Ewelme Cottage is a historic house in the Auckland suburb of Parnell.
This historic house museum located at 14 Ayr Street is only open on Sundays from 10.30am – 4.30pm. Adults are $8.50, accompanied children are free.
If you plan on visiting Alberton and Highwic as well I would recommend purchasing the Historic Auckland Passport for $18, which allows you one time entry to all three historic properties and is valid for a year from purchase.
Also while visiting Ewelme, you may wish to visit Kinder House (open Wednesday to Sunday from Noon to 3pm, entry by donation), which is at no. 2 Ayr St. Although when I visited Ewelme, Kinder House was closed for a private function.
The kauri cottage was built between 1863-64 for Reverend Vicesimus Lush, his wife Blanche and their six children. Around 18 years later the house was extended. The house remained in the Lush family until 1968.
Since 1969, Ewelme has been preserved as a house museum by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and it has been kept as it was when the last occupants left.
The Lush family were avid readers and there are over 900 books shelved around the house. There are some rare books dating from 1600s. When climbing the stairs to the second floor (an attic really) look at all the spaces that have been used to store books.
There is wheelchair access to the ground floor. The top floor is accessible by some very steep and narrow stairs with very low ceilings.
For film buffs the drawing room, veranda and garden were used in Jane Campion’s 1993 Oscar winning film The Piano.