Last weekend, my youngest son and I journeyed to the National Trust's Rippon Lea Estate & Gardens to partake in the 2018 Teddy Bear's Picnic Event.
My son and I had such a wonderful time exploring the grounds of this beautiful property, and whilst the Teddy Bear's Picnic a-once-a-year activity, that doesn't mean you can't visit on another day of the year.
The Rippon Lea House & Gardens is located approximately 7kms from Melbourne’s CBD, in the bayside suburb of Elsternwick and is open every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day.
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The history of Rippon Lea Estate goes back to 1868, when the mansion was first built. The house was built for Frederick Sargood who made his money selling goods in the gold-fields. The house is named after his mothers maiden name, Rippon. Lea is another word for meadow.
The Estate now belongs to the National Trust (Victoria) who keep the gardens looking immaculate.
Visiting the Rippon Lea Estate and you could easily imagine yourselves being instantly teleported to an English country property. You'd never imagine being so close to a sprawling city.
The mansion itself is perhaps a little tired in places, but it's the gardens that really are quite specular to see.
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Highly recommend you pay a visit, whether you choose to attend a themed event (Teddy Bear's Picnic, Easter Egg Hunt or similar) or just pop by for a wander in the serenity, entry is just $10 for adults, $7 concession, $4 child or $20 for a family.
Glen Eira Residents now have free access the Garden Entry of Rippon Lea; proof of residency required.
Lastly, you can also participate in guided mansion and garden tours for just $5 extra.