9 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay, New South Wales
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1830s historic mansion Dunbar House is the perfect setting for an elegant wedding. This venue features excellent cuisine, plenty of photography opportunities throughout the property and special accommodation packages for newlyweds.
Located just 30 metres from the shores of Sydney Harbour, in the expansive grounds of Robertson Park, Dunbar House is a historic mansion built in the 1830's.
With a beautiful view of Watsons Bay, local beaches and the city skyline, Dunbar House is a truly enchanting setting for your perfect day.
Dunbar House is owned and operated by Grand Pacific Group – of acclaimed The Tea Room QVB, Gunners’ Barracks and Sergeants’ Mess.
With a well established brand presence in the wedding market, Dunbar House is committed to providing exemplary levels of food and service in this highly sought after location.
With capacity for 110 guests seated and 150 cocktail, Dunbar House is well suited to host weddings of all styles. Dedicated event staff work closely with you ensuring your reception details have been meticulously planned.
Pre reception drinks and canapes are served on the upper level harbour terrace, with the reception held inside the main dining room.
There are magnificent photo opportunities in and around the venue, with stunning location shots on the shores of Watsons Bay. Civil wedding ceremonies may be held in Robertson Park under the magnificent fig tree in front of the venue.
Dunbar House is affiliated with the Hilton Sydney offering romance accommodation packages for newlyweds (additional to packages), specially designed to complete your perfect day. Alternatively, we recommend Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, located within a short walking distance.
Site inspections are available by appointment Monday to Saturday. Please call our events team.
Upon finding Dunbar House we were incredibly impressed. We loved the aesthetic, they were flexible with a half vegan - half non-vegan menu and the minimum spend instead of minimum guest numbers was an absolute selling point (as it provided so much more flexibility for us to choose how we wanted our wedding to look/feel). The venue provides a perfect mix of waterview, greenery and luxury. Communication could have been better at stages, perhaps due to changing of staff throughout out 18month planning period. Some minor errors on the day (such as no-sugar coke with spirits, wrong food for the groom and not providing/putting aside remaining cake to take home) let the venue down for 5 stars. Nonetheless, excellent service, good co-ordination and our guests were really impressed by the venue. No guest went home hungry and we couldn't imagine anywhere else for our wedding day.
Such a beautiful venue with amazing food and wine. We had the ceremony under the fig tree and it was absolutely stunning. Dunbar House took care of all the details on the day which meant we could really relax and enjoy it!
I couldn’t recommend this venue enough!! Venue is gorgeous and staff will make your hearts melt!! Food was delicious, guests kept raving about it. Located on the shores of Watsons Bay. Perfect for a dreamy sunset.
I must start out that the venue was amazing! I can't fault that whatsoever. The food was incredible and our guests were complementing us throughout the night about the quality. My main gripe with this venue is the staff in charge (waiters were AMAZING though). I'm talking about management. I understand during these times, there will be hiccups along the way and we can accept that. However, what I couldn't accept is the lack of communication we received and the ability to come up with ideas on how to work with restrictions. Rather than come to us with 'you can no longer do this' (which we heard alot), we would've much rather have heard 'you can no longer do this BUT what about this option'. They never had any solutions to any issues we had and we were forced to come up with it ourselves.
While the venue is lovely and the location is stunning, unfortunately management and the planning process are extremely lacking. Our wedding was during the covid pandemic which meant that restrictions were in place, and the environment was changing. We felt that we were met with "no, you can't" instead of options of what else we could do. Also, had we not proceeded with our reception, we would have lost our entire deposit as they do NOT offer any amount of money to be returned once paid regardless of what the situation is. On the night of our wedding, their covid marshal informed me that we could not take photos with our guests. I was beyond disappointed at this as we had been in constant contact with the venue all week and they waited until the evening to tell me this additional restriction. Poor management and poor communication. Don't do it.
Dunbar House was absolutely fantastic as our wedding reception venue! We found it so easy to deal with their wonderful team, no question was too big or too small for them to answer.
The staff on the night were exceptional, so attentive and professional.
Food was out of this world, we had so many compliments on the delicious dishes
Really beautiful venue and easy to work with and dress up, it's so well maintained it doesn't need a lot of extra decorations and details
It really was a fabulous experience overall. Weddings are obviously really stressful – and when it came to the reception, I knew I didn’t have to worry about anything at all! From start to finish, the staff were fabulous - guiding you through everything involved. The location is hard to beat, especially for sunset pictures, and the heritage building is gorgeous. Great staff that went above and beyond on the day, fab food which all of our guests raved about - was just an awesome place for our reception. Truly memorable
The day was great, the venue was fantastic. The majority of the reception went through flawlessly. One issue however was the servers did not come around with refills/top-ups or new drinks as quickly or as often as expected.
Dunbar house catered our wedding and we would highly recommend them. They managed catering for a variety of restricted diets and were very flexible on the day. Catering costs were included in the wedding package.
My Husband and I got married under the fig tree and had our reception at Dunbar house last year in June 2019. It was amazing. We loved our wedding. The staff, food and service were amazing. Highly recommend. We loved our winter wedding.