Why We Like This Place
In the pastoral community of Camarillo, a historic mansion with peaceful, park-like grounds offers a rare setting for all kinds of events—especially weddings. The product of a romantic gesture, this turn-of-the-century Queen Anne-style estate was built in 1892 by Adolfo Camarillo for his wife Isabella. The splendid heritage structure and its remaining 4.5 acres were restored by the city in 2001, and today visitors tour the ranch’s original stables, stroll through the beautiful gardens, and explore a living museum expertly reconstructed inside the mansion. Your own friends and family can enjoy the same diversions when they attend special gatherings here.
If you come to wed at the ranch, you may choose from among several pleasant sites. One possibility is the West Garden, a mani-cured lawn surrounded by palm trees and luxuriant foliage. Stage your ceremony in front of a vine-covered archway at the gar-den’s entrance or a splashing, triple-tiered stone fountain in the center of the garden. On the other side of the mansion the com-modious East Garden features its own fountain and a lush border of trees. Or marry on the mansion’s wraparound front porch, whose ornate façade and carved balustrades form an elegant backdrop.
Follow the ceremony with a cocktail hour in one of the gardens, or invite your guests inside the mansion to explore its antique décor and vintage furnishings. A grand staircase in the foyer is a wonderful place to stage group photos, and an alcove opposite features stained glass and scrollwork—it’s a quaint spot for an intimate ceremony. You’ll also appreciate the Bride’s Room, a femi-nine and floral salon where you can put the finishing touches to your finery.
Outdoor receptions are hosted on the expansive Front Lawn, beneath the scattered shade of magnificent mature trees. One speci-men, a fabulous Moreton Bay fig tree, displays an intricate root system—symbolic of a knot well tied! The Front Lawn holds 400 or more guests, and takes on many different moods or themes—from a posh garden soirée to a festive hoedown—depending on how you have it decorated.
If you prefer to bring the party inside, then you’ll love the ranch’s Big Red Barn. Originally constructed in 1905, a recent renova-tion has preserved the look of the classic American structure, complete with a brick-red façade trimmed in white and a whimsical weathervane on top. And although the barn’s ambiance is rustic, it’s been outfitted with 21st century amenities. A catering kitchen, lighting and AV capabilities (including flat screen TVs, a sound system and projection screen), and modern, tiled restrooms mean your guests won’t have to rough it. The neutral décor and soaring wooden rafters beg for your own embellishments—tulle swags, antique chandeliers or icicle lights, for example. Spacious enough to hold 250 for a reception and still allow for dancing on the sealed concrete floor, the barn also boasts two sets of double doors and windows that can be opened to the country breeze.
The ranch is one of the few facilities in the area that allow you to bring in your own caterer—even if it’s your Aunt Sally!
Camarillo Ranch is run by a nonprofit foundation, committed to preserving the ranch’s historical traditions. Whether you envision a nostalgic Victorian-inspired fête or a casual barbecue, this facility provides a flexible, scenic venue for a landmark celebration.
Max. Seated Indoors: 80
Max. Seated Outdoors: 1000
Max. Seated Indoors: 80
Max. Seated Outdoors: 1500
Max. Standing Indoors: 200
Max. Standing Outdoors: 3000
|Max. Seated: 80|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Front Lawn accommodates up to 1,000 seated guests; other outdoor sites are available. Indoors, the alcove holds up to 80 guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The Front Lawn holds up to 1,500 seated or 3,000 standing guests; indoors, the Dining Room holds up to 80 seated or 200 standing and the Red Barn accommodates 250 seated or 600 standing guests.
Fees & Deposits
50% of the rental fee is required to reserve your date. The balance is due 90 days prior to the event. Rental fees range $125–6,500 depending on the day, time and type of event and guest count.
Year-round, daily, 8am–11pm.
Special Events, Parties
Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Accessible
Site ViewsFountain/Water Feature
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Community Center/Civic Bldg
Alcohol: BYO, licensed server
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