About this Vendor
Voted Best Wedding Reception Venue
Romance awaits you on Dr. William and Cara Bell's beautiful English country Estate . The pink sandstone Victorian Manor has views of Pikes Peak, surrounded by lush lawns, gazebos, and a stream running through property creating a storybook setting for your ceremony and reception. Our award-winning chefs will prepare a memorable meals while our attentive staff makes you and your guests feel like royalty. There are nine private rooms for rehearsal dinners, birthdays, anniversaries and more. And its all just minutes from the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak and downtown Colorado Springs.
Amenities + Details
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$$ – Affordable
Ballroom, Historic Venue, Restaurant, Tented
Food + Catering
They were fantastic. They were sweet, attentive, sand willing to change course on a moments notice.
Awesome venue, Jennifer was great!Reviewed on 7/10/2012 Erin G
Reception was beautiful, everything went as planned. Our coordinator, Jennifer, was priceless. She kept on top of everything and helped keep us organized.
Best Venue!Reviewed on 10/18/2011 Kelly H
The coordinator of the Briarhurst, Alison, is so accomodating. I met with her countless times, changed my mind tons of times, and she worked with me happily every step of the way. She took care of every detail and made the room more beautiful than I had imagined it would be. The cost was decent because it included everything (food, cake, alcohol, decorations, etc.). Not only that, but when my new husband and I got locked out of our car and started walking to our hotel in our finest, Alison got in her car to find us and drove us there! She really cared about our wedding and made everything perfect.
The ceremony site was gorgeous. Very green, lush, and perfect for our tiny wedding. We had a little gazebo that we stood right in front of and it made for really pretty pictures. Overall the ceremony area couldn't have been more perfect. The reception area also was amazing. Very antique-like since this is a manor from way back before Colorado Springs really became a town. It made for really gorgeous pictures and setting. The food was actually a bit disappointing, but the service was fantastic and easy. I didn't really have to do much except set up centerpieces and place cards, as well as my ceremony sand stuff... it was super simple. The only reason I removed a star was because I wish we could choose the length of time we would like the place for. 6 hours was not enough, unfortunately and they charged $500 for each half hour we went over, so we made sure to stick to just the 6 hours... I was really disappointed in that part because the eating and mingling while we took pictures took the majority of the time and we didn't really have time to party at all... There was no celebrating with more drinks. I was actually disappointed I didn't get to drink more due to how short our wedding was. Otherwise, I would absolutely recommend the Briarhurst as a wedding ceremony and reception venue. I truly enjoyed my wedding day.
My husband and I recently got married at The Briarhurst Manor and all I can say is WOW!!! We are speechless. We found this venue over the internet. The reviews were pretty good and so much was included so we booked it without seeing it. We live in Florida so when we had a chance we came out to do cake tasting and so on and omg this place is beautiful. The food is to die for. We eneded up having our rehearsal dinner here also in the Palmer Room!!! The price is so reasonable... Not even fair actually compaired to the service and food. There were even deer hanging around during the wedding. Our planner Allison.... Im really not sure there are words to describe how amazing she was. I still tear up thinking about her and everytime i turned around, she was always there to make sure my family and our guests were happy. We were so nervous and Allison just made it happen. Our wedding was so intimate, and beautiful. We truly couldn't have dreamed of a better wedding. Allison felt like part of the family. She def. Outdid herself. I would reccommend Allison and the Briarhurst Manor ten times over. The staff was also so attentive and amazing, even patient when dealing with drunkin guests. We cant thank you enough. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank you. We cant wait to come back for our anniversary every year. This is the nost beautiful venue with amazing people❤❤❤❤
We had a beautiful ceremony and reception at Briarhurst in the drawing room and gazebo. Janice did a fabulous job showing the property, customizing our event, and giving us tips on how to create a magical evening. We had 20 people present and the drawing room fit our party with lots of room to spare including a sweetheart table and cake table. We did the six course dinner. We had a modified custom menu and everything was delicious. The chef was accomodating with our food allergies and preferences. The servers explained every course and gave us time to enjoy each bite. The best part was the cake (which is included in all wedding packages). We did our tasting and final walk through with Janice in one sitting which was convienent for our busy schedule. The in house cake baker helped us design a gorgeous cake. We had a Strawberry cake with fresh strawberry filling, chocolate with chocolate buttercream, and a lemon cake with lemon buttercream swirled with fresh raspberry filling. And she will remake the top layer on one year anniversary (no charge!). The whole day went off without a hitch! I love that they have several sites available depending on size of wedding. The cost was under $100 per person including ceremony and reception, six course dinner, linens, house centerpieces, servers, wine, champagne and add ons. I have found that to be very competitive with other local venues. The Manor is historical, beautiful, and nestled on the quiet east side of town. The town of Manitou Springs is unique and great for guests. There are plenty of places to stay and eat to make the weekend complete. I highly recommend this venue, especially for smaller intimate weddings.
