A true tale of triumph and tragedy casts mystery and wonder over the historic Elizabeth Bay House, welcoming you to step inside and get transported to another era.
Tucked away on the edge of Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay sits the grand colonial building of Elizabeth Bay House. Looking onto Arthur McElhone Reserve, the house is metres from the green sanctuary and shores of Elizabeth Bay, making it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.
Surrounded by its own manicured gardens featuring a tranquil koi pond, and just a short walk away from Elizabeth Bay marina, this historic gem makes the perfect addition to a local weekend adventure or Sydney staycation.
Construction of the house was started in 1835 by colonial secretary Alexander Macleay, transforming the 54 acres of land into one of the finest houses built in the era.
Elizabeth Bay House’s history reflected the rise and fall of Macleay’s financial fortitude, with the house falling out of family hands in the late 19th century before its grounds were sold off and rooms subdivided into flats. Thankfully the house was restored to its original grandeur and glory in 1977 by the National Trust as part of an initiative to save the remaining historic houses Sydney holds.
Inspired by the colours and composition of the classic Greek temples, Elizabeth Bay House has naturally become a popular spot for weddings, birthdays and other celebrations. The classic elegance of the architecture is accompanied by stunning views of Sydney harbour, making it an obvious choice for musical and cultural events. Recently the house hosted an event to enjoy the warm glow shed by the rare Winter Solstice.
With the hall and saloon, dining room and cellar available for hire, Elizabeth Bay House offers various catering and drink packages to take any occasion to the next level.
Visiting the house
Sydney Living Museums runs guided and self-guided tours of the house from Friday to Sunday, 10am-4pm, with a small fee for entry. Currently, the house is hosting its annual Winter Warmers event, meaning the eight fireplaces will be roaring to create a cosy retreat for chilly weekend expeditions. The house also regularly plays host to nightlight tours conducted by candlelight, paying tribute to the house’s historic beginnings.
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