Why You'll Love This Place
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It takes practically no time at all for Vine Hill House to rejuvenate the flagging spirit and lower the blood pressure of anyone beleaguered by city stresses. As you head through the Russian River Valley on a picturesque two-lane, country highway, and up the hill through apple orchards and vineyards, you can't help but wonder what awaits you. By the time you've reached the house and gardens, the fragrant air and country quiet have already begun to smooth your rough edges.
Enter through a small gate to the left of the house and into the garden, and any remaining tenseness melts away. What you see before you is a landscape of uncommon beauty. Set on a slight rise, the garden has an almost 360-degree view of the surrounding hills, covered with apple orchards and row upon perfect row of premium-quality grapevines. You can see distant Mount St. Helena to the north and the coastal mountain range stretching south.
Fortunately for you, this breathtaking setting can be the backdrop for your celebration. You won't need much in the way of decoration, since nature's already done such a great job. And what nature hasn't done, owners Dan and Jan O'Connell have. The handsomely landscaped grounds are tidy and well-groomed: One part of the garden is covered with plush lawns bordered by flowerbeds, densely planted with brightly-hued blooms; another section is planted with a small grove of firs, redwoods, oaks, and madrones.
Weddings in this little bit of heaven are particularly sweet. The bride makes her entrance either from the guest house or through the entry gate, and walks along the garden path to a peaceful ceremonial lawn. Seated guests have the dual pleasure of watching the ceremony and taking in the spectacular view. For receptions, the manicured lawn is turned into an al fresco dining room, filled with linen-clad tables shaded by market umbrellas. No matter where you sit, you're treated to an eyeful of rolling hills, vineyards, and endless sky. Later on, dance under stars and stately oak and redwood trees. And if the weather becomes uncooperative, tents or canopies can be arranged so that you don't have to worry about the elements.
Vine Hill House sits in the center of the gardens, and is a real charmer. Built in the late 1800s, the house was originally a two-story stagecoach stop, located further down the hill. Restored as a classic single-story, 1920s-style cottage around 90 years ago, it was relocated up the hill in 1957 to its present-day setting. The updated, fully furnished house has a large sunny kitchen, living room, a large bedroom suite, a spacious lounge room, and two full bathrooms.
Each sunlit room has windows overlooking gardens, vineyards, or orchards. During events the bridal party has exclusive use of the guest house to get ready, or to just relax. The house and gardens are also great for corporate meetings, picnics, nonprofit events, company seminars, or retreats.
This is a place where you and your guests can slow down, relax and take in the changing landscape: blossoming apple trees and fields of mustard flowers in the spring; warm breezes and the sounds of frogs and crickets in summer; a blaze of color and the excitement of the annual harvest and crush in the fall.
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Prices: What's this going to cost?
Site fees include:
- Use of the Vine Hill guest house throughout the event day
- 6-hour event time, plus ceremony rehearsal (if applicable)
- On-site day-of management, event planning, and day-of personal assistant services
- Ample on-site parking
- French oak wine barrel tables, round, bar, and display/dessert tables, and dining & ceremony chairs
- Lighting throughout, dance floor, and patio heaters
- Setup & teardown
Weekdays | $7,000
Sunday | $8,000
Friday | $8,900
Saturday | $9,900
A portion of the wine served at your event must be purchased from O'Connell Vineyards. Please contact the venue for more detailed information.
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 200.|
CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: Outdoors, the site accommodates up to 200 guests.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Small Wedding
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
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A portion of the wine served at your event must be purchased from O'Connell Vineyards.
Outdoor events: April 1–November 30, 10am–10pm.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Private Estate
- Winery / Vineyard
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Landscaped Grounds
- Meadow / Fields
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: select from list
Kitchen Facilities: fully equipped
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: through caterers
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: yes
Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: ample, including ADA parking, on site
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: caterer's kitchen facility
Cleanup: caterer and Vine Hill House team
View: vineyards, apple orchards, Sonoma hills
Other: tents/canopies can be arranged; heaters provided
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: BYO; no corkage fees
Smoking: outdoors, designated areas only
Music: amplified OK with volume restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: certificate required
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