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Five rural venues perfect for corporate retreats

If you’re looking to escape to the country for your next celebration or corporate retreat, there are many rural gems tucked away in blissful locations.

From rustic barns to airy warehouses, these stylish venues cater for any occasion – whether it be a small exclusive event or a big playful bash.

Here are five reasons to swap city glam for country chic.

1. The Potterage

School RoadMenzies Creek VIC 3159

The Potterage, VIC

The ageing pink facade gives you an idea of what to expect, and the rustic interiors certainly deliver. Picture:

For those looking for a distinct provincial feel, this creative studio in rural Victoria offers the perfect location for corporate meetings, fashion shoots, or filming.

The quirky barn oozes Tuscan style with period furniture and plenty of natural light.

It is available by the hour or for the full day, and includes access to a small outdoor garden.

2. Mill Pond Farm

660 Majors Creek RdBraidwood NSW 2622

Mill Pond Farm

Eccentric curios, wartime artwork, rich wooden textures, and as much old-world charm as one could possibly hope for. Picture:

Overlooking a calm country pond, this converted mill offers plenty of room to move.

The outside is granite stone and soft-toned brick, while the inside is decorated with rustic wooden floors and massive interior beams.

Sitting on a 100-acre farm near the Budawang Mountains, this character-filled venue is suitable for gallery exhibitions, music events and professional workshops.

3. Ardeena

515 Carool RoadCarool NSW 2486


Ardeena is a blank canvas, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Picture:

Nestled in the Gold Coast hinterland, this warehouse-style venue boasts stunning ocean views and lots of outside space.

Suitable for parties, weddings and family reunions, it includes a covered outdoor area complete with lighting, a kitchen and bathrooms.

Near the peak of Mt Carool, it is also only a short drive from the beach and 16 km from the Coolangatta airport, offering easy access for visiting friends and family.

4. Mount Sturgeon Homestead

Parker StreetDunkeld VIC 3294

Mount Sturgeon

It’s as picturesque a wedding venue as any you’re likely to see on the big screen. Picture:

This classic Australian homestead offers the ultimate experience when it comes to rustic chic.

The country house is picturesque and equipped with period furniture. It is great for conferences, functions and workshop weekends.

Situated near the Grampian National Park, the venue is also within 3km of the celebrated, 40-room Royal Mail Hotel, and only a short drive from a range of impressive walks and waterfalls.

5. The Mantle of Melbourne

The Mantle of Melbourne

High-pitched warehouse ceiling? Check. Polished concrete floors? Check. An ample dose of greenery? Check, check, check. Picture:

2389 Diggers Rest – Coimadai RoadToolern Vale VIC 3337

If you want a country experience without travelling too far, then this light and airy warehouse might be just the ticket.

Hidden amongst 700 acres of Australian bush near Diggers Rest, the 550-square-metre building can comfortably cater for up to 150 people.

It boasts a high-pitched roof, a stage, a bar, a kitchen, and polished concrete floors – making it suitable for functions, workshops, trade shows, markets and conferences.

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