The History of Maleny Manor

The Vision

Dianne Weedon, was a young and ambitious 23-year-old who graduated in Home Economics and moved to the Gold Coast to start her career as Catering Manager at Seaworld Resort. With a dream to travel the world and learn more about the hospitality industry, Dianne was the first Australian student to be granted a place at the renowned Cordon Bleu School in Paris. In her travels around France and Europe she quickly became intrigued by ‘home away from home establishments’ – offering luxurious accommodation, impeccable and personalised attention and a fine fare dining experience.

 

Despite significant difficulties, Dianne's passion for hospitality never faltered, wishing to create Australia’s most exclusive guesthouse.

 

The Planning

Taking a drive with friends one day, Dianne found herself in the small village of Maleny - the idyllic setting she had always envisioned. Deciding on the location was one thing, finding a site that fulfilled the specific requirements would be another. Months later, Dianne inspected a 30 acre property on Maleny Road and began to envision where the house would stand, the placement of the gardens, tennis court and pool.

 

Next was to find an architect to take the vision to paper. The brief that was given to Frank Raadschelders, a local Sunshine Coast Architect, was to create a building to externally reflect the elements of the Federation and Queensland Vernacular styles, show romantic traces reminiscent of the smaller rural French chateau, perhaps a hint at the spirit of a Swiss chalet, yet to be uniquely appropriate to the terrain. 

Every detail was considered during the design of the building, from consideration of the climate; to the pitch of the roof and dormer windows; to the private balconies allowing guests to take in the ocean views.

 

The Build

Wanting to be apart of her vision, Dianne was the onsite Project Manager, however not many builders were prepared to allow this supervisory responsibility, or the freedom to select her own sub-contractors. Local builder, David Wilson, was not only excited about the project and working alongside Dianne, but was a craftsman to whom the word ‘compromise’ did not exist.

 

The Beginning

After two years, Dianne Weedon opened the doors to Maleny Manor in August 1989 as Australia’s most exclusive guesthouse. Complete with six ensuited accommodation suites, two dining rooms, state of the art kitchen, ceiling hung open fireplace, sauna and indoor Jacuzzi, as well as outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and manicured gardens. The ‘all inclusive’ price per night included all meals prepared by Dianne herself, free flowing beverages from the cellar and bar, as well as a high level of customer service.

 

Today

 

Thirty one years on and Maleny Manor’s door are still open and welcoming guests to the stunning private property. While the grounds and building have seen some additions over the years, and the exterior shade of blue to a classic white, Maleny Manor is proud to be one of the first private wedding and events venue on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and continues to be an industry leader providing all of the core requirements that Dianne envisioned for her exclusive guesthouse -  luxurious venue, personalised service with impeccable attention to detail and a fine fare dining experience.

 

Credit to Queensland Homes Summer 1990 ‘The Making of the Manor’ for facts and information listed within this article and images

Eliza & Luke- 25.10.2019

Eliza & Luke Wedding Ceremony

I think we just died and went to floral heaven…

Eliza and Luke had an eye for detail and each element of their wedding was seamless. The Grooms party enjoyed Scotch Whiskey and cards off site, before arriving at Maleny Manor for the ceremony on the Helipad. Meanwhile, Eliza spent the morning with her ladies in the Loft, celebrating with bubbles and Swarovski jewellery. 

Each wedding is so different at Maleny Manor and our team are always so excited to see what Mondo Floral Designs create for our couple’s special day. Eliza and Luke’s wedding blew us away. With an circular-arbour and decadent, contemporary floral arrangements, the couple’s ceremony was one to remember. 

Eliza and Luke’s reception was held on our lawn in a clear marquee, styled with modern, refined elegance by Lovebird Styling.

Congratulations Eliza & Luke!

Images by Janneke Storm
Florals – Mondo Floral Designs
Styling & Décor – Lovebird Weddings
Hair – Evalyn Parsons
Makeup – Serena Wyllie Makeup
Gown – Pallas Couture
Marquee – Events in Tents 

Robyn & Andrew- 21.03.2020

Robyn & Andrew Wedding Image

Robyn & Andrew tied the knot on a cool March day at Maleny Manor, on the last weekend before COVID-19 meant we could no longer host weddings.

The couple hosted their ceremony under the Crows Ash Tree with a Ring-Arbour and fuchsia pops of colour. Can we just take a moment to appreciate Robyn’s stunning dress? 

While they had originally planned to celebrate their reception inside the Manor, restrictions meant last minute changes to their numbers and reception location.  Andrew had always hoped for a reception in the Pavilion, low and behold this was the setting for their evening. 

We can’t help but love Robyn & Andrew’s fun little touches that made their wedding day so unique to them- including Game of Thrones themed table numbers. Oh, you’re not seeing things, Andrew brought his Scottish heritage into their wedding with a kilt.

Congratulations, Robyn & Andrew!

