in 1845, historic Bronte House is among the oldest buildings in
the eastern suburbs of Sydney. Designed in the picturesque style,
it has romantic circular and hexagonal corner turrets, deep bay
windows and fanciful pierced wooden tracery on both the eastern
and western fronts.
Although lacking the elegance and grandeur of scale of Sydney's
great colonial mansions, Bronte House is nevertheless highly
as a lively and largely intact example of a cottage orneé;
in the 'Gothick' taste, a decorative style much favoured in
last quarter of the 18th and the first half of the 19th centuries.
The placement of the house in its landscape is particularly felicitous,
the formal garden merging easily with the natural landscape
Bronte Gully to make it the embodiment of the romantic villa
by the sea.
Due to renovations, the garden and the principal rooms
of Bronte House will not be open to the public in 2014.
Open Days will recommence in 2015.