Anlaby is the home of the oldest continuing merino stud on the mainland of Australia established in 1839. Tours of Anlaby House and Gardens are available for groups of 10 or more [by prior appointment]. These tours include the principal rooms of the house including the servants work rooms, kitchen, scullery and butler’s pantry. At the end of the house tour you will have a strong sense of how the family and servants lived and worked there.
With approximately 10 acres of garden, a guided walk through these historically listed gardens typically includes the shade house, glass house, walled vegetable garden, rose gardens and terraced lawns. The original carriageway winds past the front of the house and down to the peacock aviary. The garden is indeed a restoration work in progress and not all is in pristine condition. The garden is of the old fashioned “English style” yet located in a dry South Australian climate and this creates challenges…. We wish we still had the 14 gardeners from 1904!!
The garden is open to the public the first weekend in October each year, and provides a rare opportunity to wander the garden at leisure. There are many things to see, with food and refreshments also available.
Anlaby is also hosts an annual evening of Opera as part of the Anlaby Quadrangle Series and is one of the highlights of the social calendar.