"I know each special occasion held at our wedding venue ‘Willows on Abbey’ will be memorable and precious..."
It all started when...
End of an era, and with a new relationship it was time to start again. Both my husband and I started looking for the right property. It had to have room for a workshop, garage and home to fill our blended family and gardens.
After weeks of looking at the same property advert for 2 acres in Whareora we took the plunge to view the property.
The property was baron farmland with a large barberry hedge and lots of rushes. With hard work, we transformed the property to the beautiful home and parklike grounds it is today. Only minutes from town we also have the benefits of the quiet countryside of Abbey Caves and large willow trees through the middle of our property to provide the perfect shade in the summer months.
In April 2016, with our blended family all grown up and no longer at home we wanted to continue to entertain. With some help from a close neighbour we opened our home to host and accommodate visitors to the north, now known as Abbey Barn B&B.
Wanting to keep our countryside free from a potential housing development we purchased the 3.5 acres of adjoining land. Immediately we started planting trees around the new boundary.
My husband asked, "what I was going to do with the land, other than mow." I didn’t want stock, I wanted to create gardens, each with something different. We acquired an old Volkswagen and I had my boys negotiate it into place, then came two pergolas and new garden beds.
I knew I was seeing my vision of a great place for a wedding venue.
Over the years we continue to create our special place. Our desire is to create a premium wedding venue, minutes from central Whangarei. We believe our property offers a relaxed private countryside setting for weddings or a place for friends and family to gather for special occasions.
Our bed & breakfast accommodation has been a huge success with great feedback and compliments our wedding venue vision.
With continuing to promote our venue, I see Willows on Abbey as Northlands number one wedding venue.
I know each special occasion held ‘Willows on Abbey’ will be memorable and precious.
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