The day went like a dream
By Gemma and Phil, on 24 Apr 2019Date of Wedding - 30 Mar 2019
Matara is a really beautiful, special and unique venue.
We got married there in March 2019 and hired Kingscote House for the weekend too. Our guests were able to fully explore the gardens and grounds, and everyone felt relaxed and at home there.
Holly looked after us perefctly and all the staff were friendly, professional and helpful. Our wedding day went like a dream, the whole place was buzzing with love and light (the sunshine helped!).
It's the perfect backdrop for a more alternative ceremony, and you don't have to do much to make it personal to you.
It's so peaceful there guests commented that it was the most relaxed they'd felt in ages.
Thank you all so so much
By Demi & Orrin Pryse Jones, on 14 Mar 2019Date of Wedding - 28 Dec 2018
To all of the staff at The Matara
Thank you for giving us the most magical and perfect wedding day. We are beyond grateful for how much time, effort and care you all put into making our wedding more perfect than we imagined. Our guests haven't stopped talking about how much they loved the venue and how lovely all the staff were - we couldn't agree more! Finally we want to say a special and huge thank you to Olivia. Thank you for guiding us throughout the whole process and for making the journey so enjoyable
Dream Outdoor Ceremony
By Sadie and Lee, on 20 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 09 Dec 2018
We got married December the 9th and had the most magical day. The sun was shining and we were able to create our dream outdoor ceremony in the beautiful courtyard. Matara is picturesque, wherever you look there's hidden beauty and the whole venue creates the most wonderful atmosphere. Our wedding coordinator Holly was fantastic and the team were amazing on the day and all guests were so impressed with the quality of service. The food was exceptional, it was delicious and guests are still talking about it weeks after. I highly recommend this venue. We also stayed two night in house and were joined by friends and family which made the whole experience even more special and memorable. We had the dream day.
Thank you so much
By Kwunita and John, on 06 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Sep 2018
John and I would like to thank you SO MUCH for everything that you did for our wedding day. From all the pre-planning beforehand to the fine details on the day itself- everything went perfectly and we could not have asked for anything more.
In particular your calm and professional manner on the day was really appreciated, especially with the rainy weather in the morning and not knowing where to have the ceremony until the last minute... it turned out that having it in the courtyard was even better than on the lawn!
Many of our family and a few guests have paid compliments to you specifically, and commented on how quick you were to answer queries and deal with issues on the day; this really helped keep everyone calm and made the whole day run smoothly. All the little details were not missed, every glass was topped up and a table even asked for extra sauce for their meal I'm told which they really appreciated. The tea ceremony, cake set up, finger print tree area, table plans were all as hoped- just brilliant!
Please do pass on our thanks to Holly, Geoff and the rest of the team- also the lady who took over from you in the evening (I'm sorry I have forgotten her name). Please thank Luke for the extraordinary food on the day, the guests with special dietary requirements were very happy and commented how good the food was. I'd like to mention Steve at the bar who was particularly friendly and had a smile on his face all night!
Forever grateful and wishing you all the best
from Kwun and John Munday
Matara will always be our favourite place!
By Chloe and Bradley, on 06 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 07 Sep 2018
Thanks to all of you at Matara for everything. It really was the best day of our lives and we couldn't have wished for a better start to our married life. Our family and friends all commented on how lovely the venue was and how delicious the food was.
Matara will always be our favourite place and we can't wait to return in a year to see how our tree is growing ??
Mr & Mrs Amos
By Barbara and Frank, on 06 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 05 Sep 2018
Matara was the perfect venue for the celebration of our wedding which we wanted to share with our family and friends - it is such a magical, serene place.
After visiting Matara and meeting with Geoffrey we knew that this is where we wanted to be.
On the day, supported so well by Geoffrey, we were able to express our feelings for each other with ease in a natural, non-stressful environment which all helped towards celebrating the joy of our very special day.
Thank you all very much, we now have wonderful memories to sustain us.
