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Rupertswood Mansion

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by Julia Hebaiter (aka Julia Svoice) (subscribe)
Owns 'FoodLit'. Highly qualified, established food & lifestyle writer, former restaurateur, founder professional writing business, Articul8. Long, diverse writing history, passion for food culture, the land & inspired food language.www.foodlit.com.au
Published June 29th 2010
History, elegance and charm abound at Sunbury's Rupertwood Mansion, just a short 30-minute drive from the city along the Tullamarine Freeway.

Escape the hustle and bustle as you enter a long, winding driveway amidst magnificent trees, and feast your eyes upon a 50-room Italianate mansion surmounted by a 100-foot tower and surrounded by 1,100 glorious acres.

The historically and architecturally important icon was originally built in the 1870's for Sir William John Clarke, the first Australian-born Baronet. It hosted grand balls, hunting meets and weekend house parties for Victorian and Edwardian society's elite.

It is perhaps best known as the birthplace of The Ashes, a tradition created through a social game between visiting English cricketers and a local Sunbury side.

The famous country house, following extensive restoration, continues its tradition of great entertaining and hospitality in the most inspiring surrounds. The now boutique hotel and multi-purpose function venue comes complete with butlers, doormen and exceptional food and service.

One of the best ways to enjoy Rupertswood is to stay a night or two. Exclusive accommodation, once host to the crème de la crème of colonial society, ranges from a delightful room in the servants' quarters to a sumptuous Governor's Suite. Descend to the wine cellar and enjoy a candlelit dinner complemented with regional wines from Craiglee, Rochford, Hanging Rock and others.

Rupertswood also hosts many special annual events, including a mid-winter Christmas in July, a Night at the Opera, Fathers' Day Breakfast, and a 6-course degustation dinner with dancing, just like in days gone buy.

There are plenty of other fun-filled events held in this beautiful mansion and surrounds. Check them out here and sign up for the newsletter for updates if desired.
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Why? Bring out the Baronet (or Baroness) in you.
Where: 3 Macedon Street, Sunbury
Comments
Great information. Went here today.. Simply beautiful from outside. Am looking forward to attending an open day to see inside the mansion, or better still staying overnight:)
By march - reader
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