Enveloped by lavish gardens and woodlands, the Glen Manor House is a historic estate situated in Portsmouth, Rhode Island that is ideal for hosting weddings. This French-style chateau graces the banks of the Sakonnet River and its natural vistas create a magical ambiance. It has provided the backdrop for an array of films and photoshoots, in addition to being a storybook venue for nuptials.
Facilities and Capacity
Soirees held at the Glen Manor House are given a romantic setting that seems straight out of a novel. The mansion possesses a dining room, ballroom, terrace, and library where couples can celebrate their commitment, in addition to the grounds, weather permitting. There are multiple dressing rooms for the wedding party’s comfort. The entire estate is decorated in a classic, French style, with marble fireplaces and understated molding. Between May and October, the estate can host up 200 individuals. November through April, the capacity varies, and the location is closed in January.
The Glen Manor House can provide gold Chiavari chairs, white garden chairs, and tables. They do not offer catering, but have a list of suggestions. Vendors are given three hours before the wedding to set up. The expert staff at the estate can help you with numerous details and offers recommendations to make the planning process easier.
Completed in 1923 by the Taylor family on the former Glen Farm, this estate served as a vacation home for the family. They hired the famed John Russel Pope, who designed the Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC, as the manor’s architect. He based the building off the French Petit Trianon at Versailles. In 1959 the family sold the estate and its 43 acres to the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, who ran it as a school until 1972. It was finally taken over by the Portsmouth Historical Society, who formed a group that now runs it for its current event purposes.
67 Reviews for Glen Manor House
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Avery B · Getting married on 12/09/2020
Glen Manor is, simply put, absolute perfection in a wedding venue. Every part of the property is stunning - the garden, the view, the House itself, the bridal suite and, perhaps most importantly, Katie is absolute dream to work with.Sent on 09/21/2020
We booked Glen Manor 19 months before our wedding and well before the pandemic hit, so we went through numerous iterations for how the day would look, starting with a 150-person event, then just planning a small intimate ceremony in the space, and finally going through with a 30-person ceremony and reception at Glen Manor. I have no doubt that all of those possible plans would have been beautiful at the Glen, and Katie worked with tirelessly and patiently with us through each iteration of our plans. On our wedding day Glen Manor was beyond stunning and it felt perfect for our 30 person event. The House felt warm, inviting, intimate, and in many ways it felt like we were hosting a wedding at our home (one can dream!) because Katie made us and our guests so comfortable in the space.
For anyone trying to plan a wedding during the pandemic (and anyone else), we cannot recommend Glen Manor more highly. Wedding planning is stressful in general, let alone when trying to account for changing restrictions and safety considerations, but we knew we were in good hands with Katie and that our day would be beautiful no matter what happened. I can honestly say that our wedding day exceeded our dreams even pre-covid, and that is largely due to Glen Manor.
Robin Wetherill · Married on 11/09/2019
Glen Manor was an incredible venue. My in-laws had gotten married there 30 years ago, so it was so special for me and my partner to get married in the same place. Katie was amazing to work with, and the house was extraordinary. Guests couldn't get over how beautiful it was, and are still talking about it. We got married in November and it was freezing, but the house felt warm, inviting, and so, so special. Our cocktail hour (before the ceremony) started right at sunset, and guests pulled up to see the house glowing with candles. Because of the weather, we didn't use the grounds except for some photos of the two of us, but the landscaping looked amazing, even at the time of year. It is obvious that Katie and Don care so deeply about the property and ensuring that those lucky enough to get married there have a wonderful experience. 10/10.Sent on 02/09/2020
Catey · Married on 10/19/2019
We feel as though we made many correct decisions when it came to our wedding day and choosing Glen Manor was one of them. The Manor is beautiful, great history, elegance and many available options for what you can do, no matter the size or formality of your wedding. With it being just outside of Newport in Portsmouth, I feel many people overlook it but that should not be the case, it has stunning water views, lush gardens, inside and outdoor space which is needed with RI weather and the separate ballroom in my opinion is a bonus because it gets people up out of their seats! Katie was amazing as well, she was super responsive and very helpful in guiding us through every step.Sent on 10/24/2019
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The Glen Manor House is one of out all time favorite venues to host weddings and events at here in the Newport area! Once you walk on property it is just a feeling of elegance and almost magical with their stunning gardens and jaw dropping architecture! On top of all, Katie is also just lovely to work with!
Delightfully set overlooking the Sakonnet River, with beautifully maintained gardens, the classical French chateau Glen Manor House is a great setting for weddings. It is always a delight for me to officiate at wedding ceremonies at Glen Manor. The manager, Katie Wilkinson, keeps everyone and everything on track and maintains a friendly, welcoming smile that makes everyone feel at home.
Beautiful English garden setting. Excellent staff. Beautiful views and a location for outdoor ceremonies.