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The Conrad Botzum Farmstead

Akron, OH

Capacity: 151-200 PHONE

Amenities + Details

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Venue Capacity



Barn, Historic Venue, Loft

Wedding Categories

Food + Catering, Rentals + Equipment


Contact Info

3486 Riverview Rd, Akron, OH (330) 867-6681

Reviewed on 10/19/2017 Laura W

I have crossed this venue off my list after 1 day of communicating with Maureen and George. Please beware of this place if communication is important to you. The only way to reach them is by phone, which is lovely, if they held professional business hours. Instead, you have to... Read More call Maureen’s cell and hope to reach her. She took 5 hours to return my voicemail. George eventually emailed to inform me that “they do not discuss anything over the internet.” Meaning, email. So, if you want to play phone tag with George and Maureen all year trying to plan the most exciting day of your life, by all means. Hopefully this review prompts the owners to understand we live in an age when email is a form of credibility, necessity and most importantly, accountability.

Reviewed on 10/19/2017 Garry P

This place was absolutely perfect. George and Maureen were extremely helpful and helped us with every step of the process. Maureen is a seasoned veteran when it comes to weddings and she was able to plan for every aspect well ahead of time. They are friendly, easy to work... Read More with, and their property is amazing (and by far the most reasonably priced that we found).

Reviewed on 10/16/2017 Sarah W

We could not have asked for a better venue for our wedding! The grounds, facilities and people were all amazing. Maureen and George were absolutely essential to the success of our wedding day. They were wonderful to talk with and made sure all the details were addressed. Both... Read More went above and beyond to ensure everything was lined up and we didn’t have to worry about anything. They were just wonderful! The venue is a perfect option for a rustic barn wedding. The interior and exterior are so unique and beautiful they don’t require a lot of dressing. Would not have changed a thing about the venue and a big thank you to Maureen and George for making it all possible!

Reviewed on 10/04/2017 Ali W

If I could give the Conrad Botzum Farmstead and their wonderful owners six stars instead of five, I absolutely would. My husband and I are beyond thrilled with our choice to get married there and feel so blessed that we also got to know Maureen and George throughout the process,... Read More too. The venue is absolutely gorgeous and truly one of a kind. So many guests commented about how magical the space felt. We loved the open air concept and really couldn't have been happier with the barn and grounds. We opted to have a bonfire at the end of the night which was also a big hit, along with the fact that you can dance outside and truly enjoy NE Ohio's weather with such a unique experience. Our photos also came out beautiful and we know so much of that is the beauty of Botzum. Maureen and George were also such a high point for us. They were responsive, thorough and truly made us feel like we were part of their family. They were willing to work with us and happy to answer our questions throughout every step of the planning process. A big part of the charm of Botzum is them. Getting married at Botzum was one of the best choices we made in regards to our wedding. I know that we’ll look back at it fondly and I couldn’t recommend it more. This venue is one your guests won’t forget and will be talking about for weeks after. Ours still are!

Reviewed on 7/20/2017 Angela S

Our wedding day was perfect thanks to the Conrad Botzum Farmstead. Our guests raved about how beautiful the property was and our pictures are stunning! I am completely satisfied with all the services offered by this venue and I can't imagine getting married anywhere else.... Read More Super great experience.

Reviewed on 8/30/2016

Picturesque is the most positive thing to say about this place. The owners are HORRIBLE. The lady gave the bride conflicting information which wasted over an hour of getting ready time for the rest of the bridal party. It was appalling the way the owners were dressed for a... Read More fancy event such as a wedding. What made their outfit choices worse was they stayed and monitored the wedding and reception the whole time. They walk around and nag people, telling you what you can and can't do. Very intrusive to your entire event. One of the worst parts of the evening was the bugs. The owners never warned the bride and groom of the mosquitoes and never offered bug spray. Even the bride had huge bug bites on her back. We also had the venue paid for until 11:30 PM. Both the owners made the wedding party feel like we were being kicked out. The owners and crew started putting chairs and tables at 10:30 pm. I would recommend this place for pictures but would NEVER recommend it for an event!

