Recommended by 95%
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Kara · Married on 06/14/2018
We just had our wedding and Great Oak and couldn't have asked for a better experience! The staff at Great Oak, Holly and Cass in particular, were amazing to work with from the beginning throughout the entire planning process. Chestertown is small and all of the vendors know each other. Great Oak has a great reputation and everyone jumped at the chance to work with Holly when I mentioned where our wedding was!Sent on 06/18/2018
I always got quick responses to my emails, someone always answered the phone when I called, and there was never a question the team couldn't answer for me. It made me feel reassured and comfortable that my venue was reliable and had true professionals working there.
The venue itself is lovely. We rented out the entire house so it was filled with all of our family and friends. For the bride and groom - we stayed in the Carriage House which was an experience in itself. There was lots of hanging out on the outdoor patios, walks on the beach, and kayaks on the bay. It really is a perfect mixture of garden and beach and a fun time for all of those involved!
All of our guests raved about the experience, the food (since breakfast is served each morning), the staff, and said it was one of the most beautiful weddings they'd ever seen.
I couldn't agree more! Thank you Great Oak!
Great Oak Manor's reply:Thank you Kara and Kyle. We loved having you and your family and friends here. We wish you a wonderful life full of happiness and good health..
Paige Reffe · Married on 09/19/2019
Great Oak review
Great oak has been a pleasure to work with and we are very much looking forward to a magical experience. We cannot recommend them highly enoughSent on 01/12/2019
Great Oak Manor's reply:Why thank you Paige. And we haven't even made it to the good part yet. It has been a pleasure working with you both as well.
Melissa Bishop · Married on 03/16/2019
Planning a March wedding for Great Oak Manor
We are planning our wedding at Great Oak Manor for this March and Holly has been fabulous, super accommodating and helpful! We are doing a small, family wedding and the venue is beautiful, well maintained and spacious while still being very affordable.Sent on 01/13/2019
Morgan · Married on 11/03/2018
Beautiful Venue and Incredible Innkeepers!
We celebrated our wedding weekend with Great Oak on the weekend of November 3rd, 2018 and it was absolutely amazing! When we started looking at wedding venues I knew I wanted somewhere with an incredible view of the bay and somewhere where we could stay all weekend with our friends and family which Great Oak checked off these boxes for us! Great Oak was our first venue tour and after touring a few other similar venues we just knew Great Oak was the perfect fit for us! Holly and Richard really sold us on the beautiful property not to mention Holly was just so nice and assured us that we would have the most beautiful wedding there! We booked them a year in advance since they book up fast and throughout the year of planning if we ever wanted to stop by or had any questions Holly was always there for us every step of the way! During our wedding weekend Holly and Richard made it the beat weekend of our lives! They made sure everything went smoothly and that if we needed anything at all they made sure we had it! All of our guests had a great time and they were definitely a huge part in making our wedding the wedding of our dreams! My only recommendation for Great Oak for future couples is I hope they are open to other vendors for tents for example Price Rentals instead of Eastern Shore Tents & Events. Eastern Shore Tents & Events are the most expensive around and we didn’t have the greatest experience with them. But other then that everything went perfectly and since we live locally we will definitely be back to visit Great Oak in the future! Thanks again from Davey and Morgan Eason!Sent on 01/02/2019
Great Oak Manor's reply:Thank you Davey and Morgan. You both were a dream to work with. No problems there. We look forward to seeing you around in the future and you are always welcome at the Manor anytime. Hugs,
Maryn · Married on 09/23/2017
Great Oak Manor is a dream wedding venue. The manor is timeless and beautiful (carriage house is awesome!), views and sunsets incredible, and staff especially Lynne was amazing. There are more picture spots here than you could possibly do. It was great to have the manor for the whole weekend which allowed us to set up everything before hand and made it a whole wedding weekend event. We had some bumps in the road communicating at first, but everything was sorted out. The new innkeepers seem to really know what they're doing. You have to see this place to believe it!Sent on 10/19/2017
Great Oak Manor's reply:Maryn, thank you very much for your great review. It was our pleasure hosting your special day.
