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