COEDMORE CASTLE WELCOMES YOU
ALL ABOUT US
One of Durbans Best Kept Secrets.
Tucked away in the heart of the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, surrounded by giant Yellowwood trees, is Coedmore Castle, a gracious old stone homestead. It was built by Dering Stainbank in 1885 as a family home and is situated an easy 15-minute drive south of Durban. The 253 hectare nature reserve, or rather 'Green lung', home to many species of antelope, zebra and abundant birdlife, was donated by Kenneth Stainbank to the people of South Africa over 50 years ago and is currently managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.
Coedmore Castle has remained in the family for 4 generations, and contains many of the original household contents including furniture from the 19th century, old family portraits and antique silverware. Although donated to the state by Kenneth Stainbank, the family currently manages it. It is now open to the public for guided tours, school outings and hire of the grounds for small weddings, functions and photography.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
WEDDINGS & FUNCTIONS
Coedmore Castle is a unique and whimsical garden setting, ideal for hosting your perfect daytime wedding or any other outdoor event. Although conveniently situated close to the centre of Durban, our venue is so tranquil that you will feel as if you are in the country. If you are lucky, your special day might be gate crashed by a herd of impala or zebra!
We provide the venue and you make arrangements to hire your own marquee, tables, chairs, caterers etc. allowing you to design your event according to your personalised budget. You are very welcome to view the venue, but please make an appointment ahead of time to ensure that someone is here to receive you.
As the house has remained in the family since it was built in 1885, it contains many of the original household contents giving a fascinating insight into life in a bygone era. Tours of the house are conducted by appointment for groups of 10 or more. After the tour, at an additional charge, tea with scones and cream may be served in the dining room. Children under the age of 12 are half price.
A visit to Coedmore makes an ideal outing for learners of all ages - younger learners will be thrilled with its fairy-tale appearance, whereas older learners will gain valuable insight into some of KZN's early settler history. A Castle Tour can easily be combined with a self-guided trail in the Nature Reserve making it a versatile educational excursion. Please enquire for cost per learner.
MARY STAINBANK MEMORIAL GALLERY
The Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery is situated in the restored farm granary, next to Coedmore Castle. The gallery serves to belatedly recognise the contribution of Mary Agnes Stainbank (1899-1996) towards the Modernist Art Movement. We now offer combined tours of the Gallery and Coedmore Castle for a small extra fee.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU HAVE A HALL /INSIDE RECEPTION AREA AVAILABLE TO HIRE FOR WEDDINGS AND FUNCTIONS OR ARE WE ABLE TO USE THE INSIDE OF THE CASTLE?
We offer an outside garden venue only. There is no hall or covered area available to hire. You would need to supply your own tent/ covering, if required. The interior of the Castle is set-up as a museum and is not suitable for hiring out for functions.
IS THE GARDEN ONLY AVAILABLE TO HIRE DURING THE DAY OR ARE WE ABLE TO HAVE AN EVENING FUNCTION?
As we are situated within an Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife managed nature reserve we adhere strictly to the opening times of the reserve which are between 06h00 and 18h00, therefore evening functions cannot be accommodated.
WHAT IS THE COST TO HIRE THE VENUE?
The venue hire fee is dependent on a few things including type and size of function, and whether you may need access to the venue prior to the function for any set-up. Please include details of your function in your request and we will be able to forward you a quote for venue hire.
ARE WE ABLE TO COME AND VIEW THE VENUE?
You are most welcome to come and view the venue and we will endeavour to do our best to accommodate you either during the week or on weekends, but please do set up an appointment beforehand to ensure someone is available on site to receive you.
DO YOU OFFER WEDDING PACKAGES?
We offer the venue hire only. We do not work with any preferred service providers.
You would need to supply your own tent, tables, chairs, décor and catering to suit your budget
WHEN IS THE INSIDE OF THE CASTLE OPEN FOR VISITS?
Guided tours of the Castle are done by appointment only. Please phone or email well ahead of time to discuss a mutually suitable arrangement. There is a minimum charge per tour. Prices are available on request.