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Conference Venue & Meeting Rooms

The Ultimate in Old World Grace and Charm

Our conference facilities are perfect for any form of corporate entertaining. Whether you are running a day/evening seminar, a product launch, a training day, a business meeting or a larger event. We can cater for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Overnewton Castle was built in 1849 and now stands as a prominent heritage building. This Scottish baronial style castle set amidst four acres of private tranquil English garden, makes the perfect backdrop for your special event. The style and sophistication of this venue will impress both your clients and staff.

You may wish to have morning tea or break out areas in the garden, or in our elaborate sitting rooms. The Grand Dining Room features an elegant chandelier and bay windows overlooking picturesque gardens which allows plenty of natural light into the room. The non-denominational chapel has exquisite hand painted features and is ideal for boardroom meetings. The Victorian Room has plenty of color and natural light suitable for the smaller seminars up to 30 guests.

We are conveniently located 15 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD and only 10 minutes from Tullamarine Airport. There is ample free off street parking and disable access if required. We also have a luxury apartment ideal for that special guest or client.

Overnewton Castle is a venue with a strong commitment to personal and professional hospitality. With many years of experience our staff’s professional and discreet service will add to the success of your event or business meeting.

Please contact us to receive our conference and facilities package.

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Tours

We are currently taking bookings for Historical Tours thorughout the 36 rooms of the Castle hosted by the ‘Master of the House’ on the first sunday of every month. Tour start at 11am and runs for approx 1.5hrs. Limited numbers are available $15pp and must be paid in full upon reservation. Please call the office to book on 9331 6367 we are also open on these dates for High Tea.

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History

A Brief History Lesson

  • 1849

    Overnewton castle was built by William Taylor. The Scotsman bought 13,000 acres of rich grazing land just west of the Keilor township. Taylor built a simple single story bluestone colonial style homestead. 

  • 1850

    Keilor became an important and busy stopover for travelers on their way to the Victorian Goldfields. This included the building of 2 schools, a new bridge and a new hotel.

  • 1859

    William Taylor returned from a trip to Scotland and set about turning the functional colonial homestead into a miniature Scottish Baronial Castle.

  • 1903

    William Taylor passed away at age 85. Six months later his wife Helen aged 71 passed away. Their eldest son William Henry continued to manage the estate. 

  • 1939

    William Henry passed away aged 81 and his wife Beatrice in 1948. The estate remaind in the Taylor family untill 1959

  • 1959

    The Carr Family purchased Overnewton who raised their three children on the property using part of it as a family home and the downstairs rooms were used as a wedding reception centre.

  • 1975

    Dr. L. J. Norton purchased Overnewton Estate to raise his own family on the property.Dr Norton purchased back 6 acres of land which included a dry stone wall and some of the original outbuildings.

  • 1980

    Fire burnt the old timber stables. 

  • 2002

    The Main Dining Room was built. 

  • 1849

    Overnewton castle was built by William Taylor. The Scotsman bought 13,000 acres of rich grazing land just west of the Keilor township. Taylor built a simple single story bluestone colonial style homestead. 

  • 1850

    Keilor became an important and busy stopover for travelers on their way to the Victorian Goldfields. This included the building of 2 schools, a new bridge and a new hotel.

  • 1859

    William Taylor returned from a trip to Scotland and set about turning the functional colonial homestead into a miniature Scottish Baronial Castle.

  • 1903

    William Taylor passed away at age 85. Six months later his wife Helen aged 71 passed away. Their eldest son William Henry continued to manage the estate. 

  • 1939

    William Henry passed away aged 81 and his wife Beatrice in 1948. The estate remaind in the Taylor family untill 1959

  • 1959

    The Carr Family purchased Overnewton who raised their three children on the property using part of it as a family home and the downstairs rooms were used as a wedding reception centre.

  • 1975

    Dr. L. J. Norton purchased Overnewton Estate to raise his own family on the property.Dr Norton purchased back 6 acres of land which included a dry stone wall and some of the original outbuildings.

  • 1980

    Fire burnt the old timber stables. 

  • 2002

    The Main Dining Room was built. 

Overnewton castle was built by William Taylor in 1849. The Scotsman bought 13,000 acres of rich grazing land just west of the Keilor township. Taylor built a simple single story bluestone colonial style homestead. This consisted of 6 rooms with large shuttered windows and wide verandahs. The homestead was positioned on a gentle slope overlooking Keilor and afforded extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

During the 1850’s Keilor became an important and busy stopover for travelers on their way to the Victorian Goldfields. This included the building of 2 schools, a new bridge and a new hotel.

