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Plated, Buffet, Stations, Family Style

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About Fonthill Castle Estate

An Architectural Dream Wedding

NEW FARM-TO-TABLE CATERING Fonthill Castle has partnered with Seedling & Sage Catering. With seating for up to 200 guests, this castle and outdoor garden oasis will surpass your royal dreams! Outdoor ceremony area, gorgeous semi-permanent tent (with flooring), indoor cocktail area, and more!

Built between 1908-1912, Fonthill was the home of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramist, scholar and antiquarian, Mercer built Fonthill both as his home and as a showplace for his collection of tiles and prints. The first of three Mercer buildings in Doylestown, Fonthill served as a showplace for Mercer’s famed Moravian tiles. Designed by Mercer, the building is an eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles

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Regions serviced: Philadelphia

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33 Reviews for Fonthill Castle Estate

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5.0

I don't even really know where to begin with this one.

The moment we first met Jack at the castle we knew that we were in good hands. After months of planning with him and Cathy, our day finally came last week. I can not even begin to find the words to express my gratitude for the fun, friendly, professional staff that we had, and for the outcome of everything. All of our guests RAVED about our food.
Cathy really did an outstanding job making all of my ideas come to fruition and made our day absolutely perfect. From planning through execution, I am so blown away. I have not one single bad thing to say about Memorable Affairs and their staff. I would 100% recommend them for any occasion. Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart for making our day so great!

Special shout out to our bartender, Jon. Everyone has said nothing but amazing things about you and your service. Also - thank you for climbing back into the van to get me one last drink! You're the best! :)

Fonthill Castle 7/1/17

Profile Picture Leah, 7/1/17, 1 Review
Category: Rehearsal Dinner Location
2.0

Brides Beware! The venue is beautiful you wont work with them. You work with their exclusive caterer / “event organizer” who is a nightmare!

- Jack is unorganized, non responsive and unwilling to take responsibility for his mistakes. After we signed our primary contract and paid our deposit – Jack sent us a revised contract that was $4,000 more than the primary. He informed us that he forgot to add the tent rental and the venue fee onto the original contract. We were naturally shocked and very upset. Jack was unwilling to take responsibility for his negligence and proceeded to blame me for not catching his mistake. After some persistence I only got him to credit us $1500. **After diligently reading through some other reviews I learned that he has done this in the past - so he either does it on purpose or doesn't care enough to learn from his mistakes.

- I had to chase them down to get answers to simple questions - most of the time it took at least a week for them to respond to me and I had to ask the same things 5 times before getting an actual answer. They even did this when i was trying to get them their payments.

- Our guests seemed to love the hors d'oeuvres but dinner didn't meet the same standard. The food and portions we were served at our tasting were delicious and well prepared, and the portions were huge! This is NOT what was served at our wedding – The Filet and vegetables were cooked well but the portions were much smaller and the upgraded Chicken Oscar looked and tasted like frozen chicken with 3 tiny pieces of crab on top without any sauce.

- Jack handles the correspondence until about 3 months before your event. When pulling teeth to get answers from him about setup - He told me “yes” when the real answer was “no”. I planned all my décor based on the expectation he gave. Three months before the wedding I met Cathy who handles the setup of your event. She let me know that half of what I planned wasn’t going to be possible. I had to change

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Profile Picture User7280250, 1+ year ago, 4 Reviews
Category: Catering, Ceremony & Reception Venue, Rehearsal Dinner Location
2.0

Continued....

I had to change half my plans last minute - Thankfully my other vendors pulled through, helped out and saved the day.

- Cathy was the only semi-saving grace in this process. She is very hard to get a hold of but once you do, she at least tries to answer your questions correctly.

- I found out after the wedding that Cathy and her team were laughing and rolling their eyes about our wedding to a secondary vendor we used. This secondary vendor was setting up some furniture we rented and was receiving negative comments about her product. This is so unprofessional and disrespectful. The best part about this is that they spent energy making fun of us and then at the end of the night Cathy commented to me that "You made us look good".

Memorable Affairs is deceitful, extremely unprofessional, non responsive, and difficult to work with. As event coordinators - They obviously have trouble dealing with weddings that aren't basic and "Cookie Cutter". If their primary job is to cater your wedding and they cant even do that well - than what is the point of putting up with the rest of their BS? For the amount of money you pay these people you should expect so much more – at least professionalism. I would steer clear of these guys - Im not sure the beautiful castle is worth it.

Profile Picture User7332297, 1+ year ago, 2 Reviews
Category: Catering, Ceremony & Reception Venue, Rehearsal Dinner Location

Fonthill Castle Estate Pricing

Fonthill Castle Estate Price Rates

Wedding Catering Avg. Price Per Person
Plated
$99.00
Buffet
$99.00
Stations
$99.00
Catering Prices Include:
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Cocktail Reception
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Glassware
Server(s)
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Tastings
Reception Site Fee
Peak Season
Starting from $2000.00

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Fonthill Castle is such a gorgeous venue. The staff is very personable and helpful. It has been an absolute pleasure to work side by side with Jack Skurdis for several different weddings. Fonthill is by far one of my favorite venues and a preferred vendor of mine!

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525 East Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901   See On Map
215-674-1047  ext.  1 (phone)
Showings by appointment ONLY, but feel free to drive by if you are in the neighborhood!