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Hamilton House Gardens

South Berwick, ME View map Visit website

About

Up to 150 guests

Hamilton House Gardens is an outdoor, historical New England venue located in South Berwick, Maine. Hamilton House, built in 1785, is set on the Salmon Falls River. The features of this venue were created by a mother-daughter team in 1898.

Facilities and Capacity
The current owners have kept up its beauty as it now hosts ceremonies and receptions for up to 150 guests. With two outdoor venues, this site is perfect for couples looking for a natural, yet picturesque, location. Couples can hold their ceremony in the garden or on the shores of the Salmon Falls River. Featuring scenic lawns and meadows, couples will not be short on pictures they want to share.

Services Offered
With the price of renting Hamilton House Gardens, couples will be donating to Historic New England's work of keeping up New England heritage. Couples will then be included in a one-year membership to all Historic New England sites, receive discounts for merchandise and events, and a subscription to their magazine. Other services included in the rental are:

  • Event staff
  • Use of all grounds
  • One accessible restroom, plus one additional restroom
  • Coordination of deliveries
  • List of preferred vendors

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

2,800.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

2,800.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

2,800.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

2,800.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Flatware
Parking

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

150

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

1

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Farm/Ranch
Historic Building

What kind of settings are available?

Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Valet
Wheelchair Access
Rated
4.3
out of 5.0
Recommended by 85% of couples
  • Quality of service
    Rating 4.3 out of 5
  • Average response time
    Rating 3.7 out of 5
  • Professionalism
    Rating 4.3 out of 5
  • Value
    Rating 4.7 out of 5
  • Flexibility
    Rating 4.3 out of 5
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    Jacquelyn Married on 07/16/2011
    Rating 5 out of 5
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      Rating 5.0 out of 5
    This is an absolutely gorgeous spot for a wedding. You simply can't beat the location, on a bend in the Salmon Falls River with the historic house itself and its stunning gardens as a backdrop. Peggy, the site manager, is a peach to work with - just a really lovely person, as well as being responsible and responsive.
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    Grace Married on 08/04/2018
    Rating 4 out of 5
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    Gorgeous location!

    Hamilton House is a beautiful location! Between the house, the river and the garden we felt we got it all! This gorgeous place makes for a challenging catering event and it is a little DIY as you'll have to rent everything, except restrooms. Communication with Historic New England was patchy at first but in the days leading up to our wedding they were attentive. There was a ton of rain right before our wedding so the area under our tent became swampy. Even with the rain and mud, Hamilton House was still a perfect location for us! Highly recommend!
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    Catherine Married on 08/23/2014
    Rating 3.8 out of 5
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      Rating 4.0 out of 5
    My husband and I chose the Hamilton House, because we frequently explore the grounds and the neighboring Vaughan Woods. It's beautifully scenic, overlooking the river, with period gardens. An absolutely gorgeous place.
    We also liked the idea of renting a location where our money will be well spent on preservation. I dealt with 4 people over the 11 months before our wedding. The first 2 people we dealt with were wonderful (Sharon and Bridget).. Several months in, a man named Bill took over. His contact, all via email, was slow, and it seemed he hardly read/processed my inquiries before sending in a careless reply. For example, he asked several months, before the event, what our timeline was. I replied with a "prospective timeline" and that nothing was set in stone. He replied that it was an hour over the allotted contract time and he'd send me a $400 bill for an additional hour. PROSPECTIVE.
    Then, we organized a site visit with my tent company and caterer to decide where to put the tent. He was sick, didn't attend, the site wasn't mowed so we could barely see the land and when I sent him the idea of where we wanted the tent, he sent back an PDF that showed the one place the tent could go... What's the point of the sitewalk if there's only one site available?!?! What a waste of everybody's time.
    The weekend before our wedding, my husband and I went by the grounds. There was a couple there (I can't remember their names!). He was the grounds keeper and she was the events coordinator. They were STELLAR. They showed us where they'd park the cars, where the tent would go, and even made themselves available to us for questions as our date approached. I wish I worked with them from the start.
    In the end, we are 100% happy with the value we got for our money, and 80% happy with the customer service. If we didn't have to deal with Bill, we'd have given this 5 stars.

    Hamilton House Gardens's reply:

    Hello from Hamilton. My name is Bill Blanchfield. I am the one taken to task in this review. I am extremely disappointed that Catherine had a bad experience at Hamilton. I understand her angst and wish she had bought her concerns to me as she felt them. I have reviewed all of our correspondence and this review is the only time she expressed any concern or displeasure. While I disagree with much of Mrs. Allen's review I hope prospective clients will consider the feedback other clients have provided about my service. I have included a few reviews below:

    - Working with Bill was a pleasure. Just after we started planning our event, Bill took over in the role and quickly proved to be highly competent, responsive, friendly, and helpful.

    - We held our wedding at the Codman Estate. The venue was affordable and the location was ideal for our families. Bill (site coordinator) was so helpful, friendly and responsive. The estate was beautiful, all of our guests had a great time

    - Bill was great to work with. Very responsive to all of my questions!

    - Our wedding was early August and we were very lucky to have a beautiful hot day. We rented a tent to set up next to the carriage house for shade and in case of rain. I loved that Bill Blanchfield, the functions manager, was experienced and understanding.

    Thank you,

    Bill Blanchfield
    Functions Manager
    Historic New England
    617-994-6671
    bblanchfield@historicnewengland.org
    www.historicnewengland.org/functions

Awards

  • 3

Deals

Hamilton House Gardens 1
Offer

The glorious Hamilton House is offering a special OUTDOOR MICRO-WEDDING SPECIAL rate of $895! You may have up to 15 people and this includes 2 hours for your ceremony and wedding photos!

* Masks must be provided to guests and vendors.

* No food or alcoholic beverages are allowed on property.

The rental fee is tax-free and goes toward preserving our landscapes and buildings for future couples and generations to enjoy! Contact us for more information.

Pricing

Map

40 Vaughans Lane South Berwick, 03908
6179946671
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Hamilton House Gardens frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Hamilton House Gardens?

Hamilton House Gardens includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Flatware
  • Parking

What are the most important characteristics of Hamilton House Gardens in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Hamilton House Gardens for wedding events is known for:
  • Farm/Ranch
  • Historic Building

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Hamilton House Gardens for wedding events?

Hamilton House Gardens offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor

What kind of wedding events does Hamilton House Gardens offer?

Hamilton House Gardens offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception

What percentage of users recommend Hamilton House Gardens and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Hamilton House Gardens is recommended by 100% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.3 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.7 in value, 4.3 in quality of service, 4.3 in flexibility, 4.3 in professionalism and 3.7 in average response time.

What kind of wedding service promotions does Hamilton House Gardens offer?

Hamilton House Gardens currently offers 1 offer promotion for wedding services.

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