Our ethos comes in two parts: 1) PERSONALIZATION: YOU decide how the facility set up and used. From the ceremony circle next to the apple orchard, to cocktail hour under the willow tree, to the reception on the stone patio, to the dance party in the Great Hall, your wedding will be a reflection of you. Choose your own vendors, bring in your own alcohol, personalize and put up your own decor. And 2), TIME. Weddings are about relationships. While beauty is important, having time to relax with family and friends is even more important. So much effort and expense goes into planning weddings that they should last longer than a few hours. At Montague Retreat Center, you'll have access from Weds to Sun, accommodations (5 queen beds) from Thurs to Sun and exclusive use from Fri to Sun. The facility is handicapped accessible. Use of our 16' diameter yurt is included, there's a porta-potty in the upper parking lot and camping is allowed. We provide ceremony chairs, dining chairs and tables, buffet tables, cocktail and cafe tables, furniture setup, indoor and outdoor audio equipment, a fire pit and firewood, outdoor grills, a state of the art commercial kitchen and a large walk-in fridge. Our lush Ceremony Circle, nestled up to the apple orchard, sits beneath one of the oldest maple groves in Massachusetts, with a stunning view across a valley. Our stone dining patio features a permanent 40’ x 50’ reception tent and a 75’ long retaining wall/bench. Our elegant, rustic dance barn has chestnut beams, bamboo floors, lots of glass and geothermal cooling. Two streams run through the property and the Robert Frost Trail is within walking distance.Get married in the upper fields. Enjoy cocktail hour beneath the massive willow tree. Wine and dine on the stone patio. Dance the night away in the Great Hall. And for a truly memorable wedding, throw in a Friday night party and Sunday brunch. Slow down. Make it a weekend! 2021 weddings: Facility Fee: $7,700 + Accommodations $1,200 + Taxes & Insurance $650 = Total $9,550
22 Reviews for The Barn at Montague Retreat Center
Recommended by 94% of couples
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Kyle Eichner · Married on 07/27/2019
Outdoor Summer Wedding in the Pioneer Valley
When we started planning our July wedding, we knew that we wanted a beautiful, eco-conscious, outdoor venue in the rolling Massachusetts hills where we could host guests for the whole weekend and people could camp and sit by a fire at night. We weren’t sure we’d find someplace that checked all those boxes; then we found the Montague Retreat Center.Sent on 08/12/2019
It was everything we were looking for and more. We loved that we had the whole weekend to see our guests and that they got to know the place, too. The Center already has a tent set up for the reception, and the venue was so well set up with its own furniture and catering-ready kitchen, that other vendors kept telling us how delighted they were to be going back there.
We had around 100 guests, about 25 of which camped at the Center. The camp site is in a pine forest on the property, and our camping guests were all very happy with their stay and with the facilities.
A lot happens in a wedding weekend, but the staff is prepared for anything and everything. The caretaker, John, was particularly notable in how quickly and quietly he took care of the facilities while we were there. We’d turn around and he’d have taken care of the trash or put another few logs on the fire. It was easy and wonderful. It was wonderful to have things like lights already set up, and a room of wedding decorations others have left to reuse or leave instead of stress about bringing everything and cleaning it all up. We were glad they compost everything and the facility even runs on geo-thermal heating/cooling.
We took the Retreat Center’s recommendations for almost all of our vendors, and they were all wonderful (especially Wheelhouse Catering for our reception and Jackie M coordinating all of our vendors and the day of the wedding). We got flowers from Red Fire Farm, and sent our guests to check out the Montague Book Mill (and took photos there ourselves!).
We are so glad we found the Montague Retreat Center and through them got to know the Pioneer Valley better!
Karti · Married on 10/14/2017
We got married at the Montague Retreat Center two weeks ago. We could not have imagined a better venue for the wedding weekend that we'd envisioned, nor a more helpful, kind, and accommodating group than Bill, Beth, and John. We would *highly* recommend this venue to others.
It's hard to know where to start. To begin with, it's just such a beautiful venue surrounded by beautiful scenery and even some hiking paths that leave from the back gate. And the barn is just magical--especially lit up at night.
We loved the feel of the venue, which we took to be "warm," "laid back," and "communal." That's what we were going for with our wedding, so it was a perfect fit. It was great to be able to show up early in the week to start setting things up and to not feel pressured to leave early on Sunday morning. We loved the decorations closet, which is yours to raid to re-use anything that others have left behind that you like. We rented the rooms that are part of the venue, which made the whole space feel more like "home" for the week than just a venue. They've done an incredible job of turning this space into a wedding venue, and there all kinds of little nooks, crannies, and quirks that make it come alive.
Bill, Beth, and John are also just really easy to work with. They were super responsive, friendly, and kind throughout, and go out of their way to accommodate any one-off requests. The venue comes with nearly everything already--tent, chairs, audio equipment, etc.--and their team does almost all of the setup and cleanup work, too. You rest easy knowing that there's a team taking care of so much.
I've included just a few pictures, since we haven't gotten ours back from our photographers yet. Seriously, you want to get married here.Sent on 10/29/2017
Gwen · Married on 07/15/2017
What a fantastic place the retreat center is. It is simply great and all our guests thoroughly enjoyed every event we held there for our wedding celebration (4 events over 4 days). The premise has a beautiful barn ideal for dancing, a spacious tent which can be used as dinning room (we had 125 people sitting comfortably). The barn also has a lovely ceremony circle where you can celebrate your wedding ceremony. The owners, Bill and Beth, are extremely organized and they are very helpful in terms of planning and executing all the events related to the weeding. The really make a very stressful event very smooth and easy. Our experience was fantastic and we advise anyone who is thinking of using this venue for their wedding to go and see it and fall in love with it. After talking to Bill and Beth you will know what we mean. Gwen and Luis.Sent on 06/01/2017
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