Eryldene Historic House and Garden - Sydney

Eryldene is the most exquisite place in the country

Peter Watts AM
Emeritus Director
Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales
(open the second weekend of every month
from April to September)
except September 2015 for the Children's Open Weekend
see prices under CALENDAR
Adults   $8
Children (6-16 years)   $4
Family (two adults and children)   $18
Concessions (seniors, students)   $6
Eryldene, National Trust and HHA members   free
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Centenary Appeal
In 2014 the Eryldene Foundation launched an appeal for funds to secure the future of this important place. With no on-going government funding and in the absence of an adequate capital fund the long term future of Eryldene is uncertain. We invite you to click Support and read about the importance of the appeal and ways you can become a valued donor.

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Open Weekend Saturday 13th  & Sunday 14th May 2017

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Mothers Day Celebratory Teas - Indulge your mother, grandmother, mother-in law, aunts or friends by treating them to one of our Celebratory teas, presented in style with embroidered table linen, fine china and homemade delicacies, typical of afternoon teas served by Mrs Janet Waterhouse.

Take a tour from our archives and 'hear' the voice of Mrs Janet Waterhouse née Kellie, of Eryldene, Kilmarnock, Scotland, and of Eryldene, Gordon, Sydney, as she managed a busy life of entertaining, theatre, lectures, household management, four boys; and practiced the art of Ikebana.   The weekend includes Ikebana arrangements throughout the house, and a photographic display of her Ikebana work.

 Bookings for Celebratory Teas essential - full information and booking forms on our Calendar pages

Eryldene 1914 - 2017

One hundred and three years ago in April 1914, Mr & Mrs Waterhouse and their first son Gordon, moved into their newly completed house at Eryldene.   So began a lifetime of creativity and scholarship which culminated in the work of art we know as Eryldene today.  Explore its beauty and history throughout this year through a program of events regularly updated on this website.

Eryldene is an early 20th century historic house and garden located at 17 McIntosh Street, Gordon in northern Sydney. It is recognised as one of the nation's most important heritage properties.

The house was designed by visionary architect William Hardy Wilson for Professor E G Waterhouse who created its internationally acclaimed camellia garden. Eryldene is listed on the National Estate and the New South Wales Heritage Register.

Eryldene was the family home of Professor Waterhouse and his wife Janet. It was built in 1914 for the Waterhouse's and their four sons. The family lived in the house until the death of Professor Waterhouse in 1977.

A private trust comprising family members, Ku-ring-gai Council, the Australian Camellia Research Society and concerned Sydney residents was established in 1979 to acquire and manage the property. The Eryldene Trust assumed ownership in 1981.

The garden is regarded as the spiritual home of the camellia in Australia. Professor Waterhouse planted, researched and propagated camellias earning him international recognition and bringing the camellia back to popularity in Australia.

Professor Waterhouse was also influential in the worlds of art, design, architecture and linguistics and during his life Eryldene became a lively centre for discussion and influence.

Eryldene is open throughout the year for open weekends and special events and is available for booked tours by groups. Click here to find out  abour current open days and events.

The garden is also available for hire for weddings, family occasions, commercial events and photography shoots. Click on Venue Hire for more information.

The house, garden and Garden Cafe are open 10am - 4pm Saturday and Sundays on designated open days. Check the Calendar or you can follow us on Facebook for regular updates.

Eryldene Historic House and Garden
17 McIntosh Street
Gordon NSW 2072

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Eryldene Historic House and Garden - open garden weekends and the perfect location for weddings, family occasions, commercial events and photography shoots.