Why You'll Love This Place
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All the quaint pleasures we associate with a Victorian Christmas—old-fashioned elegance, warm family gatherings, and a childlike sense of wonder—are available year-round at the Christmas House Inn, a historic landmark that received its yuletide moniker thanks to the extravagant holiday parties hosted by its early owners.
Built in 1904, the three-story mansion is a charming example of the Queen Anne-style favored by late Victorian architects. It was renovated and restored in 1983 by its current owners, Janice and Jay Ilsley, and boasts all of the original stained-glass windows and gorgeous woodwork—the seven Victorian fireplace mantels are each made of a different wood, and accented with Italian tiles and beveled glass mirrors.
Brides and bridesmaids will definitely feel at home in the Celebration Suite, the comfortable upstairs dressing room replete with fireplace, lacy adornments, and an abundance of mirrors. The groom and his guys have their own space, too: The Butler's Quarters, created with a vintage English pub in mind, features rock walls, leather club chairs around a flatscreen TV, a game table with vintage poker chips, and a dart board in the wine cellar.
Outdoor ceremonies are set in The White Garden, a classic European walled garden lined with Indian Hill Laurel Trees and over 200 white rose bushes. The focal point is a French wire "Birdcage" gazebo, where the couple exchanges vows to the sound of a fountain trickling in the background.
Another option is to follow Victorian tradition and say "I do" in front of the parlor's hearth, decked with shimmering candles. As the accompanist plays the processional on the grand piano, glide down the carved, redwood burl staircase to say your vows before your family and friends, gathered close enough to hear every word. After the ceremony, guests may stroll through the house and grounds while savoring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres in the lovely rose garden, on the shady veranda, or in the the house itself.
When everyone returns to the garden for the reception, they'll find tables and chairs elegantly set with floor-length linens and gleaming glass and cutlery. Dinner is served beneath the leafy boughs of magnolia and guava trees strung with twinkle lights. The newlyweds share their first dance in the adjacent garden ballroom, complete with crystal chandeliers, multiple grand carved mirrors, and classic topiaries. (More intimate weddings of 30 to 50 guests may be held inside the house.)
Among the most endearing attractions of the Christmas House are the six distinctive guest rooms. The luxurious bridal suite comes with a fireplace, a private garden courtyard with hot tub, and a delicious breakfast the morning after. Add in the affordable packages that include gourmet catering and other extras, and this venue becomes simply irresistible.
The inn is quite popular, and it owes its success as much to the Ilsleys' service-oriented attitude as to the inviting surroundings and great amenities. "We want couples to feel like the Christmas House is their own home," reveals Janice, "especially on their wedding day."
Video by Carrie Vines.
Prolong Your Celebration!
Spend your wedding evening with your friends and family—for only $500, receive use of all six guest rooms, pizza after the reception, and a gourmet breakfast the following morning!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on after-party options.
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- $14,225/event and up
Garden event packages range $14,225–18,000 for 100 guests. For each person over 100 guests, pricing ranges $39–53/person.
Each wedding includes a complimentary one-night stay in one of the suites & breakfast the following morning for the newlyweds!
If you would like bar service, many options are available at an extra charge.
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CEREMONY, EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: The Parlor holds up to 50 guests, the garden up to 150
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Small Wedding
- Special Events / Parties
- On-Site Accommodations
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Catered fine dining is provided by Spaggi's award-winning cuisine.
Year-round, daily, 10am–10pm.
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Bed and Breakfast
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Inn / Lodge
- Patio / Deck / Terrace
- Private Estate
- Private Home
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: limited accessibility
Dance Floor: provided for garden receptions
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: provided
AV/Meeting Equipment: n/a
Parking: valet included
Accommodations: 6 guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: no
View: landscaped Victorian gardens
Other: event coordination, bar service
But take note of the following limitations!
Smoking: outside only
Music: amplified OK with volume restrictions until 10pm
Wheelchair Access: limited
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, or confetti