We're setting the record straight: you're never too old for a sleepover. And there's no better excuse to stage an overnighter than getting hitched.
Tying the knot at a venue with onsite accommodation isn't just an excuse to keep the party raging - it's also super practical. If your guests are travelling from interstate or overseas, or are faced with a long car trip to and from your big day, having the option of staying the night makes a tempting alternative to hoofing it back home (and navigating the Macca's drive-thru menu). It's the sensible thing to do, really, and that's all the reason we needed to round up a collection of wedding venues that come complete with some sweet digs. From cute English cottages to plush hotel suites and private guesthouses, you'll find them on this list. There are even venues that have accommodation just for two (wink, wink). Playing spin the bottle is optional... but highly recommended.
For wine time... Cape Lodge Margaret River, WA
Well, where do we start with this luxe bolthole? Maybe with its Margaret River perch, making it a prime base for your vineyard-hopping and restaurant-grazing. Then there's the swimming pool, tennis court, waterfront views and 22 beautifully appointed rooms. Let's not forgot The Residence, a super swanky, three-bedroom retreat that sits on a private three acres. And if its name isn't enough to convince you of its fancy-pants status (seriously, The Residence? It's like the White House), this pile has its own guest house, you know, for when your guests have guests.
For when the whole family is invited... Lindenderry at Red Hill, VIC
If ever there was an occasion where you should swan around a venue playing lady of the manor, it's your wedding. At Lindenderry at Red Hill there's nothing stopping you from doing just that - even if it's just for the weekend. The estate sits on 30 acres on the Mornington Peninsula, giving you and your main squeeze plenty of space to hang with your guests. Following a swish refurbishment, the 40 modern rooms are the perfect place for guests to rest weary heads and stiletto-sore feet after your reception. And with rooms tucked away in the courtyard wing, with garden views and balconies, you know there are options to suit your guests' budgets too - and being both stylish and considerate just about makes you the best couple ever. Seriously.
For gourmet-guzzling... Euroa Butter Factory, VIC
If you've tasted any cake, dessert or pastry ever, you'll know the more butter, the better - so why wouldn't the same apply to your big day? And no, that doesn't mean you need to smear butter over your beau as you say 'I do', but it does mean you can get married in a space where the grand-daddy of ingredients was once produced. The revamped factory has six warehouse-style rooms, as well as a restaurant, cafe, lounge and bar.
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For European style without the airfare... Spicers Clovelly Estate, QLD
Whoa, have you just walked into a cottage in provincial France? Nope, it's the Sunshine Coast hinterland, but when Spicers Clovelly Estate boasts a grand main guest house, elegant suites decked out with French furnishings and a restaurant dishing up hat-worthy fare, you won't be the only one thinking you've teleported your way across the hemisphere. The French Cottage has three bedrooms, making it the perfect hideaway for you and your bridal party. The estate also has a cooking school, but if you prefer to knead muscles rather than dough, the Spa Anise has marble rooms, timber flooring and a treatment menu that will demand some serious consideration.
For mountains, massages and high tea menus... Hydro Majestic, NSW
Following a swanky refurbishment, this iconic hotel smack-bang in the Blue Mountains boasts 54 sleek guest rooms decked out with a monochrome palette. There are rooms to suit the style and budget of every guest - seriously, there are nine different types - and for those who do want to spend time (but not that much time) with their family, the secluded Hydro Majestic Suite is a luxe way to kick off your newlywed status.
For topping up that tan... Coral Sea Resort, QLD
We'll start off this one with a warning: you WILL want to spend more time here - with or without your guests. If the oceanfront views aren't enough, it's an easy stroll along the boardwalk to Airlie Beach Village. Your guests can make the most of the location snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, cruising the Whitsundays, combing Whitehaven Beach... or just holing up in the massage room. When it comes to the big day, there's also an outdoor chapel so you won't have to miss out on the spectacular backdrops.
For Downton Abbey feels... Quamby Estate, TAS
"Oh, I suppose this venue will do," said no-one ever about Quamby Estate. A grand country manor that sits on 150 acres (that's right, not a typo, 150), Quamby Estate wouldn't look out of place in the pages of a glossy or as the set of a BBC mini-series. Think a tree-lined driveway, club house, library, nine-hole golf course and gourmet picnics on the sprawling lawn. Oh, and there's the 10 boutique guest rooms, kitted out with antique furniture, original art, heated floors, and marble and stone bathrooms.
For a picture-perfect garden party... Hopewood House, NSW
In the Southern Highlands, Hopewood House ticks the box for couples seeking a heritage venue in a country setting that's set to make jaws drop. The house is on a privately-owned estate, which will be exclusively yours on the big day - if you want to pretend that the house is yours, this is your chance. Hopewood Cottage has a separate entrance to the main house, two bedrooms and a spacious lounge area, so it's perfect for a small bridal party or even just the newlyweds.
For a piece of French countryside... Red Feather Inn, TAS
Built by convicts and one of the Apple Isle's first coaching inns, Red Feather Inn has historical game by the bucketload. Here, you'll find a restaurant complete with cooking school (aprons and oven mitts at the ready please), French-inspired buildings, and a barn and stable. To keep the party going after your DJ has spun his last tune, make for one of the two cottages. There are also a handful of suites, including an attic and loft.
For when you want everything at your fingertips... Glen Erin at Lancefield, VIC
Vineyard setting? Tick. Four-and-a-half star accommodation? Check. Fine-dining restaurant? Yep. And, most importantly, the goods to put your guests up for the night? Absolutely. Glen Erin at Lancefield sits in the Macedon Ranges and is the place to go if the thought of traipsing around to different locations for your ceremony, reception and photography gives you chills. There are 24 luxury suites in the main accommodation area, as well as the 1860 Glen Erin Homestead, which has six bedrooms with ensuites and a private lounge. But when there's golf, horse-riding, bushwalking, abseiling and local wineries to visit, don't expect your guests to hole up in their rooms for long.
For a city escape... Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne, VIC
Have guests who struggle with directions? There's no chance of them going wayward with this venue: Vibe Savoy Hotel Melbourne is in the heart of city's CBD, so even the most novice navigators won't go MIA. The hotel has rooms ranging from standard digs with queen-sized beds to the plush master suite with a king-sized bed (definitely put dibs on this one). The Vibe Savoy can also negotiate exclusive accommodation deals for your bridal party and guests.
For when only luxury will do... Chateau Elan, NSW
Are you ready to set the bar for Hunter Valley nuptials? A wedding at Chàteau Élan will do that. You'll have your pick from a handful of spectacular settings to say 'I do', including the manicured fairway, the sandstone Carriage House and the Summerhouse. If you're thinking that the accommodation is just as good, you'd be bang-on. There are four types of room available, from the spa suites - perfect for complete privacy and quick access to the Destination Spa - to the open plan king room and spacious two-bedroom villa.
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