One of only a few of its kind in Australia, the historic manor of Carrick Hill proudly maintains much of its original grounds and contents from 1939. Formerly the grand home of a prominent Adelaide couple, the 17th and 18th-century panelling, staircase, fireplace, doors and windows were brought back from their year-long honeymoon in England. The Haywards slowly filled the architecturally designed house with a wealth of paintings, drawings, antiques and sculptures that can still be enjoyed today in the gallery.
The extensive 40 hectares of grounds and lovingly nurtured gardens have ideal ceremony locations, and a permanent onsite 15m x 9m marquee to host receptions. Guest numbers of between 20-200 can be comfortably accommodated. There are loads of great spots to choose from for photographs around the historic buildings, manicured English gardens, outer parks and bushland, or along the quaint ‘Story Book Trail.’
There are two main designated ceremony locations in the gardens, although alternative areas can be negotiated. The Elms features a striking pleached pear arbour, and a terrace looking out over the gulf of St Vincent. Cypress Pines includes terraced lawns and the cypress-tree walkway set against a background of pretty ponds.
While photographs are being taken, guests are free to wander the scenic grounds, or catering can be arranged for celebratory drinks and nibbles. There are numerous lush gardens to stroll through, such as the rose garden, which features the Royal Adelaide Show winning variety from each year Mrs. Hayward was a resident. A stone bridge and trickling rill of Edwardian design makes a pleasant water feature near the house entrance, and herb and vegetable gardens are reminiscent of those the Haywards used for cooking. The Story Book Trail is a fun experience for kids and adults alike, with mainly classic British-themed tales featured along the short nature walk. A Hobbit House from Lord of the Rings is built into a sloped bank, while a Quidditch tree will delight Harry Potter fans. Charlotte’s web provides a safe rope spider web to climb and play on.
Carrick Hill offers a variety of wedding packages through a designated event and catering coordinator, ranging from small garden ceremonies to large packages incorporating the marquee and access to the manor. BYO options or specific wines can be discussed with the caterer. The grounds are available for wedding ceremonies and open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday and public holidays 10am – 4pm, and for receptions Wednesday to Saturday 5pm -11.30pm, Sunday and public holidays 5pm – 11pm.
At only 15 minutes from the CBD, Carrick Hill has all the convenience of a central location with the feel of a far-away country retreat. An entire wedding day can be organised here, from the ceremony, photographs, canapes and through to the reception, so guests don’t need to travel around once they’ve arrived. Being perched up the Adelaide foothills, the property offers fantastic views over the city, beaches and the gulf beyond, creating a magical display of twinkling lights once the sun goes down. Carrick Hill is a wonderful choice for couples seeking old-world glamour, luxurious convenience and an air of relaxed elegance.