Como House and Garden

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

Built in 1847, Como House and Garden 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.

 

COMO GARDENS

The gardens at Como are open from Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm.

 

COMO HOUSE

Como House is closed for tours while the Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder exhibition is showing

 

doll house: miniature worlds of wonder

Tuesday 22 June – Wednesday 29 August 2021

Step inside the doll house and lose yourself in a miniature world of wonder and intrigue. Explore the doll house from its traditional form to the space it occupies in the virtual and intangible worlds.

Get up close to over 40 doll houses, many previously unseen from the 1880s to the present day. Together with furniture, accessories, ephemera and virtual experiences, Doll House: Miniature Worlds of Wonder unlocks the imagination of makers, collectors, activists and players and reveals the stories hidden in their worlds.

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THE STABLES OF COMO CAFE

Please contact The Stables of Como for further information, click here or call 9827 6886.

Open Monday to Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

 

COMO POP-UP STORE

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 3.30pm.

The Rose Street Market has set up shop at Como House, showcasing the work of local artisans and crafters, including that of artist Andria Beighton.

 

artist in residence

Melbourne based artist Andria Beighton is the latest to present new works ‘Fuchsia & Friends’ at the Rose Street Market pop-up store and gallery at Como.

Andria’s background in floristry and accessory design are evident in her subject selection and carefully constructed colour palettes. Her lifelong admiration for the textiles, homewares and architectural design from the 1930s to 1970s is explored through her work, lending her paintings their unmistakable nostalgic allure. Her first solo show was held earlier in 2021 at Off the Kerb Gallery in Collingwood. Andria’s works are held in private collections throughout Australia, the UK and USA.

Shop unique and locally handcrafted gifts, and see the colour-infused artwork of our Artist in Residence Andria, over a two-month duration from Tuesday 6 July at the Como House pop-up store and exhibition space. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

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PAUL BANGAY GARDEN

The Como perennial border has undergone rejuvenation works. Renowned designer and Como Ambassador Paul Bangay has worked with the National Trusts’ garden team and designed an interpretation of a classic perennial border, befitting a garden of the scale and significance of Como. Paul’s design comprises over 900 plants and draws on varieties listed in Willaim Sangster’s 1862 diary notes of plants growing at Como during Sangster’s time as head gardener. The design was implemented by the National Trust’s garden team and Como garden volunteer group.

 

 

 

Planning your visit

Address:

Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave,
South Yarra 3141 VIC

Open:

The gardens at Como and the Stables Cafe are open Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm and Sun 10am to 5pm.
The Como Pop Up Store is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 3.30pm

Closed:

Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Please note that Como House remains closed for tours due to the installation of an exhibition.

Phone:
National Trust Bookings Office 03 9656 9889 (Mon-Fri) Stables Cafe - 9827 6886
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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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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