LOCATION: Australia

Field / Forest / Orchard
Orchard Keepers : South Victoria, Australia
Cortnie Fausner
by Cortnie Fausner

The Report

NEW VENUE ALERT!: This beauty opened in September 2013 - We fell in love the minute we came across Orchard Keepers, "nestled between the vines and orchards" and even more in love after chatting with Poss, the owner. She emailed us back straight away and couldn't have been more excited to share the scoop on this property that she herself has lovingly restored. When our team of reporters chats with venue owners who are both pleasant and passionate, we automatically know that throwing an event here will be a breeze. With over 40 years of event planning under our belts, we know how important the venue is, but even more importantly are the people behind the venue.

HISTORY LESSON: Under the shade of a giant Sequoia tree (an extremely rare tree in Australia that was brought over on a boat from the US as a seedling) and amongst beautiful gardens you will find Orchard Keepers. This family establishment is surrounded by neighboring vineyards and orchards. Poss will happily greet you and open her cottage doors where you will be invited to enjoy three historic cottages and 10 acres in the heart of Red Hill. The cottages date back to the late 1890’s and providing the perfect “rustic – luxury” accommodations.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Orchard Keepers can be found at 17 Paringa Road Red Hill South on the Mornington Peninsula: 50 minutes away from Melbourne CBD 90 minutes from Melbourne Domestic & International Airport. The property is easily reached along either the Eastern Freeway & Peninsula Link or the scenic coastal road hugging Port Phillip Bay

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Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Ellerman House : Cape Town, South Africa
Cortnie Fausner
by Cortnie Fausner

The Report

Our Venue Reporters love a good Hotel-as-Home venue. When we spoke with Anna about The Ellerman House and she sent us the information about the venue, we may have immediately looked up flights to South Africa. We at The Venue Report love nothing more than a sprawling pedicured lawn overlooking the ocean. The combo of grassy green meets sparkling sea is pretty darn ideal for celebrations. On top of this magic, the fine folks at Ellerman House just HAD to throw in the black and white striped lounge chairs.. Again, a fave combo. We are officially razzled and dazzled.

Located in Bantry Bay, Cape Town. The philosophy of Ellerman House is to share the best of South African culture with its guests through art, wine, dining, and gracious hospitality. The hotel has South African works of art dating from the 1800s to works from today’s rising artists housed in a separate Contemporary Gallery. Ellerman House also has launched their Wine Gallery to showcase their ,500-bottle collection of South African Wines.  HISTORY LESSON: Once the stately home of Sir John and Lady Ellerman, distinguished shipping magnates and investors, Ellerman House sits perched on the slopes of Lion’s Head. The elegant Cape Edwardian mansion is known for having one of the most spectacular ocean views in South Africa. Just ten minutes from the heart of Cape Town, the one-and-a-half acre property features a panorama of Atlantic coastline that includes the infamous Robben Island.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Easiest way is to fly into Cape Town International Airport; from there it is an easy 25-minute drive to Ellerman House.

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Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
qualia : Hamilton Island, Australia
Cortnie Fausner
by Cortnie Fausner

The Report

qualia {kwah-lee-ah} is nestled intimately on the edge of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.  qualia occupies Hamilton Island's beautiful and sun-drenched northern-most tip. Oozing with quintessential Australian charm, this award-winning resort immerses its guests in its tranquil atmosphere. qualia’s Hamilton Island home is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef; the perfect place to host marvelous celebrations.

Ahoy Eco-Explorers! You and your party guests will be able to explore the myriad of picturesque islands and coral cays that form the Earth's largest coral reef ecosystem, and the only natural structure visible from the moon. With 70 per cent of the island’s bushland protected by national park, Hamilton Island’s lush interior has numerous trails leading to panoramic viewpoints. Measuring 6 square kilometres, Hamilton Island is surrounded by coral reef, and beaches. The resort is set amongst gardens and tropical bushland on the island’s northern tip.

PILLOW TALK: Set amongst native Eucalypts, and with breathtaking views of the luminous Coral Sea and neighbouring islands, the 60 luxurious pavilions are an indulgent space to unwind in, with either a sundeck or private infinity edge plunge poo

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: Both Jetstar and Virgin airlines have flights to Hamilton Island where guests are picked up by the team at qualia resort.

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Historic Building
QT Sydney : Sydney, Australia
Cortnie Fausner
by Cortnie Fausner

The Report

A hip, boutique hotel woven into the creative fabric of the city, QT Sydney is a highly curated fusion of cutting-edge art, bold interior design and historical architecture. It has become a place where the cool crowds converge to hang out, dine, party and soak up the creative ambience.

With an eye for modern design whilst reflective of past, the 200 guest suites that make up the QT Sydney hotel has been carefully crafted within the historic Gowings and State theatre buildings. This boutique Sydney venue retains many of the buildings most distinctive features, such as the blend of Gothic, Art Deco, and Italianate influenced architecture that form the dazzling exterior of the building.Within the hotel, eclectic and quirky artifacts have been brought together from all around the world, adding an unusual mix of interesting elements to the QT experience. Bespoke furniture, graphics and a strong use of color, with a bold use of black and white, Yves Klein blue, magenta and citron throughout.

WHAT WILL MY GUESTS EXPERIENCE?: Hospitality at QT Sydney starts before you even hit the lift. On the Market Street level, Parlour Lane Roasters offers a straight up espresso and a casual bite to eat from breakfast to late afternoon, when the space transforms from café to a bustling aperitivo wine bar. Ascending the lifts, guests are ushered into the lobby, and then up the wooden staircase into Gowings Bar & Grill, Creative Food Director Robert Marchetti has shaped a European style brasserie that provides an unpretentious European-style menu.  Guests finish the night off in Gilt Lounge, the after dark party venue.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET THERE?: A short 30min drive from Sydney Airport by car.

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