24 total reviews
When searching for wedding venues, we knew that Stone Manor was exactly what we were looking for once seeing a few photos online. After visiting, it confirmed even more that the beautiful picturesque location was for us. It is set back away from busy roads and noise and truly exudes country elegance when you step foot on the property. Brian and Loree were so accommodating throughout the whole process, gave very thorough explanations about the venue, and were quick to respond to all emails and phone calls. Brian even helped me modify the groomsmen attire that day (rolling sleeves vs. not) after showing me a picture of similar wedding attire in a DC magazine. He is really on top of everything and helps keep the bride calm. He is very good at what he does.
Our wedding occurred on a beautiful (and unusually cool) July day where there were thunderstorms possible in the area throughout the day. Brian was on top of the weather forecasts and even started moving us down for the ceremony a few minutes early so that we could beat the two storms that were coming our way. He helped organize everyone and takes that pressure off of the bride. If anyone gets out of line he would definitely be there to control the situation. We were married in front of the tent, facing the manor and it could not have been more beautiful. It was such an intimate wedding ceremony with the scenery that I had always imagined. Luckily the rain held off and we were able to get gorgeous outdoor pictures as well. The cocktail hour was moved inside the tent because of the chance of rain, but the guests spilled out into the lawn and were still able to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and day. The reception in the tent is so unique and elegant without the formal ballroom feel. Before the wedding, getting ready inside the manor is so perfect! It is beautiful, roomy, and so exciting to be able to see guests arriving and things being set-up throughout the day. My husband and I decided to stay in the gardenia suite that night and it was absolutely perfect! It also made for a pretty stress free day as you only had to worry about getting all of the stuff to one location and leaving it there until morning. The entire day was amazing and I truly felt like a princess. We had so many wedding guests tell us that this was the best wedding venue that they have been to and compliment us on how unique and gorgeous it was. We could not have asked for a more perfect staff or wedding venue! The only tiny complaint that we did have was the fact that we did have to pay $100 extra for fans. That is definitely something that could be included in the wedding venue fee for ease and the fact that the venue is already well priced. Very, very, very happy overall!
From the beginning, Brian and Loree were extremely responsive and helpful throughout the planning process. Brian was willing to offer helpful wedding planning suggestions from the first day we toured the grounds. The day of the wedding, Brian was very responsive to our last minute questions, particularly about how to go about setting up our candy bar. The Bridal Suite is absolutely gorgeous! Stone Manor is a beautiful venue and the tent is literally like an outdoor ballroom. Unfortunately, due to the heat on the day of our wedding, not everyone got to take in the beauty of the grounds because we ended up moving the cocktail hour inside the tent, but everyone was grateful for this decision because we had rented air conditioning units for the tent, which made the tent the perfect temperature (even with the 100 degree temperature outside). During our reception, a huge storm came through the area. Brian was extremely professional and looked out for the safety of all our guests during this unexpected event. Although the wind was blowing extremely hard, we did not need to evacuate the tent, however Brian made sure that we remained calm during everything. The storm eventually passed and the party continued! Everyone had an amazing time at our wedding, regardless of the unexpected drama with the weather!! We would highly recommend Stone Manor to anyone!
We are still hearing about how everyone loved our wedding, describing it as perfect, romantic, and the best wedding they have ever been too. The grounds are so beautiful. There is not much décor that is needed because the grounds are naturally beautiful. There are so many options for picture opportunities. They have a vineyard, barn, and a lake. Having all these options gave us very beautiful and memorable pictures.
We had a big wedding party so there was room for everyone to get ready at the same location. Brian and Loree, the owners, were so patient and helpful along the way and the day of. So much so that a wedding planner for the day of is not needed, since they handled all of that. They took care of everything and worked so well with the other venders that I did not have to stress about it. There are so many other things to stress about that it made it so much more memorable to have them handle it while I and my husband just enjoyed the day. They are incredibly patient even if you have a bit of a rowdy crowd, they handle it with tolerance, patience, and forgiveness. The only thing is that the tent does get a bit hot if it is a warm and humid day. You do have the option of fans, heaters, and pulling up the sides or down. If it is a summer wedding, I would recommend doing it a bit later in the evening so it is a little cooler. Overall, we are so glad to have had this experience at Stone Manor, we couldn’t have asked for a better place and we would highly recommend this venue to everyone.
Beautiful, picturesque property for weddings, but if you're considering this venue, we would advise you to go elsewhere. Held our daughter's wedding here in October, 2014. Brian, their manager, romances you into booking with Stone Manor. Once we were signed and fully paid our bill, however, we were tossed aside.
We decided to opt out of Stone Manor's only preferred caterer (tasting was terrible!!), and chose to bring in our own which by the way adds $500.00 to your bill and your caterer is not allowed to use the mansion's kitchen. Your caterer also has to take all the trash off the grounds with them when they leave the premises.
We learned at the 11th hour that heating is not provided in the tent. That's an additional cost as well.
