Our Barn

Our old stone and thatch barn with its unique charm, fairy lights and bonfires can, without too much effort, be transformed into your fairy-tale wedding. It can seat approximately 120- 140 guests. We are not licensed which means you may supply your own drinks; without having to pay inflated bar charges or corkage you will be able to spend more of your budget on memories to cherish and remember your whole life. A pay bar can be arranged if preferred.

To hire the venue for the weekend will be R3 500.00 if the catering is done by Ashtonvale Guest Farm. If outside caterers are used this fee will be R8 500.00 for the day.



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Snack Suggestions

Drinks and starters can be served on the lawn under the giant pin oak between your ceremony and reception. This is a lovely way to keep your guests entertained while you are having photographs taken on the farm. Over-night guests have easy access to their bedrooms.

We provide minted and fruit flavoured water, tea and coffee. Drinks or juices may be served with our savoury snack platters of sausage rolls, mini meatballs, samoosas, buffalo wings, sandwiches, crudités, chicken nuggets with sweet chilli sauce, cheese/dips & biscuits.

Ceremony suggestions

Holy Trinity in Bulwer, built in 1885, is a quaint little church made of Yellowwood harvested on our farm. It can seat approximately 60 guests. Our local minister would be available to marry you or you may get permission for your own minister. However most of our brides have chosen to get married here on the farm  - under the trees or beside the pool - in our beautiful, extensive garden with magnificent views of the mountain and unspoilt valleys. This cost (between R500.00 and R700.00) would depend on the preparation time needed.

Accommodation & facilities

Ashtonvale's stone and thatch barn, seating 120/140 guests, with accommodation for 75/80 and set in beautiful, child-friendly surroundings, makes us the perfect venue for your weekend wedding celebration with the people you love.

        B&B is only R330.00 per person with special rates for children.


Congratulations on your engagement!

We wish you an exciting few months as you plan your dream wedding.
It would be our pleasure if you chose our unique venue for your special day.


P.O. Box 19, Bulwer, 3244

Telephone: 039 832 0053

Mobile: 082 923 9649

Email: carolhill@futurenet.co.za


Welcome to Ashtonvale

A quality, affordable holiday for the whole family with old-world hospitality. "Hill" family owned and run for four generations, offering comfortable accommodation in rondavels or family units. We do our best to make sure every guest feels at home.

This hidden gem is situated between the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg and the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, Ashtonvale is a working farm with three magnificent waterfalls. Young children can enjoy interacting with farm animals and learn to milk a cow. A pony ride is arranged daily for them.

With accommodation for between 75-80 people we are an ideal venue for weddings, family gatherings, church outings, sports clubs, educational excursions for school groups and mini conferences.

Ashtonvale Guest Farm (Click to visit)


What some of our guests say!

What we loved about having our wedding at Ashtonvale Guest Farm was being able to accommodate all our guests at the venue, booking the whole farm for our special day. The Hill family are the most amazing family that take such a special interest in YOU, and making sure that no matter what, you have the dream day you deserve! We loved having everything in one place, ceremony, reception and accommodation just a simple stroll away through the flower filled gardens! Having both our families spend childhood holidays at Ashtonvale over the years, and knowing that we too, will bring our children to Ashtonvale one day, makes it even more special and is one of the many reasons why Ashtonvale Guest Farm will forever hold a special place in our hearts!

 Scott & Nicci Hosking

Delicious snacks, wonderful food, thank you, thank you, thank you……perfect day, perfect venue and perfectly wonderful people you are.

Kate and Justin Baker.

Your barn was a beautiful venue which we were able to decorate to our own taste and style. Perfect for our dream wedding.

Mandi and Ross Gamley.

Thank you for making our “wedding weekend” such a wonderful experience….your warm hospitality, patience and calm caring presence went a long way to making it so special. Jeff and Michelle wanted a simple, happy, family wedding and at “Ashtonvale”  that’s exactly what they got! Children, grandparents, dogs, peanut the pig, good wholesome food and picturesque scenery.


Michelle and Mike Stone.

Thrilled with Ashtonvale venue – you surpassed all our expectations. As for the barn…well, words fail me…it looked amazing. Thank you soooo much for all your hard work and organising – we found you so easy to work with and always so willing to meet all our requests.

Maureen and Rod Hobson.



Situated between the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg and the KwaZulu Midlands. Turn off the N3 onto the R617 (Exit 99). Signposted Howick South/Underberg and Southern Drakensberg. Pass through Boston then Bulwer. 2km after Bulwer on the left hand side of the road, when travelling towards Underberg, turn onto our farm road. We are about 165km from Durban. The perfect break to your journey when you are en-route between Johannesburg and the Wild Coast. Johannesburg (560km), Umtata (350km) and East London (590km) from Bulwer.

We would love to hear from you!

P.O. Box 19, Bulwer, 3244

Telephone: 039 832 0053

Mobile: 082 923 9649

Email: carolhill@futurenet.co.za



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