The Hermitage, Vaucluse

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(1)The Hermitage Vaucluse Sydney.jpg

The Hermitage is a historic house in the Sydney suburb of Vaucluse. It is listed on the Australian Register of the National Estate[1][2]as well as the State Heritage Register of New South Wales.[3]

History and description[edit]

The main house was designed and built around 1870-1878 by Edward Mason Hunt, influenced by the design of Roslyndale, in Woollahra, New South Wales. It features a castellated tower, elaborately carved barge boards and a roof of multiple gables. The house was seriously damaged by a fire in 1936, and was restored by Emil Sodersten. It was bought by the Woolworths company in 1964 and used as a staff training centre,[4] but later returned to its original role as a private home. This Gothic house overlooks Hermitage Reserve and has harbour views. The Hermitage incorporates a smaller house, which was built circa 1840 by Alexander Dick.[5]


  1. ^ "Place ID 2499". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 
  2. ^ The Heritage of Australia, Macmillan Company, 1981, p.2/134
  3. ^ State Heritage Register
  4. ^ Walks in the Sydney Harbour National Park, Neil Paton, p.54
  5. ^ Heritage of Australia, p.2/134; Sydney Architecture (Jahn), p.35

Coordinates: 33°51′33″S 151°16′09″E / 33.8593°S 151.2693°E / -33.8593; 151.2693