A Visit To Montsalvat

The Great Hall of Montsalvat

I’ve been pondering this blog post and almost putting it off because if I’m going to write a blog post about Montsalvat, I’ll need to include some history of the place, right? So that means I’ll need to do a bit of research, some fact checking. And then I started dreading writing the post because suddenly it loomed like a chore.

So I decided that I’m not going to let it be a chore. I’ll just show you some photos, and you’ll see for yourself. And may be those photos will pique your interest, and you’ll want to do a little bit of research on this gorgeous place yourself. Or even better, go and experience it for yourself.

Montsalvat is a beautiful artists colony located in the picturesque outer suburb of Eltham, which is 20km north-east of Melbourne’s CBD. Established in 1934 by Justus Jorgensen, it a collection of historical buildings inspired by a French provincial village – and indeed it feels like stepping into just that.

Last Sunday was the annual Montsalvat Arts Festival. Knowing what was already there, I was keen to go back. My sister got married at Montsalvat, and it is the location of one of my first dates with my husband 💞. It’s such a romantic place and has a beautiful history; you feel like you should be waltzing around in a flowing white dress with a flower crown on your head (or something…).

Just one of the sculptures dotted around the grounds

It’s hard to be in the space and not be inspired. It is a place where art is made, taught and exhibited. It is teeming with art, both modern and traditional. Painters, sculptors, glass blowers, guitar makers, jewellery makers and many more creatives have enjoyed the creative inspiration afforded by Montsalvat.

The sun shone, the flamenco band played, the champagne was sipped as we whiled away the afternoon in a bubble of Sunday joy.








  1. says

    I love Monsalvat. I have been to a friend’s wedding, many years ago now, my father-in-law’s memorial service, a memorial service for an artist friend of the family, and most recently, a special celebratory event for the life and times of Peter Wathen Webb, my husband of 33 years, who passed away in April this year. I don’t want to sound morbid, it is a special place for all events which means it holds many memories of both love and loss.

    • collette says

      I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. Montsalvat has such a lovely atmosphere, almost like a sacred place, so I can imagine it would be a lovely place to celebrate the lives of people we have loved and lost. I hope you’re travelling ok after losing someone so close. xx

      • says

        Thank you Collette. Like with so many things we human beings experience, and even though Peter was diagnosed with this terminal disease way back in 2005, you never think it will actually happen. We had many good times together, a wonderful family and many creative pursuits. I have been very lucky.

  2. says

    What gorgeous pictures and what an amazing place this sounds – definitely my kind of place! I love that we can share our experiences of creativity and places we visit from across the world and have that little insight into each other’s lives. I’d definitely visit this place, AND I’d want a flower-crown 😀 xx

    • collette says

      You would totally love it! Yes, I think the flower crown is mandatory. Hopefully one day you will come to our fair land and I will take you there! xxx

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