Once the Australian home of world famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba and now that of award winning, estate grown Coombe Farm Wines and the newly opened garden, restaurant and gallery facility Coombe – The Melba Estate.
Coombe Yarra Valley is one of the most unique gourmet and cultural destinations in the world, offering a stunning location for wine tasting, weddings, private events or simply dining in the beautiful a la carte restaurant.
Bec Judd goes on a tour of Coombe the Melba Estate, once home to one of the most famous women in all of Australia, the opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.
Due to popular demand, Coombe will be opening the doors of Melba’s family home, for a glimpse into the extravagant life of this iconic diva. Take a step back in time and enter a world of luxury and glamour.
The Glimpse of Melba tour takes you through the vast oak front entrance door of Coombe Cottage following in the footsteps of the greatest stars of the last century. The entrance hall, once the original dairy cottage with its Chinoiserie and exquisite Royal Exchange Grandfather clock, through to the palatial dining room with superb mahogany fireplace and vaulted ceilings. Enjoy one of Australias greatest private collections of art and marvel at the sumptuous music room, Melba’s own Mason and Hamlyn piano and original chintz fabric suite from her Paris flat. Dame Nellie Melba awoke each morning with a sweeping view of the rose gardens from her blue bedroom.
Tour members will experience this vista as well as the original furnishings of her private boudoir including, Battenburg lace quilt, French dressers, Belgique glass collection, and other deeply personal effects including personal letters from the Royal household. Her bathroom features her amazing bathtub enclosed behind mirrored French doors to preserve her modesty and enhance the acoustics.
First release of these exclusive tours are available now, with tours commencing from the 10th May - 1st July. Details of the second and final release dates will be communicated in due course. Each tour is limited to a maximum of 10 people.
Coombe Yarra Valley is located just over an hour east of Melbourne, and your own transport Coombe will be required. Each tour is $125 per person - bookings are essential. The cost includes an intimate 'A Glimpse of Melba' tour, lavish high tea, freshly brewed Yarra Valley Tea Co. tea or espresso coffee.
This very special opportunity is not to be missed.