Stunning South Coast wedding venue has $4.5m guide
Type “Merribee” into the subject bar of your computer and up pops an array of wedding photographer websites that feature beautiful photos of happy couples and their entourages in what must be one of the most stunning settings on the NSW South Coast.
Merribee has been a go-to venue for numerous wedding parties and functions for almost two decades.
It is the creation of Richard and Lucy Marshall fell who fell in love with the circa 1850 cottage on 2.83 hectares (7 acres) at 660 Comerong Island Rd, Numbaa.
After two years of procrastinating, the couple made the tough decision to sell their labour of love, according to selling agent Carrie Bond from South Coast Prestige Properties — Kiama.
It is hard to believe that when the Marshalls bought the property, once part of merchant and settler Alexander Berry’s 4047 hectare (10,000 acres) estate, it was a pasture dotted with a few trees.
“They bought Merribee cottage as a weekender, then created the garden and business around it,” Ms Bond said.
It is also hard to believe the Marshalls did not initially set out to create an iconic destination wedding and function venue.
“They had no grand vision — the garden just grew,” Ms Bond said.
Working with horticulturalist James Thompson, the Marshalls designed a spectacular garden with 20 garden rooms.
Visitors can explore the topiary, herb, potage and medicinal gardens, a hedged maze or rose garden planted with 1000 fragrant roses. A lavender paddock is harvested for its oil while a secret garden provides a haven where lovers exchange their vows. .
There is also a tennis court, oval with a white picket fence and croquet lawn (without pink flamingoes).
The property has several accommodation options that include the main historic house, a bunk room and a grain silo restored and converted into a romantic getaway in 2009.
In addition, a rustic barn is used as a venue for indoor wedding celebrations and other functions such as naming ceremonies and anniversaries.
Ms Bond has fielded more than 80 inquiries about the property that is being sold as a going concern, with bookings locked in until the end of 2020.
“Some people have looked at it as homebuyers but the wider market is looking for a place on the South Coast that is a lifestyle property with income attached,” Ms Bond said.
Merribee is a 21-minute drive to Berry and on the doorstep of one of the South Coast’s natural wonders, Jervis Bay.
It is for sale with a guide of $4.5 million.