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Welcome to Buda

Buda is an authentic goldfields villa house and garden located in Castlemaine Central Victoria.

Named after Budapest by its Hungarian owner, Ernest Leviny, it was home to the creative Leviny family for 118 years and houses their significant intact collection of furniture, art works and personal belongings.

Come to Buda and enjoy walking through the historic house where you will be transported to another era, in this Museums Australia accredited museum. Wander three acres of heritage garden featuring original plantings and structures, including the bird aviary, tennis pavilion and grape pergola, along with many original garden ornaments created by the Leviny family members.


Bus tours and large groups are welcome at Buda from Monday to Sunday, every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day, by prior appointment. Tour guides provided and catering available.
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The Buda Giftshop stocks unique giftware, homewares and jewellery featuring original Leviny designs as well as art cards and craftwork produced locally.

The Buda Plant Nursery stocks heritage and drought-hardy plants as well as a variety of fruit trees and native plants.

Why not make a day of it and have a Picnic at Buda! A viewing of this historic home of the Leviny family is a must for lovers of the Arts and Crafts movement, heritage gardens and Gold Rush architecture. A gentle stroll around the grounds could be capped off with a picnic lunch on the lawn overlooking the township or listening to the aviary birds while seated at our comfortable tables in the courtyard.

You are welcome at anytime to bring your own rug and picnic hamper, but for those travelling, or an extra special treat, why not book an exclusive Buda gourmet hamper lovingly prepared by Melanie of Fryers Teahouse.


Buda is a community organisation and we consider the health, wellbeing and safety of the community to be the utmost priority.

We are currently open every day 12 – 4pm.

Our Garden Room is available for function hire with QR Code registration and physical distancing rules in place. Please phone the office on 5472 1032 for enquiries.

Download our Covid Risk Management Plan

These uncertain times are hitting the creative industries hard and present challenging circumstances. You can continue to support Buda by making a tax deductible donation so we can continue to make plans for post COVID-19.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time. All of us at Buda wish you and your families good health.

Traditional Arts Fair

Results of the 2020 Traditional Arts Fair Raffle

Well we missed our Fair greatly this year but here are the lucky winners of the 2020 raffle
1st prize Lorna
2nd prize J. Renfrey
3rd prize L. Evans
The raffle was drawn by the committee on 22nd November and we’d like to thank our generous artists who donated their wares for the prizes and to everyone who bought tickets. Your generosity will enable the fair to come back next year.

Looking for a venue?

The Buda Garden Room is a stunning venue for weddings, special birthday parties and celebrations.

A fully equipped space, it also functions well for workshops, seminars and multi-day conferences.

Contact our friendly team to receive our weddings package, and to discuss your needs.

Call Buda Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm on (03) 5472 1032 or

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October 2020

Traditional Arts Fair Workshop – Designing a Goldfields Garden

October 24, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Ever wanted to design a garden in Central Victoria that uses the right plants in the right place? You'll be in good hands with Stan Smith

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Felt Workshop

Traditional Arts Fair Workshop – Wet Felt making with Andrea McKey

October 25, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn how to make a lovely piece of felt using merino wool tops, soapy water and elbow grease, with Andrea McKey.

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Tinsmithing with the Old Woolshed Tinsmith

October 31, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Learn new skills and help revive a lost trade in this choice of two tinsmithing workshops.

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Gift Shop

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The House
& Collection