Jess · Married on 09/15/2017
I would highly recommend Great Oak to any couple as the site for their wedding. We chose Great Oak Manor because it was the most unique venue we visited. The grounds are beautiful and the architecture is exquisite, which is great for guests and also for photos. We were married here in mid September 2017, and it was picture perfect. We had a very positive experience working with Holly, Jenn and their staff leading up to our wedding day and they helped to make the entire weekend easy. On our walkthrough we scoped out both the outdoor ceremony, reception areas and a back up indoor plan for inclement weather. I was impressed at how many people the venue could hold and loved that the grounds were sprawled out so guest have plenty of space. There’s a small beach, gazebo, bayside overlook, a wooded area, and separate private area with flat ground where we could have an outdoor reception and set up a massive sail cloth tent that we rented from Eastern Shore Tents and Events. What’s nice is the grounds are a blank canvas so you can customize it to your vision. I was also impressed by how well prepared the staff was when it came to advice. For example, one of our vendors had added a generator to our contract but the staff at Great Oak reviewed the contract and let us know they had enough power supply so we would only need the generator if we wanted to have it on hand as a backup... great tip for saving money during the planning process. Since we rented the entire venue for the weekend Fri-Sun, the staff worked ahead of time to plan out breakfast options for our guests who were staying at the manor and helped planned a Sunday brunch open to our out of town guests. My husband and I didn’t have to lift a finger! Our actual wedding day was absolutely beautiful weather so we had the ceremony & reception outdoors. Our guests were blown away with how beautiful the manor was and keep saying they cant wait to come back as guests which makes me very happy! I highly recommend it!Sent on 04/25/2018
Great Oak Manor's reply:Thank you Jess for this wonderful review of your experience with Great Oak Manor. We wish all the best to you and Erik.
Sara · Married on 09/09/2017
We fell in love with Great Oak Manor at first sight and it only got better from there! Every staff member was so caring, thoughtful, helpful, and wanted to make our wedding as special as possible. They treated us like family and our family could have not been more impressed. They were the most incredible hosts for our wedding weekend!Sent on 09/14/2018
Great Oak Manor's reply:Thank you Sara. It was our greatest pleasure to be chosen by you for your wedding and reception. We appreciate your kind words.
User6798854 · 2+ years ago
This is the perfect venue for your dream wedding, whatever that may look like. We held an elegant ceremony on the bluff over looking the Chesapeake Bay followed by dinner and dancing under an expansive tent on the lawn. The following day was a celebration with additional family and friends with something for everyone. Lawn games, swimming, kayaking, paddleboard, hammocks, etc. A perfect location for a beautiful experienceSent on 06/07/2016
Great Oak Manor's reply:Belatedly, thank you for your great review of using Great Oak Manor as your wedding venue. We are thrilled you had such a wonderful experience.
Alissa · Married on 05/14/2016
Great Oak Manor is an absolutely amazing, gorgeous getaway! I recently had my wedding there in May 2016 and I couldn't be happier with EVERYTHING!! The manor is absolutely beautiful and the surrounding grounds are breathtaking! The manor house is situated right on the water, and the views are incredible! The innkeepers, Kaylin and Scott, are absolutely amazing people as well! They were attentive, helpful, thoughtful, hardworking, and helped with so many details of the wedding and made everything run so smoothly! Anything we needed, they were there to happily help! They are such gems! Great Oak is such a great place for all occasions...from a private relaxing getaway (which my husband and I have also done!), family reunion, vacation with friends, or a wedding...this place is the most beautiful setting for all of the above!! I can't wait to go back! :)Sent on 06/02/2016
Great Oak Manor's reply:Hi Alissa,
Liz · Married on 12/19/2015
We are so pleased that we chose to celebrate our wedding at Great Oak Manor! Scott and Kaylin were very patient and open to all of our ideas for the big day throughout the whole planning process. We had a full house since all of the wedding party and family members were staying at Great Oak during the weekend, but Scott and Kaylin kept everything going smoothly. Since it was a winter wedding, there were always warm beverages, homemade pastries (Kaylin's chocolate chip banana bread is amazing!), and fires in the fireplaces. The house looked beautiful and was full of Christmas cheer. On the day of the wedding, Scott and Kaylin were very helpful and even checked on me a few times to make sure that I was staying hydrated and fed! They stayed up until all of the guests had gone home and everyone was ready for bed in case we needed anything. The brunch they made on Sunday morning was absolutely delicious, and everyone kept on going back to the table for more! Having our wedding weekend at Great Oak Manor was a dream come true for us. We highly recommend booking this venue for your wedding and/or reception. We can't wait to go back for a long weekend getaway!Sent on 02/28/2016
Great Oak Manor's reply:Liz, thank you so much for your kinds words. We were thrilled to be a part of your wedding weekend and hope that we could contribute in making is a special time for you as well as your family and friends. Your wedding was such a beautiful event with lots of love and laughter, we wish you and Jay all the best in your new adventures as a married couple and hope that you will come back and visit us sometime soon!
