Nightlight Tour: Elizabeth Bay House
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Visit the rarely seen servants’ quarters to understand how difficult the life of a servant was, particularly in the dark, and explore the wine cellars underneath the house. See the famous saloon through new eyes, its architectural magnificence enhanced by the candlelight, and complete your visit with a glass of wine and nibbles in the elegant dining room while discussing the rise and fall of Alexander Macleay and his family, and their unique natural history collections.
With commanding views over Sydney Harbour, Elizabeth Bay House, built in 1835, gleams like a Greek temple. Once surrounded by famous landscaped gardens, it is one of the most splendid private houses ever built in Australia and still arouses our delight and astonishment. Its elegant rooms and fine proportions, sweeping staircase and lavish furnishings reveal the tastes and aspirations of its original owner, Alexander Macleay, the most important public official after the governor in colonial Sydney. Elizabeth Bay House is an iconic Sydney home, with an iconic Sydney backstory of an obsession with property and position stretched beyond means and undone by changing financial times.