ABOUT St ClairE COUNTRY HOUSE
Beautiful French colonial style
St Claire Country House is a new French Colonial establishment. Classical and stylish, the architecture and interior design of St Claire harks from the French colonies. The Country House includes beautifully luxurious accommodation in a private Guest House and a separate event space for special occasions.
Un paradis fleuri
A flowery paradise" - is an apt description of St Claire Country House. Its’ interiors have been described as “divine”, “exquisite” and “dreamy”. They are sumptuous and richly decorated. Many of the wallpapers and fabrics are in painterly florals and there are enticing vases of flowers and potted flowering plants throughout.
The garden of the Country House has been planted with flowering trees, fragrant old French roses and pretty perennials, to create a perfumed romantic garden.
The floral emphasis in the interiors and the garden is delightful.
In tranquil farmland close to the village
St Claire Country House is on 24 acres at Trentham East, one hour north-west of Melbourne. It is surrounded by tranquil, green, undulating farmland. The village of Trentham is five minutes away, with its upmarket Annie Smithers’ restaurant, gastro pubs and trendy cafes.
More information on the architecture and interiors
St Claire's architecture is in graceful French Colonial style. There are steep roofs, dormer windows, tall chimneys, verandahs, French doors and rustic shutters.
St Claire's interiors have 12 foot ceilings, oak floors, marble mantle pieces, gilded mirrors, basket chandeliers, floral wallpapers and fabrics, French furniture and soft colour everywhere.
All in keeping with old world French Colonial charm and elegance.
Upscale specialist providers have been used to create the exquisite interiors of the Country House. These providers include Designers Guild, Sanderson, Designer Rugs, Designer Chandelier, Giltwood, Cote Maison, Town and Country Style, Villa Maison, La Maison, French and English, La Maison de Jean-Pierre, Kosnar's Picture Framing and Porters Paints.
Quality providers and brands used in the outdoors include Fermob, Vincent Garden, Naturally Cane, Tait Decorative Iron, Julian Ronchi Nursery and Bay Road Nursery. Plants have been sourced from a range of specialist nurseries.
St Claire is "belle, gracieuse et élégante".
The Guest HOUSE IS designed for gracious living
The Guest House, designed for gracious living, is perfect for socialising and relaxing. The divine common room has a well equipped kitchen, long oak dining table and chairs, and plush sitting area for easy conversation.
There are three delightful well-appointed bedrooms, each with an en suite. Bedside tables contain books on poetry and philosophy. Bathroom amenities are from the White Company of London.
Each bedroom looks out to the garden. On the veranda outside each bedroom there is a wicker table and chairs, suitable for a quiet chat, read or drink.
There is also a fab outdoor dining area with a BBQ and French table on lawn, surrounded by a charming garden planted with linden trees, roses and lavender. Great for fun times.
If you are coming here for a special occasion, you may wish to have a special lunch, dinner or high tea with your family and friends in the French Salon. The lounge area and dining table in the Salon seat 22. Special chefs from the area can cook or a catering company can be used.
For details please see "Special Occasions" and "Pricing".
FRENCH SALON AND NORTH LAWN
A country estate
St Claire Country House is a French Colonial establishment with a perfumed romantic garden set in gorgeous countryside.
The Salon of St Claire is a splendid French conservatory style room, filled with flowers and plants. It was designed to be beautiful and captivating – a space for stylish events.
You may wish to hire the Salon for a special lunch, dinner or high tea with your family, friends, or colleagues. The lounge area and dining table in the Salon seat 22. There are a number of specialist caterers available in the area.
The venue space at St Claire for larger functions comprises the French Salon and North Lawn. Both spaces can be used for wedding ceremonies and receptions, special occasions such as birthday or anniversary celebrations, and functions such as corporate parties or product launches.
Before your function
In the Guest House there is a divine common room in neutral colours with a gorgeous fireplace, chandelier and birdcage that make perfect settings for photos.
The Salon is dominated by a large open fireplace that has a Louis XVI marble mantlepiece holding candelabra and flowers, with a gilded mirror above. It provides the perfect backdrop for a couple taking their vows, or for someone talking or performing.
The lounge furniture can be cleared out from the room and it can be used for cocktail parties, and with additional furniture brought in, sit down meals.
People can spill out onto the gracious verandas which have rattan and wicker furniture.
The Salon is available as follows: For 22 people or under, until 10 pm and for over 22 people and up to 150 people, until 7.30 pm.
The North Lawn
There are a range of set ups that can be used on the North Lawn including a chic provincial canvas and cotton rope and pole tent; a traditional marquee; open plan ( canvas cabanas, a bar, umbrellas with cocktail tables and lounge furniture); or casual (some umbrellas and chairs). All set ups can be designed according to the expected weather and the number of people participating.
If the function is during the day, games such as cricket, croquet, boules and chess can be played in the sunshine.
The North Lawn is available until 11 pm.
Style your own function
You can style your own function, showcasing your taste and design flair, from having a stunning floral arrangement in the Salon to creating amazing spaces outside.
The next day
A delicious continental breakfast can be provided the next morning for up to 22 people.
A follow up BBQ or lunch for up to 22 people can be held in a lush outdoor area that has tables and umbrellas and is planted with lavender, roses and linden trees.
The separate and private Guest House has three plush bedrooms (all with en suite), a sumptuous living area, well equipped kitchen and tranquil outdoor area. This can be made available from 12 pm on the day of arrival and until 4 pm on the day of departure.
Viewing of the property
To arrange a viewing and discuss your special needs, please see details on the Contact Page.
Chic provincial canvas tents
St Clare Country House recommends beautiful chic provincial canvas tents for your occasion.