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A stone's throw away from the centre of Melbourne and perched high above the Yarra River lies Como House and Garden. Its central block was built c. 1855 , its kitchen wing dates from the 1840s, its ballroom wing was added in the early 1870s. The house is a most unusual combination of the Australian Regency style with details normally used on Italianate buildings later in the century.Built on land purchased in the first land sales held south of the Yarra, the house and outbuildings have been subject to few alterations since the 1870s extensions. Como House was owned by the same family from 1864-1959 when it was donated to the National Trust. Today it still contains many of the Armytage family's original furnishings, providing a wonderful illustration of the lifestyle of Melbourne's colonial elite. The Armytages' prosperity, as with many of the early colony's prominent families, was built on a pastoral empire, and Como is a striking reminder of this. Wander the gardens and immerse yourself in the history, luxury and inspiration that make Como a unique location.