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Cuyama Buckhorn

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About

Nestled in the sprawling beauty of Santa Barbara, Cuyama Buckhorn is a California wedding venue with a distinct charm and inviting atmosphere. Under vibrant desert skies, this property boasts spacious event areas and comfortable facilities, all keeping in theme with the rustic backdrop of the area. Originally built in 1952, the space offers couples and their loved ones a relaxing retreat from everyday life, enabling them to fully immerse themselves in the celebrations.

Facilities and Capacity

This resort-style property boasts incredible indoor and outdoor event areas, as well as 21 guest rooms with comfortable finishings and stylish features. Vintage accents throughout the space nod to Cuyama Buckhorn's mid-century history, so guests can experience the charm of the property wherever they go. The happy couple can exchange vows in an outdoor ceremony set to a backdrop of pastoral land and valley views as far as the eye can see. The reception can also take place in the open-air in the courtyard, or can be held indoors in the dining room or bar. The property also features a pool, jacuzzi, fire pits, and a sauna for guests to relax in throughout their stay.

Services Offered

The team at Cuyama Buckhorn is dedicated to providing its guests with an unforgettable experience. Bar and catering services will be provided in-house by skilled teams. Tastebud-tantalizing meals are prepared using produce from the locality, making the most of farm-fresh ingredients whilst also supporting local suppliers. Setup and clean up of the space will be taken care of, enabling the newlyweds to truly enjoy the celebration to its fullest. There are ample activities for those who wish to extend their stay, including hikes and other outdoor options. Here, couples and their loved ones can spend an incredible weekend, making memories to cherish forever.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$4,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$3,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Lighting/Sound
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

75

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

11

Describe your venue:

Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Lighting / Sound
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Aisle Runners
Altar/Arch
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Furniture
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking

What months are included in your peak season?

May
June
September
October

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
July
August
November
December
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Recommended by 80% of couples
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  • Simone
    Simone T. Married on 05/07/2022
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    Top class with a personal touch

    My husband and I celebrated our 10 year wedding vow renewals here. Everything from start to finish exceed our expectations. The location, the incredible food, the staff, all of our friends absolutely loved it and we can’t wait to go back!
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    Sarah B. Married on 03/05/2022
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    The Perfect Desert Wedding Setting With the Perfect Team

    My husband and I got engaged in 2020 and put off planning the wedding for a bit due to COVID. By 2021, we were ready to plan an intimate wedding and we found ourselves at Cuyama Buckhorn during a trip to New Cuyama. New Cuyama was already a special place for us and after spending the afternoon at the recently renovated Buckhorn (it had also been under new ownership for just a year or two), we just knew it felt right. We reached out to the team and after a bit of back and forth, we ended up working with them to plan our special day. As it turned out, we were actually their very first wedding! Some may have seen this as a red flag, but we saw it as an opportunity and I’m so glad we did. Truthfully, we would never have been able to plan such an amazing weekend if it weren’t for the brilliant Savannah Fox, the Marketing & Operations Manager at the Buckhorn. She worked with us on every last detail of the wedding and really went above and beyond, basically acting as our planner.

    Just a little background info – there are about 21 rooms at the Buckhorn and very few other places to stay in the area so this venue is really meant for intimate gatherings/smaller weddings. We had a total of 53 guests and a few stayed at the nearby Cuyama Oaks Ranch (glamping in yurts). When it came down to it, the entire Buckhorn team was incredibly flexible and accommodating. From the food to the deserts, they did it all and pretty much had everything we needed on site. The only outside vendors we hired were a DJ and a photographer! This being said, we already loved the aesthetic of the Buckhorn, so our vision was pretty much already intact and we didn’t need much outside decor or anything. We went for a summer camp kind of vibe and booked the entire hotel for the weekend so it really felt like a magical escape for all our friends and family.

    We worked with Executive Chef Daniel Horn to design our menu, Beverage Director Brandon on our custom cocktail menu, the in-house graphic designer Kiana on our wedding collateral and with Savannah on everything in between. They truly catered to our every need throughout the process, but what really makes this team stand out is how they kept our vision alive and the weekend feeling magical despite some unfortunate weather.

    On the day of our wedding, it SNOWED early in the morning, hailed, and then rained. Our original plan was to have our ceremony and dinner outdoors and the venue was well-equipped with tons of heating lamps, fire pits, etc. so we figured dinner outside would be fine. Everything was set and then it began raining right before the ceremony. The General Manager, Paul Patino literally carried a pool umbrella over my dad and I as we walked to the aisle. Talk about above and beyond!!! Magically, it stopped raining just in time for the ceremony to remain outside, but it was pretty cold so the entire Buckhorn team rallied together to breakdown the already set up dinner outdoors and transition it inside. They managed to move the dinner in a matter of about 15 minutes and it looked just as beautiful inside as it did outside.

