Hawkesdene is a 54-acre private mountain estate located in the Great Smoky Mountains in Andrews, North Carolina. Conveniently located just over an hour drive west of Asheville and 2 hours north of Atlanta, Hawkesdene is a unique destination reunion-style wedding venue with onsite accommodations for up to 96 guests and event facilities for up to 125 guests. Our special property offers complete exclusivity as it hosts just one group at a time and includes use of the entire estate with elegant accommodations, beautiful gardens and grounds, an abundance of creative and delicious cuisine and professional event and service staff. An extended stay here is about bringing your closest family and friends together to an incredible place for one of the most important events of your life, and the entire estate can be exclusively yours to celebrate in privacy, comfort and elegance and without any curfews.
Facilities and Capacity
Hawkesdene is perfect for intimate gatherings of up to 125 event guests. Our spacious property offers many spectacular backdrops and outdoor spaces for ceremonies that you can decide in advance or on your wedding day. A popular ceremony location is the Covered Bridge perched over Phillips Creek, framed by woods that change with the seasons. The open lawn is ideal for larger groups and boasts a beautifully designed pergola with lush floral gardens and mountain views. For more intimate ceremonies, the Llama & Alpaca Stable features a stunning country backdrop, open pastures and our own heard of llamas and alpacas grazing the surrounding pastures. Receptions are held in the large Open Air Pavilion attached to the main house and overlooking Phillips Creek that includes custom designed matching farm tables, lounge furniture, a massive stone fireplace, sound system with designated WiFi, refrigerator storage for your alcoholic beverage, commercial ice maker and food and beverage stations. Dining is typically outdoors under the stars in the adjacent pavilion courtyard but a romantic clear or white-top tent can be set up next to the pavilion to provide additional covered space.
Hawkesdene offers venue rental for weddings and other social events. Couples are allowed exclusive use of the entire estate for the duration of their stay. A day-of coordinator will oversee your day and ensure your event runs smoothly. The venue's talented in-house culinary team provides delicious farm-to-table cuisine for your guests’ enjoyment. They are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages and there is no additional charge for this. Event services offered include the following:
Hawkesdene estate rental includes 25 private bedrooms but there are a total of 32 private bedrooms available with luxurius appointments that can accommodate 50 to 96 guests. The Main House and Cottages include super luxurious bedding, high-quality furniture, daily housekeeping and a variety of modern amenities. On-site activities include cornhole, hiking, horseshoe courts, llama and alpaca feeding, basketball and so much more.
Hawkesdene is an ideal location for hosting private groups of varying sizes. In addition to wedding ceremonies and receptions, this location can accommodate all of your wedding events including your welcome supper and rehearsal dinner. This venue is also available for hosting family reunions and corporate retreats.
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Jessica · Married on 10/22/2016
The Hawkesdene House is where wedding dreams come true!! Planning a wedding in North Carolina from Florida was intimidating at first but once we arrived, everything fell into place! We chose Hawkesdene because our families are from all over the country and we needed a place in the mountains that could accommodate everyone! Hawkesdene was above and beyond our vision of the ultimate wedding weekend!
This is an absolutely perfect place to spend quality time with your family! It is cozy and inviting yet, the spacious cabins scattered all across the property allows for privacy, if needed. This was important for us because we had 69 people (some of which had never met) together for four days and it was INCREDIBLE!! The property is so gorgeous; pictures really don’t do it the justice it deserves. Every inch of the property is manicured to perfection!
The food was 5 star all the way around! From breakfast, to lunch, and every delicious dinner. I have guests still talking about how amazing the food was!
The staff at Hawkesdene were so attentive to every detail and exceeded every expectation that we had. If we could get married here every weekend, we would! We didn’t want it to end. My recommendation to anyone is don’t settle for 3 or 4 days at Hawkesdene, make your wedding weekend a 5 to 6-day event because it goes by so fast and you’ll want every second to last forever! Trust me, getting your guest to leave is difficult because they want to take "just one last hike"! We can’t wait to visit Hawkesdene again!!!!
Jessica & Ryan
October 22, 2016
Heather · Married on 08/04/2018
From the moment we stepped foot on the property we knew Hawkesdene was our wedding venue. The views and accommodations weren’t the only reason we chose Hawkesdene though! Jamie & the rest of the staff were AMAZING to work with from the very beginning. Anything we needed the Hawkesdene team was there. One of the owners Rob was always responsive and made sure we had everything we needed or wanted.
By the time wedding weekend rolled around I knew we had nothing to worry about. Jamie and her team had it covered. They are the pros and def. listen to any and all suggestions she has.
Our guests traveled from all over the US and loved every minute of being at Hawkesdene. From all of the accommodations to the food, no one had a single complaint. We were able to have the wedding of our dreams because of this beautiful mountain estate in the smokies!
We look forward to hopefully being able to visit again soon!
Amber · Married on 06/16/2018
Great mountain setting that was a great meeting place for lots of travelling guests. I can't say enough good things about Hawkesdene. All of our guests raved about the food. The cabins are beautiful and clean. The estate and grounds are gorgeous with flowers and greenery. The staff were friendly and helpful. We had the wedding of my dreams and a 3 day celebration that none of us will forget. Highly recommend and worth every penny spent.
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The Hawkesdene is a great venue for all occasions especially weddings! We love working with the staff at the Hawkesdene, the property is stunning and the food is amazing. One of our favorite places to photograph weddings!
Not only is this location AMAZINGLY beautiful and unique, but the entire three days we were there, I was extremely impressed by the staff. They were efficient, kind, helpful, accommodating, friendly and just a pleasure to work with in every way. They all seemed to truly care about doing the best job possible while having a great attitude. This is not always the case at other venues. That’s why I would like to personally thank each and every person at The Hawkesdene House mountain retreat, for making it a wonderful experience for everyone involved. You stand out above the rest and I believe that needs recognition. I also need to mention the FABULOUS CHEF!!! I’m still thinking about that amazing berry pie and the most incredible coffee I have ever tasted! I have eaten a lot of wedding food in my long career and rarely remember the food. I will remember this food… all of it! AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!! Thank you for serving us lunch early on Saturday, so that we could eat before we had to start shooting. It was very much appreciated!!
Hawkesdene House with its babbling brook and mountainous skyline is definitely one of the more beautiful properties to get married at in Western NC. It's also nice that they offer several different ceremony sites, and I adore their modern art collection in the main house.