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Rippon Lea

192 Hotham St, Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria 3185, Australia
+61 3 9523 6095
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192 Hotham St, Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria 3185, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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

Thank Jan E
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a visit to Melbourne and looking for an alternative itinienry, visited the Rippon Lea Estate. Easy to access from the railway station of the same name we were greeted by National Trust volunteers who pointed out the areas to visit and provided a map....More

Thank Ian S
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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are glad that you had a wonderful visit and thank you for the informative review, we really appreciate the feedback as we continually try to improve our sites.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Rippon lea is a beautiful estate that is taken care of by the national trust, we had a guided tour of the old family home, tour guide was very informative and passionate for the property, the home has some of the former families furniture, appliances...More

Thank tosorogc
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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. It is well worth taking the time to see the 7 acres of park and the house as there is so much to see and absorb. We are glad that your visit was as good as you anticipated and hope...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This estate is amazing! The house is fabulous and the gardens are unbelievable. We did a tour of the mansion and our guide was Dave, he was very informative and had a great knowledge of the history of the house, the owners and the gardens....More

Thank Bobbie R
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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. David is an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer at many of our sites and over the years has helped bring them to life. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

We were very disappointed with the whole visit. We had a baby with a pram and we were treated terribly. The tour guide was rude and we were told once we arrived for our tour at the mansion to remove the baby from the Pram...More

Thank Angem19
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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at Rippon Lea, we apologise that you had a less than satisfactory experience in caring for you baby whilst here. By writing your review we can only improve our customer service and training to...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Had an hour to kill on a sunny winters afternoon so popped in here, I could have stayed all day. Such an interesting old estate with so much history. The guided tour of the mansion was amazing and despite only lasting 50 minutes our guide...More

Thank KrisNeskovski
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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Thank you so much for your visit! Our volunteer guides in the house and the gardens are very enthusiastic and passionate about Rippon Lea.

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Decided to go to ripponlea after a visit to the Brighton boxes. The tour was fantastic and our guide was great fun and very informative. A step back into the early 20th century and it definitively worth a visit. The gardens are beautiful and well...More

Thank Grifology70
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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to visit our National Trust Property in Elsternwick!

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Rippon Lea is a beautiful Victorian mansion built in 1868 by Frederick Sargood who made his fortune selling soft-goods on the goldfields. Originally a mansion of 15 rooms it has been enlarged and renovated by subsequent owners and now consists of 33 rooms, set in...More

Thank Liz N
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NatTrustVic, General Manager at Rippon Lea, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

What a wonderful write up, thank you! Rippon Lea is very proud to be a part of the National Trust which aims to preserve and protect the national heritage of Australia.

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margaretjackson1609
14 September 2017|
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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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margaretjackson1609
14 September 2017|
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Response from Traveller88Melbourne | Reviewed this property |
Visit their website and click on 'Visit & Contact'. You will find tour details, opening hours, cost etc. It does say 'subject to volunteer availability'. So if you are travelling from afar - email or contact them first to be... More
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Warner10
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Response from Kay A | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I certainly did not see any but there is no way they would be allowed in the house as it is full of beautiful displays and furniture. The grounds too are very well cared for so I doubt it. Not all dog owners would take... More
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