Ascot House | Wedding Receptions Melbourne
ASCOT HOUSE IS AN ELEGANT VICTORIAN MANSION SET IN TWO ACRES OF BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, A TRULY PREMIER WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE.
Ascot House is the definitive solution for couples looking for a sophisticated Melbourne wedding venue. Conveniently located in Ascot Vale, wedding receptions held at the Ascot House mansion and gardens are always of an exceptional standard, making Ascot House one of the leading wedding reception venues in Melbourne.
Choosing reception venues can be a difficult process, but of all the wedding venues Melbourne has to offer, Ascot House stands out. With undeniable heritage charm, expert wedding caterers, dedicated staff focused on flawless service and two acres of gardens offering ample wedding photography opportunities, Ascot House is a wedding venue Melbourne couples have chosen for more than 100 years.
Ascot House has been meticulously restored retaining its original homely charm whilst providing today’s modern facilities. The house features antique furnishings, open fireplaces, sweeping verandas and grand dining rooms with stunning garden views.
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As Melbourne’s leading historic wedding reception venue, Ascot House has been a prized wedding venue for more than 100 years and has hosted some of Melbourne’s most glamorous weddings.
Set on two acres of manicured gardens and featuring two deluxe rooms suited for varying wedding reception styles and capacities, Ascot House sets the standard for ambience, service and style. Unlike many other Melbourne wedding venues, Ascot House offers the ability to have your vows, photography and wedding reception all in the one location, which not only saves time and money, but also allows maximum enjoyment of your day.
Whether you want your wedding to be held in the exquisitely intimate Chandelier room, the luxuriously extravagant Grand Ballroom or even on the lawn for a picture-perfect, sunny garden wedding, Ascot House’s old-world charm ensures that it’s the Melbourne wedding reception venue of choice.
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Catering at Ascot House
We are excited to announce the official launch of Ascot House’s new menu. Our executive chef Michael Matthews has created a selection of dishes filled with fresh, seasonal flavours, creative cooking techniques and exciting produce that we can’t wait to start serving to our couples and their guests. We spoke to Matthews about his inspiration for the new menu and why he has such a passion for creating fine food for our couples.
Matthews says he was excited to incorporate new ingredients into the menu, seeing the inclusion of produce such as quinoa, puffed rice, chili caramel and yuzu.
I wanted to bring in more exotic ingredients that guests may not have tasted before,” he says. “It allows people to get excited about what they’re eating and brings some intrigue to the dishes. Rather than the traditional venue-style food they might be used to, we’re now offering people polished, modern dishes that can really enhance the whole atmosphere of a wedding.
With a new menu filled with a range of elegant dishes that let the produce shine, there’s no doubt you and your guests will love Matthews’ exciting array of new dishes being served up at Ascot House.
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About Ascot House
ASCOT HOUSE – MELBOURNE’S HISTORIC WEDDING RECEPTION VENUE
Built circa 1860, Ascot House exudes historic charm. Originally purchased from the Crown for the sum of 118 pounds, the mansion has remained the reception venue of choice for many of Melbourne’s finest weddings, parties and events for more than 140 years.
Councillor John Thomas Smith was the first owner of Ascot House, and during this era guests would arrive at the 58 acre property by horse and buggy. John Thomas Smith was a member of the first council of the City of Melbourne and subsequently became Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1851 – 1864. He was a benevolent man who continually involved himself in charity work.
Arthur Fenton, another prominent councillor, acquired Ascot House in the early 1900’s. He was a colourful character involved in early aviation and catering. He subsequently heralded Ascot House into the catering field and under his guardianship this stately home became the premier reception house it continues to be today.
Throughout the years, the ownership of the property has passed through many capable hands, however many years after the Smith family had vacated, the prized collection of family silver was found buried under the cellars at Ascot House. At this time, the collection of silver was worth more than the property. Exquisite pieces of the silver are still used in Ascot House today.
There are many incredible stories associated with old mansions and Ascot House Receptions is no exception. It is believed that the original Smith family silver was taken to Government House in 1934 and used by the Duke of Gloucester, who later became Governor General.
The exceptional reputation of Ascot House Receptions has been established through its history and continues with the care and service of the Patinyotis family who have owned the property since 1979. The rich heritage and enduring elegance of Ascot House makes it one of Melbourne’s finest and most sought after venues for contemporary weddings delivered with a touch of class.