Hunter Valley Weddings
Serene beauty, breathtaking views… there’s no setting more romantic to begin your married life than the spectacular Hunter Valley. The Powerhouse at Broke located on a working Alpaca Farm is a truly unique venue to say “I do”…
The Powerhouse Function Centre offers a unique rustic wedding and event venue all close to the heart of the Hunter Valley and just 1 hour from Newcastle.
The upper building has a caterer's kitchen facility joining Karl's Boardroom. Outside the boardroom there is a wide covered verandah area for informal barbecue cooking.
Central steps lead down through an enclosed garden to the main Powerhouse building; this is a large indoor venue, with high ceilings suitable for up to 120 dinner guests.
All three spaces are connected by three sets of large opening alfresco doors, in moderate weather the whole area can be opened up to become one integrated space. The North side of the main Powerhouse building opens to a 45 sqm covered veranda looking out over the fields, the pond and the newly established lawns and native plantings, ideal for pre dinner drinks at sunset.
The Powerhouse is a flexible open space, a blank canvas for you to fill. The venue is ideal for an informal family get together or a more formal event dinner or wedding.
Accommodation is available in a mix of one, two and three bedroom cottages onsite. Wedding and Event bookings are only available when accommodation is booked.
|The Power House||The Verandah||Karl's Boardroom|
|Area||132 sqm||45 sqm||48 sqm|
Starline Alpaca Wedding Package
Our weddings are perfect for those you want to keep things fun, easy and make the most of a weekend away with their family and friends. Everything in on site – there is no need to rush around, drive anywhere or worry how everyone is getting home.
So here is our all-inclusive package for you…..(cost $4,500)
Use of the Function Centre
Our function centre can seat up to 80, or for a cocktail style, fit up to 120 guests. Your ceremony can be held anywhere on the property; including the lawn, gazebo area, veranda or inside the function centre itself. We have a portable raised outdoor decking platform that can be used for ceremonies on the lawn. So rain or shine your wedding will be perfect! As a bonus the Function Centre is your and your families for the whole weekend! That means – plenty of time to save costs and set up however you want! Or even invite your guests to a night before dinner, or recovery breakfast the following day! Large stand alone gas heaters are also provided for the veranda area on a chilly night!
The Conference Room & Commercial Kitchen
This is also yours for the entire weekend. Located directly behind the function centre, this is perfect for your caterers to prepare meals for your event. The boardroom acts as a perfect “plating area” for large groups, and some quiet space for you to use to set up or store items for your event. There are also male and female toilets located here for your guests.
One of the biggest costs on a wedding day is catering. Here we don’t mind who you use – it’s your choice. Whether it’s one of our superb local catering groups, a catering company you already know or some good old “Nanna’s cooking”. Starline has no involvement with your choice of caterers and take no commissions. We just ask for them to bring their own pots/pans/knives and chopping boards. They are also to leave the kitchen clean and tidy when finished (“as they found it”). As you have use of the kitchen for the entire weekend – you can store your food and drinks here the whole time.
As part of the package we will supply for you
- Chairs, trestle tables and table cloths to seat up to 80 guests.
- Cutlery and crockery to feed up to 80 guests
- Glass wear (including wine and champagne) for up to 120 guests
Our Garden Cottage is the perfect place for you to be close to everything, but far enough away to have your own privacy as well. Located at the back of the property it’s a modern couple’s suite with fantastic views. Our package includes a 3 night stay for the bride and groom to share.
Once again – it’s your choice! Depending on the day and the weather – you can have your reception on the lawns, pergola area, or veranda at the front of the function room. The function room does have “chapel like windows” if you would like to have it inside as well. Chairs from the function room can be used for the ceremony and a signing table will also be available.
Your photographer is welcome to use any areas of the farm you like. We can even help get some animals in the photos with you! Lucy our baby Alpaca – loves photos!
Who doesn’t love a fire pit! The pergola area can be set up on request to have a fire going for a late night gaze at the starts. (Subject to local fire restrictions. Weather dependent – fire wood included!)
As we are unlicensed – you need to bring your own alcohol. Don’t forget we are in the hunter valley! So, we are sure our local wineries would be happy to give you a great deal on wine. As you will be responsible for your own liquor – please remember this means you are also responsible for the responsible service of alcohol to your guests, and to ensure everyone gets home safe. We suggest per-organising a minibus for guests that may not be staying on the property. In the function room, we do have a large wine fridge and bar service desk. You will also need one server per 30 guests. Some of our local causal staff may be happy to help you on the night. However it is your responsibility to pay and direct your catering staff.
Your Friends and Family
Of course – we will look after them as well – with 10% off all of our rack rates for the weekend. A minimum 2 night stay is required (either fri/sat or sat/sun). We have 15 cottages for them to rent and stay on site with you…this includes.
