Kelvin Homestead is one of the oldest, privately owned residences in Australia and proudly sits on the Heritage Listed register. Built and owned by Captain Thomas Laycock (the sole casualty of the Rum Rebellion) back in 1820, Kelvin has since had numerous owners including Alfred Kennerley, Mayor of Hobart in 1862. During its history of sales it was described as "a perfect park, with a most beautiful residence and garden” and this description still remains very true of Kelvin Homestead today as the family home to Elizabeth and Patrick Brennan, along with their four kids, three dogs and two cats.
After purchasing Kelvin in 2010 the Brennans soon realised its potential as a historical, rustic wedding space and started to host a small number of weddings. Despite increasing popularity there is a limit of twenty weddings per year which adds an air of exclusivity to each of the weddings held on the stunning colonial grounds.
Speaking of which, the grounds of Kelvin Homestead feature numerous original outbuildings which have been restored to their former glory and reflect a romance of days gone by at the homestead. One of the buildings, close to main house, has been converted to a beautiful bridal suite complete with pieces of antique French furniture curated by Elizabeth. The result is a unique space in which a bride and her attendants can prepare for the big day. Boys are also catered for as the old gaol, adjacent to the bridal suite, has been transformed into a quaint French-themed bar complete with vintage champagne bottles and a snooker table.
When it’s time for the main event, a pathway from the family home leads through the sweeping country garden to a perfect ceremony location - an archway nestled in the shade of a 200 year old gum tree. But this is just one option as the Brennan’s relaxed approach is to let every couple create their own wedding.
Following the ceremony the buildings, gardens, fields and tennis court provide more than enough options for location photos and also offer guests a range of places to explore whilst enjoying their cocktails. In addition the coach house is home to a beautifully restored vintage 1948 MG “Yellow” which Patrick might just whisk you away in to an off site photo location in the local area - if you ask him nicely.
It’s then time for everyone to come together again for the reception which can take place either in a marquee or, for smaller groups of up to 60 guests, the original old barn which is also perfect for a late night hoedown and doubles as a wet weather ceremony space.
Elizabeth is passionate about involving her local community in festivities at Kelvin Homestead and recommends a collective of local suppliers such as Summer Rain photography and The Chef and I catering on her website. The local Narellan Motor Inn also offers an awesome service to all guests of Kelvin Homestead whereby they can organise a mini bus and canapés for guests to enjoy prior to their arrival at the homestead.
Elizabeth can tailor make a Kelvin Homestead experience for you starting at $3,000.