On the morning of the wedding day, only 10 tables (we requested 30) were set up in the tent. Brian told us it was our caterer's responsibility to bring tables?? The groomsmen found tables in a nearby garage and set them up in the tent for us. We were never informed that the tables would not be set up!
Brian then got into an argument with our photographer over umbrellas. Apparently there were enough to cover the bridal party, but none could be loaned to photographer or videographer. There were only 4 attendants on each side. What if there had been 10? Would there then be enough umbrellas for everyone if needed? Brian conceded, but the argument didn't have to happen. He did help by making sure staff set up chairs for either an inside or an outside wedding as it was a drizzly day.
Prior to the ceremony, guests were transported via shuttles and had no idea where to go once they arrived. There were no parking attendants in the lot - we were contracted for 2. There were also no hostesses present in the mansion until the wedding party was lining up to begin the ceremony. Again, we were contracted for 2. We were forced to ask family members to act as hosts and hostesses for guests while we attended to the bride.
Guests staying in the B&B are not restricted to areas where they are able to move about while weddings are taking place on the grounds. Our family photograph of 40 people was interrupted in order to ask B&B guests to move out of the background of the photo.
Brian is very inflexible and can be rude when addressing questions. It's not necessarily what he says, it's how he says it. Rather than having an "I've been doing this for years, how can I help you?" approach, he has a "my way or the highway" approach. We are probably the most flexible family he's had to deal with and this could have turned out so much better if there had been just a little bit of flexibility. Our son was married 7 months prior at a venue in Baltimore (The Mansion at Valley Country Club). It was an impeccable venue and the staff flexible, professional and eager to serve the bride and groom and their families in comparison. There is so much competition for venues out there. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere!
I got married at Stone Manor 2 weeks ago. First, let me say, the venue is beautiful. My ceremony was outside under a pergola and reception inside the standing tent on the property which was beautiful and held our 240 guests. Our guests are still staying how beautiful the venue was and thankfully it didn't rain, so everything was outside just like I wanted. I absolutely LOVED the look of my wedding!!!
My gripe with this venue is the service, flexibility and the rules! While it is great to be able to bring your own alcohol, there are a lot of hidden fees and rules. Basically, there are extra costs for using your own caterer, having over $50 guests, using their heaters in the tent, adding an extra hour, not getting out one hour after the end of the wedding...so while the venue seems like a good price, this is only if you don't do any of these things. And they are strict about it.
Also, while Brian was helpful in answering questions, it seems he was annoyed any time I asked him anything. And when the answer to something was "no you cannot do that", he said it in a pretty hostile way. I did a lot of things my own way (used a different caterer then they recommend, brought in wooden tables for the reception) and Brian did not seem pleased with much of it.
Even though there was no event the day before our wedding, they wouldn't let any vendors drop off anything that day. They require TWO insurance forms from each vendor, so some of my vendors ended up charging ME for this - to get the extra one. It's ridiculous!!!
On my wedding day, the tent was full of round tables that we were not using and I (the bride!) had to run around to ask Brian to remove them. My sister said she asked him first but he wouldn't move them. This is NOT something the bride should worry about on her wedding day. It should have been taken care of! Also, the pergola was covered in mud and my dad had to run around to find Brian to ask him to clean it. Again, NOT something we should be stressed about on the day of the wedding. We paid a LOT of money to rent the venue and this should have been taken are of in advance, not two hours before the ceremony.
A note on the noise level - Stone Manor has a VERY STRICT noise decibel restriction. Do not expect your music to be very loud because Brian will march into your wedding with a meter and show your DJ - who will be forced to turn the noise down. Just be aware of this in advance!!
Also, they stress you out a lot about being out of the venue exactly one hour after or you lose your security deposit. This is really stressful actually. I didn't think it would be but by the time everyone says bye and leaves the tent, you have maybe 40 minutes to get out and feel if you go a minute over, they will be there to snatch up your money.
Again, I LOVED my wedding and loved the venue. It's gorgeous. But be prepared to deal with lots of rules and not much flexibility.
Our wedding was beautiful at Stone Manor! The property is amazing, everything is kept very pristine, perfect for pictures! Brian and his staff were very helpful! Everyone was very accommodating and efficient. We couldn't have picked a better venue!
Brian was so incredibly helpful with the wedding and he made me feel very comfortable with the whole process. He is so nice and really lets you know that everything is going to be wonderful!
Everyone at Stone Manor was great! Extremely responsive, very understanding and great to work with! The site was amazing and I couldn't have asked for a more amazing place to have my dream wedding!
The manor grounds are beyond gorgeous, the staff are friendly and accommodating. Brian and his wife are a dream to work with. They made myself and my wedding party feel at ease and they helped us tremendously with everything. I would choose this place a million times over any other venue around!,
Stone Manor was the only venue my fiancee and I wanted. When we originally called, there were no more dates available in 2012, so we were going to wait until later to get married. They had a cancellation and gave us a call first thing, and we are so happy that we were able to get married there this past weekend. The innkeepers are the most lovely people!! Brian and Lori were also great and made everything happen smoothly. Much love to them!!
