The Inside Scoop
FROM THE KNOT EDITORS
The First Look
Fern Hall is a gorgeous historic bed and breakfast, restaurant and golf course located on Crystal Lake in Clifford Township, Pennsylvania. Situated on 117 acres of beautiful woodlands, Fern Hall truly has something for everyone. Rolling hills, a picturesque lake and lush golf course surround the stunning inn. Fern Hall offers couples a beautiful backdrop for planning the wedding of their dreams, whether plans include a festive backyard country wedding or an elegant tented affair. Fern Hall is the ideal destination wedding celebration and hosts up to 200 guests on its property.
The grounds where Fern Hall sits have a rich history of their own, having been sold to Samuel Meredith, the first treasurer of the United States, in a deal that was made by Benjamin Franklin. It ended up in the hands of the Johnson family of the familiar household name Johnson & Johnson. Fern Hall was built by James Johnson in 1916 as the family’s country retreat.
The Inn. Guest accommodations at Fern Hall Inn are beautifully decorated in tasteful styles and each is named after people important to the history of the property, including one called ‘The Benjamin Franklin Room." Some of the seven guest rooms offer private or semi-private balconies that overlook stately Elk Mountain. Couples often use the guest rooms for bridal party and groomsmen dressing areas and for after the reception accommodations.
Boat House. Ideal for smaller parties such as cocktail hour or rehearsal dinners, the boat house has a beautiful lakeside location with a dock and wraparound porch. This welcoming space is highlighted by a huge stone fireplace, an ideal spot for an intimate ceremony.
The Grounds. From the classic stone exterior of the inn and the rustic boat house, to the rambling green golf course and country lanes surrounding the property, there is no bad spot to stage stunning photos. Ceremonies are generally held out on the lush manicured lawn, either tented or not.
What You Should Know
Fern Hall’s restaurant acts as the in-house caterer for events, offering a variety of reception options. Couples love the choices offered and work with the staff to create a menu that satisfies their tastes and budget restrictions. Couples have a choice from plated, buffet, family-style or cocktail receptions.
Couples rest easy knowing so many amenities come with their rental of Fern Hall, including:
- A beautiful bridal suite
- Chairs, tables, linens, glassware, china and flatware
- Cake cutting service
- Open bar
The management of Fern Hall is focused on helping each couple that chooses this lovely venue to create the most memorable wedding day possible with the least amount of stress. They love what they do and take pride in turning wedding dreams into reality. Other perks offered at Fern Hall Inn include:
- Open year-round with each season offering spectacular photo opportunities
- Wonderful Elk Mountain nearby for skiing in season
- Complimentary continental breakfast for guests of the inn
From the Vendor
Classic Country Elegance, Breathtaking Views
Historic Fern Hall, located on 117 acres in Northeastern Pennsylvania, is home to our Restaurant, Bed & Breakfast and Golf Course. The main residence and the boat house sit on the serene shores of Crystal Lake. The house was built as a country estate in 1916 by the Johnson & Johnson Family, of pharmaceutical fame. Surround yourself with the family warmth and hospitality of Fern Hall that has been enjoyed by generations. In addition to a beautiful outdoor backdrop overlooking Elk Mountain and our award winning Golf Course, Fern Hall Inn also offers countless elegant elements and amenities for your wedding! Also check us out for Engagement Parties, Bridal Showers, Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Rehearsal Dinners and Farewell Brunches!
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Backyard, Garden, Estate, Historic Venue, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Tents, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
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Meet The Manager
Mary has been the Innkeeper at Fern Hall Inn since 2008. Mary is just as much of a gem as Fern Hall itself. She will be sure to make your wedding day everything you have dreamed about from start to finish. Detail oriented with professional knowledge and experience, Mary will be your "right hand gal" while planning your wedding at Fern Hall!