Old Lystra Inn is a historic wedding venue located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Couples will experience a 1890’s renovated farmhouse nestled under towering oak trees on this 10-acre property. They pride themselves on their flexibility and allowing your unique vision to come to life. Old Lystra Inn promises to let your creativity and innovative ideas flourish.
Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 250 guests at this vintage-style venue. They offer two beautiful outdoor options on their spacious estate. You can say your “I do’s” under gorgeous oak trees, and then dance the night away under the stars. If you prefer some coverage, Old Lystra Inn will provide a 40-foot by 80-foot tent for your ceremony or reception.
This full-service wedding venue allows each couple's exclusive use of their property for 14 hours the day of their celebration. There are private bridal and groom’s suites where you can start your day, complete with refreshing beverages. A hair and makeup studio is also available for you and your bridal party, and they'll provide light snacks for the ladies. For your ceremony, they'll provide white wooden chairs, and for your reception your guests can sit on cross-back oak wooden chairs. Round tables are also included, along with assistance setting up and cleaning up. Additional services include:
Old Lystra Inn will provide a complimentary night stay for the happy couple, complete with a three-course breakfast in the morning. In addition to hosting your ceremony and reception, they're also happy to host your rehearsal dinner. Additional events they will hold include:
This one-of-a-kind inn was owned by Pulitzer prize winner, Paul Green. Now, it’s run by Beth and Tony Pendola, who have been married for over 25 years. They felt that they had to compromise on their wedding day, because they couldn't find a venue that let them do exactly what they wanted. Since then, they’ve vowed to be a location where couples can make their special day everything they dreamed it to be.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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bryce · Married on 10/05/2019
Thanks to the Old Lystra Inn our wedding day was perfect. The venue is so beautiful and perfect. Beth and Tony take meticulous care of the property, are perfect hosts, and make everything seamless. We could not have imagined a more perfect setting for our wedding. I would give them 100 stars if possible.Sent on 10/08/2019
Old Lystra Inn's reply:Thank you for your kind review Bryce! We absolutely LOVED celebrating your special day - what precious families you and Ehsan have - we will especially miss Moo! Much love to you all!
Halie Brooks · Married on 09/21/2019
Our wedding at Old Lystra Inn exceeded all expectations we could have possibly had for our big day. The owners- Tony and Beth are phenomenal! Even their sweet daughter offered to help a ton. Beth's right hand (wo)man was amazing, she seriously was like a day of coordinator. She communicated with me all day to ease any worries I might have had. She even fanned me to cool me off while we were doing first touch pictures, Ha! This venue is the most beautiful I've seen. The price point is right in line (almost slightly cheaper) with most venues in the area. However, you get SO MUCH with Old Lystra. For the rehearsal, they allowed us to drop everything off and opened their doors to us. I opted to pay a small fee to allow my 4 bridesmaids and myself to spend the night prior to the wedding day. It was the best decision ever! We woke up in the venue, showered, had a nice home cooked breakfast, and then made our way to the sun room for hair and makeup. ZERO stress! There were so many people behind the scenes working hard to make our big day perfect, it was so amazing to watch. Beth and Tony are so very accommodating! The venue speaks for itself, it is absolutely stunning! I would hands down recommend this venue to anyone planning a wedding.Sent on 10/13/2019
Sara · Married on 05/25/2019
Perfect space for the best day
I could not have asked for venue owners better than Beth and Tony. They were so incredibly accommodating, flexible, thoughtful, and kind. They really went above and beyond what they needed to do in order to make us happy and at ease and they were so kind and generous to all of our family and guests as well.Sent on 06/20/2019
The house and gardens are so beautiful and it was the perfect place for our wedding. I would 100% recommend Old Lystra to anyone looking for an outdoor wedding venue.
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Old Lystra Inn is easily one of my favorite wedding venues! Beth and Tony are terribly nice, helpful, and genuinely passionate about weddings. Planning weddings here is an enjoyable process, and I look forward to many more Old Lystra Weddings!