|Ripponlea Mansion, courtesy of National Trust Ripponlea Estate website|
Have you been to Ripponlea Mansion near Elsternwick? If you are into sustainable gardens it is one awe inspiring place. It even has it's own windmill to pump water (rebuilt two years ago)! Ripponlea was designed in 1868 and originally was the home of the Sargood family - of the department store fame.
If you are looking to while away a few hours on a sunny weekend afternoon it really is worth a trip there. You can tour the gardens only or take a guided tour through the amazing interiors of the mansion.