Why You'll Love This Place
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As you settle into the relaxed garden setting of this hilltop lodge, it’s hard to believe that it was established in 1927 for an eccentric European baroness who wanted her own personal resort within visiting distance of Hearst Castle. Since that time, subsequent property owners have added accommodations ranging from rustic rooms to deluxe suites, and world-class gardens.
The Main Lodge resembles a huge, modern-day log cabin, but the grounds behind it bring to mind a beautiful English garden. Rows of sculpted hedges separated by paths, bushes and beds of vibrantly colored flowers meander among Monterey pines. Next to the garden, a broad lawn serves as both ceremony and reception site for outdoor weddings. Couples get married in a lovely gazebo at one end, and dance on a patio in front of a covered bandstand at the other; the entire expanse of grass in between is turned into an al fresco dining room filled with linen-covered tables.
Indoor receptions are held in the Peacock Room. With wall coverings of rosy beige, it derives additional warmth from an abundance of pine wainscoting and trim. Other pluses are a high ceiling, movable dance floor, adjustable lighting and a built-in, granite-topped pine bar. After the celebration, you and your guests can chat it up in the Lounge, where a fire blazes in the floor-to-ceiling river rock fireplace, and chandeliers glow overhead.
If you’re fortunate enough to be here for a few days, there’s a world of things to do outside the Lodge, too. Cambria itself is a quaint village, noted for its local artists and craftspeople and filled with shops, galleries and boutiques. Hearst Castle is a mere nine miles to the north, the beach is minutes away, and wine tasting has become a popular pastime in Cambria and the surrounding San Luis Obispo County. Alas, the baroness may have left the country so quickly that she never had time to truly enjoy either her lodge or her surroundings. We suggest you don’t make the same mistake: When you have your garden wedding here, plan to stay long enough to take full advantage of all that this friendly, family-oriented venue and the Central Coast have to offer.
Video by Dean Rebuyon (BoxOfLens).
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- Package prices vary depending on:
- Package chosen
Wedding packages include:
- 6-hour rental for the ceremony, reception, and cocktail hour
- Tables, chairs, linen tablecloths, linen napkins, and tableware
- Setup & cleanup
- Experienced wedding specialist, banquet manager, and professional service staff
- And more!
Food & Beverage Minimum
- Food & Beverage minimum varies depending on:
- Package chosen
Meals (when priced separately)
- $45/person and up
Service Charge or Gratuity
|Meetings||Total meeting capacity for this venue is 300.|
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Gazebo area holds 250 seated.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: For an outdoor ceremony plus reception, the Gazebo Garden holds 202 seated. Indoors, the Peacock Room (which can be divided into 2 sections) accommodates up to 250 with a dance floor. Each half of the room can hold 90 seated with a dance floor.
MEETING CAPACITY: Several spaces seat 40–300 guests.
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BYO with corkage fee
BYO wine incurs a $15/bottle corkage fee.
Indoor events, year-round, daily. Outdoor events, year-round, optimally mid-April to late October. Ceremonies and receptions take place outdoors 11am–4pm, and indoors 11:30am–4pm or 6:30pm–11pm. Other times may be arranged; call for more information.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Inn / Lodge
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Forest / Woods
- Pool Area
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Catering: in-house, no BYO
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided; Chiavari chairs CBA, extra charge
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: outdoor patio provided, or indoor portable available, extra charge
Bride’s Dressing Area: CBA, extra charge
AV/Meeting Equipment: full range
Parking: large lots
Accommodations: 152 guest rooms and suites
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA, extra charge
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
View: gardens, woods and hills
But take note of the following limitations!
Alcohol: in-house, or corkage $15/bottle
Smoking: designated areas only, not in the gardens
Music: amplified OK with volume restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, glitter or confetti; flames restricted
This venue is so versatile!
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