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South Coast wedding venue and lifestyle property with enchanting gardens up for sale

Glynis Quinlan 16 May 2019

Merribee’s enchanting formal gardens look like they have emerged from the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story, with their magical water fountains and hedged mazes. All photos supplied by South Coast Prestige Properties.

A sought-after South Coast wedding venue and lifestyle property with seven acres of enchanting formal gardens is on the market in Numbaa, close to Jervis Bay and a little over 2.5 hours’ drive from Canberra.

Merribee has entertained thousands of guests since it began hosting weddings about 15 years ago and is being sold as a going concern, with several accommodation options and a full book of business through to the end of 2020.

The property is a drawcard for couples looking to pledge their love among the stunning gardens which look like they may have emerged from the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story, with their magical water fountains and hedged mazes.

Among their number have been celebrities such as former Today show weather presenter Natalia Cooper and musician Carl Fox who married at Merribee in March 2016.

Merribee has its origins in the mid-1800s when it was part of Alexander Berry’s 10,000-acre estate.

Lucy and Richard Marshall purchased the property in the year 2000 and, with the assistance of horticulturist James Thompson, slowly fashioned the beautiful gardens which include thousands of boxwood plants, 1,000 fragrant rose bushes, lavender, cypress, citrus and plum orchards.

Merribee features over 20 separate outdoor garden entertaining areas, catering facilities and accommodation in fully restored buildings on the property – the Main Historic House, the Grain Silo and the Barn.

The 1850s main house has been beautifully updated and provides accommodation for up to eight guests, with three double bedrooms and two singles off one of the double rooms.

It has a large open-plan gourmet kitchen/dining, a large main bathroom with a freestanding claw-footed bath, a cosy living room with wood fire and wide wrap-around verandahs with views onto the garden.

In 2009, the Marshalls converted the property’s old grain silo into romantic accommodation for couples marrying or staying at Merribee.

The Silo has four floors, including a master bedroom, and look-out floor which provide uninterrupted 360-degree views of the dairy lands surrounding Merribee.

Then in 2013, the Marshalls converted the property’s old shed into more function space for wedding events and in 2015, they built the Barn, which has room to seat up to 140 guests inside, plus another 40 on the verandah.

The property also boasts a hedged tennis court and a white picket fenced oval.

Merribee is located at 660 Comerong Island Road, Numbaa, and is near dairy farms, bushland and secluded pristine beaches. It has a price guide of $4.5 million.

For more information or to arrange an inspection contact listing agent Carrie Bond of South Coast Prestige Properties on 0421 449 846 or click here.

Below is a video of the property supplied by South Coast Prestige Properties.


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