Appleford is a historic Pennsylvania farmhouse estate wedding venue located on 24 acres in Villanova, Pennsylvania, the heart of the Philadelphia Main Line. Drive down the long pine-lined driveway to ponds, a waterfall, manicured gardens and an alee of trees in this arboretum and bird sanctuary. The estate has been used as a wedding venue creating lasting memories for more than 40 years.
Facilities and Capacity
The interior of the house is well preserved with antiques, art, china, and décor collected by former owner Annabel Parsons. The music room boasts a rosewood Steinway piano and gas fireplace in the large hearth. Couples have two areas that may be used to get dressed for the wedding. It’s a manor house that can be yours for the day! The second facet to the property is a flagstone terrace directly in front of the house which is tented from April-November. The tent was architecturally designed for the terrace and, as it is affixed to the façade, the Pennsylvania fieldstone will be featured as a backdrop of your photographs. The terrace can accommodate 200 guests with a dance floor included on the terrace. The gardens complete the Appleford experience. Wooded acres envelop the property. Landscape architect Thomas Sears designed many of the gardens. Enjoy the rose garden with a small fountained pond. The walled perennial garden is a wash of color with blooms in abundance around the interior perimeter. Enjoy photos in the boxwood maze enhanced with statuary. The Medallion garden is a sweet walled area very near the alee of Chinese dogwood trees ending in a pop of color with a wooden bench. Large weddings would take place by the waterfall and weeping willow trees. Smaller weddings could possibly be held in the perennial garden depending upon the time of year.
Appleford clients may select a caterer from an exclusive list of six caterers: Catering By Design, Feastivities Events, John Serock Catering, Perfect Setting Catering, Robert Ryan Catering, and Sage Catering. These caterers provide the set-up and breakdown for the weddings and receptions and prepare the meals in the Appleford kitchen. If alcohol is being served, clients provide their libations and the bartenders are provided by the caterers.
Clients select from an exclusive list of DJ's and bands for amplified music. There is a sound system included on the terrace that would be utilized by these musicians. Twenty-six tables from The Party Center in Phoenixville, PA are included with the Appleford rental. Clients are welcome to select a florist, photographer, videographer of their choice.
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David · Married on 05/11/2019
History and Nature in one
Everything we ever wanted in a venue. The bride being a stylistic and historical oriented person and the groom being one who enjoys nature and wildlife, this venue satisfied them both with its mixture of both. An historical estate within an arboretum, including a pond and a hedge maze, this venue has something for everyone. It also has a fantastic rain plan (which never is required) just in case...and plenty of space indoors in case it is hot out. The Hostess was always accessible and nothing but professional.Sent on 06/09/2019
Appleford's reply:Hi, David and Steph, thank you for your kind remarks. You nailed it! If you like history, nature, gardens, water features and understated elegance, Appleford is the place! We are a hidden gem and when guests/clients appreciate what we offer, well it warms our hearts! All the best to you both.
Christina Piotti · Getting married on 06/06/2020
Appleford is a grand & lovely venue
I had planned a bridal shower at Appleford Estate in April 2019. One word... WOW. The estate is gorgeous and was a perfect setting for the event. Laurie was very helpful throughout the planning process and we ended up with a 72 and sunny day- spending most of the event in the patio area and gift opening in the stunning living room. Had so many compliments from the ladies and the bride enjoyed every moment. Thank you, Laurie! Hope to be able to come back again soon.Sent on 05/13/2019
Appleford's reply:Hi, Christina, this seems to be the season for showers! We've hosted several and more in the works. The beauty is that you are in a home-like setting without the mess and hassle of hosting in your own home! So glad you were WOWed!! Thanks for sharing. Laurie
Mary Courtney · Getting married on 02/04/2020
Beautiful classic estate home for all types of events
I have hosted many events at Appleford over the years -from corporate gala's to my father's funeral luncheon to a recent baby shower. I'm always so pleased with how beautiful the estate can be transformed into your special event. The house has a warm, comfortable and stately ambience. Your guests will be in awe of it's beauty and lovely gardens. I'm still getting compliments! Laurie and her staff could not be more accommodating to ensure a successful event.Sent on 04/22/2019
Appleford's reply:Mary it has always been a pleasure to work with you on your varied events. Thank you for your review - if I could reciprocate - you'd be 5 stars!! Stay in touch.
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what a great venue! The property is amazing for any photographer, and the staff is terrific
Appleford is a beautiful and charming venue! The manicured gardens are just perfect for gorgeous photos. Love it!
The location was beautiful and would recommend them to all! Very organized and polite. It was a pleasure to work with you!