Vaucluse House is one of the few 19th century mansions still found in its original state in Sydney – a spectacular combination of excellent architectural style and lush gardens.
This historic house boasts a unique Gothic revival style, which to-date, is one of the most enchanting aspects about this mansion.
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The Vaucluse House is tucked away in the harbour side suburb of Vaucluse (the suburb is named after the house). The expansive mansion is surrounded by 28 acres of gardens and wooded grounds.
Its history can be traced back to 1802 when the original house was constructed by Sir Henry Brown Hayes. Hayes named the house after a famous spring town in France. In the years that followed, the property was sold at an auction and bought by William Charles Wentworth.
Charles carried out extensive refurbishment of the property during his 25-year long occupancy of the building -this includes the addition of stables, a coach-house and other outbuildings. The death of Charles Wentworth led to the acquisition of the property as a public park before opening in 1920. 61 years later, the Historic Houses Trust of NSW carried out restoration works to reproduce the original setting of the house; including its unique interior works.
The opulent mansion boasts of expansive rooms and aptly paints an accurate picture of the life the Wentworth family led. To walk the hallways of Vaucluse House is to get immersed in the stories and lifetime of this amazing family. The best way to do this is to take a self-guided audio tour of the house. Start off at the orientation room and experience an outstanding storytelling session from the house’s humble beginnings.
The drawing room reflects the excellent interiors with befitting traditional materials. This tour brings the house to life with such perfection, making it a great place to retreat to. For nature lovers, there is the option of paddling in the beach paddock, or enjoying solitude as you watch the eels in the creek.
Vaucluse House is located on Wentworth Road, and is accessible by bus route 325, or by car, with free parking available.