Brandywine Manor House
Welcome to Perfect Setting Catering’s Venue Guide. Below we have created a visual tour of Brandywine Manor House, one of the Main Line’s premier event spaces! This guide is designed to walk you through the space and give you valuable information along the way. Enjoy!
History of Brandywine Manor House
Built in 1740, Brandywine Manor House is located in the heart of beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania. Little has changed in the landscape surrounding Brandywine Manor since the time when the first residents lived here. James and Jane Mackelduff were part of the 1722 Scots/Irish migration from Maryland and Delaware into southern Pennsylvania. They established a large and successful 1,210-acre plantation along the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek. They built one of the first, if not the first, grist and saw mills in the area and continued milling into the 19th century. Their son, Samuel, converted the original log house into the current 2 1/2 story dwelling in 1740. As the first home on the plantation, it was named the Manor House. The Mackelduff family was very influential in the community. Having a sincere belief in God, they were instrumental in founding the nearby Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church. The grave of James Mackelduff is the earliest known Mackelduff burial (1760) at the Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church cemetery. The house remained in the Mackelduff family until the early 1900’s.
Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Eck purchased the farm in 1983. During the next twenty years, the house was lovingly restored by Gordon and Nancy and several additions were added. In 2002, Brandywine Manor House held its first wedding ceremony and reception. Over the next eight years, several additions and changes were added to the venue. In late 2010, Brandywine Manor House suffered a large house fire that left more than half the home demolished. Fortunately, the oldest part of the home remained standing and over the next two years, the house was rebuilt and renovated into the house that stands today. Two years later, Dr. Eck received a circa 1794 barn that was numbered, taken apart, and rebuilt on Brandywine Manor House’s property, saving it from destruction and preserving a bit of local history. With the popularity of the Manor Barn, an early 1800’s barn was purchased and connected to the existing barn in late 2014.
Creating memorable events at beautiful Brandywine Manor House for over two decades…
Over the past decade, Perfect Setting Catering has expertly catered dozens of weddings, social events, and institutional gatherings at this phenomenal venue offering the quintessential Chester County country experience. Our expertise and familiarity with the property, as well as our strong working relationship with the estate’s managers, make us the perfect choice for your next event.
Brandywine Manor House Features
Guest Capacity: 325
Ceremony Space: Yes – Glen, Lakeview, Barn
Banquet Room: Yes (Crown Ballroom and Manor Barn)
Cocktail Reception Area: Yes – Two Terraces – Barn – Tented Ballroom
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air Conditioning: Yes
Dance Floor: Yes
Chairs Included: Yes
Tables Included: Yes
Kitchen: No – Ovens must be provided by caterer
Current Rental Pricing:*
(Note these are only estimates)
Peak- Season: $8,150
For more information please contact the venue directly here
*These values are subject to change. For more information please contact Brandywine Manor House directly
Let’s take the Tour
We will present a variety of settings at Brandywine Manor House in the context of a Wedding Scenario. Brandywine Manor House Estate also hosts social and corporate events.
The Ceremony Grounds
There is an impressive variety of fairy tale settings available for your ceremony, rain or shine.
Lakeview is bathed in warm sunlight in one of Brandywine’s open fields just below The Garden Terrace. Your procession begins at the pergola at the edge of the terrace, across the footbridge, to the arbor overlooking the lake.
The Glen provides a shady retreat and is nestled in the woods just across the lawn from The Crown Ballroom and Manor Barn. As the afternoon light breaks through the tall deciduous trees, the sun dappled ambiance of this ceremony site will leave you awestruck!
Manor Barn seamlessly brings together two separate historic barns to create an absolutely perfect rustic barn setting for your ceremony or reception. Complete with air conditioning, ample space, bathrooms, and tall windows, the Barn is an excellent choice for an indoor wedding.
Garden Terrace also provides a lovely ceremony setting. The ceremony takes place in the gazebo just up the steps from the terrace, a truly grand setting!
The Garden Terrace
After your ceremony, you and your guests will be greeted on the Garden Terrace by our crisply uniformed servers offering hors d’oeuvres and trays of the day’s signature cocktail.
Drinks can be served from a bar set beside the gazebo. The terrace’s stonework and surrounding gardens provide a cool retreat from the midday sun. Brandywine Manor’s gardens are especially inviting in the late spring and early summer. The gazebo depicted above is often used as a ceremony location and is just steps away from the reception area.
