Set amongst the vines and olive orchards of Fleurieu Peninsula’s beautiful McLaren Vale, Hastwell & Lightfoot is a relaxed venue for small to medium sized weddings. Established 1988 by Mark and Wendy Hastwell and partners Martin and Jill Lightfoot, Hastwell & Lightfoot is one of McLaren Vale’s most innovative family-run winegrowers, and is now home to a lovely collection of intimate function spaces.
Hastwell & Lightfoot has multiple areas that can be utilised depending on guest numbers, including the cosy cellar door with its stunning pink bougainvillea wrapped porch, wine lounge, conservatory, and their sprawling lawns that offer plenty of space for a marquee or tipi, but our pick would be the newly opened Oak Room.
The Oak Room is a charming space that combines both modern and rustic features, such as exposed beams, timber walls, polished concrete floors, wood fire and rows of twinkling fairy lights. Glass concertina doors open up to a large wrap-around spotted gum deck complete with barrels and festoon lighting, perfect for pre-dinners or chill out zone. The Oak Room can comfortably seat up to 48 guests at a long-table style reception, or for a larger more casual cocktail affair you can have up to 150 guests spread out between the indoor and outdoor areas.
Picture vintage bird cages filled with florals hanging from the ceiling, or add more lighting to really light up the room. The Oak Room has its own charm, so whatever style you choose, the space will shine!
Couples have access to the entire property for their ceremony and photography, including the family’s private vineyard. They will even throw in some other cool inclusions such as their lawn games!
While Hastwell & Lightfoot wines and friendly bar staff are included in their packages, you are welcome to bring your own beer or cider to be served at the bar. You also have total flexibility to choose your own caterer, who will have access to their fully equipped on-site kitchen. Or you could wheel in a food truck or two for that wed-fest vibe that so suits this venue!
If by chance you are looking for accommodation for your bridal party in the lead up, they have their own 4-bedroom/2-bathroom farmhouse just a short drive from the cellar door. The farmhouse has just been updated and is the ideal location for getting wedding ready, or perhaps for parents or grandparents so they don’t have to travel far after the big day.
For an intimate and relaxed country wedding with views and service that your guests will be talking about long after the event, Hastwell & Lightfoot is a venue that ticks all the boxes.