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HOT: Overnewton Castle, Keilor

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Did you know that there is a Scottish castle in Melbourne’s West? Overnewton Castle is an unexpected sight in suburban Keilor.

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Scotsman William Taylor began building Overnewton Castle in 1849 for his family, starting with a modest six rooms and slowly expanding it to 30 rooms.

His homestead is a legacy that lives on today.

Dr Lesley Norton’s family bought Overnewton Castle in 1975 and he still lives on the property. The castle is open to public when it hosts weddings and functions, as well as a popular monthly high tea on the first Sunday of each month.

High tea is delightful, with a glass of bubbly on arrival, unlimited tea and coffee, scones, hot food, sandwiches and petit fours to savour.

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In addition, Dr Norton’s daughter Emma runs history tours before the high tea. During the tour she shares stories from her life at Overnewton interspersed with first-hand accounts by William Taylor’s only living great-granddaughter.

The history tour covers the homestead and grounds, from the ground floor right up to the servants’ quarters – complete with a panic room!


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The evidence of the family life that still exists today makes the history tour even more compelling. The homestead feels alive as reverence for the past mixes with relevance in the present.

Overnewton is a treasure of Melbourne’s west and a perfect place to create special memories for adults and for children.

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Pram access
High chairs;
While there is no playground, kids will love the expansive grounds
History tours ($15pp) and high tea operate on the first Sunday of each month. Bookings are essential and high tea often sells out so get in early. Adults $60, children $40.
history tour starts at 11am
high tea is from 1-3pm.
Bookings are essential.
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About Erika Jonsson

Erika Jonsson is a communications specialist, former journalist and mother of two boys aged 5 and 9 years old. She lives in inner-city Melbourne and loves running, travel, cooking and reading.

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