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Espley’s Old Sawmill


Espley’s Old Sawmill is nestled at the foot of the Watagan Mountains in the prestigious rural valley of Martinsville. It’s a space with rich history and country charm.

Espley’s Old Sawmill is on the site of a pioneer saw miller’s cottage. Arthur Espley and his wife carved out their home here in the late 1800s when they established a steam-powered sawmill. Their original garden path made from rumbled bricks now provides a rustic aisle up the centre of the leafy outdoor ‘chapel’. The Espley’s old front steps lead onto a tasteful timber stage for your ceremony or musicians. The brick chimneys that were once in their living room and kitchen have been artfully crafted into this unique venue so that crackling fires can create warm ambience on cool evenings. Convict-made bricks pave the main entertaining and dancing area which is under a timber pergola cloaked in grape vines. A level grassy area can accommodate a large marquee if required. The site overlooks a natural billabong where platypus, turtles, frogs and native birds thrive. A quaint timber jetty and a bridge over the billabong provide exquisite photo opportunities, in addition to the many natural and landscaped sites around the idyllic five-acre rural property.

Espley’s Old Sawmill is in a secluded grove that is easily accessed from the passing sealed country road. We are an hour’s drive up the M1 freeway from Wahroonga (Sydney); 45 minutes south of Newcastle city, and half an hour’s drive from the central coast. The venue is elegantly simple and allows you to design the space for your truly unique event.