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. 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, which has views of the vineyard, 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. A garden area 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, 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's newest service is its in-house catering. Their chef will custom-design and prepare a menu for up to 50 guests that showcases their sustainable estate-grown organic produce, olive oil and wine pairings. Now you can have a very special meal not just for an intimate wedding, but for a rehearsal dinner and brunch, too!
Beltane remains one of the loveliest 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.
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