Why You'll Love This Place
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It's rare to find a private estate for a Palm Springs destination wedding that's as beautiful -- and reasonably priced -- as the Historic Cree Estate. This lavish hacienda, originally built in the 1930s, is sprawled over two and a half acres of lush landscaping. The scenic property captures the simplicity and warmth of old-fashioned Mexican architecture, while artfully incorporating modern amenities in a way that makes them seem as apropos as the Spanish red-tile roof. For your most important celebration, this embodiment of Old World charm can become your personal desert paradise.
A grand Spanish fountain greets guests as they approach the large driveway that circles around a grassy island. Orange and lemon trees filter the sunlight alongside a cluster of lofty palms—an impressive 78 of those graceful emblems of the desert are scattered over the grounds. The hacienda is a genuine all-adobe home, and the front wall has cunning miniature alcoves that showcase antique statuary. A wrought-iron gate leads to a wide lawn just right for a wedding ceremony, and a vine-covered arbor along one side makes a picturesque aisle. Whitewashed adobe walls decked with autumn-hued lantana enclose the grass, and include two old wooden doors, delightfully weathered and worn, that evoke a sense of timelessness and tradition.
Delicate tree branches form a natural archway from the ceremony site to an attractive poolside plaza, adorned with several patches of emerald lawn. A black-bottomed swimming pool, one of two on the estate, features a tiled border reminiscent of an intricately embroidered ribbon. In the first rays of twilight guests savor their glasses of bubbly amidst stone benches and classical statuary, accompanied perhaps by the stirring strains of a Spanish guitar.
Stepping-stones lead to the gently rolling greens of the reception area, highlighted by the dramatic main swimming pool. One of the largest and most beautiful pools in all of Palm Springs, it is elaborately tiled in Catalina blue, and has both a spa and waterfall. It has the look of a tropical lagoon, enhanced by its curving shape, a swim-up bar, and birdcages and lanterns strung from surrounding trees. Twinkle lights on the trees, candles and floral displays afloat in the water, and a lifelike statue resembling Michelangelo's David further heighten the exotic ambiance. Near the pool a built-in dance pavilion inspires guests to tango in the moonlight. If anyone is feeling sporting, a lighted tennis court is also at hand, and some brides add astroturf and a tent in order to hold their reception courtside.
The best way to appreciate all of the Cree Estate's attractions is to book the entire place for a wedding weekend. With six bedrooms, three kitchens and a formal dining room, the Cree can effortlessly take you from rehearsal dinner to post-wedding brunch. The estate's interior décor has an authentic Mission quality, and the living room's rustic wood-beam ceiling, whitewashed brick walls, and hearth all create a mood of intimacy. Romance is in the air in the Bridal Suite, where a skylight invites the newlyweds to "wish upon a star," and the scent of burning logs in the fireplace kindles earthy desires.
At the Cree you and your guests can party in style and then unwind, enveloped by the estate's romantic atmosphere. Why not take your cue from the many Hollywood couples who've stayed here and make the Cree Estate your own love nest?
WINTER WEDDING SPECIAL:
Book your weekend wedding at the Historic Cree Estate for January or February 2023, and get your 3rd night stay FREE! Winter is considered "high season" in Palm Springs, so this is a great time to enjoy the extra day to play. Contact the venue for more info, thies@LocationsUnlimited.com
Prices: What's this going to cost?
- The rental fee includes a 2-night stay in six bedrooms which sleep up to 16 guests.
- Additional nights rental available for $1,344/night with a discount for 4 or more nights. Note that there is a 12% city tax on rooms, and a $400 non-refundable cleaning fee.
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CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Wishing Well Lawn holds up to 200 seated guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION & MEETING CAPACITY: The venue accommodates up to 200 guests.
- Outdoor Ceremony
- Wedding Receptions
- Outdoor Reception
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Special Events / Parties
- Business Functions / Meetings
- On-Site Accommodations
- Late Night
- LGBTQ+ Friendly
$ • $$
Music curfew: 10pm
Event curfew: 11pm
Buildings, other structures, and natural settings available at this venue:
- Historic / Landmark Building
- Private Estate
- Private Home
Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!
- Fountain / Water Feature
- Landscaped Grounds
- Pool Area
Services & Amenities
Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:
Kitchen Facilities: for house guests only
Tables & Chairs: BYO
Linens, Silver, etc.: BYO
Restrooms: not wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: provided
Bride’s & Groom’s Dressing Area: provided
AV/Meeting Equipment: BYO
Parking: some on site, shuttle or valet suggested
Accommodations: for up to 16 guests
Outdoor Night Lighting: CBA
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: BBQs
Cleanup: provided, extra fee
View: San Jacinto Mountains
But take note of the following limitations!
Smoking: outdoors only
Music: amplified OK with volume restrictions
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice or confetti
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