For some, marrying in a building that has historical significance or has ‘stood the test of time’ is symbolic of how they envisage their marriage to be and that is; enduring. Or, it may be a case of parents or grandparents having married at the same venue and the new couple wishing to continue with a tradition. Or perhaps, it is the fact historical buildings are a perfect backdrop to host a classic and timeless wedding.
Regardless, these magnificent buildings are stunning in appearance and project their own ‘old world charm’.
Old Broadwater Farm, Millbrook Yallingup, Caves House Hotel and Ellensbrook Homestead are four stellar locations for a wedding ceremony and or reception, as well as Witchcliffe and Yallingup Town Hall and Pioneer Park.
Situated in Busselton, Old Broadwater Farm has beautiful gardens and a rambling homestead which makes it picture-perfect for photo opportunities.
Built in 1800 by Alfred Bussel and his wife Helen, the couple built, ran and worked the farm with their children, until moving to Margaret River where they then built both Ellensbrook and Wallcliffe House which was extensively damaged in bushfires in 2011. The Farm is available for both ceremony and receptions.
Closer to the coast in Yallingup, is Millbrook Yallingup; established in 1920.
The property features both the heritage listed Old Mill site complete with timber water wheel, and, Seymour Cottages which were built in the 1850’s. Originally located at Dunn Bay road when Castle Rock was a whaling station, the cottages were saved from demolition in the 1980’s by being dismantled and rebuilt on the Millbrook property where they remain today.
Millbrook Yallingup is a unique location encompassing a rich local history and is available for day time ceremony and receptions.
If classic art -deco is more your style, then you can’t go past Caves House Hotel. Originally built in 1901, the building burned down in the late 1920’s and was rebuilt in art-deco style in 1930’s.
With heritage listed gardens, the property sprawls across 3- hectares of natural bushland, manicured gardens and boasts the oldest pub in the South West. With plenty of accommodation options for your guests, whether that be: at the historic pub, across the beer garden in the apartments, at the caravan park or one of the local holiday home rentals in walking distance, Caves offers an historic wedding experience in rambling gardens and closely located to Yallingup Beach.
Finally, there is Ellensbrook House nested behind coastal sand dunes and alongside a perennial stream in Margaret River. This homestead is a renovated National Trust property and has Aboriginal significance as it was a traditional summer camping spot for thousands of years prior to Alfred and Ellen building on the place in 1857. This Homestead is another example of the Bussel family’s extraordinary contribution to local history having built Old Broadwater Farm prior to and Wallcliffe House as well.
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