If you’ve already done a bit of digging, you’ll know that finding a unique wedding venue that’s a ceremony, reception and sleeping space rolled into one is no easy feat. Seclusions Blue Mountains however, is one such space.
It has everything including furniture, toilets, a commercial kitchen, on-site accommodation, a purpose-built pavilion and the option to BYO food and alcohol. But to find out what really sets it apart you’ll have to read our interview with owners Tom and Julie below – a lovely couple who have gone to a huge amount of effort to transform this historical property into something truly special.
Tell us – what makes your venue unique?
Seclusions offers our couples the opportunity to create and personalise their wedding, in a rustic, romantic and unique setting.
With breathtaking views and photo opportunities plentiful, our wedding couples don’t need to leave the property as we have all the luxuries and necessities onsite.
Sum up the vibe of your venue in 10 words.
A charming idyllic setting where rustic marries elegance.
What’s the history of the property?
In 1868, this historical property once served as a bakery to the surrounding areas and later was a successful family-run apple and pear orchard. You can still see remnants of the orchard with fruit trees scattered across the land.
We purchased the property in 2007 and undertook a full refurbishment of the six log cabins. The cabins are industry rated 4 stars and are perfect for a romantic getaway with your loved one.
How much flexibility do couples have to create their own unique day at your place?
Our property is a blank canvas to create their special day. Couples are invited to personalise their wedding their way.
What inspired you to get involved with weddings?
Following a family wedding here in December 2012, we were showered with accolades about the property and then decided to offer weddings as part of the Seclusions story. The ceremony area and the barn were completed along with landscaping in early 2014, and The Pavilion early 2016.
Tell us about the facilities your venue offers?
Everything! We have it all onsite, from the accommodation for the wedding party, a bridal preparation room for the bridal party, a stunning ceremony area overlooking Lake Lyell and the western escarpment of the Blue Mountains, to The Barn and The Pavilion for the reception, and a commercial kitchen for the caterers.
Oh, not to forget Tallulah our vintage caravan bar! We even provide the chairs, tables, plates, and table cloths (to name a few more things).
What do you think is the selling point for most couples?
The attention to detail that has gone into the property, coupled with the views and the convenience of having all facilities here on the property.
Do you offer onsite accommodation? Alternatively are there places to stay nearby?
We have six boutique spa cabins nestled on the hill overlooking Lake Lyell and the western escarpment, in which the wedding party stays in for the duration of the festivities. Accommodation is available in the nearby towns of Rydal, Lithgow and Blackheath for all other guests.
What’s your favourite thing you’ve seen a couple do at your venue?
We have had some memorable, very cool, wicked first dance routines. One couple provided a jumping castle for the pleasure of their adult guests, and a hand fastening ceremony was very moving.
How far in advance for couples generally have to book?
Generally, a year in advance.
Do you work alongside many local vendors?
Absolutely! We have amazing vendors in the Blue Mountains and we have a great suppliers list ready to give to all wedding couples, although it’s important they choose who they want and we are not exclusive to vendors.
Describe the kind of couples your venue attracts.
We can’t stereotype our wedding couples, we have so many different personalities and styles that it’s hard to cookie cut them. Possibly the fact that the wedding couple can create their day their way attracts many different kinds of couples. We adore the diversity of each wedding and have loved all the weddings we have hosted here at Seclusions!
Any new additions on the horizon (excuse the pun)?
We have just finished The Pavilion, a building built for both receptions and as a backup for the ceremony area in case of inclement weather. It features uninterrupted views and can seat up to 150 people. We have also recently introduced Tallulah, our vintage caravan bar.
We are also nearing completion of our new toilet block and are now in the process of creating a new disabled suite and a separate mother’s room.