Smitsfield Wedding Venue, Lothair Rd, Free State

071 680 0570

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A big positive of Smitsfield Farm is that the venue is yours for the whole weekend. This gives you ample time to get everything done with no unnecessary stress.

Bride Yanke Hoogenboezem, featured in Real Brides, April 2020


This family business was taken on by the hard-working Coetzer family, Marius and Helene, greatly thanks to the success of the sought-after Florence Wedding Venue, owned by Helene’s parents – Nico and Ane Steinberg. In 2017 the family purchased Smitsfield farm, which for many generations have been the site for the annual Day of Reconciliation remembrance celebrations.

This had great significance for the Coetzers, who decided to trade the big city for country living and to take on a new adventure.

They pursued life on the countryside with a desire to return to their roots and to raise their children in the same way that they grew up. In 2018, construction began, and their family grew bigger

At the beginning of 2019, weddings and functions started in full swing. Today the Coetzer family is making their dreams come to life on this beautiful farm.


The newly constructed venue was designed and built by the family themselves, and their exceptional attention to detail captures the perfect balance between an industrial, factory-like feel and the warmth of the countryside. The entrance foyer displays Smitsfields’ signature– the diamond roof trusses. Everything flows from this magnificent room – the main reception hall, the sweeping landscape views and a comfortable lounge with a fireplace where guests could cozy up when the highveld cold sets in.

The venue has many unique features, such as 4 meter high industrial steel windows, 4 different fireplaces, 2 industrial wood burners and a cash bar that brings the old and the new together with the old railway carriage doors combined with modern copper sheets as the bar counter.

Custom designed steel and leather chairs, as well as custom designed wood and steel tables form part of this exquisite venue.

A state-of-the-art sound system takes care of all auditory requirements. Catering is also done on site by well trained and experienced culinary staff. The venue can easily accommodate 300 people, and for smaller functions the internal dividers can be closed off in order to create a more intimate atmosphere.


In keeping with the heritage theme, the skeletons of wooden passenger and cargo railway carriages that remained on the farm have been luxuriously renovated into 15 lavish rooms, including the bridal suite. The vision behind the design was to create two station buildings imitating a railway platform, with restroom facilities at the end of the station.

The bridal suite is renovated from an old cargo coach, the renovation was inspired by the Victorian era, which is where its name originated from. In the Victoria Station, the queens coach has an en-suite bathroom, a fully equipped salon with a hair and make up station, as well as a kitchenette and a deck overlooking the highveld surroundings.

The room units contain both a wash-up and a coffee preparation area. The Old Oak Station boast with the lovely addition of a whiskey and cigar room, as well as a braai area. To further extend the accommodation capacity, guests also have the option to set up camp in the dedicated camping area, from which they also have access to ablution and recreational amenities.

In total Smitsfield can host 30 guests including the bridal couple and additional 24 campers.