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Devonshire Tea at Villa Alba

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by Ree Winter (subscribe)
Ree Winter
Enjoy delicious scones with tea or coffee at Villa Alba
Victoria is home to many sites of historical significance but some of them are not as well know as others. Villa Alba in Melbourne's North East Suburb of Kew, for example, is a beautifully preserved example of a Victorian style mansion. It was built for Mr William Greenlaw in 1882 and today remains for the public to enjoy and learn about life in years gone by.

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Villa Alba - Built 1882

The mansion's opulence - including its hand-painted frescos and tromp l'oeil - was much celebrated when it was completed in 1884 and included an extensive article in the local newspaper.

After Greenlaw's death in 1895, the mansion was leased to the Fripp family and then converted into a home for nurses who were working with the Royal Women's Hospital of Melbourne.

Community interest in the preservation of the house saw a committee formed in 1984 which formally became the 'Villa Alba Museum Incorporated' in 2004. Unlike many other properties covered under organisations such as the National Trust, Villa Alba is privately managed by committee and therefore funding only comes in private donations and funds raised from open days and other events at the house.

Villa Alba is open to the general public on the first Sunday of the month, and, for the first time they were will be offering Devonshire teas in the gardens provided by Cherry Jam's Coffee Van.

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Cherry Jam's Coffee Van will be providing Devonshire Teas

While coffee, tea and biscuits will be available to buy on the day Devonshire Teas must be pre-ordered beforehand. You can buy them via this link.

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Why? Devonshire Tea in the gardens of an historic house
When: Sunday, 5th of May from 1pm
Phone: 0490 853 213
Where: Villa Alba, 44 Walmer Street Kew
Cost: From $10
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