Weddings, Functions & Retreats

We are happy to offer Appleby House as a wedding/function/retreats venue + accommodation, with the option of using Rabbit Island Huts as additional accommodation for your guests.

The venue is suited to accommodate up  to 24 to 28 staying guests (based on 12 x couples/3 x singles) using all accommodation options. 

Appleby House offers: (sleeps up to 12)

  • Five queen rooms - additional bedding available if required
  • Lots of outdoor space for setting up marquees etc
  • Lots of indoor space
  • Full commercial kitchen
  • Lots of platters, cutlery and glassware supplied
  • Outdoor fire and bbq/entertainment area
  • Surrounding paddocks for additional parking, marquee set up or helipad

Rabbit Island Huts offers:(two people per Hut)

  • Six individual huts that sleep two people in each (one queen bed per hut)
  • One Glamping Tent being added summer of 2017/2018.
  • Three huts include bathrooms/Three Huts share two separate bathrooms
  • Separate outdoor dining area, community area, bathrooms and bbq area with outdoor fire

Total Rooms 12 Total Occupancy 24 (12 x couples + option of single mattresses x 3)

As a guideline the Function Fee (usually associated with weddings only) is:

We only rent for functions if you are also renting accommodation (Appleby House). The below costs are additional to the accommodation costs.

We strongly advise that if you are having a wedding that you rent Appleby House for three nights, this allows for a nice relaxed set up and departure, especially for larger weddings.

We are happy to give you a cost based on actual requirements, the cost will depend on if you are having the ceremony & function or if you are planning on a get together on the day after the wedding e.g. events over two days.

Function Fee Pricing: – additional to cost of accommodation

  • One day hire wedding ceremony & reception $1100.00 (up to 100 guests) to $1300.00 (over 100 guests) 
  • If two day event e.g. wedding one day and function following day $1500.00

Please send me full details, accommodation requirements, wedding guest numbers, if you want ceremony, reception and or get together the following day, and I can give you a detailed estimate of costs.

SMALL WEDDINGS - up to 40 people - cost of ceremony & reception $500.00 - small weddings we think as being very small intimate affairs - not requiring a sit down or formal reception.  No  requirement for bringing in a Marquee.

The Function Fee includes:

  • More care being taken to ensure outdoor areas are presented well
  • Supply of firewood for both indoor and outdoor fires
  • Supply adequate rubbish bins/recycling bins/rubbish bags
  • We can organise additional car parking areas if required, please let us know
  • Basic pantry items supplied 
  • Platters, glasses, crockery – come and visit we have a great selection for you to use, you may need to hire more or use what is available
  • We also have wait and clean staff available for $25.00 per hour

Make an inquiry - email Jane: / or phone 027 6632 639

Please Note though - our property has been setup as a accommodation business, it was not purpose built for large weddings, so there are few things you must be aware of if you are thinking of using the property for your wedding.

  • we advise the use of a generator for additional power if there is high usage e.g. caterers bringing in additional ovens, band requirements, outdoor lighting -
  • if the wedding is at Appleby House - there is only one toilet for public use, you may want to bring in porta toilets for guests to use
  • Appleby House is suited to smaller weddings up to 40 guests if you are planning a  larger wedding then you will probably need to a marquee - there are options where to place marquees close to the house - and there are several companies in  Nelson that will manage this for you, we are happy to help you by supplying contacts of companies that have worked on our property previously
  • You will probably need to also hire tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery depending on what type of wedding you are having
  • We can also accommodate Glamping Weddings - there are companies that will organise this for you, we can prepare an area that is suited for setting up 10 to 20 glamping tents for your guests - if you are interested we are happy to discuss options

Please send an email with how many you would like to invite - and I can cost and supply requirements for your wedding group.  Or very happy for you to visit us and we can discuss your requirements.

NOTE: Retreats have special pricing - as they are usually single occupation - please email details such as numbers, nights and I can estimate costs for you.

Looking forward to hearing from you.