FREE GUIDED TOURS of the house and garden are available on open weekends. Click on Calandar for the latest opening dates. Larger groups are welcome to visit Eryldene by arrangement on weekends or mid-week when a tour of the house and garden and morning, afternoon tea or lunch can be provided. For further information and bookings telephone 9498 2271
The house, in the colonial Georgian style, is the finest example of William Hardy Wilson's domestic architecture. This visionary architect, artist, writer and thinker was respected for his restrained designs which merged colonial and international influences into an Australian setting.
The house has twelve rooms with loggias at each end of the front verandah and a columned courtyard between its two wings. It contains much of its original furniture and artworks and provides a glimpse into the way of life of a cultured and influential family in the early twentieth century.
The garden contains a number of structures also designed by Hardy Wilson in collaboration with Professor Waterhouse. They include Professor Waterhouse's garden study, the striking Chinese tea house, the walled fountain, temple, pigeon house and garage and bold wooden screen (both designed by Keith Harris of Hardy Wilson’s architectural firm).
The garden, also a collaboration between Waterhouse and Hardy Wilson, was planned as an extension of the house. It contains many old camellias dating from Professor Waterhouse's time and is recognised internationally as one of the great camellia gardens.
It is divided into a series of spaces or garden 'rooms', one leading to the next. Outstanding features include its backbone of large trees, flagstone paths, garden pots and, as depicted in many Hardy Wilson paintings and etchings, a family of fantail pigeons housed in a splendid Georgian pigeon house with gilded tympanum.