Homestead given new life

A homestead with historic significance to the settlement of Langhorne Creek has been beautifully restored by a family with a vision for a destination wedding venue.

Friends and family have poured countless hours and hard work into realising Cindy Westphalen’s vision for Woodburn Homestead since she purchased the property a year ago.

The old home, grounds, barn and stable now look immaculate.

Woodburn, built in 1864 by Matthew Rankine, is located next to Angas Plains Wines at Langhorne Creek.

Cindy, an accomplished wedding planner and event organiser, said the property ticked all the criteria for a wedding venue.

She is currently working with the council, hoping to launch Woodburn as a destination wedding venue in March, 2018.

“We came here because we fell in love with this beautiful house and this property was sitting here with all the history attached to it,” Cindy said. “The people from the community and local wineries have really welcomed us.

“I have a list of criteria for whatever venue I look at. I want to come up a big long driveway and arrive at a surprise, and when I saw this home I thought ‘oh my god’.”

The property was overgrown before the family got stuck into landscaping and renovating. Friends came along to working bees to help garden, paint and plant.

The old stone barn was completely overgrown, and one suggestion was to knock it down. “No way,” Cindy said. Now it is arguably the centrepiece of the venue.

Cindy’s husband John, son Michael and father Philip have been integral to the huge renovation.

“People might want to rent it out for a whole week, to take their time doing wine tours, helicopter or light plane tours nearby,” Cindy said. “Weddings can bring big money into an area, as they spend money in the region over a number of days.”

She believes in a co-operative approach to tourism and hopes to work with local producers, tourist operators and accommodation providers to drive the Langhorne Creek experience.

“Langhorne Creek is ripe for the picking. “I think the area is a bit of a secret, and it’s only one hour from the Adelaide CBD.”

She sees Langhorne Creek’s rural culture as a point of difference to competing districts like the Barossa.

In 2015 and 2016 Cindy was named Australia’s top wedding caterer, at the industry awards.

And last month, her business Cindy's Classic Gourmet won two awards at the annual Australian Bridal Industry Awards – as state’s top independent wedding caterer, and the top wedding consultant.