Our wedding couldn't have been any better. The food was great. The ceremony and reception was incredible. My cakes made by Carol with Creative Cakes were delicious. Janice helped us plan our wedding to be exactly the way we imagined. She helped us budget as well. This venue is wonderful.
Just Perfect!Reviewed on 10/27/2014 Jennifer R
Everyone at the Briarhurst Manor was so kind and helpful. They made sure all our requests were taken care of before and on the day of our wedding. The food was delicious according to all the guests and the servers were accommodating. We hired a band and they sounded great in the ballroom and there was plenty of room for guests to dance. As the bride everything turned out perfect and I couldn't have done it better by myself!
Beautiful VenueReviewed on 10/03/2014 Jennifer N
When I first started looking for a venue, I wanted something with a great value - nothing too pricey, but we had a little money saved up for a nice wedding. The Briarhurst turned out to fit our exact budget. I would caution other brides to be aware of those "hidden" fees - the Briarhurst does have a service fee of 22-27% that tacks onto not just their services, but the vendors you bring in... DJ, photographer, videographer, etc.). I'm sure this was gone over in our very agreement signing, but a year later when I'm paying for my non-Briarhurst vendors, and seeing that additional 6/5 of cost being billed, I wasn't too happy. Nevertheless, the scenery was worth it. Janice was very accommodating for most changes we wanted. At times, you could tell she was agitated (like on my wedding day when I saw her and she didn't smile as soon as she saw me.... Yeah, that was unpleasant). But I'm sure dealing with dozens of brides is not an easy job. The banquet hall was very spacious and didn't need a ton of additional decorations - just loved the draping pearls and satin! The only true draw-back from the Briarhurst was the wedding cake... It was mandatory to use the Briarhurst's in-house cake baker - Carol. Carol is such a wonderful woman, and was very nice during our tasting. She wrote out what I wanted and the cake itself was to die for! However, when I saw my wedding cake the day of... I was embarrassed. Sadly, there is no other way to put it. The execution on the plan was terrible. It looked as though a child had colored on it =( Even the wait staff we're asking my wedding party what was going on! Carol attempted to fix it after we brought up our disgust with it, but there wasn't much we could do with a buttercream icing. The Briarhurst did refund us for most of the cake and gave us a gift certificate for their restaurant, which was nice. Given that the cake was delicious, I guess all was forgiven in the end! Just don't go with an ombre cake ;) Best of wishes to other brides!
Worth every pennyReviewed on 6/11/2014 Jennifer R
We held our ceremony and reception at the Briarhurst. The setting is gorgeous, the venue is the perfect size (not too big, not too small), and the food was delicious! We sometimes felt that the Briarhurst's communication with us could have been better, and found ourselves worrying whether all of the details would be taken care of. In the end though, everything was perfect and the Briarhurst came through in every way! It was a beautiful, magical venue for our wedding, and the Briarhurst surpassed all of our expectations.
A Wonderful DayReviewed on 11/07/2013 Kathi K
We had a very special day because of the expertise that everyone gave us at the Briarhurst. The setting was gorgeous of course but because of the professional staff and expert wedding planner our daughters big day was perfect. One compliment that was said through out the evening was that the food was more like a fine dining evening at a nice restaurant rather than the usual wedding fare! The chef was great!!! Every time we drive by the Briarhurst my husband and I smile-great memory and fun evening for all. Would recommend the Briarhurst to everyone, for a romantic dinner or a big reception!
Nice placeReviewed on 9/18/2013 Sara H
They did a great job helping us make the day organized and very nice. They end up charging for everything, which is normal of vendors, but it adds up! It was an extra $9 per person for cake and you are required to use specific vendors associated with the Briarhurst.
motherofthebrideReviewed on 9/14/2013 Reyne P
This is a fabulous location for a wedding reception. They were very accommodating and made it easy to plan a reception. It was wonderful to have them do all the decorating, set up, tear down, cooking and serving. We just had to show up and enjoy ourselves. It was as low stress as planning a wedding can be. The staff were friendly. The service was excellent. The food was amazing. We had cocktails on the outdoor terrace prior to dinner. The ballroom is very elegant. We felt like royalty. I like the Victorian atmosphere and the outdoor twinkle lights. Endless opportunity for fabulous wedding pictures. As far as the cost, you pay for what you get and I didn't mind paying to be pampered a bit and not have to work at my daughters wedding.
