The Morning Star is a charming property just minutes from Mount Barker in the heart of the Adelaide Hills.
The property dates back to the 1840’s as a hotel with an intriguing history. It was for many years a major attraction on the travels of those en route to the Victorian Goldfields and a very important local gathering place for the growing farming community. It’s history is filled with stories including that of horse races, coach services and even a two cell jail.
Following a historically empathetic renovation of the stone stables by the current owner, the space and its gorgeous gardens are now being offered for dry hire for weddings and events.
The Stables, with its stone and corrugated iron, is the central feature of most events on property. It has been lovingly renovated by hand using exotically sourced recycled materials evident through every finish in the space. It features beautiful high ceilings, vintage windows, a large free-standing bar, open kitchen and state of the art Al Forno pizza oven ready to be fired up for your event. Ideal all year round, if you choose a winter date or even if it’s a surprisingly cool night your guests will be comforted by the slow combustion heater and ability to close up the space from the elements.
The Bluestone courtyard adjacent to the Stables features original deep laid bluestone flooring and a canopy of glory vines which rise from the stone building and wall. This magical space can be accessed directly from an entry door into the Stables or through the arbour of the Milkers Lawns and makes it ideal for pre-receptions, photography or simply as lounge space incorporated into your evening.
The main hotel building, which has now been converted to a stunning private residence, is surrounded by lush layered gardens and providing lots of usable space for ceremonies, pre-receptions and garden parties. Our pick for ceremonies though is the Milkers Lawns where majestic big gums provide ambient shade for guests and incredible glory vine and stone Stables feature in the backdrop so perfectly that the thought of bringing in your own arbour just seems completely unnecessary. You could of course instead use the space to set up lawn games or even deck it out as an outdoor lounge or reception space complete with your touch of personal style.
The Morning Star is a fully flexible space. Whilst most furniture is already provided on site and you have all the facilities you need, we leave you with the ability to bring in your own caterers and drinks making it an easy yet incredibly beautiful and budget friendly selection.
This piece of history beautifully blends the elegance of the formal gardens with the timeworn of the old farm buildings and has so much to offer. The Morning Star is that pretty country gem in the crown of the Adelaide Hills that so many of you have been waiting for ❤️