A picturesque heritage property that has been restored to its original charm, St Agnes Homestead is a beautiful, high end boutique style accommodation located on 6 acres just outside of Kyneton.
Not only does St Agnes offer premium bed and breakfast accommodation and executive accommodation, but it also offers it’s fabulous woodland gardens for a limited number of weddings each year.
Most couples opt for a marquee in the garden area, but if you’re daring enough to risk Victoria’s unpredictable weather and go without a marquee, an al fresco wedding open to the stars would be fabulous during the summer months.
On site, there is enough accommodation for both the bride and the groom and their respective groups to stay the night before, and even the following nights should they wish to continue relaxing. With an area set above the vineyard and with an elevated view over the property, there is an obvious location for the wedding ceremony which most couples opt for, although having the homestead all to yourselves for the duration of the wedding means you can select any part of the grounds that you prefer or suit your style.
Set up as a station in 1838, the property had over a thousand sheep on it by 1840, and by 1870 had changed ownership and amongst other improvements had a formal wing added to the property.
Since those early days much has been done to restore and improve the condition of the property to create both a historic and comfortable place to stay.
The attention detail is perfect and guests are assured that their stay will be both relaxing and leisurely, with modern details seamlessly blending in with the original building’s fixtures and features.
For those planning a wedding at St Agnes Homestead, owners David & Traudi will be pleased to supply you with recommended wedding suppliers including local florists and caterers. From my own experience photographing weddings at St Agnes, I can happily attest to the high quality of the local caterers as well as the Kyneton based florist Prunella. Prunella’s recent floral display from the roof of a marquee was simply stunning and was a major feature of the wedding reception.
For those considering their wedding photography options, St Agnes usually ticks all the boxes for both the couple and wedding photographer! Being able to stay on the property and within sight of wedding guests is really a major plus point as for the guests it feels like the couple are still nearby while having their photos taken, and the couple don’t feel like they’re missing out on too much of the fun. Since canapes and drinks are being enjoyed by guests nearby, they are often used to punctuate the photography session and also help by making the photography time more relaxed and candid.
A few minutes away from Piper Street, with all it’s popular restaurants and cafes, St Agnes Homestead is also just a short drive from Woodend, Trentham (which has the fabulous Red Beard bakery!), Daylesford and Hepburn Springs which is a perfect spot to unwind at both before or after the wedding. If you’re feeling a little more energetic and would rather scramble up some hills instead of soaking in warm water, Hanging Rock is also nearby and always worth a climb to enjoy the stunning views and wildlife.
If you are interested in using St Agnes Homestead as your wedding venue, don’t forget that they limit the number of weddings they host each year so that they don’t become a wedding venue and retain their beautiful country retreat vibe that they have created. Find out more by visiting their website at www.saintagnes.com.au
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