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Buda Historic Home and Garden

42 Hunter St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
+61 3 5472 1032
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The old house was built by a Hungarian owner who came from Budapest the capital of Hungary... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Steve P
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Melbourne, Australia
Interesting house, lovely garden

A self guided tour through Buda is most worthwhile with lots of original features on display. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Geoff2011
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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'Buda' is an authentic house and garden surviving from the gold rush era in Castlemaine, Victoria, lovingly named after Budapest by its Hungarian owner, Ernest Leviny. It was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their significant intact collection of furniture, art works and belongings. Come to Buda and enjoy walking through the historic house where you will be transported to another era, in this Museums Australia accredited museum. Wander three acres of heritage garden containing original plantings and structures, including the bird aviary, tennis pavilion and outbuildings, including many original garden sculptures created by the Leviny family. Jewellery and homewares featuring Leviny designs and souvenirs and local craft are available from the Buda Giftshop. Heritage plants plus a variety of fruit trees are available from the Buda Nursery
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42 Hunter St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
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+61 3 5472 1032
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Reviewed yesterday

The old house was built by a Hungarian owner who came from Budapest the capital of Hungary. Budapest is made up of 2 towns one on eac side of te Danube River called Buda and Pest They are linked by te Elizabet bridge held together...More

Thank Steve P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A self guided tour through Buda is most worthwhile with lots of original features on display. The family story is also quite interesting. The garden was most impressive. We were there in mid winter so there wasn't a great deal of colour. However it is...More

Thank Geoff2011
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

What a great old home and so well presented giving a great insight to a bygone era. Period details retained and not updated. Fantastic

Thank John T
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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Buda has its early 20th century art deco pieces still in place. Made by the talented women in the family the decorative metalwork, embroidery, painting and furniture is a treat. A smallish home packed with beautiful artwork leaves you saturated in the art deco period....More

Thank drmushrooms
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Reviewed 26 May 2018

Magnificent large home built early 1860s, with 3 acres of lovely gardens. A great insight into the history of a wealthy gold rush era family who were very artistic.

Thank KayeandTerry
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Step back in time. See how successful some immigrants made their life during the gold rush in Castlemaine. Beautiful jewellery made by the owner on display as well as the original furnishings.

Thank bigfellabobb
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

The house was a good insight into the goldfields history and the family who lived there for 2 generations. Gardens looked in need of water and some TLC. Not sure if the $12 entry was value for money.

Thank Neil S
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Like a lot of these old homes in country Victoria, Buda offers a glimpse into the past. Despite the trappings, it was still a difficult life in the country, more so for the servants than the occupants of the house. But this a beautiful home,...More

Thank Helen O
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

I visited this property on New Years Eve. The inside of the home is beautiful. It was lovely to look at the photos and the many amazing craft items made by various members of the family. I look forward to seeing the kitchen once opened....More

Thank Stakar12
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

We were recommended to take a drive to see Buda by a lovely gentleman at Info Centre in Bendigo. So glad we did. Great to see a cherished and well loved home. Walking through the property and reading the literature was fascinating, you can really...More

Thank Jodie G
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Response from cowra2794 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I've been away and didn't see your question in time. But if you're there now and checking TripAdvisor, then the answer is 'yes' it's worth a visit. This was the home of an extremely interesting family and the... More
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