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The Onteora Mountain House is both a bed-and-breakfast and one of the premier wedding locations in the Catskill Mountains. Located in Boiceville, New York, eight miles form the famous town of Woodstock and approximately two hours from New York City, The Onteora Mountain House was the summer home of Richard Hellman of mayonnaise fame. The house is set on a ridge in a 250-acre mountain preserve overlooking the Esopus Valley. There are two main wedding venues are offered at The Onteora Mountain House.
The Great Room of the home has a beautiful chancel ceiling and an imposing stone fireplace. The Great Room measures 40-by-20 feet and has large windows that capture the view of the valley below and surrounding ridges.
The Outdoor Covered Dining Deck is a 40-foot dining deck that wraps around the Great Room and provides stunning views of the mountains and valley. The deck is set with Adirondack-style furnishings and uses rustic log supports as the foundation for the deck.
The Great Room and The Dining Deck are offered together as a package. A covered pavilion is also included in the package. The minimum guest limit is 100 and the maximum recommended guest limit for the home and its venues is 200 guests.
Other smaller sites on the property would be ideal for an intimate ceremony including a charming twig gazebo, a terrace and a balcony. A lower-level game room offers a site for guests to lounge and relax. Paths wander throughout the estate providing beautiful backdrops for wedding photos.
What You Should Know
Two basic wedding packages exist at The Onteora Mountain House: the Saturday Package and the Sunday Package. Catering services including food, alcohol, equipment and staff, for both of the wedding packages is provided by the venue. The bride and groom provide a wedding manager, floral arrangements, band or DJ, decor for tables and a photographer.
The Saturday Wedding Package consists of time from Friday afternoon until Sunday Afternoon. The entire house with seven bedrooms is included in this option. This wedding and reception package requires a minimum of 100 guests and comes with a six-hour block of time on Saturday. Breakfast is included on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The Sunday Wedding Package is similar in content to the Saturday option, except for time. The estate belongs to the couple from 1 p.m. on Sunday for a six-hour time block. Room reservations for the evening may be arranged as required. The bridal suite is included for the day. The minimum count for this option is 80 guests.
If the couple has additional family or guests that require overnight accommodations, several bed-and-breakfast houses are available in the area. Weekday weddings are a possibility, however, no weddings are scheduled on Fridays. Only one wedding at a time is held at the estate. The Onteora Mountain House hosts weddings from May through October.
Of special note at The Onteora Mountain House are the following:
- A sauna is included
- A professional pool table is in the game room
- A koi pond is located on the grounds
- Woodstock offers entertainment options
- Nearby golf courses
- Farmers' markets are within easy access
From the Vendor
A Catskill Mountain Retreat
Onteora's trademark is the "Weekend Wedding Experience." Want an autumn noon wedding? A summer afternoon wedding? A spring sunset wedding? All are possibilities at Onteora. Seven guest rooms for two nights are included. Options available are rehearsal dinners and expanded Sunday brunches.
Amenities + Details
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$$ – Moderate
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Food + Catering, Planning, Service Staff