Terms and Conditions

Last Updated 01/10/19

Adams Peak Country Estate (APCE) is a family owned and operated business. We expect our guests to treat it with the same respect they would treat their own property.

Guest and Visitors must comply with the Terms and Conditions, and instructions from the Management and Staff during their stay and must notify staff of any issues as soon as practical.

These Terms and Conditions relate to the details stated in your invoice. Your booking dates cannot be confirmed until a minimum $500 deposit has been paid. Payment of deposit, signifies you agree to the Terms and Conditions stated here. Please read them carefully. This deposit is non-refundable. APCE has the right to cancel a tentative booking when a deposit is not received within 48 hours.

APCE reserves the right to cancel any booking due to unforeseen circumstances or force majeure and all monies paid (if applicable) will be refunded.

Payment Terms

Initial deposit - 25% of the total or $500 deposit and the balance due within a month.
2nd payment - 25% of the total is due a year out from the wedding. (Obviously if your wedding is less than a year away, we will work out an alternate payment arrangement.)
Final payment - the balance of 50% is due one month out from the wedding.

We also have monthly payment plans. E.g. the initial $500 deposit to lock in the dates and the balance of the 25% within the month, and then equal monthly payments thereafter of the remaining balance.

Adams Peak
NAB account
BSB 082 080
Acc No 84 014 2781
Please reference your surname and function date

Please note: Bar Services invoices will be issued 1 month prior to the event when final numbers and run sheet details are received and must be paid with 7 days.

Cancellation / Change of dates

All cancellations / change of dates are required in writing (or email). If you choose to cancel your booking, you will forfeit your $500 non-refundable deposit, in addition to the following penalties:

Cancellation / Change of dates 12 months or more prior to event.

25% of the total invoice will be forfeited in lieu of the property being re-let for the same period. APCE will make every effort to re-let the property within the given time frame and if successful, will refund to the booking party all monies paid less $500 admin fee.

Cancellations / Change of dates 6 to 12 months prior to event

50% of the total invoice will be forfeited in lieu of the property being re-let for the same period. APCE will make every effort to re-let the property within the given time frame and if successful, will refund to the booking party all monies paid less $500 admin fee.

Cancellation / Change of dates less than 6 months prior to event

We do not refund any payments for guests who cancel or change their booking up to 6 months before the event date.

APCE reserves the right to cancel any booking if we deem the guests to be in breach of any of our Terms and Conditions. APCE reserves the right to move your booking due to circumstances beyond our control.


As part of your booking, there will be a preauthorised security bond of $1000 taken on the day of check-in. If there are any breakages or damage to property or items belonging to Adams Peak Country Estate, we will advise of the costs, and then charge them to your credit card. Please note, you are responsible for all guests on the property during your booking period. Any serious damages exceeding the $1000 security bond will be invoiced to the owners of the booking. This Invoice will need to be paid within 7 days.


APCE has exclusive caterers, Monkey Place Catering. All catering for your wedding event is to be provided by them. Agreements and catering costs are handled directly by the caterer. Once your deposit is paid to Adams Peak Country Estate, the caterers are locked in for your wedding date.

BYO / Bar Service

APCE is BYO venue. As part of this agreement, you are required to hire qualified RSA bar staff from APCE. We require 1 bar staff member per 30 guests, with a minimum of 2 bar staff per event. Please see our Bar Service Packages on the website (as of 1 October 2019). Bar Services invoices will be issued 1 month prior to the event when final numbers and run sheet details are received and must be paid with 7 days.

We require time to set up The Bar prior to the ceremony to ensure drinks are ready as soon as the ceremony is completed. This will be an additional charge depending on setup requirements.

We also have a plastic cups policy. All glasses must be surrendered at 10pm, and changed over to plastic cups. This ensures minimal breakages and accidents.

As a provider of services governed by the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), we are required to comply with all RSA laws without exception including but not limited to, not serve anyone who shows signs of impending intoxication, not serve anyone who arrives already intoxicated, not serve alcohol to anyone who is under the age of 18.

Please see our Bar Service Options for further information.

Staff Meals

It is a legal requirement that Staff meals are provided for all Staff working 6 or more hours unless other arrangements have been arranged prior to the event. Staff meals are at reduced rate, so please advise the caterers of numbers.


Each booking is entitled to 3 unbilled breakages. All breakages beyond that will be charged from your bond.


Zero Tolerance Drug Policy: We have a zero tolerance towards the use of Illegal Drugs. Anyone believed to be under the influence of an illegal substance will be required to leave the premises immediately. Any disturbance in this matter will result in the event and venue being shut down immediately. Any dangerous or malicious activity will result in the police being called.


