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. It’s a manor house that can be yours for the day! The flagstone terrace directly in front of the house is tented from April-November and can accommodate 200 guests for seating. The gardens complete the Appleford experience. Wooded acres envelop the property with gardens surrounding the estate for your enjoyment. Gardens off the terrace include the walled/perennial garden and the rose garden with a small fountained pond. Behind the home have your picture taken in the boxwood maze enhanced with statuary, the Medallion garden, the alee of Chinese dogwood trees, and the green house. Large wedding ceremonies typically occur by the waterfall and weeping willow trees directly infront of the estate.
Appleford clients may select a caterer from an exclusive list of five caterers: Catering By Design, Feastivities Events, Feast Your Eyes, John Serock Catering, Perfect Setting 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 Party Rental are included with the Appleford rental, along with 150 chairs provided by our exclusive caterers. Clients are welcome to select a florist, photographer, videographer and other vendors of their choice.
43 Reviews for Appleford
Recommended by 96% of couples
2 User photos
Christina Piotti · 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 · 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.
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.
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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!