ABOUT St ClairE COUNTRY HOUSE
Beautiful French colonial style
St Claire Country House is a new beautifully luxurious French Colonial establishment that includes an elegant French conservatory event venue (the Salon) and fashionable Guest Quarters. Classical and stylish, the architecture and interior design of St Claire Country House harks from the French colonies, such as the French Caribbean.
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 that becomes a little bit “wyld” on the edges. The garden emulates the latest style in England where the New Perennial Movement is all the rage.
The floral emphasis in the interiors and the garden is delightful. They are enchantingly beautiful.
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 hip village of Trentham is five minutes away, with its upmarket Annie Smithers’s 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 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, including Yamina Rare Plants.
St Claire is "belle, gracieuse et élégante".
A beautiful space for your function
The Salon of St Claire is a splendid French conservatory style room, filled with flowers and plants. It opens onto gracious verandas. The beautiful Salon is perfect for functions such as a fashionable wedding, a stylish anniversary celebration or a chic birthday party. For smaller groups a special lunch, dinner or high tea at the long table maybe just the thing. For larger groups a cocktail party may be the way to go.
The salon is large and spacious and can hold up to 120 people. There is lounge seating around the fireplace for 20 and a French style dining table that seats 22.
(Furniture arrangements are flexible. Furniture can be moved and additional furniture brought in.)
The lawn to the north of the Salon can be used for a marquee. It would be just the thing to have a wedding ceremony in the Salon, drinks on the verandas and the reception in a marquee on the lawn. Games such as cricket, croquet and boules could be enjoyed.
People dressed in finery, moving elegantly from one area to another, would be quite something to see.
Interior design of the Salon
Light splatters throughout the Salon. The exquisite room is dominated by a large open fireplace at one end that has a striking Louis XVI carved marble mantlepiece and gorgeous gilded mirror above. There are French doors all around; Designers Guild pink peony wallpaper; curtains and upholstery of silk, velvet and linen; crystal basket chandeliers; modern French furniture; reproductions of 18th Century art works and porcelain objet d’art. Overall a really beautiful space.
To arrange to view the room and discuss your special needs, please see details on the Contact Page.
The Guest Quarters are designed for gracious living
The Guest Quarters, designed for gracious living, are perfect for socialising and relaxing. The divine common room with its marble mantelpiece, gilded mirror, basket chandelier and birdcage has a well equipped kitchen, long oak dining table and chairs, and plush sitting area for easy conversation.
There are four 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 metal table on lush lawn, surrounded by a charming garden planted with linden trees, roses and lavender. Great for fun times.
French Colonial residences were built in compounds - as is St Claire. The compound at St Claire is composed of three buildings. The Guest House is to the West, the Salon is to the North, and the owners' quarters are in the East Wing (a good distance from the Guest House). The East Wing also contains a large private bedroom for guests. Together this bedroom, and the Guest House, containing three bedrooms; with a kitchen, dining and sitting area, form the Guest Quarters.