Built in 1864 by Matthew Rankine, whose father William Rankine settled Strathalbyn, Woodburn Homestead has been sympathetically restored from the Belvidere attic to the stone cellar, since its purchase by the Westphalen family in 2016. Now the exclusive home of award-winning wedding caterer Cindy’s Classic Gourmet, Woodburn Homestead is an all-inclusive destination venue for weddings, accommodation, birthdays, community events and corporate retreats. The multi-award winning nationally recognised caterer and planner Cindy Westphalen manages each event.
The stone barn has been saved from crumbling with structural repairs and authentic restorations to transform it into the icon of the property, an open-air chapel. Bricks matching in age, colour and manufacture were used to restore the steps of the cellar, to be used as an intimate function dining room. South Australian slate was sourced to match that used in the construction of the Homestead, to pave an enclosed outdoor area adjoining the Angus River and frame the natural arbour of Australian gum trees for a wedding ceremony backdrop. ‘The Stables’ and adjoining lawns were thoughtfully established by the Westphalen family to link the homestead, open-air chapel and Angas Lawns.
Woodburn Homestead has three bathrooms and four bedrooms each with a private entrance, providing comfortable, luxury Australian accommodation as a base to explore the food, wine, produce and history that the Langhorne Creek region offers.
A preview of Woodburn Homestead:
“Incredible ceremony venue in the gorgeous open-air chapel. The history of the property has been so beautifully restored. So many incredible spots for photographs! Perfect really!!”
“Woodburn Homestead has absolutely everything you need for a beautiful wedding and reception. A perfect all in one package. Willing to provide all the small features to make sure your day is everything you wished it to be.”
Cindy Westphalen has operated Cindy’s Classic Gourmet since 1987. In that time, she has catered to the Lord Mayor’s Department, Prime Minister John Howard and Premier John Olsen. Cindy has always had a strong connection with community events, catering the official opening of the Airport Runway Extension, the welcome home parade for the Commonwealth Games Athletes and five years for the SA Great Campaign.
As a caterer and planner, Cindy has worked with thousands of couples around Australia to plan and execute their celebrations. As such, Cindy’s Classic Gourmet has received the bride-and-groom-voted award from the Australian Bridal Industry Academy in South Australia since 2001, and the National Designer of Dreams Award for Australia’s Number 1 Caterer in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Since purchasing the beautifully historic Woodburn Homestead in 2016, Cindy Westphalen has dedicated herself to the community of Langhorne Creek — attracting new wedding business as well as accommodating guests and events.
In October 2017, Woodburn Homestead hosted an event to raise funds for the Milang Butter Factory. Woodburn has hosted events to showcase local artists, inviting locals, buyers and tourists to the area to discover new talents, artisan pieces and be inspired by the beauty of the region. The Goolwa Tidy Towns Luncheon was also hosted by Woodburn.
In May 2019, Cindy launched the Langhorne Creek Wedding Trail to showcase the region’s wedding businesses to qualified customers in a progressive one-day self-guided tour. When businesses and the local community join to showcase their offerings, the benefits radiate through the region, as each couple’s wedding investment brings return visits, wine tours, weekend getaways and long lunches. Cindy’s efforts successfully showcased what this stunning area has to offer.
“The staff were lovely and welcoming, the food was fantastic, the setting was stunning. Great facilities and a perfect night.”
“We had such an incredible time with Cindy throughout the whole experience of our wedding, from conception to reality. She was there every step of the way and we knew straight from the start that our big day was in safe hands and that she wouldn’t let anything go wrong.”
Woodburn Homestead is not only a South Australian premium wedding venue, but the accommodation is truly first class.
The lovingly restored homestead sleeps up to 10 people and offers:
• ‘The wedding suite’ with one queen bed and ensuite
• One room with queen bed
• One room with queen bed and one single bed
• One room with three single beds
• Two bathrooms with showers (in addition to the ensuite)
• Fully equipped country kitchen
• Comfortable lounge room with original fireplace
• An interior sympathetically restored and thoughtfully styled for luxury
• Wrap around veranda and outdoor areas
• Outdoor BBQ
• All linens (sheets and towels supplied)
• Exclusive use of the entire property
• Picturesque garden and surrounds
“An excellent choice of accommodation. The homestead is beautifully appointed and to wake up in the morning to the sound of kookaburras and magpies and have breakfast on the veranda entirely alone except for the odd blue wren was very special.”
Past Woodburn Community Events
Langhorne Creek Wedding Trail May 2019
Five venues on the Langhorne Creek Wedding Trail, each showcasing a unique function style, from an industrial winery, tactile barrel shed and tropical oasis, to historic buildings, manicured native gardens and stone cottages. Immersive experiences with local suppliers and regional producers at each venue to provide inspiring wedding solutions with tastings, demonstrations, interactive displays and live entertainment.
Watch a short teaser below:
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