The Eleven Acres Story
by Jeff and Liz Lennox
The Early Days
Eleven Acres started out as our family property. We purchased the land in 1992 from John Santalucia to have room to expand Jeff’s building business and to provide space for our family of three kids – Sam, Tom and Phoebe. The property was originally surrounded by bush, cane fields and small crops where now there are streets and houses. Initially, we lived in our newly constructed funky “shed”. It was cramped but fun!
The house itself took 5 years to build, as our funds allowed. It was designed by Bruce Medek who worked for Guymer Bailey architects at the time. We wanted a design to reflect the homestead vernacular with several buildings clustered together and accessed with walkways of different style and scale. Bruce stayed with us for over 30 years as our architect and friend and his continued input provided cohesion and flair to the property’s evolving design and purpose. Sadly, Bruce passed away at the end of 2022, but his legacy at Eleven Acres lives on.
We have many good memories of our family times in the home as the family grew up and gradually left home. Jeff continued to use the property for his building business up to June 2017.
The 2013 Floods & New Beginnings
The most pivotal moment in the history of Eleven Acres was in January 2013 when our property was among the hundreds in Bundaberg that were flooded. This set off a chain of events which culminated in the decision to lift the entire house (in four sections!) and refurbish it as a commercial property.
A completely new building was added – the commercial kitchen and the existing living area was extended to create a much larger space to cater for events and a restaurant. The original bedroom wing and the self-contained studio and guest room were all retained and refurbished to provide luxury boutique accommodation.
This complex and expansive plan took over two years to complete. We are proud that many local subcontractors and suppliers as well as our family have been involved in that process.
Jeff has many more ideas for the spaces around the property, so in many ways Eleven Acres is an ongoing “work in progress”.
Our goals for Eleven Acres include providing a place and space for fine food, for celebration and for fun with family and friends. And so, continues the story….
Enjoy your stay x.
What Makes Eleven Acres Unique
Eleven Acres offers a combination of features that are rarely found in one location. We have evolved our business to give clients and guests the ability to create a unique function that truly reflects their style and personalities.
A few of the things that make Eleven Acres unique include:
- Architecturally designed venue that perfectly complements the surrounds
- Ability to hold multi-location functions in the same grounds
- Convenient location that maintains the feel of a bush retreat
- Ability to tailor venue setup to your own needs
- Onsite boutique accommodation
Eleven Acres is a destination for memorable experiences. Please get in touch to discuss how we can help create one for you.
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“We recently celebrated our wedding at Eleven Acres and we were absolutely over the moon! The venue itself is so beautiful and exactly what we were after but more than that, the team were just a dream to work with. Throughout the entire planning process and on the day, Phoebe was so amazing and accommodating, and nothing was too much trouble. We highly recommend Eleven Acres to anyone looking for a stunning local wedding venue.”
Aimee & Boyd
We had an incredible experience at Eleven Acres for both our wedding ceremony and reception! From start to finish, everything was absolutely perfect. The venue itself is stunning, with its beautiful outdoor setting and charming rustic decor. Pheobe was amazing and incredibly helpful throughout the entire planning process. Her attention to detail, professionalism, and willingness to accommodate our requests made everything seamless. She truly went above and beyond and made us feel like our wedding was the most important event in the world. The ceremony was magical, set against the backdrop of nature, and the reception was stunning and what we had dreamed of. We cannot thank Eleven Acres and Pheobe enough for making our wedding day so memorable and perfect. If you’re looking for a beautiful venue and team that truly cares about your special day, Eleven Acres is the place to choose. We highly recommend it and couldn’t be happier with our choice. Thank you for creating the wedding of our dreams!
Ally & Brendan
“Having Mum’s 90th birthday celebration at Eleven Acres became one of the best decisions we have ever made. Phoebe provided the perfect level of support and flexibility, allowing us to choose our own style and staying within our budget. The service was amazing, and the venue and its facilities were superb. They catered for every age group, with easy access for the older guests and outside games for the young and young at heart. There have been nothing but positive comments from everyone who attended, and the birthday girl was overwhelmed and delighted. Thank you Phoebe and staff. We will recommend you every chance we get.”
90th Birthday Lunch 2023
“We love Eleven Acres so much they we now refuse to have a function anywhere else in Bundaberg! The function venue and accommodation are simply stunning. The grounds are beautifully manicured and boast an array of amazing backdrops to have your family and group photos in. Phoebe is an absolute pleasure to deal with, and nothing is ever too much trouble. I would absolutely recommend booking Eleven Acres for your next function or event, you will not be disappointed!”
Chris and Hayley
40th Birthday 2023
“The most amazing wedding venue. Phoebe and the team were so helpful and took care of everything for me, making it as stress free as possible. Cannot recommend it enough!”