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I love this pic… is it ok to admit that?
It reminds me of a fairytale setting.
I like how the corners slope in and make it seem more cosy.
I KNOW there are some on here who would suggest I should crop the right side but sometimes I love to see glimpses of what’s beyond.
Can you see me? :))
Rupertswood Mansion’s small dining room.
Sunbury, Vic, Aus.
Canon EOS 600D, Edited in PS CS5.1
“Rupertswood” is one of Australia’s most important mansions, both historically and architecturally. Built as a residence for Sir William John Clarke, (first Australian born Baronet), in 1874-76 it became a power seat in the great English tradition. The property covered an area of 31,000 acres. Today the estate has been reduced to 1,100 acres. “Rupertswood” is a 50 room mansion built in the Italianate style, surmounted by a 100 foot tower. The grand entrance is paved with Victorian tessellated tiles and there are six magnificent stained glass panels made by Urie and Fergeson in 1874-76, considered some of the finest examples in the world.
“Rupertswood” holds a place in the great sporting rivalry between Australia and England, as it was on a field at “Rupertswood” that the “Ashes” were created. On Christmas Eve of 1882, after a congenial lunch, Sir William Clarke suggested a social game between the English Cricket team and a local side, made up largely of Rupertswood staff. By all accounts, it was an enjoyable game with no one really keeping score, however, it was generally agreed that the English won. Pat Lyons, a worker at “Rupertswood”, clearly remembered the afternoon many years later. It was his understanding that Lady Clarke, at dinner that evening, had presented Ivo Bligh with a pottery urn. It was purported to contain the ashes of a burnt bail. This was a light hearted gesture to commemorate England’s win at “Rupertswood”.
Today the mansion has undergone extensive restoration, reinstating elaborate Victorian colour and decorative schemes, and operating as a boutique hotel. With Butlers, Doormen, a high level of service and food, “Rupertswood” is an experience only found in the great houses of England.