Glen Ellen Wedding Venue
11775 Sonoma Highway
Glen Ellen, California 95442
The story behind Beltane Ranch is an interesting one: Its origins date back to 1892, when a black woman from New Orleans named Mary Ellen Pleasant came to Sonoma’s fabled Valley of the Moon and built the existing house as a way to escape—and celebrate—the great business success she had enjoyed in San Francisco.
It’s easy to see what drew her to erect her home on this spot. A narrow drive flanked by old trees, vineyards, grassy fields and beautiful hand-built stone walls leads up to Beltane, which nestles beneath venerable oaks atop a gentle slope that rises from the valley’s main highway. The house Mary Ellen created is a two-story, five-room, wooden confection, graced with delicate lathed railings and Victorian-style wood trim as well as grand verandas outfitted with wicker furnishings. The front of the residence is bordered by a flower garden enclosed by a classic white picket fence.
Next to the house are two lawns used for ceremonies. The larger one is edged with flowerbeds, low stone walls and towering oaks. A stage for the DJ in one corner is festooned with strings of lights that create a festive glow at night. The smaller lawn right behind the house is a bit more intimate. It’s especially appealing when a musician, positioned in one corner of the adjacent upstairs veranda, provides soft music during the ceremony. Another lawn near the trellised entrance to the main house often hosts small receptions. There’s also a rustic horse barn that makes a charming setting for rehearsal dinners and other small gatherings of up to 60.
When brides who’ve wed here talk about what they liked, the first thing they cite is Beltane’s authenticity. A still-working ranch that raises cattle and grows olives and grapes, and produces its own wine, Beltane evokes Old Sonoma from the days before the county became an upscale destination. The lovingly maintained old house has nothing slick about it. Its vibrant gardens have evolved over the years and seem part of the landscape. Bridal party members often enjoy breakfast fruit harvested from raspberry bushes planted decades ago by the owner’s grand aunt. Another attractive feature is the stand-alone cottage, a Berber-carpeted hideaway that has a firebox, sitting area, private bath, and a small garden and deck overlooking the main lawn.
Brides also appreciate Beltane’s seasoned staff, many of whom have been at the property for at least 15 years. One dividend of the ranch’s reputation for great service is that quite a few newlyweds return for their anniversaries. (The ranch has even welcomed the children of couples who’ve been married here.)
Beltane remains one of the most beautiful old ranch houses in California. Owned by the same family since the 1930s and surrounded by 1,000 acres of open-space preserve, the ranch’s 100 acres are the ideal place to hold a true Sonoma County country wedding. Everything here—the venue and its surroundings—blends seamlessly to create a perfect pastoral stage.
CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Beltane Ranch can accommodate up to 150 seated or standing guests outdoors, up to 60 seated or standing in the rustic barn, and 14 seated or standing indoors.
One third of the rental fee is required to reserve your date. The next third is due 3 months prior to the event, and the final third is due 2 weeks prior. Event packages include exclusive use of the bed & breakfast, lawns and surrounding garden areas; Garden Cottage accommodations for the bride & groom during their stay; and a full breakfast for all B&B guests (the 5 B&B rooms must be booked and paid for during the wedding). The rental fee for a Saturday wedding with up to 75 guests is $12,500. For each additional guest up to 150, there is an $80/person charge. One- or two-night packages for intimate weddings and special events of up to 50 people are available starting at $2,500. Purchase of 1 case of Beltane Ranch wine per 20 guests is required; non-Beltane Ranch wines, beer and other alcohol may also be brought in.
Special Events, Parties
Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterer
Restrooms: not wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: large lot
Accommodations: 6 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: garden arbors, lawn and trees
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: caterers only
View: mountains, vineyards, forest, garden
Banquet Hall/Events Facility
Bed and Breakfast
Alcohol: Beltane Ranch wine purchase required; OK to BYO other beverages and alcohol
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK outdoors with restrictions
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: extra liability required
Choose From List
Outdoor events are held from May through October. Intimate weddings and barn events available year-round. Events may be held from 4pm–10pm.
Alternate Info: Beltan Ranch