Como House

sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

This grand colonial residence overlooking the Yarra was begun in 1840, and since faithfully restored by the National Trust. It contains some of the belongings of the Armytage family, the last and longest owners, who lived in the house for 95 years. Opening hours are irregular, usually a few showings per month (call ahead for times and bookings), which will allow you to stroll its extensive, well-tended grounds, which are faithful to 19th-century landscaping principles and include a croquet lawn and magnificent flower walks.

The Stables of Como cafe, located in the former horse stables, can handpack a picnic hamper for you to enjoy on its stately lawns; it also hosts high tea.