Christmas/New Year Closures

Please note our Christmas and New Year closures!
Historic Ormiston House will be closed from Monday 12 December 2016 to Saturday 28 January 2017 inclusive.

We look forward to welcoming you once we re-open! We have some very exciting announcements coming up this year. Stay tuned for updates here and on our Facebook Page!

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Edwardian Tea Party: August 2015

IMAG0454IMAG0459IMAG0460Over 60 ladies (and a few brave men!) attended a lovely afternoon in the elegant surroundings of the house, enjoying a tasty selection of sweets and savouries reminiscent of the tea parties of yesteryear.

Guests entered into the spirit of the occasion, wearing a colourful array of hats and fascinators. There were prizes for the three hats judged to be the best, and a number of guests went away happy with a superb selection of raffle prizes.

The guests were entertained by Jessica Stoja on piano in the drawing room of the house, which was open for the guests to wander through the beautiful interiors of the rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rolls Royce Bentley Concours d’Elegance

The Rolls Royce Bentley Concours d’Elegance was held at Ormiston House recently. A variety of cars from the last 90 years were on display. Two of the oldest were built in 1926 and it was clear to see that the owners had put many painstaking hours of hard work and love into their restorations. The weather was fantastic and many of the entrants took advantage of this warm winter day and had beautiful picnics set out. One picnic setting stood out (see the photos). Set up at the back of their car, it looked so pretty and inviting with a table cloth and napkins embroidered with the car registration number! Visitors enjoyed the Devonshire teas and being able to inspect the cars on display in the sunshine. Congratulations to the prize winners!

All images copyright 2015 Lynette Rees of www.esprit-studios.com, specialising in portraits, teens, weddings, events and headshots.

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Vintage Car Club day

Ormiston House recently hosted the Vintage Car Club day. The house was treated to a wonderful array of old cars. The sun turned to rain but that didn’t deter the many visitors who came to enjoy a walk around the cars and a Devonshire tea under the verandah. The atmosphere was enhanced by wonderful nostalgic singing. Everyone enjoyed viewing the old cars on display and the owners still managed to have their picnics despite the weather!

All images copyright 2015 Lynette Rees of www.esprit-studios.com, specialising in portraits, teens, weddings, events and headshots.

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Autumn Garden Concert

Last Sunday Ormiston House celebrated autumn with it’s first Garden Concert. The concert took place amongst the trees which provided plenty of shade for everyone. We were entertained by bagpipes and Scottish country dancing followed by solo performances by the very talented group Collusion Music. Everyone was so impressed with the vocals and musical talent of this group. It was a resounding success and a wonderful way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon in the Redlands.

If you missed this concert, Ormiston House will be presenting a second Garden Concert later in the year.

All images copyright 2015 Lynette Rees of www.esprit-studios.com, specialising in portraits, teens, weddings, events and headshots.

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Volunteers afternoon tea

The volunteers at the house do an amazing job so to recognise all of that hard work we had an afternoon tea on the verandah to say thank you.  The gardens looked so beautiful and lush due to all the rain so here are some photos of the house and surrounds followed by a few of the volunteers having a good time!

Sadly one of our dear volunteers, Ina passed away recently. Ina had helped in the kitchen and served teas for many years and she will be sadly missed. Paul Field talked about her last visit to the house, how much it meant to her and how she really didn’t want to leave that day. We were all very moved. Rest in peace Ina – your beauty, laughter and friendship will not be forgotten.

Meg O’Driscoll was recently awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her many years servicing the community in nursing and volunteer work. Meg is an absolute inspiration to us all and we are very proud that she has been awarded this honour. Congratulations Meg! To mark this occasion Jan Bird presented Meg with a large Begonia from all of the volunteers.

I hope you enjoy the photos below.

All images copyright 2015 Lynette Rees of www.esprit-studios.com, specialising in portraits, weddings, events and headshots.

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Edwardian High Tea

We had a fabulous response to the Edwardian High Tea on Wednesday. So many of you had put a huge effort into your costumes and hats. You all looked amazing and it really made the day so special. Everyone enjoyed a delicious high tea kindly prepared and served by the volunteers. It was interesting to hear Meg explain the meaning of ‘high tea’. Four ladies won prizes for best hats/outfits (see photos below). Of course we would have loved to give more as there were so many well dressed ladies! It was lovely to see so many daughters and mothers taking the opportunity for some quiet time together and creating special memories. I hope you enjoy the photos below.

All images copyright 2014 Lynette Rees of Esprit Studios, specialising in portraits, weddings, events and headshots.

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A Walk in the Garden

At a recent Ormiston House event I couldn’t resist walking through the gardens and taking a few photos. The gardens are looking spectacular at the moment. There are lots of flowers in bloom and most have beautiful vibrant colours. The trees look magnificent and I noticed on this walk the amazing shadows they create. It really is a little oasis and the perfect spot for a get-together. You can pay to enter the grounds and bring along your own picnic and enjoy this wonderful environment or sit on the verandah and take in the views of the bay. Below are a few of my favourite photos from my walk.

All images copyright 2014 Lynette Rees of Esprit Studios, specialising in weddings, events, high school seniors, headshots and general family portraiture.

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Mercedes Benz Concours

We had another stunning day for the Mercedes Benz Concours d”Elegance. The weather was perfect, warm and sunny but not too hot. The cars looked amazing and we were treated to a complete history from vintage to modern. Lots of people enjoyed the Devonshire teas on the verandah.

All images copyright 2014 Lynette Rees of Esprit Studios, specialising in weddings, events, high school seniors, headshots and general portraiture.

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