The Gables

The Gables is simply one of Melbourne’s finest venues for weddings, business functions or private dinner parties. Located in the heart of the Gascoigne Estate, East Malvern and surrounded by 100-year-old cypress trees, The Gables is a striking example of Victorian period architecture in the Queen Anne style.

No detail has been spared in the maintenance of this century-old residence, from the stained glass windows and open fireplaces, to the classic furnishings and elegant period detailing.

You and your guests will be delighted at the charm and elegance of your surrounds. The sweeping drive, tranquil garden and gazebo, perfect for wedding ceremonies, further enhance your experience.

The Gables provides personalised service in a truly grand environment, for up to 120 people. Our menu is first class, offering a selection of formal dinners, elegant informal dinners, cocktail parties and afternoon teas. In addition we can cater for much smaller, more intimate groups with a la carte dining, a first for a venue of this calibre.

The History of The Gables

Built in 1902 by local property developer Lawrence Alfred Birchnell. The Gables is considered one of the most prominent houses in the Gascoigne and Waverley Estates. Renowned Queen Anne architects Ussher and Kemp celebrate Australian flora and fauna in the intricate plasterwork and leadlight throughout the mansion. William Guilfoyl the master landscape architect of the Royal Botanical Gardens designed the garden which retains much of it original structure today.

Boasting wide verandahs overlooking the magnificent garden, The Gables has 15 stunningly renovated rooms, many of which are traditionally decorated, including beautiful chandeliers leadlight windows, conservatory and feature window, parquetry floorings, 16-foot ceilings, a sweeping staircase and open fireplaces. The Gables has been lovingly maintained and retains all of its original features and layout.

Famous Finch Street in East Malvern is lined with huge historic plane trees. While The Gables, set on an acre of land, still retains many of the original trees, including the original hedge and two enormous cypress trees in the front. The garden is immaculate, with a rose-covered gazebo for wedding ceremonies, a pond and fountain, as well as the tallest Norfolk Island pine in the area, which can be seen from the Rialto in the city.

A private residence, then rooming house until 1930, the first wedding reception held was a breakfast in the formal dining room, followed by dancing to Melbourne’s first jukebox in the upstairs rooms. The notorious Squizzy Taylor was reputed to have thrown a 21st birthday party for his girlfriend in the main ballroom. The Gables was very famous for 21st birthday parties from the 1920s to the 1940s.

With its easy proximity to the Caulfield Race Course, The Gables ran an underground speakeasy gambling room upstairs and sold beer from the back door during Melbourne’s prohibition era.

Throughout its history, The Gables has been a Melbourne icon, celebrating generation after generation of Melbourne’s wedding receptions and parties. Lovingly restored, the atmosphere and charm of The Gables have been retained for the future generations.

We are so proud to be still operating a business that has been running continuously since the 1920s and to still be available for to our past bride and grooms for wedding anniversaries 90 years on. Never in its long history has The Gables been open to the public before now.

Recent weddings include Cal Wilson, the Nova DJ, and Chris Wood, as well as Tessa James of Home and Away fame and Nate Myles, NRL star. We are also so proud to have hosted many third-generation weddings over our time here.

High Tea at The Gables

Sunday High Tea at The Gables will be served in our beautiful formal front rooms, the original drawing room and dining room of the house. Over the summer months we will also serve high tea in the garden and on the verandah. The front rooms have leadlight windows, open fireplaces, parquetry floors and ornate plaster work. The drawing room features the original leadlight conservatory. The dining room has access onto the verandah, which overlooks our stunning garden.

High Tea is served on beautiful fine-bone china on the traditional high tea stand. It includes a selection of sandwiches, homemade savoury pastries and scones with jam and cream. A buffet of every cake, pastry and sweet imaginable will be available, with something for everyone. Coffee and a selection of teas will be served by our professional staff, along with a glass of French Champagne.

High Tea will be two sittings, on a Sunday for $65 and Wednesday for $55 – at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Off-street parking is available.

Bookings and Dietaries

Bookings are essential and gift certificates are available. Bookings may be made by calling us on (03) 9571 6631 or by email on

All dietary requirements need to be confirmed one week prior to attendance. The Gables takes no responsibility for any reactions that may result from any of our functions, events, high tea or the tea room. We will always endeavour to do our best however we cannot offer certainty that our food products do not contain traces of allergens within or beyond our control.

We do not recommend people with severe allergic reactions attend The Gables.If choosing to attend with a severe allergy we recommend bringing an epipen and or other medical solution. People with allergies must attend The Gables at their own risk. Minors with allergic reactions must be accompanied by their own parent at all times and may not be on the premise without constant parental supervision. No responsibility will be taken for any minors at any time.