Spillian is a place of dreams.
An exquisite mountain great camp built in the 1880's by the Fleischmann's Yeast Family, Spillian evokes the rustic elegance of the Gilded Age with original clear pine siding covered in unique historic oil murals, furnished with antiques, with a Steinway and a concert harp, all on thirty two acres in the magical Catskill mountains. This is a museum quality building, painstakingly restored, and in the process of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's the kind of place that you usually have to see behind velvet ropes instead of feeling like it's really yours.
Eight enchanting rooms, each differently appointed, a grand dining room with a huge table for feasting, antique furniture, silver, art, and oriental rugs, 2 wood burning fireplaces, a porch to die for, claw foot tubs in every bath, a commercial kitchen and full liquor license, a focus on locally crafted food and spirits, a pond, an utterly romantic Victorian era rustic gazebo, and forests to explore, filled with moss covered rocks and hemlocks and springs, as well as meadows to use as outdoor gathering spaces, with bonfire rings and flexible tent locations.
Intimate, completely private, charming, and elegant without being fussy, Spillian offers the perfect place for a wedding that is about you. Our wedding consultant is the area's most beloved wedding planner, and can work with you (at no cost to you!) to best imagine how Spillian can work for you. We have superb in-house catering available as well as relationships with all of the best area independent caterers, for your shower, rehearsal dinner, or wedding feast.
Spillian is a four season wedding location. Come in the spring, and get married among the daffodils and bluebells; or in the summer in the high green glory of the Catskills; in the fall, blazing with color and with the snap of autumn in the air; or in the winter, embraced by falling snow with fires blazing in the two main floor fireplaces.
This is a house that was built for family and for celebrations. Come and see what memories it can create for you!
Your hosts are a scenic & lighting designer and a performing artist & writer with a doctorate in cultural mythology and psychology. We look forward to sharing this extraordinary place with you.
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Nadya Hall · Married on 11/02/2019
A Magical Experience You Don't Want To Miss
TL;DR Trust us – don’t hesitate, choose Spillian for your wedding (or literally anything else). It’s a magical experience from the first communication to the final goodbye, the staff is absolutely incredible, and the food is to die for.
Where do we even begin? From the first moment of contact, everyone at Spillian made us feel like part of their family. Truthfully we were sold from the online photos alone and never could have imagined what a magical experience the entire process would be. Mark and his team were a joy to work with and we could barely tear ourselves away from the property after each visit. They anticipated our needs and went above and beyond to make each of us feel welcomed. Spillian itself is a remarkable location with a rich history that’s almost tangible as you walk amongst the beautifully detailed bedrooms, each with its own story. It felt a little something like being transported to Narnia while being immersed in a gilded 1920s fairytale. Walking from the warm wooded glow of the ornate mansion into the cool crisp November air, down the light-lined path to the forested cathedral of a ceremony site was a singularly transformative experience. Logistically speaking everything was stress-free and streamlined, and we didn’t have to worry about renting tables, chairs, flatware, or even linens. Mark’s email response time is feat in and of itself – we were never waiting on an answer to any one of our late-stage questions, no matter the time of week or day. And the food? Words just won’t do it justice. After sending over a plethora of past menus, they worked with us to develop a plan for the entire weekend (did we mention you get the entire place and the grounds ALL weekend??). Their chef, Christian, makes food fit for the gods, and uses seasonal, local ingredients whenever possible to make it more sustainable, too. Every single guest was mesmerized by the entire experience. We are so grateful to each and every staff member. The only negative? Having to leave.
