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Blenheim Hill Farm is owned and operated by the acclaimed restaurant Blenheim in New York City. It's a living farm with many breeds of livestock and hundreds of crops. It is one of the largest farms owned by a restaurant group in New York. It's not only a stunning setting for weddings and events, but also a place where you can enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by well-known chefs, using sustainable ingredients harvested just minutes before the event. While we are a farm, with idyllic country charm, we also pride ourselves for being a very elegant and classy venue.
Blenheim Hill Farm is owned by the restaurant group bearing the same name in New York City. Click here for the restaurant.
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Where is Blenheim Hill Farm?
Blenheim is located in the gorgeous Catskills area of upstate New York. Under 3 hours from George Washington Bridge in New York City. An easy ride from NYC, with mostly throughway, and scenic local roads and towns. The area boasts of activities such as fishing, boating, river tubing, hiking and graceful spas for massage and relaxation. Although a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life, the area offers an abundance of lodging and dining options, and shopping. A little over an hour from Albany, 1 hour and forty minutes from Binghamton. 3 hours and forty five minutes from Boston.
Accommodation, where do we stay?
Our gorgeous historic farm house is available for rent for the wedding couple and their families, or the wedding party. It sleeps 20 guests. Visit the lodging page!
The farm's site is wonderfully remote, yet close to all important services and lodging. There are many well-appointed bed & breakfasts and small boutique hotels sleeping up to a 100 people in the area, as close as 10-20 minutes away, but also larger places like Hampton Inn and Best Western 30-40 minutes away. We will provide a list of all the lodging options nearby that we recommend. We also have beautiful lodging for the wedding couple at the farm: A room with a view of the lake and an antique bed from the civil war.
Music & Sounds
You may bring a live band or DJ, or we can provide a list of who is available in the area. The venue fee includes basic sound set-up in the barn, for ipod and for speeches. If you have any specific sound needs beyond what we can provide, let us know so we can quote rentals.
What about noise restrictions or time restrictions?
Blenheim Hill Farm has 150-acres of land, so we are a good distance away from our neighbors. Music or noise is not a problem. The venue is available for as late as you would like, although there is an extra charge per person after midnight, to cover for additional beverages and staffing (and to manage bonfires).
Where can we do the ceremony at the farm?
There are a few good spots for the ceremony: under the huge apple tree in the middle of the horse pasture, or by the pier overlooking the lake. Ceremony chairs are included in the Venue fee.
Do you offer catering?
We offer the most unique and high-end cuisine in the area, with our own products grown on the farm, cooked by our Michelin-rated kitchen staff. Ask us for the various menu options and pricing packages for catering.
Buffet or seated dinners?
Buffet is a more relaxed option, and also more economical. Full seat-down waiter service does cost more. However it is possible, and we would customize a proposal based on your needs.
Flowers and décor?
Basic décor, table cards, lighting inside and outside, are all included, but flowers are extra, and cost depends on your budget. We can produce additional decor and flowers, in collaboration with our local florist, but you are also welcome to bring flowers and other artifacts and decor if you or a friend enjoy doing that.
One day or weekend wedding?
Most couples also rent our farm house (which sleeps 20) to make the wedding an exciting weekend getaway, with hiking, fishing and boating in the lake, and swimming. Or even be a part of the harvesting in the fields. That was you are all relaxed for the wedding day.
Rehearsal dinner, brunch and breakfast?
In addition to the main reception and the cocktail house, we also offer different options for your rehearsal dinner, or brunch, and even breakfast for your guests in the farm house. If you rent the farm house, you can host your own rehearsal dinner and brunch for up to 20 people, or we can arrange for our Lakeview Rehearsal Dinner BBQ, or our Barn Buffet Brunch.
Bride's Quarter and Groom's Quarter?
Included in the venue fee is a beautiful room with bathroom for the bride to dress, do hair and makeup. And even for a little nap in an antique bed from the Civil War era. If a second area is needed, we have a room with a fireplace for the groom and up to 6 relatives. For an additional fee (most rent the farm house to provide a peaceful sanctuary for the couple and their families during the festivities.
Local Bus service to and from the various lodging sites is convenient, and then you don't have to have that many designated drivers. We will provide a list of local bus services as well as complete directions from all major cities.
There is also bus routes from NYC.
When is the farm available?
Blenheim Hill Farm is available during the summer, from last weekend in April until second weekend in October. And mostly on weekends. Special request can be made for a non-weekend day.
Bonfire is really nice because if it gets a little cooler, that warmth is welcoming.
We have several bonfires at the farm, including a small one by the little lake, and a bigger one near the reception area.
There is a $500 fee for us to build, light, stoke and manage the bonfire. $250 for the smaller lake bonfire.
Horse & Carriage
For a really memorable arrival to the ceremony site, the wedding couple can rent our antique carriage from the 18th century, with our horses Isabelle and Leroy. Arrive at the ceremony with horse and carriage, and leave for the photo sessions, and finally arrive at the Cocktail hour site.