Why You'll Love This Place
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When gold rush pioneer Henry Ellis carved out an estate for himself in 1890, he picked a prime setting: a sheltered canyon tucked between two tree-covered ridges. Here he set up house in a three-story mansion constructed of thick sandstone from nearby Niles Canyon, and went about enjoying life in the country. Today his lovely homestead, now surrounded by vineyards, has become a prime setting for hosting weddings, receptions, and private parties.
Garden-style ceremonies are held outdoors alongside the historic mansion, in a garden brimming with native flora and including an expansive lawn and gazebo. Stage your photos here, and you'll have some striking options for a backdrop—the century-old stone house, vibrant displays of azaleas and camellias, and sprawling vineyards. But if you'd like to search for more photographic possibilities, go right ahead—there are plenty of photo opportunities at Elliston.
A short walkway takes you from the garden to the Terrace Room, a secluded 2,000-square-foot banquet room set into the hillside. Its vaulted ceiling and glass walls add to the feeling of spaciousness, while the surrounding deck gives guests a chance to dine al fresco at umbrella-shaded tables. A Victorian gazebo next to the deck is large enough for a bridal table or a quartet of musicians to serenade partygoers. The entire site is sheltered by oak, eucalyptus and olive trees, creating an ideal venue for you and your guests to celebrate.
Whether you're a bride planning your wedding or a wine aficionado, Elliston Vineyards is a destination worth seeking. Centrally located, with access from several East Bay freeways, you're close to civilization but you'd never know it—the quiet country atmosphere will give you the delicious feeling of being a million miles away.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Day of week
- Time of year
The Reception Fee includes:
- 4.5–hours of reception time (with the option to extend)
- Wedding coordinator
- Mahogany Chiavari chairs & white linens (both have upgrade options), tables, and tableware
- Patio bistro lights
- Banquet staff & bartenders
- Cake cutting service
- Set-up & clean-up
The ceremony fee includes a half-hour ceremony along with 2–hour access to grounds for set-up; wedding coordinator; access to the Library and Captain's Room in the mansion; ceremony chairs & set-up; ceremony water station & welcome table; natural wood gazebo; two wine barrels for decor; and more!
Food & Beverage Minimum
- Food & Beverage minimum varies depending on:
- Day of week
- Time of year
The F&B minimum applies to weekend evenings April–October. There is a 100–guest minimum for December evenings.
Meals (when priced separately)
- $46/person and up
Meal pricing includes hors d'oeuvres. Buffets require a 50-person minimum.
Service Charge or Gratuity
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 150.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: Outdoors, the South Lawn holds 200 seated; indoors, the Terrace Room can accommodate 150 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Terrace Room and adjoining deck accommodate 225 guests, with 125–150 seated indoors and 75–100 seated outdoors.
MEETING CAPACITY: The facility holds up to 150 seated guests.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinners Details
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
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Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Winery / Vineyard
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Fountain / Water Feature
- Landscaped Grounds
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: projector screen
Parking: large lot, parking attendants
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: vineyards and hills
Other: event planning and day-of coordination
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: champagne, wine, beer, and spirits packages provided in-house; no BYO
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK inside only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, or confetti