All buildings on the property are strictly a non-smoking environment. If you or your guests smoke in the accommodation, you will be charged for steam cleaning floors, curtains and soft furnishings.

“Butt Buckets” are supplied for the use of smokers outside of these areas. Please do not leave cigarette butts on the ground. An additional cleaning charge will be incurred if excess cigarette butts are found.


Fireworks are allowed on approval. They MUST be fired by a fully licensed fireworks company. The Broke Fire Brigade and surrounding neighbours MUST be notified at least 1 week prior. Any illegal / unauthorised fireworks will mean forfeiting your bond of $1000, and that money will be donated to the Broke Fire Brigade. Please ensure your guests are aware of this, as YOU are responsible for their behaviour / acts whilst on the property.


Please do not light any fires on the property grounds other than in the designated fire pit area (dependent on conditions and fire bans). Use of the fire pit is by approval only. Timber for the fire pit can be purchased from APCE (with 24 hours notice), or you can bring your own. Any unauthorised use of the fire pit will mean forfeiting your bond of $1000, and that money will be donated to the Broke Fire Brigade. Please ensure your guests are aware of this, as YOU are responsible for their behaviour / acts whilst on the property.

Please note, timber is supplied for the indoor fireplaces, and external burners.

Camping BBQs or any other cooking facility must not be brought onto the property.

Venue Curfew

Your booked venue has a curfew of midnight on the weekends (Friday and Saturday) and 11pm on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday). Last drinks will be called at half an hour before before curfew. All music must be off by designated time and guests who are not booked into APCE accommodation must leave the property by no later than 12.30. We recommend organising a bus to collect guests and deliver them to their accommodation / home. Please note, if you choose to end the bar staff prior to midnight, this will mean the end of the function.

Accommodation Access

Check in time to “The House” and “The Cabin” is from 3pm. Please see below for venue access details.

APCE will make every effort to ensure the property is available as booked. However, we reserve the right to make alterations to bookings due to unforeseen circumstances.

Check out time is 11am. The property should be left in a similar state to its condition on arrival. All rubbish should be placed in bins provided outside. Please ensure all windows and doors are locked, the fan/heaters are turned off and fire place and/or fire pit has been extinguished.

Early check in and late checkout may be available on request and incur additional charges. Check in and check out times may change up to 7 days before your arrival to allow for cleaning and / or necessary maintenance.

Property Access and Venue Setup

To allow sufficient time to setup your booked venue (The Barn or The Hay Shed), access to APCE will be allowed from 12 noon to 7pm, one day prior to your event (where possible). i.e. if your wedding is on the Saturday, access will be on the Friday. If this does not suit your itinerary or you require additional time to set up, please discuss this with The Manager to ensure the area is available and if there are additional costs. Please note: The hiring of any APCE reception venue is for the day of the function only. The venue or its furniture is not to be used for other parties/functions unless preauthorised. Please ensure you bring any necessary equipment, i.e. ladders, extension cords, cable ties etc. for decorating purposes.

Setup will obviously vary depending on if you are having DIY wedding, or if you are employing a stylist / event company to set up your wedding. If you’re not sure what would work best for you, please talk to us about it.

APCE staff will setup the tables and chairs for your reception prior to your arrival (unless otherwise specified).

Bump out / Pack down – day after wedding 7am - 11am (or by 1am on the night)

After the function, all that should be left in the venue for you to clean up, should be your decorations, presents, tables centres, flowers, candles etc. Tables cloths should be put in the linen bag provided, and all tables and chairs will be put away by APCE staff. The venue should be left as it was found. Any glasses, bottles, plates etc that were still being used after the staff have left, must be cleaned and left in the bar. Any items that were used from the house, must be returned to the house. The cool room must be left completely empty.

Venue and Furnishings

The reception venue and ceremony area are rented as is. The furnishing and/or props provided are available to use, though may vary from time to time. As part of your agreement, you will have access to standard furniture inclusions and other speciality items. Please check with venue manager closer to your wedding date. Wall fixtures at APCE are not to be removed without prior approval.

Decorating / Confetti

Hanging items from the ceiling, on the deck or from trees is all allowed, as long as there is damage. There are hooks provided on The Barn and The Hay Shed ceiling. Please bring cable ties, string, fishing line etc for your decorations. All must be removed thoroughly after your function.

We prefer not to have real flame candles. If you choose real flame candles, they must be in a glass jar or similar. Flameless candles are a better option, as they can stay on all day, don't blow out, don't drip, and don't burn anyone or anything. Please see www.loveandprotect.com.au or other reputable companies for flameless candles.

Sparklers are allowed by approval only. They must only be used outside, and have adequate disposal methods i.e. buckets of water or sand.

