9 Unusual Venues with Unexpected VIP Accommodation
If you're looking for a venue to remember, it will make your life that much easier if it also includes the option of accommodation.
Here are 9 gorgeous and rather different venues that you might be surprised - and delighted - to find include a room or more for your VIPs.
Campbell Point House, near Geelong, VIC
Reminiscent of the extravagant French chateaus, Campbell Point House may look classically historic as if it has been there forever, but the glamorous 37-acre Bellarine Peninsula venue was built in 2007.
The formal dining hall is designed to fit up to 110 guests but the sumptuous five ensuite guest bedrooms (which must be booked for a minimum 2-night stay, sleep 10 lucky guests).
Coolibah Downs, near the Gold Coast, QLD
Nestled in the lush hinterland of the Gold Coast area this a magnificent private estate just made for couples to marry in its stone chapel or in its acres of landscaped gardens.
Your wedding reception - or very romantic corporate event - takes place in its permanent marquee, under its extravagantly white-silk lined and fairy light-lit ceiling. Coolibah Downs offers accommodation for guests in the three bedroom Homestead, the two-bedroom Barn and the Twin Unit with two single beds.
Cooks Co-Op Shed, Hawkesbury River, NSW
If you're planning a rustic theme event yet demand the freshest food available, book the Cooks Co-op.
Opened by the former executive chef of Longrain, the property provides locally grown and sourced produce to some of Sydney's top restaurants. The corrugated iron shed was refurbished in 2013 and today hosts events for up to 150 very well-fed guests! The freshly decorated Cooks Cottages which overlooks the river, sleeps four.
EarthHouse, near Byron Bay, NSW
Completed only in 2015, the rammed-earth barn-style building is blessed with incredible hinterland views over Bangalow and Byron Bay.
This is the venue if you're seeking an eco-friendly vibe for up to 150 guests and it features a wonderful 100-year-old fig tree, perfect for your outdoor ceremony. As an added plus, it sleeps four in its two adjoining ensuite guest suites.
Kingsbrook, near Goolwa, SA
This stately stone home was built in 1842 and opened to guests in 2009. It features walled gardens and lawns perfect for your ceremony, a gorgeous arched orangerie for up to 90 guests and a permanent marquee which seats up to 200.
There is delightful accommodation for up to 10 guests in four guest suites which have been sensitively built to blend in as if they were always there.
Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club, Toorak, VIC
You'll love-all (pardon the pun) the facilities at the Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club of which you don't have to be a member to book your reception here.
On the same site since 1884, you get unparalleled views of Como Park and the city skyline, with an alfresco terrace for pre-dinner drinks with the largest function room, the Como Room, seating up to 180 guests, Adjacent are four Art Deco two-bedroom apartments available for guest accommodation.
Stonebarn, near Pemberton, WA
You've got the freedom to use the dining room, the verandah or the gazebo or all three for your event at Stonebarn, handcrafted in local stone and timber.
Your event for up to 100 guests, self-catered by your chef, gets sole use of the 160-acre estate which features grape vines, a truffiere and lush forest views. There is a minimum 2-night stay for up to 12 guests in the six ensuite rooms with four poster beds, claw foot baths, and balconies overlooking the lake.
Thalia Haven, near Swansea, TAS
Invite up to 38 guests for an experience of a lifetime.
Thalia Haven is in a wild, remote corner of Tasmania, offering event organisers a solar- and wind-powered eco-aware venue.
Simultaneously wildly rustic and yet also supremely comfortable, this is the intimate venue for those who like to be private and more than little self-reliant. Sleeps eight guests in four ancient-stone cottages on the ocean's edge.
The Residences, Centennial Park, NSW
Sprawling Centennial Park in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs offers so many entertaining choices.
Parklands Restaurant can seat up 320 guests but did you know you can also celebrate at your choice of two historic homes within Centennial Park? Choose from the Superintendent's Residence for a fabulous garden party of 100 guests (and includes accommodation for 8), or a casual BBQ at the Rangers Residence (which sleeps 6) for 40 guests.