Hilltop Hacienda Estate at Kennolyn • Soquel • CA


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

Perched atop the scenic Santa Cruz Mountains, Kennolyn’s Hilltop Hacienda Estate overlooks lush redwood forests and the crystal blue Monterey Bay. This handsome property has a fabulous view, and it’s so quiet and tranquil up here that you feel like you’ve really gotten away from it all, even though it’s just a short drive from town.

Your wedding guests enter the Spanish-style hacienda through a sun-drenched courtyard, where they’re greeted by a burbling four-tiered fountain and pots of vibrant blooms all around. It’s a lovely spot for everyone to gather prior to moving on to the ceremony.

The estate is surrounded by wooded enclaves, and many couples are drawn to exchange vows in the Redwood Grove, which features a rustic wooden deck against a spectacular backdrop of towering trees. There’s nothing quite like saying “I do” surrounded by Nature!

Ceremonies are also magnificent out on the Hacienda Lawn, a grand sweep of green that faces a spacious terracotta-tiled terrace, accented with Mediterranean landscaping (and those ocean views)! In fact, the terrace, with its flowering shrubs, bistro lights and Old World character is so picturesque that most couples opt for dining and dancing as the sunset gives way to a starry evening sky.

Yet receptions inside the banquet room are warm & welcoming, thanks to a wood-beamed ceiling with wrought-iron chandeliers, and a lofty fireplace which gives off a romantic glow. As you might imagine, weddings at the Hilltop Hacienda Estate are delightful, but the property is also a favorite for corporate seminars and retreats.

To keep you relaxed throughout, you can rely on Kennolyn’s experienced event pros to oversee the details, and their flexible packages include key elements like expert in-house catering, event furnishings and décor to personalize your party. Kennolyn’s dedicated hospitality and gorgeous setting brings beauty and serenity to any celebration.

P.S. Kennolyn's neighboring Stone Creek Village also makes a perfect wedding weekend retreat!


Video by Martin C. Legg.


All-Inclusive Spring Wedding Promo

For April & May 2025 weddings, you can reserve this high-value All-inclusive Wedding Package at Hilltop Hacienda Estate for any available date! This promotional package Includes:

  • Exclusive use of Hilltop Hacienda venue for 6 hours (4pm-10pm)
  • Dedicated space for the Bridal Party in two Casitas
  • Redwood Grove ceremony space with choice of arbor, microphone set-up & music services
  • Professional DJ/MC during reception
  • Cocktail Hour with 2 tray-passed appetizers
  • Beer, Wine, Champagne and Seltzer Package plus Beverage and Coffee Stations
  • Incredible buffet options, including a Dessert Station with cake-cutting
  • Tables, chairs, linens, tableware plus Candle Centerpieces
  • String lights in Courtyard plus market umbrellas, heaters, indoor fireplace & outdoor firepit
  • Support of professional wedding coordinator throughout planning phase, rehearsal and on the day of the event
  • $25,000 all-inclusive for 75 guests (additional guests available for $172++/per person)

Please contact the dedicated event team for details and your personal proposal!

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • Contact the venue for more details.
  • The rental fee includes:

    • Exclusive venue use, including 5½ hours of event time for up to 300 guests
    • Choice of ceremony location with chairs & arbor provided
    • Use of a dressing suite—a 3,000-square-foot home overlooking Monterey Bay—plus a separate additional changing suite
    • Professional DJ, master of ceremony, and ceremony music
    • Professional wedding coordinator at your event, plus a 2-hour planning consultation and ceremony rehearsal coordination
    • Rentals, including tables, chairs, china, flatware, etc.
    • Market umbrellas, firepit, string lights in the courtyard, and heat lamps outdoors
    • Cake cutting service
Package Prices
  • $172/person
  • The Full Catering Package includes: hors d'oeuvres reception, 3-course meal, and beer, wine, champagne, and nonalcoholic beverages.

Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 20%
Additional Info


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 0 300
Cocktails, etc. Standing 125 300
Reception Seated 125 300
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 100.

CEREMONY & EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Kennolyn’s Hilltop Hacienda Estate seats up to 300 guests.

MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting spaces hold up to 100 seated guests.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • All-Inclusive
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • Late Night
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info







In-house beer, wine & champagne available. No corkage fee to BYO beer, wine or champagne.

Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Access limited

  • April–November, Saturdays and Sunday by special arrangement
  • Kennolyn’s event curfew is 10pm.
  • There is no event curfew at the neighboring Stone Creek Village.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Conference Center
  • Mountain
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace
  • Private Estate
  • Retreat
  • Private Home

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Forest / Woods
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Mountains
  • Ocean / Bay
  • Panoramic

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house, no BYO
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: courtyard
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: CBA
Parking: ample, several lots
Accommodations: 30 cabin cottages and suites at Stone Creek Village
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
Cleanup: provided, renter cleans decorations
View: vistas of Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz, redwood forest


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house, BYO beer and wine only
Smoking: designated areas only
Music: amplified OK until 10:00pm
Wheelchair Access: most areas, not all
Insurance: not required
Other: no pets, glitter, rice, or birdseed; decorations OK with approval

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