We’re taking bets that once this sh*t show known as COVID-19 is all done and dusted, venues where you can have your wedding guests stay will come out the other side as shining stars. After all of this social distancing and self-isolating, the idea of spending as much time as possible in close proximity to other humans feels right. Plus an adult sleepover means no one is on driving duty (unless you’re pregnant – been there, done that. Pray for good food).
With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some amazing venues below that offer on-site accommodation for you and your loved ones, and for a full list of venues that offer accommodation on-site across Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia, click here.
The Woods Farm, NSW
It’s places like this NSW south coast wedding venue that really put us in the mood to party. Here, everything is at your fingertips – a stunning bush chapel, a purpose-built reception space with games, lighting and an outdoor bar, accommodation for 130 guests (eight cottages plus glamping options), a pizza oven, a pool, alpacas, bikes… the list goes on and on. Basically, it’s the perfect place for a wedstival.
The Cove Jervis Bay, NSW
If you’d like to have a weekend away with 126 humans, we have good news. The Cove Jervis Bay is a private, waterfront wedding venue with secret seaside cabins surrounded by bush. There’s a dedicated grassed area with sun umbrellas, outdoor loungers and lawn games that’s perfect for cocktail style weddings and the barbecue pavilion is ideal for post-wedding recovery parties. There’s even free kayaks and paddle boards.
Coombs Hill Barn, VIC
This 160 year old barn has covered a lot of ground. Imported all the way from Indiana, USA it’s been given a new life as a luxury, five bedroom home in High Country, VIC. Set on 100 acres of farming land and overlooking the pristine Delatite Valley and Mt Buller, one of its winning features is the 12 metre stone fireplace. But really, every inch of this stylish space is worthy of a mention.
Ratho Farm, TAS
This is what wedding dreams are made of. A beautiful mix of modern amenities and rustic charm, Ratho Farm is the ultimate wedding venue to host your friends and family for an entire weekend. Just one hour north of Hobart, there’s a rustic barn and elegant atrium for receptions and the old farm buildings have been lovingly restored to accommodate up to 54 guests.
Mona Farm, NSW
The real question here is why you wouldn’t get married at Mona Farm. Spanning an impressive 124 acres, the property includes luxury accommodation sleeping 39 guests across a number of beautifully styled historic buildings, as well as a purpose-built reception space with all the trimmings. And if you like well-groomed gardens, you’ll find eight acres dedicated to just that.
Spring Bay Mill, TAS
Want to host a more earth-friendly wedding? Spring Bay Mill invites couples to come and experience a more sustainable way of celebrating. There are unique tree planting ceremonies and an organic garden where you can source local flowers and produce for your wedding menu. The water views here are incredible and in terms of sleeping arrangements there’s plenty of options including glamping and off-grid eco shacks for up to 44 guests.
What makes Woodburn Homestead special is its history. The entire property features beautiful relics from the past including a sandstone, open-air chapel (once a barn), a homestead built in 1864 and a 160-year-old fig tree. There are however, some modern additions too like luxury bathrooms, disabled access, power and the old stables have been restored with concrete floors to make for an intimate and functional reception space.
Spicers Hidden Vale, QLD
Surrounded by rolling green hills and lush bushland, Spicers Hidden Vale is a picturesque place to wed and an inviting spot to sleep. There are 34 elegantly appointed guest cottages and private suites available, which accommodate 70 guests. A good thing, considering there’s a high chance most guests will be in a food coma before the night’s out after being served delicious dishes from the venue’s award-winning chef.
Camp Sunnystones, VIC
A gorgeous, 50-acre property where anything goes, Camp Sunnystones is a fab venue for couple’s wanting complete creative control. It’s BYO food and alcohol and pets are welcome too. There’s an architecturally designed homestead that sleeps 90 people across 10 rooms and boasts a commercial kitchen, three wood fires and a games room.
This unique Hunter Valley wedding venue has made pulling off an epic celebration an absolute breeze. There’s a sheltered outdoor area, a one-of-a-kind converted wine cellar, plenty of photogenic animals (it’s also a working deer and cattle farm) and 550 acres available for photos and ceremonies. In terms of wedding accommodation, there are seven self-contained vineyard cottages (sleepsing 33 in total), each with their own wood fire, spa bath, barbecue, private verandah and more. Bliss.
Old Broadwater Farm was a stunning WA wedding venue even before they built their new wedding barn. Now it’s just even better. Right at the doorstep of the Margaret River wine region, it’s a lovely place to spend some quality time with friends and family (pets are welcome too). It’s BYO which is just another bonus and the homestead sleeps 10.
Barunah Plains, VIC
Built in 1866, this antique homestead comfortably sleeps up to 22 people and features a ballroom, formal dining rooms and a pool area. The Shearer’s Quarters can accommodate an additional 41 guests across 16 rooms and there’s another two bedroom cottage available too. If you’re thinking of hosting an epic recovery party, this place is our pick.
Just two hours from Sydney, this lovingly restored, convict-built sandstone church is now a unique DIY lunchtime venue where you can have your wedding guests stay (up to 10 in total). If you’re having a larger bash, there’s a cosy pub nearby with beds, as well as camping spots by the lake across the road. For pre and/or post wedding celebrations there’s a plunge pool, a large deck and plenty of lawn.