Confetti and rice are not allowed. If you would like a style of confetti, real rose petals or something similar is accepted. These must be raked/swept prior to your departure. Please discuss prior to use. Hay bales are welcome to be used though all straw must be swept/raked up thoroughly.

Number of guests

Parties and Functions outside booked events i.e. weddings, are prohibited at APCE without prior approval.

The number of guests staying at the property must not exceed 20 in “The House” and 4 in “The Cabin”. In addition to the 24 guests staying on the property, you are allowed 5 children under 5 years of age (please note, bedding will not be provided – please bring appropriate bedding etc).

Guest Accommodation / Camping on Grounds / Caravans

Please ensure your guests are made aware to book their accommodation early. Please direct your guests to www.brokeaway.com.au for accommodation and transport options. As there are many special events in the Hunter Valley, accommodation can book out very quickly if an event is announced. We do not allow camping on the grounds. McNamara Park in Broke, is set up for camping and only 3 minutes’ drive.

We do not allow people to sleep in their cars on the property.


Children / babies are welcome at our property but are the full responsibility of their parents / carers. Please be aware that, as we are in the country, there are many unfenced dams and water hazards on the property, and there are also snakes and spiders etc.


APCE has a standard no pet policy unless prior approval is given. We are happy to discuss approval of your pet depending on age and temperament of the animal.


APCE reserves the right to control the volume of any music on the property. Holding Parties, BBQs or any type of Function (that are not prearranged and authorised by Adams Peak Country Estate) is strictly prohibited. Unauthorised additional guests/visitors are not allowed onto the property and may cancel your booking and forfeit your security deposit.

Even though we are on a large property, noise travels easily. Guests and visitors must not create noise which is offensive to neighbouring properties, especially between midnight - 7am. Please show respect.

Swimming Pool

The swimming pool is for the use of house guests only. It is NOT open to wedding guests. The swimming pool is to be used at your own risk.

Please do not take any glassware into pool area. We provide acrylic glasses for use in the pool area. If there is broken glass found in the pool, you will be charged for a full pool clean.

Please ensure that children are supervised at all times when using the pool.

Please note: the pool is closed over the Winter months.


We provide a clean BBQ. If you use the BBQ please ensure that it is cleaned before you leave. If we need to clean the BBQ, a $50 charge will be deducted from the security deposit for cleaning.


Cars must be parked in the designated parking areas and not on the grassed areas.

Equipment – Use, Damages, Malfunctions

If there is a problem due to malfunctioning equipment, report it immediately. Whenever possible - do not leave your report until check-out. We will do our best to fix or replace malfunctioning items. We do not issue refunds for problems with TV, Internet, DVD players, games, or anything else that is not considered a necessity. We will make every effort to have repairs done ASAP; however there may be limited service contractors in our area.

You will be held responsible for any damages to the house or property, caused by you or your guests. The property is inspected after each stay. If any items are missing and damaged; you will be notified and then charged from your bond.

Storms / Acts of God

If there is a storm / act of God, and damage / power outage, APCE will do what they can do assist to ensure it doesn’t effect your function. Though we will not take any responsibility. Please note, there is no generator / back up power in place if there is a power outage.

Recovery Party / Post-wedding BBQ

Post Wedding events can be held the following day. Depending on the size of the function, this may incur an excess cleaning charge. Please discuss this with The Manager prior to your arrival.

Lost / Damaged Property

You will be notified of any items found after checkout. These will be held for 2 weeks awaiting collection or postage and then disposed of. If items require postage, the postage will be charged from the bond unless otherwise specified. Please note: we do NOT hold items until you next visit the Hunter Valley.

On the day

An APCE team member will attend on the day to co-ordinate with third party suppliers (e.g. photographers and musicians etc) and ensure wedding facilities are set up and working correctly. The team member will be present until the commencement of the reception and then handover to the bar / catering staff. In case of emergency, there will always be a team member on call.

We reserve the right to make aesthetic improvements / changes to APCE venues, accommodation, ceremony areas and property without notification.

Cleanup after function

APCE will pack up tables and chairs and remove table cloths.

Anything you have hired independently from external vendors i.e. chairs, tables, props etc. must be packed up neatly and left for the company to collect. Please ensure collection is arranged for the next business day if not sooner.

Regardless of your checkout date, all personal items are to be packed down and removed from reception area by 11am the day after the function (if you have a ceremony and reception only package, it must be by 9am). The caterers and beverage company will remove / clean up all the related items ie. Glassware, bottles, plates, cutlery etc.

It is your responsibility to remove all decorations, broken glass, excess mess (i.e. glitter, loose hay, cigarette butts etc.) and place all rubbish into bins provided. Thorough cleaning (i.e. cleaning toilets, mopping floors etc.) and disposal of rubbish is the responsibility of APCE.