As one of Jacksonville's properties on the National Register of Historic Places, Epping Forest Yacht Club has evolved from an historic estate into one of the most exquisite yacht clubs in the South. The original luxurious riverfront Mansion, built in late 1926, was home to industrialist Alfred I. duPont and his wife, Jessie Ball duPont. In 1984, Gate Petroleum Company purchased the property restoring its original splendor. Capable of hosting large corporate events such as Pepsi's Rookie of Year event during Super Bowl XXXIX, this 15,000-square-foot estate property boasts several venues for special events.
In addition to several medium-size dining rooms, the 4,00-square-foot second floor holds as many as 150 between three conjoining rooms. On the St.John's River, the property also features several scenic outdoor spaces. Easily tented, the courtyard adjacent to the marina and boathouse can accomodate 150 guests and the lower gardens can hold 300. We also offer on-site audiovisual support as well as an exclusive in-house executive chef and pastry chef, child-care services, and event coordinators!
Throughout the years, Epping Forest has seen many distinguished guests including the Vanderbilts, Carnegies, Presidents, world leaders and celebrities. The views of the lush formal English gardens, the scenic St. Johns River, award-winning cuisine and service continue to make Epping Forest Yacht Club one of the most sought after locations for private parties, corporate functions and weddings.
For more information, please contact us at 904-739-7200 or Lhenry@gatehospitality.com
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Katherine · Married on 01/11/2019
The perfect venue
We couldn’t have chosen a more beautiful venue for our wedding! We just got married at Epping 1/11/2019. Ashleigh, my wedding coordinator and Brittany, my bridal attendant were nothing short of AMAZING! The entire staff was incredibly nice and accommodating to our guests. Brittany was absolutely perfect; our glasses were always filled with our special Veuve Cliquot, she offered to get my food for me so no one would step on my dress, she moved stuff from the bridal suite to the parlor room so we wouldn’t have to worry about gathering stuff up after the wedding, she continuously fluffed my dress for photos and even bustled it after sunset photos were done. Before bustling the dress, Brittany walked around behind me holding my train while I mingled with guests at cocktail hour. I felt really bad that she was doing that and told her that she absolutely didn’t have to, but she insisted that it was her job—I can’t lie, it slightly made me feel I was royalty. A smile never left Brittany’s face; she was truly a huge asset to our wedding. Ashleigh was wonderful with communication; our wedding was a little “different” as we didn’t have a bridal party, but Ashleigh coordinated all of our vendors and made sure everything went smoothly. These ladies 100% helped to relieve some of my stress.
Every guest commented on how great the food was! If you get a chance, definitely have the grilled cheese and tomato bisque shooters, crab cakes, and the amazing teriyaki skewers! The mashed potato bar was phenomenal—the potatoes tasted so great on their own that you didn’t even need any of the toppings, but they were definitely a plus.
Epping contracts their wedding cakes out to Classic Cakes—makes it convenient so there’s no separate bill, and the cake is outstanding!
I originally found Epping on The Knot and thought it was so beautiful that I had to tour. After touring, I fell in love and just knew that I wanted to have our wedding there. The grounds are so magical and everything was perfect! We were married this past Friday and although they can’t close down the whole mansion to members, it still felt like the entire mansion was ours; Epping made sure that we didn’t have any “crashers” and when we did spot a member, they were clapping and offering congratulations.
Our wedding was absolutely everything I could have imagined and I would 1000000% recommend choosing Epping for your venue! I couldn’t be happier with our choice!
Catie · Married on 01/03/2019
Perfect in every way!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about our wedding at Epping. Our wedding coordinator, Ernestine and our bridal attendant, Samantha were the most valued members of our wedding planning and day. They were both so calm, attentive, patient, and so encouraging.
Samantha was there for me the entire day helping me get ready, pass notes to other vendors, keep us hydrated, and get me down the aisle. She was always there for me which made me feel so much more calm when there are so many details to think about, she even helped me bustle my dress after the pictures when my family didn't know how. She then helped our parents load the car at the end of the night. She was my angel. I can't say enough how much I could rave about her.
Ernestine was perfect as well. She made sure our vision was executed flawlessly. She was always there to answer questions during the planning process and even met us early on the rehearsal day to help us unload boxes of decor and help calm us after last minute questions. When you are a long distance bride and not close enough to come by often it can be very stressful to put your vision in someone elses' hands, but I quickly realized on the day that they had everything covered.
The food was amazing, the venue was the most beautiful everyone had ever seen, and I can't imagine having a better team. I wish we could do it over again! I cannot recommend Epping and Ernestine and Samantha enough. Stop looking at venues, this is the creme de la creme!
Chris and Catie Dixon
Kelsey · Married on 05/26/2018
We looked at over 15 venues for my daughter’s wedding, and from the minute we toured Epping Forest and talked with Courtney, I knew that it was going to be a perfect venue for my daughter’s wedding and that they would do an amazing job. The wedding was a couple weeks ago, and I just can’t say enough good things about the entire experience and how it exceeded our expectations. Besides the fact that the venue is beautiful, Courtney was wonderful through the planning process. They were super in accommodating us for a tasting (which was amazing) earlier than typical so it could work with our schedules, and they accommodated some food items that were not on their regular menu. I planned the wedding and the details with my daughter and had debated early on as to whether to hire a day-of coordinator to help. In conversations with Courtney, she assured me that they would have it covered, which is part of their fabulous service. I opted not to have an outside coordinator, which was the right choice as Courtney and her team could not have been better if they tried. On the day of the wedding they executed all of the details perfectly. A huge help was Ernestine, the personal Bridal Assistant assigned to my daughter for the entire day. She was purely a delight to work with and went way above and beyond. I have never seen such a level of service. The food at the reception was outstanding and very well presented; our guests all commented on the food, service and the beauty of the location. The staff was attentive, professional and fun. I can’t recommend Epping Forest enough. They really made the day special and more than we could have expected. Thanks!
Gorgeous and historic river location that will impress your guests. There staff is great to work with, be sure to check them out!
One of my favorite places to shoot weddings, so many beautiful places on the grounds of Epping to get just what you are looking for. The decor inside needs little embellishment as it's classic traditional style lends itself to a beautiful ambiance!
Epping Forest is one of the most beautiful and unique venues in Florida, and we love working there. The event planning staff are very professional and very accommodating! Ron B. Wilson Photography highly recommends Epping Forest Yacht Club if you are looking for a truly breathtaking space to have your wedding or event!