Como House and Garden

Immerse yourself in the history and luxury that make Como Melbourne’s most glamorous stately home.

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

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.

You can look at the full description of Como’s Conditions of Entry here.

Please note our 2019 Holiday Opening Hours here

Tours of Como house must be pre-booked online.

House tours

Wednesday’s  at 2.00pm.

Weekends at 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm.

Book your House Tour here through Trybookings.

 

 

What’s On

Scroll down to our What’s On section for more information about all the activities and events going on at Como.

Save the Date – Vintage Clothing Sale: Sat 16 and Sun 17 March 2019

 

Weddings, Photography and Venue Hire

For Venue and Functions Hire contact the Functions team on 03 9656 9845.

 

 

 

Como House and Gardens

Address:

Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave,
South Yarra 3141 VIC

Open:

Gardens (including Stables Cafe) open Monday - Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm
House tours every weekend at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
Prebook your Weekend House Tours online. https://www.trybooking.com/340496
Private group bookings during the week can be made, subject to availability, via the bookings office.
(Please see below for any closed days)

Como Shop Opening hours:
Wednesday - Sunday: 10am-3.00pm

Closed:

Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.

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 Open Days and House Tours

Purchase tickets online for weekend tours. Group bookings during the week can be made via the National Trust Bookings office. Phone 03 9656 9889.

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The History of Como House

The Early Years

Como was built on the land of the Ngaruk Willam clan of the Boon Wurrung people who were part of the five groups who formed the Kulin nation who had lived on the land for thousands of years.
The settlement of Melbourne was a village barely two years old when the site that is now Como was used as a cattle run in 1837.
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 during the 1850s and beyond

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.

From the Armytages to the National Trust

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 continued to spend 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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