- 2 x Waterview 3 bedroom cottages
- 2 x Waterview 2 bedroom cottages
- Top Cottage – 3 bedroom
- Sashas Cottage – 2 bedroom
- Lucys Cottage – 2 bedroom
- 3 x Stockyard suites – (couples suites)
- 5 x Family Cottages – 2 bedroom
Apart from the Gardeners Cottage, which is included in the package, the other forms of accommodation can be “put on hold” for your guests with a $100 deposit per cottage. Your family and friends can then book and pay their balances separately. We do ask that the closest cottages to the function center are booked first, which includes the water view cottages and Sasha’s cottage for minimal disturbances to non-wedding guests.
Children/babies are welcome at our venue but are the full responsibility of their parents/carers. There are two very reliable babysitting services can travel to the property and look after children on site if you choose. Then you’re only a minute away if they do need you!
Camping on Grounds / Caravans
Every large family has someone traveling around the great OZ. Self-contained caravans / camper vans (not tents) in limited numbers are allowed on the property at an additional cost. Due to septic / water restrictions, we do not have the facilities to have additional guests other than those in our accommodation. So you would need to be totally self-sufficient. Please talk to management prior to your event regarding the options available. Please note, unexpected guests are not always accepted. Please organise all your guest numbers with management prior to arrival.
Decorating / Clean-up
The function room is provided as empty space with the chairs and tables. Therefore you are welcome to decorate and set up however you desire, which is why we give you access all weekend to set up. You can set up as little or as big as you like, as long as you’re happy to clean it up. All staples, tacks and blue tack needs to be completely removed. Confetti can be used – but it’s a hassle to clean up…so that’s your choice. The function room will be neat and tidy on your arrival and you will need to remove any broken glass/excess rubbish into the bins provided.
Cleaning for weddings $50 per hour, our staff will clean the whole venue – including toilets, mopping and rubbish disposal.
The Function Centre is strictly a non-smoking environment. There are “Butt Buckets” supplied for the use of smokers outdoors. Please do not leave cigarette butts on the ground. An additional cleaning cost will occur if there is excess cigarette butts found.
A small p.a. system is available for your use. It is portable for you to use on the grounds for the ceremony. It only takes iPod/iPad or laptop connections. Any other music forms is up to you to decide and organise, please bring extension cords or anything else needed. We ask that guests consider our neighbours and all “loud noise” is turned off by midnight. All guests not staying at Starline should leave by midnight.
A $1,000 pre-authorised bond will be placed onto your credit card, to cover any damage. You will be informed of costs prior to charging.
To book the “wedding package” a 50% deposit is required. The balance is then due 1 month prior to arrival.
To ensure you have a hassle free, no fuss wedding. We are happy to help assist in any way to ensure your special day is fun, relaxing and a great experience for you and your guests.
Local Catering options
Starline Alpacas Farmstay Resort offers an onsite catering service. We offer a range of catering options for events big and small, from a private dinner in your cottage to fully catered conference and wedding packages.
Chefs Ben and Jace bring the combined experience of 18 years of cooking in some of Australia's leading Hotels and Restaurants and take pride in using these skills to bring you the best in produce that the Hunter Valley has to offer.
Group cooking demonstrations are available covering a range of techniques from pasta making through to cake decorating and everything in between.
- Hot Buffet Breakfast from $40 per person
- BBQ Buffet from $60 per person
- Dinner Banquet from $75 per person
- Catering is based on a minimum of 20 guests.
Eden Catering, based in Central Coast, but servicing the Hunter www.edencatering.com.au
Terms and conditions:- please note no group functions are allowed in the individual houses. Please contact the farm team to arrange the use of the Powerhouse Function Centre at a moderate fee.
Local Event Suppliers
Bec’s Cake Creations Phone: 02 4932 0377 www.becscakecreations.com.au
Monkey Place catering, Broke. Qualified pastry chef, offering a full range of pastries and cakes, including wedding cakes. Phone: 0412 397 691 www.monkeyplace.com.au
Yeng Tan Floral Designer – Phone: 0403 029 129
Floral Affects – Phone: 02 4991 7199
Affections wedding and event hire Phone: 0439 499 759
April Werz Photography - Phone: 0431 935 575 www.aprilwerz.com
Photography on Hermitage - Phone: 0413 805 222 www.photographyonhermitage.com.au
David Benson Photography - Phone: 0417 686 110 www.bensonsphotography.com
Hunter Valley Wedding Entertainment, provide a selection of music including acoustic guitar, MC’s and DJ’s for your big day. Phone 0400 421 184
Hair and Makeup
The Salon at Chateau Elan Phone: 02 4998 2506