Beautiful venue, overall positive experienceReviewed on 7/23/2013 Laura T
Briarhurst was very reasonably priced comparative to other venues of similar caliber. The staff are very nice and seemed to go out of their way to ensure your day was just as you imagined it to be. They are very accessible during the planning process. The only complaint I have about this venue is their policy regarding outside vendors. Briarhurst requires that all vendors(photographers, videographers, photobooths, DJ's, etc) carry a million dollars of liability insurance and require that the vendor enter in contract directly with the Briarhurst-most weddings the vendors enter in contract directly with the bride/groom. This created a problem because many vendors did not want to work with the Briarhurst due to problems with the vendors receiving their money timely. On top of that, they are were not very forthcoming with me about this policy. This policy made it very difficult for me to find a photographer within my specifications and budget. Due to this difficulty and stringent policy, I provided this venue with 4 out of 5 stars. Otherwise, I would have given 5 out of 5.
Beautiful, Easy, and AffordableReviewed on 8/22/2012 Amber P
We had a beautiful August Wedding out on the West Wing Terrace. Janice our event planner was a great help. I never felt stressed or that the event was not being taken care of while my Banquet Captian Steve took care of us all evening.
AmazingReviewed on 7/13/2012 Jessica S
Briarhurst Manor was such a joy to work with. They did everything so amazing. Unfortunately, due to the Waldo Canyon fire, Manitou was evacuated the same day as our wedding. So we did not get to do our wedding there, but Briarhurst is such an amazing place. The food is so wonderful, the scenery is spectacular, and the staff is amazing! If you book your wedding here, you will not be disappointed at all!! I recommend this amazing place so much!!
BriarhurstReviewed on 12/09/2011 Cassadi D
Way over Priced and very small.
Good foodReviewed on 10/20/2011 Taylor S
but not enough time to eat. The Briarhurst does great helping you to choose your menu and works with your budget creating items that will be tasty and appealing.
Very nice venue!Reviewed on 10/04/2011 Miriam J
Loved the area in general, and had a great time! My wedding ran so smoothly. Was easy to get a hold of and plan my wedding with. Only down part was the costs kept adding up, and the vendors I chose had to have $1 million in liability insurance so they got expensive as well. Other than that the area was gorgeous and everyone had a great time. I definately reccomend them!
Beautiful venue, great foodReviewed on 8/23/2011 Amy P
The Briarhurst is great for a lovely outdoor wedding. The planning process with our assigned coordinator was a little frustrating - it seemed she never wrote down anything we discussed and would ask me the same questions over and over again. But on the wedding day everything went smoothly and was great. The food was fantastic and the staff attentive. I felt like the reception was a bit rushed. The only downside: I thought the hors'douvres were way overpriced - a dozen for more than the price of our plated meal. Otherwise, I thought the prices were fair and that they were the best priced overall package for the money. We really wanted to keep everything simple: ceremony and reception in the same location, caterer, bar, linens, china - all of that was taken care of by the Briarhurst and made our lives much simpler by doing it this way. Bottom line - would highly recommend the Briarhurst!
ManorReviewed on 8/10/2011 Skyla L
This location is nice but expensive. I feel like they want to charge you for every little thing. We wanted to decorate ourselves and they don't allow this and charges for it. But is very pretty
Cheap and fabulousReviewed on 8/07/2011 Alicia G
I love the briarhurst they were very helpful and their service is quality.
The PlaceReviewed on 7/01/2011 Angela L
Absolutely georgous outside venue!
Great place to get married!Reviewed on 6/30/2011 Annalyse M
My husband and I wanted an "intimate" mountain wedding where we had creative control over everything, but didn't have to start from scratch (having to rent tables, linens, etc). Since the Briarhurst is a restaurant but also a wedding venue, it was the perfect happy medium for us. We had the creative control to make decisions that truly made it our day, but I loved the fact that I didn't have to think about those details the day of the wedding. Our coordinator, Alison Moreno, was absolutely fabulous! She remembered not only who we were but our specific details, and worked to accommodate everything we wanted. She was there the day of the wedding and worked closely with us to make sure that everything went smoothly. The service was great, the food better than I could've hoped for, and the overall day perfect! I would recommend the Briarhurst to anyone looking for a low-stress, peaceful, intimate mountain wedding. We couldn’t be happier with the memories of our wedding day!
Great food!Reviewed on 6/16/2011 Rachel C
I picked this venue because I was 99% sure I would at least get good food, and I was right. The people there are very experienced with weddings and it showed. They don't have all the amenities (the place they provide to get ready is just a women's bathroom) and they don't have a sound system on the patio, but all in all a beautiful location. The coordinator lady is a little wacky but very nice...