ABOUT MERRIBEE

Merribee is a seven-acre property on NSW’s South Coast that features an historic 1850s farmhouse, accommodation and curated gardens, all brought back to life by owners Lucy and Richard Marshall since they purchased the property in 2000.

Merribee’s kaleidoscope of a garden features 2km of pathways that weave through some of the most diverse plantings of trees, shrubs and plants in Australia.

The botanical rooms of this 19th-century estate range from the Rose Garden, where 1,000 David Austin, Old English and Old French roses beguile with their fragrant aroma, and the formal potager garden, to the topiary, herb and medicinal gardens and the Lavender Paddock where 1,000 lavenders transport visitors to the fields of France’s Provence. The property also boasts a tennis court, croquet lawn and games room.

Merribee has entertained 5,000 guests since it began hosting magical weddings over 12 years ago, and the estate also offers guests the opportunity to hire specifically designed sections of the property for private parties and naming ceremonies. 

Guests often take the property for 3-4 nights in order that they can relax with their family and close friends and really enjoy their weddings together over a longer period of time.

Alternatively guests can simply hire the property for their wedding ceremony and reception.

In 2009 we converted the old grain silo (The Silo) into romantic accommodation for the bride and groom.  The Silo has four floors, including a master bedroom, and look-out floor which gives uninterrupted 360 degree views of the dairy lands which surround Merribee.

Sixty years of intense farming use (and very little TLC) had left the concrete shell quite dilapidated.  On the other hand, the concrete structure was in excellent shape.  With Kevin Bull’s design skills and Martin Keat's building nous, the restoration took about four weeks and resulted in a disused industrial structure being transformed into stylish, romantic accommodation. Renovation work included the installation of curved steel staircases linking four newly installed floors, the installation of new windows at each level and the construction of an entirely new roof and top floor level.

In 2012, we extended the property's nursery beds to include nearly 1,000 rose bushes.  Having grown David Austin roses in the formal rose garden for 12 years, we now offer exquisite Old English/French and David Austin roses for couples marrying at Merribee and visitors.


In 2013 we converted our old shed into more function space for wedding events and in 2015, we built our Barn, with room to seat up to 140 guests inside, plus another 40 on the verandah.


In 2016 to early 2017 James Thompson re-joined our team to design the additional gardens at Merribee. In addition to restoring and reinvigorating our extensive garden rooms, James has introduced more points of interest to the garden.   We are now open every Wednesday from 10am-4pm (entrance by gold coin).   In time, our goal is to make Merribee a truly exceptional 'garden estate' for visitors to enjoy, either for their function or just to view the garden.  See our garden plan of Merribee - please note some gardens are still under construction.