Walking the Coombe Estate

There was once this woman, Dame Nellie Melba, who was a world-famous singer,  friend to the stars and represented our country internationally until she died in 1931.

She was the epitome of sophistication, glamour at the time and femininity, revered so that she was immortalised on the Australian 100-dollar bank note. Not a bad place to wind-up.

Her legacy lies in many elements of Australian culture, but more tangibly the Coombe Yarra Valley Estate just out of Lilydale in Victoria’s wine region.

A sweeping property, lavish mansion, and extensively manicured gardens with all the twists-and-turns that make a 10-year-old girl’s head giddy with excitement fill the property. Recently, the cellar door and restaurant element of the Coombe Yarra Valley Estate have been given a new lease on life, bringing to Melburnians and interstate visitors a taste of the good life that Melba became all too accustomed.

Meticulously redeveloped to include all the homely touches of the time – the earlier 20th century – along with the modern twists of the sensibilities of today, the properties are a showcase of the best in Victorian materials, finesse and taste.

With personal keepsakes from the collection of Melba herself, fine Yarra Valley wine region testaments and the refurbishment of particular elements of the ground, the estate has never looked better. With treats such as Melba’s stables incorporated into the estate’s offering all the way through to the ancient mechanism that keeps the clock tower in working order, the magical sensation of a small trip back in time can’t be helped.

At only an hour’s drive out of Melbourne and with on-site parking (free), the grounds are at your beckon call.

See more at their website (WWW).

Photography courtesy of Meagan Harding Photography, exclusively for THE F.

Coombe Yarra Valley Estate

Coombe Yarra Valley Estate

Coombe Yarra Valley Estate

Coombe Yarra Valley Estate

Coombe Yarra Valley Estate

Coombe Yarra Valley Estate

Coombe Yarra Valley Estate

Coombe Yarra Valley Estate

Coombe Yarra Valley Estate

Coombe Yarra Valley Estate

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