This 19th century REGENCY style house is now managed by the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and is open to the public for a moderate fee. We visited this place as it is near the area where I stayed as a first time visitor to Sydney. It has lovely formal gardens and is a classic example of Australian colonial architecture. I love this place! It is now a museum.
It is ironic that this serene and sophisticated place is right near a very populated and chaotic city. yet it still retains its grandeur via its classic beauty.
Go see this place, you won't be sorry!
built in the 1830s for Alexander Macleay and his family the house was originally set in 54 acres of garden, it is built of sandstone and has a spectacular oval shaped and domed saloon with a cantilevered staircase to the first floor
in the 1840s Macleay was in severe financial difficulties as a reasult of having lost his position as Colonial Secretary of NSW, and the house was taken over by his son William, this was not a happy arrangement, it caused a severe rift in the family, and William lived here alone till his death in 1865
the family were all avid naturalists and had amassed a considerable collection which is now owned by the Sydney University
when you visit take time to watch the video presentation in the basement, it gives a good insight to the amily and the house
the house was undergoing renovation when we visited, only the ground floor was open
opening times are 10am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday
The Elizabeth Bay House is a historic house in the Potts Point section of Sydney. Built in 1839 is was once called "the finest house in the colony". The House is situation high on the street with harbour views.
The first time we tried to visit the house it was closed but fortunately the second time we got in. The architecture is beautiful and the views are incredible of the water. If you are a architecture or history buff you will enjoy this house.
The house is open 10am-4:30pm Tuesday-Sunday. For an $8 admission fee you can tour the house and see the beautiful furnishings.