Historic heart & soul: Ilam Homestead

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments,” said Shakespeare and, while we are there, let’s throw in true heart and soul as well.


At Ilam Homestead, once home to the Rector of the University of Canterbury, you will find mind, heart and soul wrapped in with the beauty and history of the very fabric of this gracious historic homestead.
General Manager Glenda Clark says, “With its sweeping driveway, imposing entranceway, glorious panelling, high-ceilinged rooms and open fireplaces, it is a glorious setting for weddings and events”. The lush and historic gardens that frame the house are haloed by the upper reaches of the Avon River, spanned by a series of picturesque wooden bridges ideal for photos. “Our garden is so camera-friendly, and there are multiple ceremony sites to choose from inside and outside,” Glenda says. “Spring and summer are particularly luscious when the renowned azalea and rhododendron garden is in full bloom.”

There has been an Ilam Homestead here since 1852 and this building which replaced the original in 1910 has been hosting weddings for 40 years. “We can seat up to 110 in our upstairs room, and we have smaller rooms too,” Glenda says. This gorgeous and gracious vintage home and garden is the perfect place for all events. “Our beautiful rimu and brass bar is an ideal place for post-ceremony drinks before heading upstairs for dinner. We have plenty of beverage options and three caterers to choose from – we cater for almost every budget.”




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