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Located near the historic town of Berrima, between Sydney and Canberra, Bendooley Estate offers the ultimate in country elegance. To get here from Sydney drive along the Old Hume Highway through Mittagong and make your way towards the corner of Oxleys Hill Road and Old Hume Highway (Berrima). As you drive from Mittagong, Bendooley Estate is approximately 1km before the corner of Oxleys Hill Road and Old Hume Highway on the right hand side of the road. If you reach the intersection of Oxleys Hill and Old Hume, you’ve actually come too far – and definitely don’t go all the way to Berrima!
The Bendooley property was originally part of a much larger tract of land granted by Governor Lachlan Macquarie to Sir William Henry Moore in 1818. Moore gave it to his sister Ann, upon her marriage to William Cordeaux who arrived on the first fleet and was the Deputy Assistant Commissioner General for the colony of New South Wales.
The grand Georgian homestead is built from convict-hewn stone. The surrounding gardens are a fine example of early 19th century geometric style, featuring a circular rose garden, a woodland shrub border and expansive lawns. The magnificent pine and oak trees on the property are amongst the oldest in Australia.
Wedding Ceremony: Aside from being a beautiful, historic properly, Bendooley Estate offers no fewer than 5 different locations to host your wedding ceremony – with undercover options next to the lake available should the weather not be perfect. This – and the fact that unlike Sydney venues you’ve got the whole property to yourself is a huge bonus.
The stunning lakeside pavilion provides a scenic haven for guests to enjoy your vows. Seating is available. There are expansive private gardens with ancient European trees, a circular rose garden and manicured lawns are romantic and beautiful spots for a garden ceremony. In summer and spring, the majestic verandah of Bendooley Homestead is transformed into a romantic wonderland as the ancient Virginia creeper puts on a display of colour just made for wedding vows.
You might like the idea of getting married on the sandstone forecourt with landscaped gardens and indoor/outdoor fireplace which is picturesque all year round – or invite your guests to gather amongst the vines to hear you say “I do”.
Wedding Reception: The bridal party have access to an exclusive bridal parlor before, during and after the reception and ceremony. There are two locations, one in the Bendooley Homestead and one in the Book Barn, these private suites include a luxurious lounge area, a dressing room and bathroom amenities. There is an on-site chefs that can provide catering to the parlors on request.
Post ceremony drinks and cocktails can take place at the Cellar Door and Brasserie. These spaces are the perfect place for guests to enjoy drinks prior to the reception. There is an awesome indoor/outdoor fireplace in this indulgent country setting.
For your actual reception, again there are several locations on the property to choose from. The Book Barn is a unique wedding space. A vast, converted barn with cathedral ceilings, exposed timber beams, enormous rustic iron chandeliers and walls of beautiful leather-bound books, it can seat up to 170 people or 250 standup/cocktail.
Two other alternatives are the stunning lakeside gardens – which can accommodate a marquee catering for up to 200 people. (Marquees can be hired through Bendooley Estate) – or The lakeside pavilion adjoining the gardens which can be set up with tables for a lunchtime wedding. The pavilion seats up to 60 guests.
Small or informal weddings can be hosted within the gardens, on the sandstone veranda or in the dining rooms of Bendooley Homestead.
For Bendooley Estate Wedding Music and questions, send us an enquiry today using the contact form on this web site. Make sure you include basic information such as wedding date, start/finish times, number of guests and any special requests you might have for your wedding music. Here are three Deluxe Music Packages to give you some ideas for music at Bendooley Estate.