Lightwood House is an historic wedding venue and vacation rental home in Surry County, Virginia. Built c. 1760, this beautifully restored home is the perfect setting for couples seeking an elegant, unique, and private venue in a beautiful natural setting. Tucked away in an ancient beech forest, Lightwood comprises over 100 acres of meadows, woodland, and streams. This unique and intimate property has all the makings of a fairy tale venue.
Facilities and Capacity
Hardwood floors, exposed beam ceilings, antique area rugs, staircases, and a large and welcoming entrance hall with a grandfather clock, all contribute to the venue's historic charm. Couples who dream about cozying up to the warm glow of a fireplace will feel right at home. As a wedding ceremony and reception venue, Lightwood House accommodates up to 150 guests. Its large, sweeping lawns are ideal for reception tent setup.
Since weddings should never feel rushed, Lightwood House offers a special Friday noon through Sunday noon, three-day, two-night package, starting at $3500. Such a generous amount of time allows for a rehearsal dinner, decorating and setup, ceremony, reception, and even a brunch after your special day. As a warm and welcoming additional touch, up to ten guests may stay at the house for both Friday and Saturday nights. The venue is also pet-friendly, and several couples have brought their dogs to enjoy both the wedding and the acres of open space. From elopements to traditional ceremonies, the storied Lightwood House builds on its history as a place of joy and celebration, open to all wedding events. Other services include:
Able to sleep up to ten people, Lightwood House has five bedrooms and two luxury bathrooms, one complete with a jetted tub. A separate marble shower complete with a bench is also available to guests.
Couples who are history buffs can revel in the fact that Lightwood House is situated on land that was a portion of Chief Powhatan’s wedding gift to Pocahontas and John Rolfe. It seems only fitting that wedding-gifted land would be destined to host more weddings in the future. This former home of a Revolutionary War soldier was constructed between 1760 and 1815 at the very center of a successful tobacco plantation. Now restored, it maintains all the romantic charm that comes with a historic backdrop, but is made modern with amenities like air conditioning, television, and wireless internet.
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8 Reviews for Lightwood House
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Tania del Carmen · Getting married on 09/10/2020
I had the pleasure to photograph a fall wedding at Lightwood House. It is a beautiful venue with lots of stunning spots for memorable images. The interior of the house offers gorgeous window light and elegant interiors. The owners were incredibly helpful and attentive. As a photographer and fellow vendor I could not ask for more. Thank you for such a perfect experience.Sent on 10/21/2019
Lightwood House's reply:Thank you, Tania, for your lovely review. You are a delight to work with and your photographs are exquisite works of art. We look forward to working with you in the future.
Jay Kluk · Married on 12/10/2019
The perfect venue!
We got married at Lightwood House October 2019, and everything could not have gone better. I had met Cliff while he was working as a balladeer at Colonial Williamsburg and when he mentioned having an 18th century home, I knew I needed to visit. We made the choice to book Lightwood for our special day without my wife even seeing the place in person and my single visit. Upon our arrival for the wedding weekend, the magic and wonder of Lightwood House and the property was evident to her immediately and she was enchanted from the first. Guests needed to travel from afar as we have lived and grew up outside of Virginia, and they certainly cursed my name as they navigated the traffic and road construction to make it to the venue. However, each and every person had their questions of “why in the world would he make us drive all this way?” answered soon as they passed the gates and entered the realm of Lightwood.
Cliff was an exceptional host! The entire process from initial inquiries, picking our date, welcoming us to Lightwood, and helping before, during, and after the ceremony and reception, Cliff exceeded our already high expectations. The house was tidy and welcoming upon our arrival and the grounds were well cared for. There is a large green next to the house which is a great spot for setting up a large tent for your guests. The trails through the wood is enchanting with exciting landmarks such as the fairy tree. In short, the entire Lightwood experience was outstanding. Cliff was kind enough to lend his musical talents to our ceremony, and played guitar for us. His son Thomas was extremely helpful as well throughout the day of our wedding with various needs. The time we spent there was so refreshing and we felt like we entered a special world where everything else disappeared.
We highly recommend staying at Lightwood House, and I even asked Cliff they day of our wedding if we could book the house for our anniversary right then. I made sure to tell all of our guests that Lightwood is for more than just weddings and events, and that it makes a perfect vacation rental everyone needs to experience. Without a doubt we will be returning to Lightwood House multiple times in the future, and we cannot wait for the moment we turn down the scenic drive and see the beautiful house once more.Sent on 01/13/2020
Mike Sherman · Married on 10/05/2019
Amazing venue, amazing service
We used Lightwood House for our wedding. The grounds lays out perfectly for a ceremony area, a cocktail area, and a place for a tent. Our guests loved the layout and found the history and decoration of the house very interesting. We would not have changed a thing.Sent on 10/28/2019
Cliff could not have been more helpful, responsive, or flexible. He was fantastic.
Lightwood House's reply:Thank you Mike and Colleen. It was a pleasure and honor having your wedding at Lightwood. We truly love seeing guests having a great time there, and are very pleased you had a wonderful, special day. Thanks, Joy and Cliff