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About Eschol Park House

Complete your dream and celebrate your love with family and friends at historic Eschol Park House. A beautiful heritage home set over an acre of landscaped gardens, it is the perfect wedding reception venue for you to hold your private garden ceremony and capture your most precious memories with beautiful photo.

The beauty flows into the historic home, three elegant private reception venues from the sun-filled garden room, to the charm and grandeur of the Regency room and Queen Victoria ballroom.

The number one request from brides and grooms is for us to do the work for them. You want to be able to enjoy your day and not worry about the finer details. Allowing you to relax on your wedding day is Eschol Park House’s speciality.

A family business for over 25 years backed by professional and friendly staff makes your day run just the way you envisage and allows you to enjoy your special day with your family and friends.

History

The earliest sections of the wedding venue’s old homestead were built around 1816 by then owner Mark Millington. (The cottage can still be seen from the Queen Victoria Ballroom and the rear of the house).

In 1817, Millington sold the 50 acre property to Thomas Clarkson who increased the size of the property to 1300ha and in 1820, built the two storey house we see today.

1850 - 1890

When William Fowler, a devout Christian took over the large land holding in 1850, he called the area Eschol Park and established a flourishing vineyard.

The name Eschol is biblical, taken from the 'promised lands of Eschol', a place of vineyards. 

From the outset there were problems with the spelling. In early church registers and land title documents 'Eshcol' was often mistakenly spelt 'Eschol'.

Fowler built the two storey cellar into the hillside south of the house which still stands. His wines won numerous gold and silver medals in the Paris wine exhibition of 1885.

In 1876,William Fowler sold all his land to Samuel Spencer Milgate who owned a local produce shop off Queen Street Campbelltown.

Milgate sold the property two years later and John Gorus, a Dutch photographer bought the property and lived there until the end of the century.

In 1890, a single storey bow fronted addition was made to the house.

1890's - 1990

Vineyards across the region were badly hit in the 1890s by the phylloxera disease and Eschol Park was devastated. The surrounding land remained as rural hills for many years until the mid 1970's when it was embarked for future housing developments.

During the second world war, the estate was used as a detention camp to house German Embassy Staff. It is rumoured to contain buried Nazi bullion. (Click here to read the Macarthur Chronicle article 'Treasure Hunt').

1991 - Today

In 1991, Croatian migrant Joe Masina and his family, wife Maria, and sons Paul and John, purchased Eschol Park House and created one of the leading reception venues in the Sydney metropolitan district.

The surrounding gardens are now lovingly tended by Joe and Maria and are used for wedding ceremonies and make a fantastic backdrop for wedding photographs. During your visit, you are most welcome to explore this historic house and enjoy its gracious surroundings.

 

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