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Vaucluse House: A divine historic house, picnic spot and luscious rolly polly hills.

April 16, 2017

 

Had the most magical day today at Vaucluse House with the boys. 

 

Each year they have an old fashioned Easter egg hunt and picnic games for children. I felt like I was transported to the summer of 1963 at Kellermans - when everybody called me Baby, and it didn't occur to me to mind.

 

There was a fantatsic egg hunt sprawled around the back lawn plus other laughter filled games such as egg and spoon races, tug-o-war, three legged races, guessing games, prizes for counting chooks and best of all, the most beautifully manicured hills to rolly polly down over and over and over again.

 

Pretty sure this is the start of our new family annual easter tradition.

 

 

 

About Vaucluse House:

 

This important historic house started life as a small stone cottage in 1805 and was developed into a stunning estate by William Charles Wentworth and his wife Sarah. Due to 

From the Sydney Living Museums website "Vaucluse House is one of Sydney’s few 19th-century mansions still surrounded by its original gardens and wooded grounds. When the towering colonial explorer, barrister and politician William Charles Wentworth bought the house in 1827, it was a single-storey cottage in a secluded valley of partly cleared coastal scrub. In fits and starts over the next five decades, William and his wife Sarah developed Vaucluse into a large and picturesque estate. The grounds were extended and flourished to cover most of the present-day suburb of Vaucluse but the main house of the family’s dreams was left unfinished.

In 1915 Vaucluse House became Australia’s first official house museum. It is a living museum. To visit is to be immersed in the stories and experience of this remarkable family and the harbourside estate which shaped much of their lives. A ramble might include spotting eels in the creek fed by a waterfall in the southern paddock, paddling in the beach paddock, sampling a macadamia or lilly pilly, smelling lemon verbena in the service courtyard before heading into the ‘elegant chateau’, sometimes draped in wisteria – the vine that since the 1920s has been an enduring spring time attraction. 

ref: https://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/stories/vaucluse-house-brief-history

 

How to get there:

 

Address: 69a Wentworth Road, Vaucluse NSW

 

Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 10am to 4pm or daily during school holidays. (Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).

 

 

 

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