Yvette · Married on 08/09/2013
Amazing place and people to work with. The place was beautiful, the view incredible. My day was perfect for me. The manor had a warm and elegant feel and very comfortable. Our guests enjoyed their time there too.Sent on 08/28/2013
The InnKeeper can guide you on all the resources you need to create your perfect day!
Great Oak Manor's reply:Belatedly, thank you for your review. I am the new event manager for this past year and saw that your kind review was never responded to. We hope you will remember us and plan a visit soon.
Sheree · Married on 10/11/2014
We had the most unforgettable wedding weekend at Great Oak Manor. We rented the manor for the weekend so our guests could stay onsite with us. The manor and grounds are a stunning wedding venue. Our ceremony was held outdoors overlooking the water and our reception under a tent next to the manor house. Friday night, we had our rehearsal dinner on the lawn and a bonfire/welcome party afterwards. Unfortunately, the electricity in the backyard was not working so there was no lighting for our guests and it was incredibly dark and hard to see where guests were going. I spent 30 minutes lighting candles, meant for the next day, to illuminate the backyard. On Saturday, we utilized the conservatory for the ladies to get their hair and makeup done. Perfect lighting! The ceremony and tented reception went well until a huge storm came through...we moved the party into the manor and kept the party going in the conservatory. Sunday morning, we had our farewell brunch in the conservatory. My husband and I really LOVED the venue and our guests were blown away by it too. The only thing I wish could be improved upon was knowing that the electricity would be out in the backyard or at least having the venue help me figure out how to illuminate the area for my guests since they knew I wanted to use the backyard on Friday night.Sent on 11/28/2014
Great Oak Manor's reply:Hi Sheree,
Kathryn · Married on 04/27/2018
Loved everything about Great Oak! My guests were SO impressed by how beautiful the views were and the building/venue. I had so many compliments on how memorable my wedding will be due to the awesome location. The other cool aspect was having everyone stay together over the two days, we got really great quality time with friends and family.Sent on 05/01/2018
Just be sure your guests are aware of how far out it is and provide directions ahead of time. We had some snags in the schedule due to people getting lost on their way out.
Sara · Married on 12/31/2016
When I went to review this venue I was shocked when I saw 5 star reviews- but then I noticed a lot of the reviews mention "Scott & Kaylin" as the inn keepers- they were fired. I too met them when I first toured Great Oak and fell in love with the manor but months before my wedding I was called by the new management and was informed Scott and Kaylin were let go. This is where the mess began. I met with the new manager Mike who told me right off the bat that he "hates" weddings- what a thing to say to a bride & paying customer. He dissed Scott and Kaylin and basically acted like the contract they had given me was complete crap. He was very hard to establish a rapport with. Would take forever to answer emails and questions and really just put off the vibe that he could pretty much care less about our wedding. I was so stressed out leading up to our wedding and was getting zero help from Great Oak. As our wedding approached I would email to ask small questions about this and that and for what I was paying I expected more of "yes mam of course whatever you need" but instead got push back on every detail. I will say that on the weekend of the wedding I was happy with how the staff treated us and they did step up when it came to the event but I am rating them so low as the manager made the wedding planning experience so awful for me. It is a beautiful venue and B&B but if you're planning to get married here, better spend the extra money (if you have any after paying their ridiculous prices) on a really good wedding planner because you will get no help from the people at Great Oak.Sent on 02/15/2017
Great Oak Manor's reply:As the new Manager/Innkeeper of Great Oak Manor this past year, I am offering my apology for your very bad experience. All I can say is that none of that should have ever happened to you. The owners are horrified and want you to know that the manager at the time had medical issues and was not himself. Nevertheless, that is not a excuse but the reason .Please call me at 410-778-5943 as we wish to offer you a special deal.