Como House and Garden

Built in 1847, Como House & Garden is an intriguing mix of Australian Regency and classic Italianate architecture.

This time-capsule of Melbourne aristocracy spans a century from the Gold Rush era through two World Wars. Como offers a glimpse into the privileged lifestyle of former owners, the Armytage family, who lived there for nearly a century.

The Armytages became famous amongst Melbourne high society and equally famous for their many elegant dances, dinners and receptions.

Those elegant dining and reception rooms are still furnished with Armytage family heirlooms and even the servant’s areas, kitchen and laundry have been preserved.

Bring your own picnic and wander through the beautiful gardens. Immerse yourself in the history and luxury that make Como House and Garden Melbourne’s most glamorous location.

 

Como House and Garden - Planning your visit

Address:

Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave,
South Yarra 3141 VIC

Open:

Gardens open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm.

View inside the house by tour only. House tours run every Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm and tickets can be purchased online
Prebook your Weekend House Tours online Private group bookings during the week can be made, subject to availability, via the bookings office.

(Please see below for any closed days)


For Garden Hire and Wedding enquiries contact: Monica Galbraith, Events & Business Development Manager. Tel: 96569815 Email: Monica.Galbraith@nattrust.com.au

Closed:

Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.
Como House is closed Monday to Friday. View inside the house by tour only. Please visit our booking page for house tour times for weekends.

Phone:
Bookings Office 03 9656 9889 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Email:
bookings@nattrust.com.au
Entry Fees:

House entry:
National Trust members: Free
Adult: $15
Concession: $12
Child (15 years & under): $9
Family (2 adults + 2 children): $35

What we offer:

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Como House Open Days and House Tours

Purchase tickets online for weekend tours. Group bookings during the week can be made via the bookings office.

Tickets

Wedding, Event and Function Inquiries for Como House

For weddings and function inquiries, please contact our Weddings, Event and Function Coordinator.

Email –  functions@nattrust.com.au or phone 9656 9815.

More information can also be found in the following brochures:

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Wedding Brochure.

Download The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) Functions and Venue Hire Brochure.

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Como House History

The first Como House

Melbourne was a village barely two years old when the site that is now Como was used as a cattle run.
In 1847 Edward Eyre Williams, lawyer and later Judge of the first Supreme Court of Victoria purchased land extending from the Yarra River to Toorak Road.
He had a four roomed residence with separate kitchen built and named it 'Como' after the Italian Lake Como where he had proposed to his wife Jessie (pictured, with Justice Williams).

Como in the 1850s

In 1852 Williams sold Como, with its "noble frontage to the River Yarra," and "most commanding views of the surrounding country that could be desired" to Frederick Dalgety, owner of a firm providing supplies to wool, gold and settlers' trades.
Dalgetty paid £4,200 for the house and grounds, commenting that "I know it was not a bargain, but I foresaw that if I delayed I should not be able to buy except at a higher figure."
Dalgety, however, found Como “infernally dull” and sold it within a year to John Brown, master builder and later a wine and spirits merchant.
It turned out to be a bargain for Dalgety because Brown paid him £12,000 for Como!
Brown had the grounds landscaped and added a second storey to the original four rooms, including a Ball Room overlooking the gardens. The Ball Room, divided by folding doors, can still be seen upstairs. Portraits of John Brown and his wife Helen hang in the Billiard Room.

Como in the 1860s and into the present

In 1864, wealthy pastoralist Charles Armytage bought Como, originally as a town house for himself and his wife Caroline. The Ballroom wing was added in 1874 and includes an upstairs children's wing.
Charles died in 1876, leaving the property to Caroline.
Following Caroline's death in 1909, the property was sub-divided and, along with the house, put up for auction. Her daughters Ada, Laura, Constance and Leila purchased some land and the house and contined to spent most of their adult lives at Como. Ada purchased another family property, Holm Park at Beaconsfield and lived there.
In 1959 Como and its contents was sold by Constance and Leila (pictured as children in the grounds) to the National Trust.

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