Barbara and Frank
By Hannah Barlow, on 06 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 27 Aug 2018
Dear Holly and all the wonderful staff at Matara. Thank you for making our wedding dreams come true. Everything was perfect from start to finish. From day 1 we knew we were in good hands. But WOW we really had THE BEST DAY along with all of guests. A truly magical place that will be in our hearts forever. We really cant thank you enough, love Mr and Mrs Southall xx
Peaceful, Elegant & Beautiful.
By Nick & Martin, on 19 Dec 2018Date of Wedding - 24 Aug 2018
Until our wedding day I had no idea that the venue was so integral to the day, this place is special and our day just wouldn’t have been the same elsewhere. It is peaceful, elegant and beautiful.
Olivia and Holly are amazing - Olivia was our wedding coordinator, she always welcomed us like friends, answered every question no matter how small or silly helpfully and kindly I’m a calm manner.
Everything was done as Olivia said it would be taking any stress away, from making sure the button holes were on correctly to making sure the food was ready in time with our running behind schedule.
The food was amazing, our guests commented that it was the best food they had at a wedding. Not one guest would have guessed he whole menu had been done gluten free at our request. The waiting staff were also very attentive, one guest mentioned that they had never been so well cared for and they had wanted for not one thing.
Matara encourage creativity and you don’t just choose your colour theme as is the way with so many venues.
We truly had the most amazing day that it almost doesn’t feel real and so much of that was down to the venue and it’s wonderful staff.
Thank you Matara, keep doing what you are doing which is even the better as you are Social Enterprise.
WOW Absolute blast
By Emma and Nikul, on 06 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 19 Aug 2018
Dear Holly and the whole Matara team. WOW! what an absolute blast we had and what a perfect setting to have it in. From the moment we set eyes on Matara we knew it was the venue for us and the customer service and little touches set it so far apart from all the rest. We have felt looked after from day one and have really appreciated the flexibility we were offered at the same time as complete confidence that everything was taken care of. We were completely relaxed on the day and it was an absolute delight to have you, Steve and all the staff looking after us especially Elsa who went above and beyond helping with the morning set up. The food was incredible and so many guests have commented on it. Luke and his team absolutely smashed it and we will be talking about the food for years to come. Our wedding day truly was the best day of our lives and Matara was a huge part of that - we cannot thank everyone enough. We are already looking forward to when we can return. Emma and Nikul
A hidden gem!
By Rachel and Ashley, on 06 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 12 Aug 2018
Ash and I wanted to just say a massive 'Thank you' for making our day run so smoothly. I apologise that I can't remember his name (I think it may be Steve?) but the man that took over on the evening was also excellent!
All of the guests commented on what a unique venue Matara was and how it genuinely was a 'hidden gem'. Thank you!
By Emma and James Minett, on 27 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 10 Aug 2018
Well what can I say, an amazing venue, amazing staff and was so much better than I could have hoped for. The attentiveness of staff was outstanding, the food was divine and received many compliments. the venue itself has such a charm about it, again highly complimented by many guests.
I would highly recommend the matara centre if you want a seamless, relaxed wedding. They couldn't do enough for you.
Thank you for making our wedding truly special.
Ruined my day and does not care
By Adele Pike, on 20 Oct 2018Date of Wedding - 09 Aug 2018
We were married at the Matara in August. The day went OK with hardly any problems apart from not knowing what to do as Olivia did not tell the bridal party anything, it was assumed you know.
As for the evening the lady Jean who was suppose to be there to make sure the evening was safe and ran smoothly was very rude and ruined my whole evening do. Even guest commented on her rudeness. She damaged my property and did not care about the evening at all. I even had to ask for a cake knife to which she responded don't you have one. Additionally the evening staff thought it was OK to without my permission to use the photo booth even though they were suppose to be working.
After the wedding my flowers and my property was dumped in a crate. The flowers were not put in water (so dead when I got them) and things were damaged as there was no care to how they were put away. Some of my things had even be thrown out (photo booth pictures) Additionally I noticed that a wedding card was missing which had money in.
When I complained to the Matara Centre after numerous emails they did a slight apology and dismissed my complaint with excuses. Be wary as if anything goes wrong they will not care, they only care about your money.