Banjo Paterson Cottage Restaurant, Gladesville is “a home away from home”
A wedding¬†reception venue by the water is more often than not a popular choice simply because of the location.¬† But this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to be a place worth holding your reception.¬† Fortunately, our experience of Banjo Paterson Cottage Restaurant in Gladesville¬†has been all smiles!
Built in the 1830s, the sandstone cottage “Rockend” was where A.B. “Banjo” Paterson lived as a young man with his¬†grandmother while he studied at Sydney Grammar School.¬† Now, it’s a fine dining restaurant that has set high standards and manages to achieve them every time we visit.¬† Being once a home, and now a famously historic one at that,¬†it still has that homely feeling exuding lashings of charm & character.
Set on about¬†five acres of land near Bedlam Point in Gladesville, according to their website the landscaped gardens are perfect for an outdoor wedding ceremony¬†and¬†we couldn’t agree more.¬† The flower beds add a romantic touch to the occasion and the pathway that gently winds from the front of the house through to the back lawn area opens up to a wonderful¬†vista of the Parramatta River allowing for a grand entrance by the bride as she is escorted down the “aisle”.¬† Afterwards, the open grassed area is large enough for both the¬†family photographs and a¬†group shot of the¬†guests as they’re gathered, captured from the top of the steps.
Taking a stroll down to the¬†jetty for photos with the bridal party is effective with the wooden boards in the foreground and the wide expanse of the river in the background.¬† The walkway along the shoreline with the occasional copse of fir trees provides another option for location¬†photographs.¬† Even the gate of the property can be utilised to good effect, especially when all the guests have gone inside to be seated for dinner.¬† And don’t forget the front of the cottage with the rose bushes and bridal cars.
Return through the vine-covered archway¬†and through the homestead’s doorway to be warmly welcomed by friendly staff and open fireplaces.¬† Then be greeted by your guests to a round of applause as you join them in one of the dining rooms.¬† With any luck, the¬†glorious colours of the setting sun will be streaming through the windows¬†during your¬†dinner reception.
One of our¬†recent weddings was blessed with¬†a fantastic cake, flowers and table decorations that¬†Form Over Function had organised for the bride & groom whose nominated theme was, coincidentally, “sunset”.
The venue may have a heritage listing but the food is modern and delicious with staff that bend-over-backwards to ensure you and your guests have a great time!