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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
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
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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