(photos by storyandgoldweddings, and I will updated as we get more!)Sent on 11/26/2019
Sarah · Married on 08/03/2019
Faith, trust, and pixie dust
Choosing a wedding venue is one of the first-placed building blocks in the wedding planning process. And that venue helps to fundamentally shape in many ways what will become your wedding day. It is a leap of faith; it was especially for my fiancé and I as we had a 15 month engagement period and booked our venue before we entirely knew what we really wanted our wedding to be. I am here to say: unreservedly, wholeheartedly, place your faith in Spillian. The home, the property, the team are all far above and beyond more special than words can describe. Your wedding at Spillian can really be anything you want it to be. Owners Mark and Leigh are not interested in a cookie-cutter-wedding-mill, but rather are fearless leaders of a kind and creative team of professionals, at once brimming with creative and unique ideas of their own and simultaneously receptive of your ideas, collaborating to create an incredibly personal and stand-out wedding day. We wanted a sentimental, intimate, jazzy, family party in the woods, and we got that and so much more. The most special day of our lives to date, and one we will never forget. From the out of this world incredible food (yes, we built the menu from the ground up too with the team), to the Spillian staff juggling with ease and grace evolving wedding logistics (thunderstorms, quarter moon photo props, and more), through to finding a venue where we could be married outside under the pines, eat dinner inside a warm and stately family home, push the tables aside and dance to the jazzy tunes of our hired band, and then gather around a giant bonfire with s’mores under the stars, I can say with confidence that nothing compares to the heart and imagination of Spillian. We are so thankful to Mark and Leigh for sharing their most special and magical corner of the Catskills with us and with our families. We can’t wait to come back and visit as Mr. and Mrs. soon.Sent on 08/11/2019
Dana · Married on 06/29/2019
Wow! Spillian- spilling magic all over your wedding!
I don't know where to start. Our wedding was magical. Every single guest have said it was the best wedding they've ever been to and we have to say, it starts with the owners. Mark and Leigh make you feel like you're home. If you're looking for an intimate and special experience for you and your guests, this is your place. The team they put together is exceptional and the food is so fresh and so creatively put together, our friends who are NYC restaurant owners talk about the food every time we see them. Let me back track a little. We are from NYC, we googled and found a photo of this beautiful mansion. I immediately wanted to see it because we wanted a stress free wedding, secluded from the rest of the world but figured it was too far from NY. A quick google maps found out it was only 2 hours and 40 minutes! We quickly reached out and just the same, Mark responded back with open arms to meet us. We pulled up on a cold April day but we loved the drive. We knew in our hearts when we drove up the long driveway that this was it. When we met Mark we had expressed that we did not want a stress filled wedding and definitely did not want the typical structured wedding hall. He reassured us that they did not work like that after getting to know each other we realized we had so much in common. The venue itself was breathtaking, the rooms were so detailed and well done... and clean! The house has its own energy that makes you feel like it's wrapping its arms around you. The way Mark and Leigh coordinate it, they are prepared for rain, sleet, snow or shine. They can convert the rooms as needed on minutes noticed and I saw it first hand without our guests even noticing.
They walked us through it all, answered all my stupid questions with grace and referred me to venders to help me navigate the wedding planning since I was doing this on my own.
The day of was nothing but magical. It's so hard to explain Spillian because it's really this feeling. It's like you're home where you're there. When I approached the altar outside under the beautiful forest, my eyes locked with my soon to be husband and low and behold, the heavens open and it rained. It didn't just rain, it was a torrential down pour for 10 minutes. Our bridal party tried to stand firm but soon took shelter with our 87 guests under the shelter/bar. We sang until the sun came out. Nobody cared. It was beautiful, magical, a rainbow appeared, the animals watched us (yes a totally Snow White moment chipmunks and all), and we were dry in minutes. Our pictures are extraordinary while we sheltered from the rain together. Thats just the beginning! The cocktail hour spread was incredible and our band loved the venue and owners so much, they stayed to play a little longer. Our dinner was so good, my brother in law asked if we had extra pockets to put the sage raviolis in (get them they are addicting!) The bonfire was a show. I've never seen such a beautiful bonfire against the artwork, below the colored lights with our DJ playing all the music we loved. Oh! And the rehearsal BBQ.... DO IT! Mark knows how to do this right and if you love BBQ, this is the real deal. The chef is phenomenal. The next day, breakfast was rough. We stayed up really late partying and while we were in bad shape, they made sure we were fed and caffeinated before we set out to the next part of our journey. I was sad to leave but the memories that Spillian created with us we will never forget and hold dear to our hearts. We think back to our wedding and can honestly say it was the best day of our lives. I hope you too can enjoy your unique experience like we have. Go with this venue, you will not be disappointed.Sent on 07/23/2019
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