Carisbrook Historic House Devonshire Tea Weekend
Experience what life was like in the 1880s at Carisbrook Historic House and gardens. The house is a survivor of a time when land around the Lane Cove River was a world away from Sydney Town. Enjoy a tour and a Devonshire tea in the courtyard and a walk through the gardens down to Burns Bay.
Devonshire teas, coffee and cake are available in the courtyard and the House is open for a self-guided tour through the rooms furnished to the period. The furniture and decor hark back to the nineteenth century and you will feel in the rooms the very presence of the Victorian family. The Brooks family built Carisbrook on land owned by their family since the 1850s. It remains the oldest surviving house in the area, its fabric largely intact.
This wonderfully preserved house transports its visitors back to the foundation days of early Lane Cove. Its asymmetrical facade, large bay window, and low-pitched slate roof are characteristic of the Italianate style, a very fashionable architectural style of the Victorian period. When Charles Brooks advertised Carisbrook for sale in the late 1880s, he described the rooms as ‘spacious’ and ‘lofty’. Then, it was a very desirable house for those aspiring to take a step up the social ladder.