The Mountain Lakes House

57 Mountain Ave., Princeton, NJ 08540 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About The Mountain Lakes House

The Mountain Lakes House is a stunning wedding venue in Princeton, New Jersey. Nestled on a 90-acre nature preserve, this house exudes serenity and charm for your wedding day. The beautiful home, surrounded by greenery and a lakeside sanctuary, provides the perfect space for large groups as well as intimate ceremonies. If you are looking for an eco-friendly, nature-inspired venue for your wedding, The Mountain Lakes House is exactly what you need. They offer green facilities, and donate profits to the Friends of Princeton Open Space, a nature conservancy program in Princeton.

Facilities and Capacity
The Mountain Lakes House is located on the Billie Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve. The house has two bridal suites downstairs, and a beautiful foyer for your ceremony. The indoor facilities also include three bathrooms and a kitchen from which your caterer can work and serve. The outdoor space includes two terraces and the lakeside lawn, all of which is surrounded by blooming flowers and foliage throughout most of the year. When both indoor and outdoor areas are utilized, maximum capacity is 130. During the winter when the outdoor facilities are not in use, the Mountain Lakes House has a capacity of 50 guests.

Services Offered
The Mountain Lakes House is open year round for weddings of all sizes and styles. We invite you to decorate as you wish, bringing your choice of decor and furnishings. When booking your wedding date, the staff can give you a list of recommended florists and hotels
History
The Mountain Lakes House property was once an open farming field, tucked deep in the wilderness of New Jersey. In the late 1800s, the lake was built by damming the Mountain Brook, and used for ice production before modern refrigeration was available. The property’s first residential owner was a man named Edgar Palmer, who acquired the land in 1929. In 1957 the property was passed down to the Clarke family, who hired a renown Princeton architect, Rolf W. Bauhan, to build the Mountain Lakes House. In the 1980s the property was planned to be redeveloped, until the Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) decided to purchase and preserve it. Now the home is used as the headquarters of FOPOS, in partnership with the nonprofit Mountain Lakes Holding Corporation. Profits from weddings and other events go towards the FOPOS efforts to preserve and protect natural places in Princeton and throughout New Jersey.

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20 Reviews for The Mountain Lakes House

Recommended by 93% of couples


4.6 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.7
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.5
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.6
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    Lauren · Married on 09/30/2017

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    The Mountain Lakes House is such a stunning venue! We were so excited to have our ceremony and reception at this location. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect location. After booking the venue, they hired a new house manager, Liz. She was very quick to respond to emails and called us a few days before our wedding to make sure we didn't have any questions or concerns. The Mountain Lakes House does not supply rentals or catering on site. However, they do recommend catering groups that are familiar with the venue. I highly recommend this gorgeous place!

    Sent on 10/30/2017
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    Jenn · Married on 06/25/2017

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    It was an absolutely perfect location for our wedding. We had a Sunday brunch wedding and it was wonderful. The venue was beautiful and the ceremony was amazing under the big tree. There was a perfect amount of shade and air conditioning. Liz and Mike were wonderful to work with and made everything very simple. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone.

    Sent on 07/24/2017

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The Mountain Lakes House FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 3,750.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 2,950.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? No
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Parking
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 1
  • Describe your venue: Mansion, Park, Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available? Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer? Catering Services, Get Ready Rooms, Pet Friendly, Wifi
  • What catering services do you offer? Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Outside Cake, Plated, Server(s), Stations
  • What bar services do you provide? Bartender(s)
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking
  • What months are included in your peak season? April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • What months are included in your off-peak season? January, February, March, December

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2 Endorsements

  • Fenwick Catering and Events
    Fenwick Catering and Events Wedding Caterers

    Wonderful Princeton location with a quite and exclusive feel. It had a tented terrace that overlooks the lake. The location manager is very helpful and has many years experience on property to help guide couples with their choice of Mountain Lakes House.

  • Chez Alice Catering Company
    Chez Alice Catering Company Wedding Caterers

    One must always check out Mountain Lakes House as a potential location for any event....so peaceful and brings out the nature in one. Sally is a great manager of the property and very accommodating to work with.

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  • 57 Mountain Ave. Princeton, NJ, 08540 See on map
    609-957-5873 (Phone number)

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