Built by Thomas Shepherd in 1842 and named after his wife Mary, the house is Georgian Style with elegant French windows.
Purchased by the Fox family in 1852, Marybank was advertised as 560 acres of land with a mansion containing four bedrooms, dining, drawing, breakfast/bath, nursery, cellar, servants offices and dairy etc. surrounded by a handsome veranda and terrace, commanding the finest view in the province.
It has remained in the family ever since. The House and now five acres are Heritage Listed property. Originally built as stables, the Barn is now a Wedding Venue and Function Centre with Heritage Accommodation upstairs.
The garden at ‘Marybank’ began as a practical one with an olive grove, fruit trees and a kitchen garden and after four generations has become a series of walks flanked by Italian Buckthorn hedges and planted with hardy perennials and bulbs as suits its Mediterranean Climate.
It is unique for its hills face setting which provides vistas of Black Hill, the city of Adelaide and the sea. Large red gums provide a typical Australian backdrop to the rambling garden. The huge old red gum near the barn is hollow and home to countless birds.
The house and garden are over 150 years old and it is easy to imagine the carriages drawing up on the gravel terrace, now a green front lawn and the ladies and gentlemen alighting for the Quadrille Party held at Marybank in 1871. In 1919 Marybank was 1,000 acres, but is now a more manageable 60. Best of all, it is still a working farm.
The garden has to be hardy, a legacy from the days when only the precious fruit trees and kitchen garden were watered in summer by gravity feed from a spring behind the barn. The spring dried up in 1915 and later water was pumped from Fifth Creek until that land was acquired by the government for the Black Hill Conservation Park in 1975.
A bore was sunk in the late seventies and now water is pumped to a header tank on the hill and is used for stock and the garden. The interesting slate troughs on the property were used for water storage before concrete and corrugated iron tanks came into use.
In earlier days Marybank Farm exported oranges to England and grew Grenache and Pedro Grapes for the nearby Stonyfell Winery. The new 5 acre vineyard was planted with Shiraz cuttings from Magill Estate in 1997 and 1998.
Our first wine was made on the property in 2000, we picked half a ton that year. In 2007 four and a half tons, went to Penfolds at Magill Estate and 2008 was the last time we made wine at Marybank until now. The grapes sent to Magill usually go into St Henri but in 2010 the whole 8.8 tons was selected to go into Grange.
We look forward to offering our 2019 vintage in mid 2021!
She does all the cool stuff, like chatting and emailing couples, organising the paper stuff, payments, rehearsals and making sure Billy is under control.
All catering is by local chef Billy Bain, last at the kitchen of the Clare Valley’s Citadel restaurant and Mr Mick’s Cellar Door. He has 25 years experience and specialises in Mediterranean and tapas style cuisine.
Crotch sniffer & Crazy puppy
We have a (not so) new addition to the Marybank family … Louie! He’s a French Brittany Spaniel who loves sniffing, roaming through the property and generally getting up to mischief!
- Weddings Overseen 100%
- Wedding Cake Consumed 5%
- Coffee consumed 75%
- Time in the Kitchen 100%
- Tractor Time 70%
- Couple Viewings 80%
- Customer Happiness 100%
- Tail Wagging 95%
- Running 100%