DESCRIPTION

De Uijlenes Forest and Barn Weddings has the personality of its owners imprinted on its soul. De Uijlenes is a family run venue, we are not a corporate wedding business that churns weddings out and doesn’t take note of your individuality. We are a wedding venue that reflects you as a couple and if you are going to spend a bunch of money to celebrate your ‘I do’s’ then you’d might as well find a venue that suits your personality and that you feel comfortable in.

Snuggled within a stunning valley, near the seaside village of Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa, you will find De Uijlenes. De Uijlenes has been a working dairy and vegetable farm for centuries while remaining in the same family for nearly two hundred years.

Be it a magical fairytale, boho festival chic, rustic affair or just downright quirky wedding you are after, this wedding venue can reflect your personalities and make your wedding totally unique to any other.

We offer a range of packages and catering options to suit your individual tastes and requirements. We have a team who love working with couples to create a fun, magical wedding which will wow your guests and reach what you envision for your special day. With two equally unique and different wedding venues on the farm to choose from and surrounded by glorious countryside, don’t expect to leave thinking ‘that was average’ as you will be blown away. Oh decisions decisions…

OUR VENUES VIDEO
VENUE ADDRESS

De Uijlenes: Weddings, Accommodation & Restaurant, Grootbos Road, Gansbaai, South Africa

LOCATION

De Uijlenes: Weddings, Accommodation & Restaurant, Grootbos Road, Gansbaai, South Africa

RECEPTION HALL

Nightjar Wedding Venue
Log cabin romance and rustic bliss, this one takes some beating. Natures beauty really does provide an awesome backdrop and gives a very natural and relaxed vibe to this venue option for smaller more intimate, alternative weddings. The Nightjar venue achieves what it sets out to do, but being totally different from the rest.

An open air old koffieklip chapel next to a waterfall and overlooking the dam and fynbos covered mountains serves as the perfectly perfect location to say your ‘I do’s’. Beers and ciders will then be kept cold on ice in sink baths with a large harvest table groaning under the weight of fresh homemade breads, meats, cheeses and preserves made from the farms produce, all served under the shade of a giant tree. Guests can chill on lawn furniture or a picnic blanket, cool off in the dam, fish or play garden games as the sun sinks beneath the fynbos covered mountains.

As the evening cools, the party will move into the log cabin reception venue. Built by hand from materials largely sources from the farm or valley, and the smell of lumber still in the air – you and your guests will find your dancing feet and boogie until you feel the need to retire next to the fire overlooking the dam and talk until the sun comes up. With a large roaring fire both inside and out, the Nightjar venue is perfectly cosy for a winter wedding.

Offering stunning views and rustic charm, this venue gives you the freedom to create a truly bespoke wedding. With two nights accommodation in the simple farmstead and stable rooms (sleeping 50) included and due to its remote situation, the Nightjar could be described as a laid-back festive wedding venue.

Forest & Old Barn Wedding Venue
Woodland wedding awaits! This is an enchanting secret forest ceremony spot that wont fail to get your heart fluttering as you enter through the gates and meander along the forest aisle. Exchange vows under the leaves of a giant oak in the depths of an indigenous forest and surrounded by a sea of white arum lilies. The pre-drinks picnic area in the forest (complete with a flushing loo so your guests can comfortably chill here while you have your photos taken in any of the endless photo ops on the farm) is a treasure trove of cool and a great place for your guests to wet the whistle with a craft beer or cocktail.

The wedding celebration then takes a truly epic twist as the party moves on to the Old Barn, a rustic 19c former dairy, implement sheds and pig styes which have been lovingly converted into a unique event venue. With several fireplaces, original features, cigar lounge and a large dining area with rustic wooden tables and chairs where you and your guests can party the night away in comfort, or make s’mores over the fire under the stars and listen to the owls hoot. With four large fire places (three indoors and one large fire pit outside) the Old Barn is a cosy haven. perfect for winter celebrations.