It was not until William Taylor returned from a trip to Scotland in 1859 that the grandeure of his dreams became apparent. He set about turning the functional colonial homestead into a miniature Scottish Baronial Castle. The Stately two- storyied wing was added, along with the blue stone Dairy & Butcher Shop and the Private Billiard room now used as a chapel for wedding ceremonies.

Overnewton is built in the Victorian Tudor style, inspired by 16th century English & Scottish architecture. The Scottish baronial style is characterised by its rough textured masonary, steeped pitched roofs and overhanging battlement corner turrets. The candle snuffer roofs show the influence of the French architecture. The bluestone walls were quarried on the estate and rendered with a yellow gravel and stucco finish. Above the large windows of the master bedroom is the Taylor family crest – a mailed arm and fist enclosing a dagger and the motto “Semper Fidelis” (always faithful) and above several other windows are the carved initals of HT, T 1859 and WT.

After the completion of this wing the homestead consisted of over 35 rooms including 7 bedrooms (the master room included a small circular room and a dressing room) schoolroom, library, drawing room, 2 kitchens, 5 servants rooms and the Billiard room. There are still many original features such as tiles in the bathrooms, claw foot bath and the old IXL wood stove in the kitchen. Several out buildings on the estate include a bluestone butchery and dairy, lamp room, bootroom, coachhouse, stables, woolshed, shearing sheds and machine shed.

William Taylor passed away in 1903 aged 85 and six months latter is wife Helen aged 71 passed away. Their eldest son William Henry continued to manage the estate untill he passed away in 1939 aged 81 and his wife Beatrice in 1948. The estate remaind in the Taylor family untill 1959.

The Carr Family purchased Overnewton in 1959. They raised their three children on the property using part of it as a family home and the downstairs rooms were used as a wedding reception centre.

In 1975 Dr. L. J. Norton purchased Overnewton Estate to raise his own family on the property. Since then there has been many upgrades and changes to the property including mains water in 1976, a fire in 1980 burnt the old timber stables. Dr Norton purchased back 6 acres of land which included a dry stone wall and some of the original outbuildings.

The years have been kind to Overnewton, today it remains much then same as when it was originaly built. Hidden away amongst the old trees, it has seen many changes throughout the years. Gone are the days of horse and carriages, gas light and servants, but the old world grace and charm along with the elegance, grandeur and atmosphere of a bygone era still remain. Having been restored over the years and an elegant dining room added to the estate this is definatley a hidden treasure.

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Garden

Overnewton Castle Garden

The garden is maintained to give year round interest, and to create a historic feel that sits comfortably with the buildings.

It is presumed that the large Quercus robur (English Oak tree) and Ulmus procera (Elm trees) on the North side of the house were planted when the buildings were began in the 1850s, as was the Pinus Halepensis (Aleppo pine or Lone pine) on the Victoria mound garden and the Cupressus macrocarpa (Monterey Pine), Cupressus sempervirens and Cupressus torulosa to the East. To the far North are Olea europaea (Olive trees) a very old Ceratonia siliqua (Carob tree), Syncarpia glomulifera (Turpentine from N.S.W.).  While near the front gate is an Agathis robusta (Qld kauri), Araucaria bidwillii  (Bunya bunya Pine), Araucaria cunninghamii (Hoop Pine), Eucalyptus cladocalyx  (Sugar gums) and other gums trees.  More recent tree plantings have been of Fraxinus (Ash), Pyrus calleryana (Flowering pear) and various fruit trees. A Euonymus japonicus has been planted in a WW2 mine on the front lawn.

The garden beds are planted with shrubs, annuals, perennials, bulbs and roses to provide year round colour and fragrance.  Many of the roses were bred by Alister Clark, a family friend who lived at Glenera, Bulla.  The Victorian mound has been restored with plants that tolerate dry shade under the Lone pine.  Behind the Guest Cottage local indigenous plants have been used.

The White Wrought Iron Gazebo was shipped over from Scotland in 1882 and is an ideal spot to sit and view the house.

Tanks, with a capacity of 195KL have been installed and capture all the roof water to be used for watering the garden.  The garden beds are covered with mulch (pea straw) during the warmer months to preserve moisture and protect the soil.  Organic gardening principles are followed to protect birds, especially the many Blue Wrens, lizards and other native animals that share the garden.

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Overnewton Castle Spring

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