Espleys Old Sawmill - Weddings & Events

Espley’s Old Sawmill is a rustic rural venue for weddings, celebrations and corporate functions. It 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. We’re passionate about helping you shape this delightful space to create your own unique event.

The Venue


The venue 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. 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.


The original homestead 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. Grab a drink from the rustic bar and enjoy the crackling fires that create a 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.

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Our Reviews

  • Espley's for our daughters wedding last weekend was a great choice. The atmosphere was perfect. Such a great location with beautiful grounds & photo opportunities. It's a one stop venue. We had the ceremony, photos & reception here. We had many comments from guests about the property & atmosphere. I highly recommend this venue for any party or wedding.

    -Lynita Faull-Clark
  • A lovely location, full of character. It's secluded and full of charm. My good friend had her wedding here, it was a blast! Best wedding ever.

    -Rowena Macrae
  • My cousin got married here yesterday. And wow what an amazing wedding. The venue was absolutely perfect and staff were fantastic!

    -Susie Binns
  • As soon as we entered the property we fell in love! Beautiful setting and the remnants of the old cottage adds character and history. Can't wait to get married here in September!!

  • If your looking for a beautiful rustic wedding scene than this is the place for you ! My partner and I got married here recently and the venue was presented immaculate, and the hosts Paul and Tanya were more than accomodating for our needs !! Worth a look !!

    -Arja & Grant Binns
  • When it comes to explaining just how much I loved this property/venue for our wedding it's so hard. It was so perfect and fitted everything we wanted and more. If you're looking for a location to get married you honestly can't go past Espleys Old Sawmill! The owners, animals and property are second to none and I wouldn't have wanted to get married anywhere else! Thank you so much guys for the most magical day of our lives!

    - Jessica Owens

Contact Us

Enquire now to discuss you’re upcoming special day!

Call (02) 4977 4090 or 0410 191 313

423 Martinsville Rd, Martinsville NSW 2265