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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.