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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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!
Ivonne · Married on 05/12/2018
From the moment we drove up to Epping looking for my daughter Jordan's wedding venue, we knew as soon as we were greeted by Linda at the entrance with champagne that this spectacular mansion would was the PLACE!
The day turned out to be absolutely gorgeous. All of the staff the day of were phenomenal, but I cannot say enough about Sarah, the Catering Sales Manager. She was there every step of the way during all of our detailed planning. Calls, emails, questions were answered promptly and any thing we ever needed or wanted was handled immediately. She made sure everything went smoothly and she was there every step of the way. Thank you Sarah.
Thank you also to Jordan and Kevin's attendants, you both rocked it being there and helping the bride and groom with with all of their needs.
Epping really is the most beautiful and charming place to have a wedding. Our guests could not stop talking about the venue, the views, the service, the food and of course the Chef's amazing wedding cake. It was beautiful and so delicious.
Jordan and Kevin's wedding at Epping was everything I could have dreamed up for my daughter and way more.
Thanks to all of the staff at Epping!
Ivonne Robbins (MOB)
Caroline · Married on 04/13/2018
There are not enough words to describe how incredible this venue is! Sarah was our wedding coordinator and Ernestine was our bridal attendant. They both were a pleasure to work with! They made sure my party and I were fully taken care of throughout the entire day.
Our guests are still raving about how wonderful the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception were. They also raved about how amazing the food was! If you want the wedding of your dreams you should definitely book Epping! You will NOT be disappointed!
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!