Como

Built in 1847, Como 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 Melbourne’s most glamorous location.

 

Information Centre

Open:  Friday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm

 

Como House Tours 2017 Book now 

Please note the house is closed for tours for select times on 25 & 26 November during the Paris to Provence festival. 

 

See below for all upcoming events at Como – including what’s coming up this Christmas!

 

Christmas Opening Hours

Closed Christmas Day.

House tours will not be running from 22 December through to 6 January 2018.

Como - 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.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be limited access to areas of the Gardens during the week of the 20th November for the Paris to Provence Festival installation.

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 Open Days and House Tours

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

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Upcoming Events at Como

Paris to Provence 

Experience Como as it transforms into a whimsical French popup village.

In 2017 the Village will pay tribute to Coco Chanel with a unique exhibition in Como’s Grand Ballroom.  And of course, all the French food and champagne you could ever want.

WHEN: 24,25 & 26 November

For more information about ticket sales visit the Paris to Provence website.

 

Christmas Tours at Como

Celebrate Christmas at Como with themed tours of the house.

What was Christmas like in 1899? Find out how the family and servants celebrate at the darn of the 19th Century. What did they have to eat, what decorations would they have had? How did the servants celebrate? Find out this and a lot more on the festive Christmas tours.

WHEN: Saturdays and Sundays in December till Christmas.  Tours at 11am, 12.30pm and 2:30pm.

TICKETS: General Admission – Adult $15, Concession $12, Child $9, Family $35 (2 adults & 2 children)

National Trust Members- FREE

BOOK NOW

 

Christmas Floristry Workshop in the Como Gardens

Get creative this Christmas and make your very own floral arrangements guided by our talented local florist!

Looking for something special for your Christmas table this year? Why not try your hand at creating your own Christmas masterpiece?

Talented local florist Chantelle Hamilton will be demonstrating and guiding you to create beautiful personalised floral pieces this Christmas at Como.  Classes will run for two hours in the gorgeous gardens of Como and you are welcome to choose from three classes. 

WHEN: Saturday 9 December

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Wedding, Event and Function Enquiries for Como House

For weddings and function enquiries, please contact the Functions team.

Email –  functions@nattrust.com.au or phone 9656 9845.

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.

What's coming up at Como

Christmas Floristry Workshop in the Como Gardens (2017)

Looking for something special for your Christmas table this year? Why not try your hand at creating your own Christmas
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The Dames at Como

The Dames at Como is your chance to hear the musical entertainment showcasing the stellar careers of Dame Nellie Melba
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Vintage Clothing Sale 2018 – Donations Wanted

Our 2018 Vintage Clothing Sale will take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March at Como House and Garden. Quality
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Como House Tours 2017

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