A company away-day or two is a chance to foster clear thinking in a place of beauty. The Ilam Homestead, ten minutes from Christchurch’s International Airport, is that sort of facility.
Built with grace and grandeur in 1858 by the man who named the suburb ‘Ilam,’ and twice gloriously reinstated and refurbished over ensuing years, this has become conference gold.
Groups of ninety-five or fewer are comfortably seated upstairs in the dining hall, with all the catering capability and bar services available on site.
A very versatile, large, art-endowed house, Ilam Homestead boasts spaces ideal for more intimate gatherings also, and is configured for think-tanks numbering 12 or 100. Plenty of off-street parking takes the stress out of the logistics.
Spilling out into spacious rhododendron gardens, this warm, peaceful homestead fulfils technological-capability and catering choice wishes. Plus – it’s a perfect backdrop for photos.
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To visit the historic Ilam Homestead, now a wedding and functions centre, is to take air from a more elegant era. Gorgeous palatial details plus an old-English-style botanical backdrop set the homestead apart.
Built in 1856 as the residence for the landowner of the entire suburb of Ilam, the homestead subsequently became part of the University of Canterbury. It was a residence for university officials and later on, an exclusive staff club. Its true potential is now realised following the launch of Ilam Homestead Functions Centre in April 2017.
This is one of those glorious houses where, if the skies opened on your big day, it wouldn’t matter in the least. Carved antiques, expansively-proportioned windows and ornate fireplaces provide the artistic background, not to mention gracious outdoor porch-verandas and lush gardens.
Following the 2010 and 2011 quakes, the homestead was extensively remediated. Thankfully, refurbishment has trodden lightly on the past. It’s now a beautiful venue for weddings; a choice which means photography doesn’t need to happen elsewhere.
Homestead General Manager Jamie Costelloe is well used to hosting both larger weddings and more intimate cocktail-style gatherings here. Canterbury’s best catering partners are employed, meaning there’s plenty of choice in inspired and creative food to suit any occasion. The whole house can be hired, or part thereof, and differently sized rooms allow for plenty of big-day options.
We have a secret to share with you; it’s a gem of a venue – Ilam Homestead.
Tucked away down at 87 Ilam Road, it’s a venue with sweeping lawns to the river, stunning rhododendron gardens to walk through and old-style charm from the early 1900s.
There’s room for every type of function – cocktails for 20-30 in the nook, a 50-80-person canape mixer outside and 90 can be seated upstairs. Have your wedding photos amongst the garden, or by the river. It’s similar in style to Mona Vale, with that beautiful 1900s decor and staff who are just delightful.
Another surprise is the incredible range of boutique beers and wines available. With the choice of three catering companies to fit all budgets and styles, it would pay to take a wander down and have a look at Ilam Homestead.