Why You'll Love This Place
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Most of us who live in California are familiar with Sunset magazine, also known as “the Magazine of Western Living.” Nowhere was this lifestyle more enthusiastically embraced than at Quail Hollow Ranch, where Sunset publisher Laurence Lane and his family lived the robust outdoor life celebrated in the magazine for over 100 years. Once part of an 1833 Spanish land grant known as Rancho Zayante, the land was purchased in 1866 by Joseph and America Kenville. They built the ranch house and outbuildings that still stand today, and farmed the land successfully for 35 years. In 1937, the Lane family purchased the property, where many of the ideas and philosophies found in the magazine took shape amid the glorious California scenery.
A narrow, winding road leads you to Quail Hollow Ranch, where you are first greeted by a circle of gargantuan eucalyptus trees, said to be 300 feet tall! Just beyond, an immense lawn, dotted with picnic tables and shaded by a spreading live oak, separates the rambling white ranch house from the stables. Look past the white fence that encloses the compound, and see verdant meadows, woodlands, and tree-shrouded hills rising in the distance. A short walk from the house, a still pond almost hidden by willows beckons to you. Though it’s mostly used as a backdrop for photographs, you can have a pond-side ceremony during warm, dry weather.
The ranch house is a handy and homey complement to the outdoor spaces. Flower-sprinkled wall paper, rag rugs and comfy furnishings constitute the simple and rustic decor; the collection of memorabilia and family photos make it seem as if the Lane family still lives here. On hot summer days, the house provides a cool, quiet retreat, or an out-of-the-way play spot for the kids.
Quail Hollow Ranch is not only historically significant, it’s also ecologically notable. The surrounding county park provides miles of trails that allow your guests to view the park’s diverse habitats (such as riparian, maritime chaparral and mixed evergreen), as well as an occasional endangered species like the golden eagle, western pond turtle, and Rattans monkey flower.
So if you’re looking for a secluded, unspoiled spot for your event that’s chock-full of natural beauty, at a price that will make you think it’s 1937, take a stroll around Quail Hollow Ranch. Who knows, you may be inspired to start your own magazine!
Winter Wedding Discount
You’ll save 20% on your site fee, when you hold your wedding November 1-March 31 (50-person maximum)*. Please contact the park office for details, and their monthly open-house schedule at firstname.lastname@example.org, 831/454-7938.
*including children and hired helpers.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- $1,300/event and up
- Rental fee varies depending on:
- Day of week
- Time of day
- Time of year
The venue rental April-October covers 10 hours for use of the house and lawn. This includes 3 hours for setup, a 5-hour maximum event time for ceremony and reception, and 2 hours for cleanup. Additional set-up hours beginning as early as 10am may be contracted at an hourly rate.
Note that while the favorite ceremony spot is the Oak Tree, drop-in ceremonies are allowed at the pond or orchard at no additional charge, provided supplies are returned to the reserved areas after the ceremony.
From June-August, Quail Hollow Ranch is only available on Saturdays, and a few Sundays.
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- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
Beer, wine and champagne only -- no hard liquor allowed.
- Saturdays year-round; Sundays June–August, except for the 3rd Sunday per month (subject to change).
- Event curfew is 10pm on Saturday with 2 additional hours allowed for cleanup, or 10pm on Sunday including cleanup.
- Note that outdoor amplified music must end by 8pm.
- There is a 10-hour minimum on weekends.
- A 6-hour minimum rental is available if you book within 3 months of your date, or for a Saturday November-March.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Banquet Hall / Events Facility
- Community Center / Civic Building
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Private Estate
- Ranch / Farm
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Lagoon / Pond
- Landscaped Grounds
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: prep only
Tables & Chairs: 100 chairs, 15 six-foot rectangular tables and 10 picnic tables provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: backyard patio or BYO on lawn
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: large lot, limited in offseason
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: limited
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BYO, restrictions apply
View: park grounds, trees
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: BYO BWC, no hard liquor, restricted to 5 hours, maximum
Smoking: not allowed
Music: amplified restricted to 5 hours, maximum; outdoors until 8pm only
Wheelchair Access: accessible
Insurance: usually not required
Alternate Info: quayle