Masterfully crafted from two separate barns and rebuilt with your wedding in mind.
Built atop a cool lower level terrace that features a pond and waterfall, the barn is a merger of two separate historic barns. Once inside you will emerge into a sprawling and enchanting rustic reception space. Complete with air conditioning, bathrooms, and beautiful wooden beams, the barn is available year round for your very special day.
The Barn Terrace
Beneath the Barn’s dining space is an additional Reception Terrace.
Set against a beautifully landscaped waterfall and underneath the wooden beams of the dual barn dining rooms, the Barn Terrace is a great option for your cocktail reception. As your guests arrive servers begin passing your hors d’oeuvres and the days specialty drinks. With so much space available it is easy to scatter cocktail stations throughout the terrace to thrill you guests. As the night heats up on the dance floor, the Barn Terrace is a wonderful place to cool down.
As the cocktail hour begins…
The Bride and Groom usually retire to the various farmstead settings (the farmhouse, barn, corn field…) and the manicured gardens for picture taking. A catering server will follow the wedding party with hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Additionally, you may wish to consider the First Look approach to wedding photos.
The Crown Ballroom
As the cocktail hour concludes, the reception moves to either the Barn or Crown Ballroom for dinner and dancing.
The Crown Ballroom accommodates 325 guests comfortably and can be set and decorated in a variety of ways. The ballroom enjoys a wonderful view of the Garden Terrace in the foreground and the pond in the middle distance. This space is perfectly suited for Seated Served, Food Stations or Buffet styles-of-dining.
In Our Experience
Perfect Setting Catering has catered countless events at Brandywine Manor House. Below are some examples and suggestions regarding table setups, floor plans, and bar setups.
Round tables are the most popular choice for floor plans at Brandywine Manor House and work very well with the available square footage of the tent. At 8-10 per table, the space will accommodate close to 30 tables without crowding the aisles.
Sample Floor Plans
We find that the Brandywine Manor House’s tented dining room lends itself well to round table settings. The space can accommodate 20-30 forty-eight or sixty inch round tables with ample space between tables.
The above image shows a floor plan that seats 260 guests plus the Bride and Groom with plenty of extra space for a dessert station or photo booth under the tent, if desired, and a very large dance floor.
Max Seating for Crown Ballroom
Here is an example of a floor plan with seating for 330 people. This floor plan leaves space for aisles and easy entrance to and from the Ballroom.
Barn Dining Room & Reception
In the above floor plan, the Wedding Party would have their own separate banquet table. You can position tables in a variety of ways, but be mindful of entryways and providing enough space for your servers to deliver food. Positioning a bar inside and outside will alleviate congestion during the reception. We suggest adding cocktail tables on the outside deck so your guests can enjoy the fresh country air.
Barn Terrace Cocktail Reception
The Barn Terrace is easily accessible from the Crown Ballroom and the Barn Dining Room. In addition to passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations are also great addition to the cocktail hour. As you can see, we have action stations such as our Philly Cheesesteak Station with chefs creating sizzle and culinary magic à la minute for your hungry guests. Also present is the cocktail reception bar and the Cheese and Crudité Station. It is also nice to incorporate a bit of casual seating into your cocktail setting.
We invite you to explore our Wedding Guide which presents menus and pricing in detail for Brandywine Manor House.
View Our Wedding Guide
These packages, which provide discounted pricing for large groups of 125 guests or more, include all of the component “pieces” that make up an off-premise catered event. Our per person pricing includes the menu; staffing (supervision, servers, bartenders, chefs); china, silverware and glassware; cotton linens in a variety of colors for guest tables and bars; bar setups (sodas, mixers, garnishes, glassware, ice) and basic fees charged by the various venues. We do not charge a gratuity. We attempt to anticipate all of the costs associated with catering your event. Ideally, your only “addition” will be the inevitable 6% PA state sales tax.
Three different reception styles are presented in this wedding guide: Seated Served, Buffet and Food Station Receptions. Per person pricing can be found after the entrée selection for both the Seated Served and Buffet packages. For Food Stations, we offer a base price that includes hors d’oeuvres, coffee service, staff and equipment. The remainder of your menu is built on an “a la carte” basis.
Thanks for reading!
Peruse the Wedding Guide then give us a call at (610) 889 2040 or contact Perfect Setting Catering via email. We’d be happy answer questions or create a proposal for you to help verify pricing.
For more information about Brandywine Manor House please visit their website at www.brandywinemanorhouse.com/
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