Christopher Atkins. The venue served as the setting for two concerts by music legend Elton John in 2007 for his Rocket Man Solo Tour.
The mansion’s garden is also a fine attraction as a formal garden space designed by W.R Guilfoyle, who served as the Curator of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens during the period. Points of interest include the parterre, pond and grotto while tranquil spots to soak in the atmosphere are found aplenty in this well maintained space. After a tour of the location guests can also enjoy refreshments and delectable treats at the Mansion’s cafe.
Travellers looking for luxury Melbourne accommodation should not look further than The Langham Melbourne for their stay in Victoria’s capital. Renowned as one of the top hotels Melbourne has to offers this elegant property does its best to offer you a memorable five-star vacations Down Under.
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