Post # 1
Wondering if any New England brides or members here have heard of or been to a wedding in the Massachusetts area that is rustic, preferably a BARN, that would be good for a fall wedding in October?
We’ve checked out a couple already– The Barn at Gibbet Hill (out of our budget!), The Red Lion Inn (still on the table), The Smith Barn (not very acommodating at all), and one other one in Spencer, MA. It doesn’t HAVE to be a barn, but we’re looking for that rustic type setting, and just thought I’d check if anyone might have any suggestions!
Post # 3
Have you checked out Salem Cross Inn? We loved it but it’s a bit far from our ceremony site. The reception is in a barn and the prices seem reasonable. Cocktail hour is outside and there are flowers, rolling hills and actually cows in the distance! If your ceremony would be there, they have a pretty gazebo for it. The coordinator was friendly and available. Publick House is also in that area but isn’t specifically a barn. It’s very country though! I’m still in the midst of looking for the right venue as well so I can keep you updated. What was the venue in Spencer? Zukas? We looked at that one and that one is still on the table. We looked at Harrington Farm as well but that was on the pricey side (probably similar to the Barn at Gibbet Hill). I’d like to hear others ideas as well!
Post # 4
I have heard of the Salem Cross Inn but haven’t peaked yet! That’s a good idea! Harrington Farm is the one we saw in Princeton actually, sorry! It’s tricky keeping them all straight. You’re ahead of the game here with a 2014 wedding! Thank you for the suggestions; we should definitely keep each other posted since it sounds like we’re on the hunt for a similar reception feel!
Post # 5
I am not sure what area of MA you are looking for, but if you are around the southeastern area, I suggest Bittersweet Farms, which is located in Westport, MA. They are a rustic barn, but it is 2 floors (which my FI did not like). They also have a nice patio, and the view is lovely. I think the max for guests is 130 or 150, I can’t really remember. Good luck!
Post # 6
Try Harrington Farm in Princeton, Mass. (a 1.5 hour drive west of Boston). It ended up being our very, very close second choice, and just slightly more rustic than I was going for. The woman I dealt with there was very nice and accommodating. The prices were reasonable in my opinion (however we were looking to do it in the off-season). Good luck!
Post # 7
We looked atHarrington! I loved t! We ended up choosing Gibbet hill off season. The outside views are gorgeous. There is a barI called the scout house in Bedford orconcord. Def cheap and you can do your own decorating!!
Post # 8
Hmm, I’ll look at Bittersweet Farms! We did check out Harrington.. It was a little too in the middle of nowhere for us and more…meadow/garden than rustic barn. But thank you!
Post # 9
Stoneover Farm – Lenox, MA – http://www.stonoverfarm.com/
Old Sturbridge Village – Sturbridge, MA – http://www.osv.org/museum/weddings.html
Publick House Country Lodge – Sturbridge, MA – http://www.publickhouse.com/
Maudslay Arts Center – Newburyport, MA – http://maudslayartscenter.org/functions/
Bucksteep Manor – Lenox, MA – http://www.bucksteepmanor.com/weddings.htm
Friendly Crossways – Harvard, MA – http://www.friendlycrossways.com/outdoor-weddings/
Griffin Museum of Photography – Winchester, MA (has outdoor water wheel) – http://www.griffinmuseum.org/private_parties.htm
Essex Conference Center – Essex, MA – http://www.eccr.com/massachusetts-wedding-venue.html
The Conners Center – Dover, MA – http://www.bc.edu/offices/retreat/weddings.html
Arrowhead Acres – Uxbridge, MA – http://www.arrowheadacres.com/weddings-banquets.htm
Rowe Center – Rowe, MA – http://www.rowecenter.org/
Quonquont – Whately, MA – http://www.quonquont.com/index.htm
Gedney Farm – New Marlborough, MA – http://gedneyfarm.com/
Red Barn (Hampshire College) – Amherst, MA – http://www.hampshire.edu/specialprograms/2817.htm
The Ranch Golf Club – Southwick, MA – http://www.theranchgolfclub.com/food-beverage.php
Alfalfa Farm Winery – Topsfield, MA – http://www.alfalfafarmwinery.com/services.html
Arabian Horse Inn – Sudbury, MA – http://www.arabianhorseinn.com/
Bascom Lodge – Adams, MA – http://bascomlodge.net/Weddings_Parties.html
Bittersweet Farm – Westport, MA – http://www.lafrancehospitality.com/bittersweet-farm-weddings/
Charlton Orchards – Charlton, MA – http://www.charltonorchard.com/events.htm
Flag Hill Winery – Lee, NH – http://www.flaghill.com/fhwinery/weddings/index.php
Mill Falls – Meredith, NH – http://millfalls.com/conferences_events/index.htm
Helpful Website: http://www.rusticbride.com/category/massachusetts
(Sorry if someone already mentioned something on this list!)
Post # 10
@Coffeelady: I’ve been to quite a few weddings at Harrington Farms, and they’re all fantastic. The Harding Allen Estate is also really nice!
Post # 11
we looked at harrington farms…but decided on blissful meadows golf club in uxbridge. it was a random find…drove by and saw from the road. the buildings are from an old farm turned into a golf club…so the reception hall is actually a restored victorian era barn. it gives you the barn look but its a function hall so you have indoor bathrooms and don’t have to source tables and catering. also it’s less expensive than harrington
Post # 12
baystatebride hit most of them – nice list!
I checked out the maudsley farm in newburyport – it’s a beautiful field and park area. I think it’s about 2k to rent, probably less in october. Definitely affordable. They have really cheap plastic chairs though and no AC which is why I crossed it off the list.
Great vintage/rustic setting though! Great place outdoors for beautiful pics.
Post # 13
@megabrooke: This isn’t a barn but kind of rustic. Have you looked into The Willowdale Estate?
Post # 14
i have heard tons of great things about camp kiwanee in kingston. wish i had found it before!
this was taken there, amazing!
Post # 15
I wanted to get married at camp Kiwanee. It’s gorgeous!!!
Post # 16
Not a barn, but still has the rustic vibe. Try the Rockport Art Association Building. It is perfect for greets list of about 120 and would be super pretty in October. You have to bring in all thevendors, but the rental fee is only $1500.