Step back in time and relax in this circa 1740 farmhouse, located within the community of Chesterbrook and situated on the fringe of Valley Forge National Historical Park. We invite you to stroll through our three acres of landscaped grounds and experience this unique pastoral setting for indoor and outdoor events.
Duportail (Du-por-tie') House at Chesterbrook is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and can accommodate small or large parties (to 160) people depending on usage and time of year. The first floor of the stone farmhouse, our wedding suite & bath on the second floor and grounds are available for all your catered occasions. The outdoor patio is tented April - December. Other amenities include air conditioning, free parking and a private upstairs sitting room and bath for the wedding party. Our Federal Barn is available for ceremony &/or cocktails for a small fee. Duportail House is handicapped accessible, pet friendly and less than one mile to the nearest overnight accommodations.
You will delight in the home's 18th century ambiance and your hosts' gracious Chester County hospitality. The Duportail House has all the warmth of its heritage; thick stone walls, wide-planked floors, deep window sills, original moldings and fireplaces, curving hallways and an inviting front porch.
Take advantage of this unique facility for your special occassion such as wedding ceremonies and receptions, graduation parties, family get-togethers or intimate dinner parties. A perfect location for corporate off-site meetings, the Duportail offers wireless Wi-Fi throughout its 270 year-old walls along with the special ambience of 'days gone by. Contact us today!
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alix · Getting married on 10/19/2019
The Duportail House made my wedding dreams a reality! I absolutely loved working with Kate. She was so easy and kind. We had 140 guests at our September 2016 wedding and rented a tent for our dinner reception/dancing/stage for the band. With string lights, a 12 piece band and fans for the tent (it was VERY hot that day), there was some concern for all of the electrical work, but Kate handled everything and everything ran smoothly all night long! She also coordinated with our tent vendor (event quip) to handle the setup of the tent, stage, dance floor and lights so we didn't have to.
We got married on the front porch and utilized the house for cocktail hour. It was nice and cool inside the house. Then we moved everything out to the tent for dinner. The flow was really nice and the house allowed plenty of room for our guests to spread out.
Our photographer had a field day with the property for our photos. We did first look on the bridge, we did photos around the barn and walking paths, we did family photos in front of the front porch. And we didn't have to do too much in terms of flowers because the landscaping around the house is just so beautiful. For the party, there are even string lights (the big vintage looking ones) in the permanent tent over the patio. It was all so gorgeous!
I will say the one minor con to this place is that the kitchen only has a convection oven and no stove top, so I had to rent a stove for my caterer, but that was a fairly small expense in the grand scheme of things.
I LOVE this venue and hope to use it for future events we may have!
Amanda · Married on 06/26/2018
My husband and I got married at the Duportail House on June 26th, 2018. We were married in the barn, had Hors d'Oeuvres on the patio, and dinner in the two dining rooms. Let me start by saying that it was an amazing venue for a wedding, and Kate (who is the events coordinator) was awesome to work with. Kate made sure that everything was set before the wedding, and the day of the wedding, she was there to help everything run smoothly!
We were going for a rustic theme, so the barn was perfect for us! For a while, we weren't too sure if we wanted to use the barn though, because with the wedding being in June, we were afraid that it would be too hot (there is no A/C in the barn). We ended up watching the weather the week before and seeing that it was going to be hot but not too hot, so we decided that we would be fine in the barn, and we were! The barn has a concrete floor and partial stone walls, which keeps it a bit cooler. My guests kept saying how beautiful and just downright awesome the barn was!
After the ceremony, our guests went to the patio for Hors d'Oeuvres and we also had a photo booth there (side note: the photo booth was a huge hit!) to keep guests entertained while my husband and I took photos. After we were done with the photos, we came inside and by that time, the guests had found their tables in the 2 dining rooms. We had a nice buffet style dinner (the food was in the breezeway of the house, you will know what I am talking about if you see the house!). We had about 63 guests, and everyone fit comfortably in the two rooms, and there was still room for people to move around.
Overall, it is an absolutely beautiful venue! The barn is beautiful, the house is beautiful, and the grounds are beautiful! I would highly recommend this venue!
Coleen · Married on 10/28/2017
This venue was absolutely perfect for our wedding. The grounds and inside the house and barn are stunning. We had a small wedding of 50 people and the size was perfect. That being said, we were at a wedding back in April with over 100 people and that was comfortable too. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how pretty the site was. Kate, the site manger is very knowledgeable and accommodating. One of the things that I love about this venue is that, if the weather doesn't cooperate, you can switch things up seamlessly AND without feeling like you're settling.
Steeped in history; lovely gardens; central to Philadelphia and the airport.
Duportail House is a beautiful place to hold an event. The great lanscaping and well maintained house creates a great atmosphere. Great for both corporate and social events. J.Scott Catering loves to book clients here!