Vaucluse House
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Sydney's Most Famous House?
For a glimpse of Sydney's high society, visit the Vaucluse House, a beautiful villa and garden in the Eastern Suburbs near Watsons Bay. A gothic revival mansion built in 1803, the Vaucluse House once belonged to ex-convict Sir Thomas Henry Browne Hayes, who was shipped to Australia from England for abducting a banker’s daughter. Some punishment. The castle also served as the home of writer, explorer and local dignitary William Charles Wentworth. Once you're done eyeing the antiques and memorabilia of the house, check out the stables and perhaps settle in for a cup of English breakfast at the well-appointed tearoom. There's also a tropical garden to explore as well as the nearby Hermitage Foreshore Track, a gorgeous coastal walk for those looking for a little more adventure.
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