Guests can stay within staggering distance of the bar in one of twenty basic, but comfortable rooms at the Old Barn which are able to sleep up to 75 people in total. Your four legged family are welcome too, as long as they are well behaved and kept under control, there are farm animals on site.

The Old Barn & Forest venue can be described as a laid-back party venue that is ideal if it’s a festive atmosphere you are longing for.

 

ACCOMMODATION

De Uijlenes Accommodation

Although each wedding venue at De Uijlenes offers accommodation to wedding guests adjacent to the venue, these options might not be suitable for all guests. We do have the Nonnetjie Uijlhuis on the farm which can be booked out for bigger weddings that require extra accommodation on the farm.  For those that would like to retreat from the night time festivities, there are plenty of options in the Uilkraal Valley and surrounding areas.

The Nightjar Cottage
The Nightjar Cottage is a cute, cosy cottage located in complete privacy on the farm near the Nightjar venue.

With indoor & outdoor fireplaces and a wood fired hot tub, free standing bath and an indoor/outdoor double shower, this cottage is the ultimate in luxury and romance.

Sleeping 4 people in 2 rooms, both ensuite, this is great for a family getaway, friends or only one couple.  Provided during your stay is all linens, wood, blitz, coffee, tea, sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, fluffy gowns and slippers.
The Nightjar Cottage is also used as the Bridal Suite and Honeymoon Suite by the couples getting married at the Nightjar venue.  With hair and makeup stations, and a honeymoon turndown, this completes the experience of getting married here at De Uijlenes.
 
The Little Barn
The Little Barn is a cute wee modern barn kitted out for a couple that wish to relax and enjoy the quietness here at De Uijlenes within luxury.

With indoor & outdoor fireplaces and a wood fired hot tub, free standing bath and an indoor/outdoor double shower, this little barn is the ultimate in luxury and romance.

Provided during your stay are all linens, wood, blitz, coffee, tea, sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, fluffy gowns and slippers, Wifi and Netflix.
The Little Barn is also used as the Bridal Suite and Honeymoon Suite by the couples getting married at the Old Barn & Forest venue.  With hair and makeup stations, and a honeymoon turndown, this completes the experience of getting married here at De Uijlenes.

Old Barn Venue Accommodation
There are 20 rooms at the Old Barn & Forest reception venue.  These are all within a few steps of the reception and outdoor fire area, so your guests can just roll into bed at the end of the festivities.  These rooms consist of 6 x ensuite rooms and 14 x standard rooms.

For those of you that are attending a wedding at our Old Barn & Forest venue here at De Uijlenes, you will need to contact the couple whom’s wedding you are attending to check the availability and cost of the accommodation at the Old Barn & Forest venue.

Standard Rooms
These rooms are pretty basic, but all your guests need for a weekend.  You don’t want them hanging in their rooms all weekend watching TV and drinking from a minibar anyway!

Each Room Includes:
Plugs
Small Mirror
WiFi

En-suite Rooms

Our en-suite rooms are also basic, but all you need for a weekend inclusive of a bathroom in the bedroom.

Each Room Includes:

Plugs
Small Mirror
En-suite Bathroom & Shower
WiFi
Common Space
We have a great stoep overlooking the valley and dam for your guests to lounge on.

Includes
Communal Kitchen
Communal Separate Mens & Womens Bathrooms
Communal Fireplace
WiFi

Nonnetjie Uil House
The Nonnetjie Uil House is on the De Uijlenes farm, perched next to its own private dam with one of the best vistas out over the Uilkraal Vallei. The dam has boats, and is perfect for swimming and fishing on lazy summer days. The Nonnetjie Uil House has 12 ensuite rooms all with linen and towels supplied; sleeping groups of up to 42 people and is self catering. There is a large open plan kitchen/dining area with an indoor braai that leads out onto the stoep and outdoor braai area overlooking the dam. When booking the Nonnetjie Uil House, you get full exclusivity of the house, dam and surrounding lawn. The Nonnetjie uil house must be booked by a group that is attending a wedding here at De Uijlenes.

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