    I should also mention that if you’re coming from a city like Los Angeles or Santa Barbara, this venue was much more affordable and accommodating than any others I looked into. They handled all of the details so well and included things most other venues would not have.

    From the amazing food to the aesthetic, to the wonderful, wonderful staff, I could not recommend this venue more. If you have your wedding here, you are guaranteed to have the most incredible memories and photographs. The Buckhorn is truly an experience and the owners and staff are some of the friendliest, most amazing people in hospitality I have ever met. If you want a small, spirited, BEAUTIFUL wedding with desert valley vibes, this is the place for you.
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    Megan S. Married on 04/27/2022
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    Unfortunately not a great experience.

    I'm a little sad to have to write this review for what was overall a great wedding. While I was searching for venues I had a hard time finding reviews so I hope this helps someone in the future. Buckhorn is a very stylish and comfortable hotel. The pool is gigantic, big hot tub, sauna, well decorated rooms, fires all around the property, complimentary s'mores kits, etc. I loved coming to this place as a normal hotel guest.

    For a wedding, I would not recommend them. For context, I was the bride. Our wedding venue (Blue Sky Center, who are amazing btw) was right next door to Buckhorn so we contacted Buckhorn about having our guests stay at their hotel for our wedding. Just to do a group reservation of all of their 21 rooms for our wedding guests (no events or anything actually happening at the hotel) they wanted to do a two night minimum and charge us a $90 *per person* food and beverage minimum *per day*. I travel a lot for work with large groups, we do group hotel reservations all the time and I have never heard of a hotel imposing a food and beverage minimum. If we were holding the wedding there, that makes sense. But just to lock out the rooms to let our guests sleep there after our wedding, to charge a fee like that was unconventional and came off as a wedding tax to me. To be clear, the kitchen and bar was still to remain open to the public. This wasn't a lock out of the entire hotel or anything complicated.

    We ended up having to move the wedding date to the weekday so they would agree to reduce the F&B minimum to $45 a person per day. The menu items aren't even expensive enough for people to reach that type of minimum and they had no solutions to offer us for how our guests were expected to fulfill that type of minimum. But it was the hotel closest to the venue and it was nice so we begrudgingly accepted the contract as they weren't willing to budge any further.
    Their restaurant and bar also closes around 7pm so the time frame in which our guests could spend money at the hotel was very limited.

    To fulfill our F&B minimum we ended up having them cater the wedding. For an all vegan menu consisting of vegetables and tofu, it ended up costing $100 per person with no drinks or add ons. The price was extremely high especially for the costs of the ingredients. When we added tofu to the menu they charged $5 per person just for tofu. The food arrived cold even though they were next door to the venue and they charged a large amount for a delivery fee. Despite being cold, I will say the food was good.

    The day after the wedding, we asked for a late check out as we had a lot to move out (again, we were the bride and groom) and the hotel refused to give us even an extra hour to check out. I was really shocked by that. We ended up leaving 30 mins after check out and they charged us and our friends who were helping us unpack a $50 late check out fee. None of us were notified of this fee, they snuck it in our folio but never sent us an invoice for anything. I think they were hoping we wouldn't notice. Ultimately they ended up waiving the late check out fee, but I really felt burned by the whole experience. We brought their business tens of thousands of dollars their hotel and they couldn't even give us an extra hour to check out, and low key tried to charge us for being 30 mins late to check out. Overall I'm disappointed by the experience with the hotel. Maybe their policies will work for some people but it was not working for us.
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Ferial Sadeghian  & Jeff Vance
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Proprietors

The duo behind the award-winning Los Angeles based design-build firm, iDGroup, Jeff Vance and Ferial Sadeghian, purchased the iconic Cuyama Buckhorn in March of 2018.

Vance and Sadeghian have artfully-restored the property with the intention of highlighting the rich history of Cuyama Valley, the mid century design from the property's roots and the Western culture of the area. What was once a roadside motor lodge, restaurant and bar has now been transformed into a boutique, destination resort retreat.

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Cuyama Buckhorn frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Cuyama Buckhorn?

Cuyama Buckhorn includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Lighting/Sound
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Cuyama Buckhorn, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Cuyama Buckhorn includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Server(s)

What are the most important characteristics of Cuyama Buckhorn in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Cuyama Buckhorn for wedding events is known for:
  • Hotel

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Cuyama Buckhorn for wedding events?

Cuyama Buckhorn offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Cuyama Buckhorn offer?

Cuyama Buckhorn offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Cuyama Buckhorn offer for wedding events?

Cuyama Buckhorn offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Cuyama Buckhorn have available for wedding events?

Cuyama Buckhorn offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Aisle Runners
  • Altar/Arch
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Cuyama Buckhorn and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Cuyama Buckhorn is recommended by 66% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.0 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.3 in average response time, 4.3 in professionalism, 4 in quality of service, 3.7 in flexibility and 3.7 in value.

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