Who could imagine a July 22 wedding being mild (comparatively), sunny, and thoroughly enjoyable in an outdoor venue with the reception in a beautiful party tent? We did! Brian and Lori, the people that run the Stone Manor Inn were professional, friendly, well accustomed to bringing together a wedding for a novice family. They showed us the beautiful venue, the inside of the manor, the different photographic areas (which are EVERYWHERE), the party tent, and the area outside where most people get married. Brian was well skilled in explaining the process of a wedding, sent us lots of help with caterers, flowers, bartending, cakes - the whole 9 yards. We were on a budget and he was able to help us stay within it. Brian and Lori made us feel like family and were always open to talk and answer questions, no matter how big or small. Brian had great advice and because I took it, I was able to enjoy a wonderful evening. The wedding was beautiful, the decor elegant and the feel of the evening quite sophisticated. We so appreciate all that Brian and Lori did to make the big day for our son a huge success.
stone manor was a BEAUTIFUL setting for our wedding reception. Brian in the begining was very kind and attentive-he made me feel very special and seemed very organized. His attitude did change after the wedding was over, he was a little rude to mother when she called and asked him about our things that was left behind at the venue.
It was the most beautiful day possible until exactly a half hour before our outdoor ceremony when a monsoon began. Brian had already taken the initiative to set up both the outdoor ceremony setting and the backup location within the reception tent. Seamlessly to me, all guests were ushered in with umbrellas and the whole bridal party was brought around from the manor to the covered entryway of the tent. From that point I never again even thought about the fact that it was raining because everything was still set up so well. The grounds of the house are absolutely beautiful so it was a shame to loose out on all those picture opportunities and miss the chance to have the guests enjoy cocktail hour on the back terrace/patio, but everyone complemented the site setup and had a really wonderful time despite the weather. We chose to use several of Stone Manor's recommended vendors, which worked very well since they are so used to collaborating with each other's staffs. I didn't have to worry about anything that was going on the entire wedding day and had plenty of confidence that it would all turn out beautifully, which it did. We plan to be back, hopefully to experience a fully sunny day at the Inn for our anniversary next year. Thanks Brian and Loree.
The grounds of Stone Manor were absolutely beautiful and the Manor itself was amazing. However, when we looked at the venue in the winter, the tent was not up. So my husband and I made the decision to go with the venue based on the grounds and manor assuming the tent would be the same caliber. I have to be honest that I was not a huge fan of the tent. So my only suggestion for couples is that if at all possible, see the tent before making your decision. This is not meant to deter anyone from visiting or selecting Stone Manor. Again, the grounds and manor are absolutely gorgeous. Many or even most couples might find the tent charming or just what they had hoped for. Our overall experience with the venue was great and we highly recommend them.
As for the service, Brian was top notch. He was responsive, professional, and extremely well-organized.
Our official review of Stone Manor would be several pages long! Brian & Loree are the best people to work with and plan a wedding with! Stone Manor was our first and final choice and as soon as we pulled in the entrance the first time we knew that it was the most special place to celebrate our special day. We received compliments from all of our guests (who were mostly all out of state) who said "how did you find this place!!??" Stone Manor is absolutely breathtaking no matter what the season is and the decor and overall presentation of the venue is pristine. I definitely recommend staying at Stone Manor, the rooms are gorgeous and the service is superior. The breakfast in the AM was delicious and the autumn foliage outside of our window was a great feature!
When we booked our wedding at the Stone Manor, many of our family & friends complained about the far ride all the way to Middletown. My husband and I had only 2 responses to these complaints. 1)"If our day is important for you to share with us, you will find a way to make it". 2) "When you get there, you won't be sorry"!
Bryan and his staff made this a wondeful journey for us throughout the planning process. On our day, staff was absolutely so amazing to us with their support.
Stone Manor was amazing in every way. Brian and his wife Lorie are so personable and truly want your wedding day to be special – they run Stone Manor. Brian made sure that every part of my wedding day was organized. The grounds of Stone Manor are breath taking. So many of my guest said that it was one of the nicest weddings they had ever been to. I could not have asked for a better place or a better staff to work with for my wedding. Thank you Brian and Lorie!
Stone Manor was an amazing venue for a wedding. Brian and Loree are helpful and flexible in their approach to running a wedding venue. Everything went smoothly!
AMAZING! Took care of every small detail-I would highly recommend them!
Beautiful , Amazing , Perfect !!! The Staff is friendly and helpful, but not in your face. The tent is a perfect blank canvas to express your personal style. They Coordinate your on site ceremony (rain plan and all) They also have separate Bride and Groom suites available to you most of your wedding day. The grounds make for some beautiful pictures.
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Frederick's premier destination!Stone Manor Country Club is a stunning setting for your special occasion.The 100 acre estate offers privacy,grandeur and ambiance for unsurpassed elegance.The stately manor, with manicured lawns, gardens, gazebo and tent can graciously accommodate events of all sizes.
- Price Range: $$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Outdoor Reception Area, Outside Caterers Allowed, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 350
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Country Club, Inn/B&B, Mansion/Historic Site, Unusual/Alternative
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2012