 

Photographer Graeme Passmore
Celebrant Erin Woodhall
Florals Mondo Floral Designs
Styling Lovebird Styling
Makeup & Makeup Backstage Beauty
Music G&M Entertainment
Cake Zoe Clark Cakes

Paddington Weddings Bridal Designs Launch

Bridal Gown Inspiration Maleny Manor
Renowned bridal house Paddington Weddings launched their new collection as part of the Bertossi Brides Label at Maleny Manor, with a stellar team of creatives who added their touches to the day.
'The collection offers clean lines with a timeless, classic silhouette for todays modern bride', Designer and brand owner, Anne Bertossi as she excitedly speaks about the new collection.  Each gown is individually created by the Paddington Weddings team of talented curators, hand made for each of their clients in their studio in Brisbane. Anne sources the highest quality fabrics and European laces abroad and new offering from the Bertossi Brides label range offers affordable, yet luxurious gowns for brides all over Australia. To create this amazing shoot, Anne selected some of the Sunshine Coast's industries leaders including Mondo Floral Designs creating wedding bouquets, hair flowers and an incredible floral ring. ‘I wanted to accent the colours of the sky through the florals, so we designed the concept with peach, apricot, mid pink, and burnt apricot tones, with a pop of focal with the divine King Protea and of course the gorgeous peach Phalaenopsis orchids', Terrianne Foale, Director and lead floral designer.    Wedding hair stylist, Evalyn Parsons, along with Kate Ellen Make Up Artistry created a soft and feminine style to compliment the stunning gowns, with the images on the day captured by the incredibly talents Liz James from Soda Photography. With her perfect eye behind the lens, Liz has a soft spot for Maleny Manor, 'I’m lucky enough to get to shoot at the Manor fairly often… it is honestly a photographer’s dream location! The thing I love about Maleny Manor is that there is something different to work with and eye catching each time I am there. It’s one of those special locations that is amazing year round'. 
This collaboration was a wonderful day for all and Anne Bertossi and her team at Paddington Weddings are excited to welcome all their upcoming brides to view the new collection.  
Gowns: Paddington Weddings  Photographer: Soda Photography Venue: Maleny Manor Flowers: Mondo Floral Designs Hair: Evalyn Parsons Makeup: Kate Ellen Makeup Artistry
 

Summer Sunset

The Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s most loved destinations, with stretches of coastline from Caloundra to Noosa, paired with the mountainous range of the hinterland boasting rainforests and national parks. Our recent styled shoot was all about the Sunshine Coast Summer – relaxed outdoor dining. 

Our style team of Lovebird Weddings and Mondo Floral Design created a playful summer alfresco outdoor wedding dream. Beginning in The Pavilion with an outdoor ceremony, then wandering to The Helipad for drinks and canapés at sunset. For the reception an exceptional outdoor dining experience in front of the Manor taking in the sweeping views and evening lights of the Sunshine Coast coastline.

Think ‘contemporary fresh’. Hints of soft muted mustard, honey and amber, toffee roses, cappuccino tones with pops of lemon, paired with soft linens . Wild winsome poppies, bold skies, fresh cuisine and clinking glasses in toasts of love.

Amber tones shining through the coming season with luxury amber glassware from Table for Louis, along with Noritake raised rim dinnerware and gold cutlery. Bamboo chairs add a relaxed coastal style or choose the white bentwoods for a more classic style. Finished with rich mustard linen napkins and sophisticated menus, with custom place card wrap from Bluebird Invitations.

All this under festoon lighting with the backdrop of Maleny Manor, Noosa and Mt Coolum on the coastline.

 

Stylist: Lovebird Weddings
Florist: Mondo Floral Designs
Photographer: Calli B Photographer
Venue: Maleny Manor
Videographer: Anchored Cinema
Wedding Gowns: George Wu Design
Mens Wear: Mitchell Ogilvie
Sleepwear: Piyama sleepwear
Jewellery: Poeta Jewellery
Hair Stylist: Evalyn Parsons Hair
Make Up: Tasleema Nigh
Models: Que Models
Invitations: Bluebird Invitations
Wedding Cakes: Zoe Clark Cakes
Tableware: Table for Louis
Gelato Bike: Dolciandco
The Beach House: Private home

 

 

 

Lauren & Winston

The wonderful land of love that is Maleny and Maleny Manor…

To the AMAZING team at Maleny Manor,
I don’t even know what to say to express my gratitude to you all… WOW what a perfect day! Every single one of you went above and beyond to ensure our day was nothing short of amazing. We chose Maleny Manor because of how beautiful it is, but I could never have imagined the professional service, kindness and care we experienced from the MM team leading up to and on our special day.

You all took it to the next level and we could not be more thankful to you. Maleny Manor feels like our second home, and you all, family. We are so blessed to have started our married life at Maleny Manor, it really is a magical place. 


I want to say a special thank you to Eve (you are such a bloody legend) as well as Jamie and Dakota! You guys deserve a medal for dealing not only with me but all the other stressed out brides, taking every last-minute change and crazy request in your stride. You really did make us feel like the most important people in the world on our special day! You are all incredible at what you do and I could not wished for a better team, it has been such a pleasure working with you all these past few months!


Maleny Manor will always hold such a special place in our hearts, not only because it is so breathtakingly beautiful but because of every single one of you who make MM what it is. You truely are the best of the best – the dream team!  
Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you all so so much for a perfect day and the memories we will cherish forever! 
With love, 
Lauren & Winston Fox 

PHOTOGRAPHER: Luke Middlemiss 
GOWN : Pronovias from luv bridal
FLORALS: Mondo Floral Designs
HAIR: Evalyn Parsons
MAKEUP : Kate Ellen 
CELEBRANT : Jarrad Baylis
CAKE: Chocolate 2 Chiili 
ENTERTAINER: Graham Hobson
STYLIST: Love Bird Weddings 
STRINGS: Adiamus String Quartet 
HAIR ACCESSORIES: CC Collective