ABOUT St ClairE COUNTRY HOUSE
Your own private estate
You feel like you are on your own private estate at St Claire Country House. St Claire sits on 24 acres amongst rolling countryside dotted with farm animals. It is only one hour from Melbourne and 5 minutes from Trentham village.
For large groups
St Claire is a place for large groups to come together. The focus may be a wedding, a celebration, a retreat, a corporate meeting, a family gathering, a girls’ weekend or something of special interest. There is accommodation for up to 24 people across 9 bedrooms, with a central Salon for gathering in. The Salon is for cooking, eating, relaxing, meeting and doing activities.
French colonial style
The architecture of St Claire Country House is French Colonial in style, harking from where the French had colonies, such as the French Caribbean. The interiors are a modern interpretation of French Colonial style.
Orientation to the Country House
In the photo above, the East Wing (bedrooms) is on the left, the Salon is in the middle, and the West Wing (bedrooms) is on the right. The Salon contains a large kitchen, a long dining table and a large lounge area. It is the gathering place for guests staying at St Claire and it is a venue for private functions and events for the public.
Wild romantic garden
The one acre garden of St Claire is in Wild Romantic style; with flowering trees, perfumed roses and pretty perennials everywhere. The garden emulates those developed by Sarah Price of London - as seen in the international Gardens Illustrated magazine. This Wild Romantic style is part of the New Perennial Movement that is all the rage in Europe.
Un paradis fleuri
Flowers are everywhere in the interiors and garden, forming a flowery paradise - un paradis fleuri.
More information about the French Colonial Style
The house has steep roofs, verandas, French doors with shutters and tall chimneys. Inside there are 12 foot ceilings, oak floors, basket chandeliers, carved marble mantle pieces, gilded mirrors and French furniture. There are richly decorated interiors and soft colour is everywhere - just like in the French colonies.
Upscale luxury providers have been used for the interiors of the Country House. These include Designers Guild of London (see Vogue Living magazine) and Sanderson for the wallpapers and curtains, Designer Chandelier and Designer Rugs. Some of the French furniture was custom made by Cote Maison of Sydney. Other French furniture came from Town and Country Style, Villa Maison, French and English, and La Maison. Mirrors are by Giltwood. Porters Paints were used. Furniture on the verandas is Vincent's Garden and Naturally Cane. Julian Ronchi Nursery supplied the pots.