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Rosemary Hill {Chic farm-style wedding venue}

Rosemary Hill has to be one of the most beautiful country, farm-style wedding venues that I have come across to date. We were privileged to do a styled shoot there a few weeks ago, and dare I say that I declare this venue LOVILEE! The staff and everyone was wonderful in assisting us before and on the day. This is such an interesting venue, as it is actually a working farm, I just had to tell you more!

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Rosemary Hill is a working farm situated just 10 minutes east of Pretoria. They have been practising organic farming here for almost 35 years and during this time planted over 30 000 trees and shrubs. They currently grow African Potato, Sutherlandia, Rosemary, Lavender, Artemisia, Lippia, Spearmint, Eucalyptus and various other plants from which they distil essential oils. Other crops include pecan nuts and vegetables. The also have a nursery that sells a variety of shrubs, herbs, flowers and trees.

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Rosemary Hill is a family-run business and works in close co-operation with the Max Stibbe Waldorf School, which was started in Pretoria in 1972 and moved to the farm in 1978.

The venue is one of the very few establishments in Gauteng that offers an authentic Morning or Afternoon Tea (or High Tea) experience. Rather than offering a buffet and expecting guests to help themselves, their High Tea treats are freshly prepared for your enjoyment and presented on elevated tiers with beautiful freshly picked herbs and flowers from their gardens. Perfect for a special birthday, bridal shower or even baby shower.

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Farm weddings held here are unique and each wedding is set up from scratch and personalised according to specifications to provide an earthy, vintage, rustic or chic farm-style experience. Their meals are delicious as everything is freshly prepared by their professional chef. They are able to assist with all aspects of coordination from arranging your photographer, videographer, decorator to arranging the DJ and musicians.

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There are various settings within the venue to choose from for having a function. There are indoor and outdoor options, ranging from the barn {which roof is lined with fairy lights} used for receptions, a greenhouse, popular for ceremonies as well as the maze and more… They even have a place for a bonfire!

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Image Credit: Izelle Labuschagne

Another exciting project is their maze which was planted over Easter weekend (2011). The maze is 80m in diameter and is made up of 2154 trees, herbs and shrubs! “Our aim is for it to be a “multi-purpose” maze: Firstly a beautiful garden and then also a venue for open-air concerts, weddings, art exhibitions etc.”

The latest addition to the farm is a fun and safe trail for runners and mountain bikes. It takes riders and runners on a scenic route across the farm, with quite a few unique obstacles and challenges. The venue offer secure parking, toilet facilities and a tea garden with food and refreshments for after the run/ride. They launched the trail in May 2011 and it is open Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 07h00.

Their tea garden is open every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from 09h00 to 14h00 where they serve breakfasts, freshly baked scones, cakes and light meals.

Image Credit: Izelle Labuschagne

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