Carisbrook Historic House

Located in Lane Cove, Carisbrooke House is a historic museum of life in the 1880s and is the only house museum in Sydney to capture the flavour of the Victorian middle-class lifestyle.

I love visiting historic housesβ€”I find them fascinating and it’s a step closer to visiting Downton Abbey one day. With a beautiful Sunday afternoon at our disposal, we decided to tour the house and explore Burns Bay Reserve.

19399429_470618143286321_2917377647134840001_n

Carisbrooke Historic House: The Parlour

Before the visit, I assumed that this house museum was a mainstream pay your money and wander around yourself sort of deal, but it was surprisingly different in a lovely way. On arrival, we were warmly greeted by our tour guide Tricia who invited us in and set us up with a short video. This gave us a historic background about the original Brooks family who lived there, and how the house was restored back to its former 1880s glory. 

wp-1499242510415.jpg

Carisbrook Historic House: Afternoon Tea

It’s hard to image how different life was back then. In fact, when the Brooks family lived at Carisbrooke, the easiest way to get there was by ferryboat from Circular Quay along the pristine Lane Cove river, to the ferry stop at Hunters Hill. After a quick row across the river to their own private wharf, they were home. That actually sounds quite nice in comparison to the commute battle we face today. 

wp-1499243352196.jpg

Carisbrook Historic House: Dressing Table

Tricia then proceeded to give us a private tour and show each room individually with a commentary on their historic significance and what made the space so special. Some of my favourite features in the house include; the antique dressing table in the master bedroom; the table set up in the dining room, and the sound of the music box in the parlour. I really enjoyed the personable, local feel to this tour as any questions were welcomed and we could have a discussion about it.

wp-1499243543753.jpg

Carisbrook Historic House: Garden path to water edge

Tricia carried a great conversation throughout the tour, from stories of  her time living in the UK during the 1950’s and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, to our joint love of TV show The Crown. The tour ends outside in the garden area, which has sandstone pathways leading you to the water edge. From here, you can wander over to Linley Park along the riverbank, which overlooks the boats. It’s a gorgeous area that I have wanted to explore for a while, so we’ll definitely be back there in spring for a picnic.

wp-1499244048535.jpg

Carisbrook Historic House: Private Warf

Where: 334 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove 2066

When: Tours are available to the public each weekend between 11am and 4pm. 

Price:  Adults $8, Concession $6 and Family $20.

For more information, visit their website here.


Does your small business need a casual marketing helping hand? I offer affordable social media, newsletter and blog post packages suitable for every budget. For more information, take a look at my content and marketing business here.

JEM Media

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s