Thursday, 6 December 2012

living the high life, having afternoon tea and climbing
secret spiral staircases in a beautiful old mansion

tea table c half a strawberry pepper macaron Longer ago than it seems entirely possible – where have the past few weeks gone?! – I had the pleasure of attended Societea at the Werribee Mansions.

Fashion's finest descended on the beautiful, historic Mansion, which is just an hour or so out of Melbourne. We were treated to tea, cocktails, bubbly, scones, dainty sandwiches, and of course more sweet treats than you can shake a stick at. But not a fork. We delved in with relish and plenty of indulging was done. tea table d colourful shoes tiles I was thrilled to discover that our balcony is usually closed to the public, as it feels so special to be able to enjoy the fragile splendour of decades long gone. I wonder who else has kicked up their heels on these beautiful old tiles? me cocktail Whatever parties have been had here, I do hope the revellers had sun glasses for the day time ones. I'd broken my only pair a couple of days before hand, and, thinking that as we'd be in the shade I'd be fine, I ordered some new ones online but didn't buy a new pair for the day. Australian late spring sun, white table cloths... I was well and truly dazzled! Note my squinty face. I was not half cut – that was my first and only cocktail – I just couldn't really open my eyes, which I generally like to do when I'm awake. I had sliced cucumber not in sandwiches but on my poor peepers when I got home. tea table f tea table g I wore a vintage pale pink novelty print dress with tobacco-coloured tights, shoes and vintage gloves. It was a beautifully sunny, warm but fresh day – absolutely delicious weather. tea table b staircase tours sprial staircase b One extra special treat for me was, en route to the ladies', camera in tow – mais oui – being whisked away with three lucky others for a trip up to the top of a tower. A rope usually barring access to a narrow wooden staircase was moved aside, and we followed our generous guide up, up, up. Past minature doors, carved into the curved walls (I always marvel at the carpentry of a curved door frame) which opened on to half-height rooms allowing access to the castle-like windows – one of the doors was unlocked, so I peeked – and to a beautiful, elaborate iron spiral staircase. Who isn't romantic about spiral staircases? I remember visiting a rather fancy house in London when I was 8 or 9, and it had not one but two such staircases indoors. It's been love ever since. We continued on up, wobbling in heels and getting dizzy, but it was worth it. Look at the view! You can see Melbourne's CBD in the distance in one, and the ocean in another. What amazing views! tower view b tower view city tower view a tower view ocean gardens below Spinning back down the stairs, I had a taste for more exploration and took myself off for a look at the house. Beautiful rooms, heavy, dark furniture against bold colours and ornate wallpaper, and enormous lead light (stained glass) windows. I found a row of tiny mannequins dressed in the costumes of the day. I quite liked the primness of the house keeper, but who doesn't want to be the lady of the house? Mr Moose looked on. I don't know if he has a favourite. spiral staircase societea chandelier lady of the house housekeeper head antlers mirrors mirrors b societea yum yums me indoors Car rides and viewing towers might not do much good for one's outfit but they are totally worth it.

tea table e tea table a You know there are bloggers about when there are iPhones and cameras everywhere! It really was such a lovely afternoon, and having tea (and the rest!) in such beautiful surrounds is such a beautiful way to spend a sunny Sunday. x iokyce-hi

18 comments:

Iolanthe said...

Awesome silly gif and lovely photos. it does seem like long ago now! What Princesses.

BusiChic said...

Cannot believe that I missed this gorgeousness to move house, boo me! Thank you for documenting it in such lovely detail; scrumptious read and visuals! Hope to see you and John before the year is out! X

ravenlocks said...

Oh my! That mansion has spectacular views. You guys are lucky :) Great pictures and I like your rust colored tights.

xoxo Azu

www.raven-locks.blogpot.com

Miss Fairchild said...

What a great day! I love Werribee Park & Mansion, so pretty.

Cara-Leigh Jane said...

What a lovely day. Theres a mansion literally a 15 minute walk from my house in my village, it was built by the Earl De Grey in 1839. It's so beautiful I can spend hours there. I'll have to find out if they have events like this!

Cara-Leigh
http://sweetchivalry.blogspot.com

Elyce Sandri said...

I have not been to Werribee Mansion in so many years... it reminds of the school I went to on Mt Macedon. Your photos are so wonderful they have made me want to go there again.

Vickie said...

gorgeous photos, what an amazing place & that view is awesome!

LandGirl1980 said...

The photo of you in the mirror? LOVE!
Fab frock too - you always look so very well put together :D

Bethany said...

What a gorgeous place! And everyone looks so lovely :)

drapedincloudlets said...

The image with the multiple mirrors is very beautiful. And also this landscape!

A and B said...

stunning photos! Makes me want a macaron badly!

Dakota said...

Sigh... this has to be the loveliest blog post I've seen in a while! Every picture is so bursting with beauty, from that incredible mansion to your sweet ruffled dress!!

Jessica Cangiano said...

This post almost seems to be too lovely to be true. From the elegant sweet treats to the resplendent decor, and of course your gorgeous outfit, there isn't a single thing here that doesn't look like it could have been lifted from a fairy tale.

♥ Jessica

esme and the laneway said...

Iolanthe: aaaaaaaages! x

BusiChic: yes, we must catch up! And there'll be more purdy parties to go to soon and we can make gifs at them! x

ravenlocks: it was a really special venue, I feel lucky to have had special access!

Miss Fairchild: isn't it! I'd not been before the tea (a month or so before this) and it felt so English and gorgeous.

Cara-Leigh Jane: ooh that sounds fantastic! I hope they do! Even if they don't it's still nice to walk around :)

Elyce Sandri: wow in Macedon? That sounds so Picnic at Hanging Rock – amazing! :D

Vickie: thanks :) it was so lovely.

LandGirl1980: Thanks! haha after a windy windows down car ride and a windy turn up the tower I felt pretty bedraggled and hadn't done outfit shots yet... oops!

Bethany: I wish I'd got more shots of everyone there! x

drapedincloudlets: yes! x

A and B: haha these were extra good! x

Dakota: oh thanks so much! <3

Emalina said...

I love your outfit, you look stunning. And that mansion is amazing! You have your newest follower here!

I've recently started my own vintage clothing blog, do have a peek sometime and let me know what you think.

Emalina
www.kikiandthegypsy.blogspot.co.uk

Anna-Nathalie said...

OMG i LOVE THOSE CUPS!! And I so want to try a real english afternoon tea :D

Hibi said...

These photos are beautiful!
I especially like the one with the mirror :)

Ahka Vintage said...

Love the blue leggings on blue shoes! That looks fantastic!
www.AhkaVintage.com

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