A country estate for your wedding
St Claire Country House is a country estate with gracious French Colonial buildings and a perfumed romantic garden, all set in tranquil countryside. It can provide the perfect setting for your fashionable wedding in the country.
The venue space comprises a French Salon and the North Lawn. The ceremony can be in the Salon or outdoors. The reception can be in the Salon or outdoors on the North Lawn.
Beautiful French Salon
The Salon of St Claire is a splendid French conservatory style room, filled with flowers and plants. It was designed to be beautiful and captivating – a space suited to special occasions.
A wedding ceremony can be held on the North Lawn. If you wish a floral arch or wall can be set up.
For a reception on the North Lawn, you can have a chic white canvas and cotton rope and pole tent, a traditional marquee or a canvas village, with stations such as a bar, a food area, umbrellas with wine barrels under them and a lounge area. Games such as croquet, boules and chess can be played.
There is on-site accommodation for up to 22 people, across 9 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. There is a central gathering space with a large designer kitchen, a dining table that seats 22, a lounge area that seats 22 and a home theatre.
Explore the surroundings
Trentham is the centre of a very interesting tourist region so please stay and explore.
Trentham East, where St Claire is located, is only one hour North West from inner Melbourne and five minutes from Trentham village, with its gourmet Annie Smithers restaurant, gastro pubs and trendy cafes.
SMALL LUXURY FRENCH COUNTRY HOUSE (Sleeps 22)
St Claire Country House is a new, beautifully luxurious French Colonial residence that sleeps 22 people in 9 bedrooms. The 9 bedrooms, and 5 bathrooms, are located across the East and West Wings. Each bedroom looks out onto the garden.
There is a central building called the Salon that is the gathering place. It has a large designer kitchen, a long French dining table that seats 22, a lounge area around an open fire place that seats 22 and a home theatre.
There are two outdoor living areas on lush lawn. A one-acre romantic garden around the residence completes the picture.
St Claire is suitable for large groups such as for weddings, birthday and anniversary celebrations, family groups, wellness retreats, corporate entertaining and meetings, girls’ weekends, writers’ retreats, golfing groups and walking groups. It is also suitable for product launches and photo shoots.
Chefs from the region can be engaged to provide a special lunch, private dinner or high tea for the group.
Located at Trentham East, St Claire sits on 24 acres. It is surrounded by tranquil rolling countryside. St Claire is only five minutes’ drive from Trentham Village, one hour from inner Melbourne and 20 minutes from Woodend, Daylesford and Kyneton.
ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS
St Claire’s architecture is in graceful French Colonial style, harking from where the French had colonies. There are steep roofs, dormer windows, tall chimneys, verandas, French doors and rustic shutters. The interiors of St Claire have 12-foot ceilings, oak floors, marble mantle pieces, gilded mirrors, basket chandeliers, French furniture and soft colour everywhere. Wallpapers and fabrics are by Designers Guild and Sanderson.
THE DELIGHTS OF TRENTHAM
The village of Trentham is five minutes away, with its gourmet Annie Smithers’ restaurant, gastro pubs, trendy cafes and specialist shops.
EXPLORE THE REGION
St Claire Country House is the perfect base from which to explore the region. There are key attractions such as gourmet eateries, gardens, walks, specialist shopping, spas, wineries, galleries, cinemas, nurseries and heritage. These attractions are found within 30 minutes’ drive.
PRIVATE FUNCTIONS SUCH AS WEDDINGS
There is a French Salon and North Lawn available for private functions.
The French Salon can hold up to 120 people cocktail style and 88 people sit down.
The North Lawn can have marquees on it and up to 120 people.
Relax amongst the towering sequoia trees and spacious, manicured gardens of our tranquil park. You could be forgiven for thinking you have escaped to a remote bushy retreat and yet it's just a short walk to the beautiful township of Daylesford – the spa capital of Australia - and our famous and very picturesque, Lake Daylesford.
Your holiday begins in one of three uniquely furnished lotus belle tents. Each offers a spacious Queen sized bed topped with luxuriously comfortable bedding, cosy seating, coffee and tea maker, mini fridge and sound system. And you can sip a glass of local wine or craft beer on your private deck.
As a Glamping guest, you enjoy your own private lockable tent and share a dedicated amenities ‘tee-pee’ (includes toilet, shower and vanity) with up to four other Glampers.
Choose from Tranquility, Serenity or Harmony to suit your mood.
Built in 1908 as the Dudley House, it has always been an accommodation venue. Since its renovation in the recent years, this country retreat now known as The Dudley Boutique Hotel consists 7 luxurious guest rooms (ranging from standard Queen room to a King Suite) and several guest areas (for lounging as well as a gym). Ideal for local and international affluent traveller who is looking to relax, rejuvenate and be showered with personalised services.
Get ready to Escape Completely.
We take small group tours in our 4x4 bus into the Daylesford hinterland exploring the natural and social history of the Central Highlands.
You will see wildlife, the remains of the gold rush and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the area with your expert local guide is your host.