The Perfect Wedding: This is the ideal location for a spectacular wedding with rooms for the bridal party and groomsmen to prepare for a magnificent ceremony followed by an elegant reception. There are dual fireplaces in the grand ballroom which features a beautiful open staircase that allows for a breathtaking entrance for the bride. The history in this residence is very memorable for many citizens and will be for years to come. This home is so unique, that when you choose it as your venue, it will become a part of a very special memory in your life.
House Characteristics: The Mackay Estate was built by Alexander Mackay, a Scottish entrepreneur and investor who bought the property on Lake Rochelle in 1915 and began construction of the Mackay family estate which he called "La Rochelle." The estate's 8,000-square-foot residence is an outstanding example of Craftsman style architecture, with sleeping porches and large porch columns, open interior spaces and a staircase in the main room. A walled arbor with arched openings is located west of the residence and a sunken garden with a fountain is on the east. A beautiful Gazebo has been added with a breathtaking view of the lake. The home has undergone only minor alterations over the years, and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Our future plans call for part of the building to house the Lake Alfred Historical Society meeting room and museum.
Grant Funds: Restoration and Preservation: Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve was purchased in 2004 with funds from the Florida Community Trust Florida Forever program. Additionally, the City of Lake Alfred received grant funding in 2006 from the Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation to renovate the house. This allowed for the complete overhaul of the electrical system, plumbing, re-roofing, handicap accessibility, resurfacing of the hardwood floors and plaster repair. The city also received a grant from the Florida Recreational Development Assistance Program to add a playground, picnic pavilion, rest rooms, fishing pier and nature trails.
The Mackay home is available for business meetings, corporate retreats, family reunions and parties. Please call (863) 291-5272 to make an appointment to see this incredible location.
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Mary Jo · Married on 06/16/2018
Perfect venue! So much charm. Great for indoor/outdoor reception.Sent on 06/19/2018
Cagney · Married on 05/19/2018
Beautiful & Historic Venue
I got married at Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve (MGLP) on 05/19/2018.Sent on 04/16/2019
MGLP is an absolutely gorgeous venue for any occasion, but ESPECIALLY a wedding.
This is the perfect venue for DIY brides who want a blank slate to create the wedding vision of their dreams.
I loved that I was not locked in to using specific vendors. I was able to use whatever vendor that I wanted. Having that kind of flexibility during a year of wedding planning was so refreshing.
The venue's point of contact, Anaeli was so patient and beyond helpful. She always responded to any questions that I had in a timely manner, and offered some great pre-wedding day advice!
MGLP will always hold a special place in my heart, and I look forward to hosting another event there in the future.
Thank you, MGLP!
Nicole · Married on 08/27/2016
I found this venue through two coworkers who also got married here. They loved it and so did I. The contact Analeia was always prompt with emails when I had questions and was more than helpful. This location is absolutely gorgeous even when it rains. We got married in August so that's hot but the lake creates a breeze and the rain cools off. I will say be prepared for mosquitos but that is normal for Florida :) also the building on site is great and accommodating with faulty weather. Lovely location and I highly recommend others to use :)Sent on 08/30/2016
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