Tanilba House (1831)

Hunter - NSW, Australia

Price $1,500
Cocktail 90
Seated 90
Sleeps 4

About This Venue

Historic Tanilba House (c1831), is a beautiful, state heritage listed home prominently positioned overlooking stunning Port Stephens in Tanilba Bay. If you are looking for a unique venue that encompasses a grand, historic home plus extensive gardens and sweeping water views over a stunning bay then look no further!

The home is located in Tanilba Bay. The town is a piece of paradise known for its magnificent water views, teeming birdlife and local koalas. With grand stone entrance gates welcoming visitors to the suburb the town has a fascinating history and is located halfway between Newcastle and Nelson Bay.

The house is convict built of locally quarried stone and is the oldest home in Port Stephens. The imposing house and 3 acres of grounds combine to provide a truly magical wedding venue which offers an unmatched combination of features.

The home has expansive reception rooms with 50 cm thick walls and over 3 metre ceilings and has now been fully restored. It sits proudly on a peninsula overlooking the water and is surrounded by several beautiful waterfront parks . The ambience is of rustic charm and elegance, with a fully enclosed conservatory, surround verandahs and a magnificent 1930’s circular stone driveway. The property boasts an array of stonework completed in the 1920’s which includes an adjacent stone temple, a romantic 30 metre wisteria covered arbour and imposing entrance columns. There is plenty of space with sweeping lawns perfect for games overlooked by the conservatory. The many facets and features of the property provide multiple spaces for you to host your ceremony and reception.

Photo opportunities abound on the property and its scale and many features need to be seen to be appreciated. Props include the original convict gaol, a wishing chair, a selection of heritage gates, stone chairs, gorgeous flowering trees, various gardens and other elements. Quiet waterfront parks are a short walk from the house – with Sunset Park renown for dramatic evening sunset shots over the water only 300 meters away.

We understand that brides want flexibility and our aim is to work with you to create your vision – what ever that might be!

The venue caters for a variety of wedding formats and price ranges. So whether your vision is:
. A complete wedding package of ceremony, photos, reception plus accommodation all at the one venue,
. An intimate formal wedding dinner
. A relaxed cocktail party or picnic wedding in the gardens
. A fully organized and catered small wedding,
. An intimate simple elopement style wedding
. A beautiful ceremony only in a stunning location, or
. Something else that incorporates more fun elements like a caravan bar or food van
– at Tanilba House you can create a wedding that’s unique and personal to you!

All our wedding packages are BYO.

Winter weddings have the option of using of the original grand parlour fireplace. Conservatory heating is also provided.

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Sheddies Special

Any weddings booked for 2019 will have the choice of one free nights accommodation on the night before or the night of the wedding for up to 4 people OR 4 hours early access for the bridal party to dress and prepare in our maids quarters

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Venue Facilities

  • AV system
  • Bar area
  • Bathroom
  • BBQ
  • Bridal change room
  • BYO alcohol
  • BYO catering
  • Camping
  • Chapel
  • Clean-up included
  • Fire pit
  • Generator
  • Kitchen
  • Marquee or Tent
  • No curfew
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Power
  • Stage
  • Tables and seating
  • Water
  • Wet weather cover
  • Wheelchair Access
  • WiFi

Accommodation Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom
  • BBQ
  • Camping
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Kitchen
  • Linen supplied
  • Non-smoking
  • Open fireplace
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Towels supplied
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wifi

Owner / Manager

Dee and Glenn have been lovingly and painstakingly restoring Tanilba House and grounds full time for over a year and are finally ready to share their historic home with others. Purchasing the house was a dream come true for the couple – who are absolutely passionate about its long and intriguing past and are mindful of its important significance to the community. They are thrilled to be able to open the estate up for people to enjoy special events.
The couple has the help of a dedicated and experienced wedding coordinator. Lynda has worked in hospitality for over 20 years and has a passion for heritage properties. She has a long repertoire – including managing private functions and weddings, corporate event management and business expos, live concerts, community events etc. All three members of the team combine to deliver an unforgettable, absolutely personal end to end wedding experience for their couples.



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