Reviewed on 6/23/2016 Hannah U

Beautiful, rustic & intimate venue! Absolutely worth the few inconveniences in dealing with the owners. Pros: - Gorgeous property! Cannot speak enough to the natural beauty of the place. Plenty of different photo ops to capture your big day – both posed & candid. - Spacious... Read More barn with decent lighting options if natural daylight doesn’t cooperate. Plenty of room for guests, tables/seating, catering, gift table, photo booth, cake tables, etc. - There was a bonfire pit which was great as the night approached as well as a place for the smokers to be without ruining the vibe or air for everyone else! - Location was easy for everyone to find while still being far from the main roads & various city noises. ¬- Train tracks immediately in front of the property right next to the Botzum Trailhead/Towpath. A train did roll by & blew its whistle late during the reception. It was an unexpected & pleasant surprise that really added to the rustic, country ambiance but definitely could see it being a problem had our timeframe been different. - The end result was truly the most beautiful day filled with love, great memories & tons of fun. - Owners Maureen & George are two sincere & well-meaning people who really made me feel like they cared about us & our special day, despite having every weekend booked during wedding season. - Anytime I had a question or logistic issue Maureen had an answer or creative solution. I deferred to her a lot during the planning process & she truly made the actual day seamless & stress free. Cons: - They did not have a business website when I dealt with them which made planning & visualizing difficult. I had to resort to other people’s wedding pictures posted online. However, they have since added a website which looks great! - All planning was done over the phone which was difficult being 3 hours behind in LA. They also do not have call waiting or the ability to leave a voicemail if they were on the other line so occasionally I would call multiple times a day to no avail. However, this was months before the wedding day & as it got closer Maureen was seemingly more available to me. - A few times I was able to send emails but this was not our primary form of communication. - My biggest complaint is that other than their contract, there is not a document or resource to help guide you in planning at their venue. It would be so beneficial if they could put together a doc or webpage to list all of their rules, barn dimensions, fees for additional services, tips for planning, partnered businesses, etc. Every time I had a question or needed information for one of the other vendors I had to call Maureen for the answer, sometimes having to wait to hear back. - You must clean up all of your stuff at the end of the night with no flexibility to leave things for pick up the next morning. Understandably this is so that the wedding held on the next day has the same amount of time & space to set up – however, it makes for a messy & inconvenient pack up at the end of a very long day. Unfortunately, due to this rule & the chaotic nature of the rushed clean up job – my bouquet with an attached family heirloom diamond & my maid of honors bouquet got lost in the shuffle, never to be seen again. Overall & most importantly – my guests, husband & I all had an absolutely magical day that will never be forgotten! Knowing all of the issues & short comings I would STILL have my wedding here & recommend it to others.

Reviewed on 6/10/2016 Jennifer B

The barn was absolutely perfection. My dream wedding. Yes, it is a lot of work because you have to rent everything, BUT it is well worth it. The only major downfall was we had to have all of our "stuff" out after the reception. My parents had to stay and clean up and missed the... Read More after party. Other than that, the barn was beautiful and you simply cannot beat the view and the pictures. The property is gorgeous.

Reviewed on 11/02/2015 Erika R

To say that this was a difficult venue would be an understatement. This venue caused so much unnecessary stress, specifically because of the owners/property managers/staff. First of all, they do not use email, which is an obstacle when you're trying to coordinate with multiple... Read More vendors and can't remember what was specifically said/ordered. Additionally, every idea that I had was met with ridicule by the owner. She made me feel as though my ideas were stupid, and she would try to push her own ideas on me. Also, beware of the amount of rules, specifically regarding rental times. I had to pay thousands of dollars extra just to allow for ample set-up time. I also had to pay extra to bring in another caterer, because the list she imposes is not inclusive enough. It was also difficult to get a hold of her (One month before our wedding she was on vacation for 2 weeks, with apparently no one filling in for her). Thank goodness for our wonderful caterer who stepped in and ended up communicating with her the most and ironing out the details with her. On the day of our wedding as we drove up to the barn, we were met by a staff member yelling at us, stating that we had to, "Move the car immediately!! It cannot sit here!!" We had literally JUST been dropped off from our car to our wedding reception, and that is how we were greeted?! Of course the car was going to move, but we hadn't even gotten out of the car before we were yelled at. Additionally, my bridesmaids saw staff members drinking alcohol while "working." And don't even think about asking to leave anything on site until the next morning for pick up, because you will get yelled at. Thank goodness the venue was beautiful and everything we hoped for. It was the perfect wedding, but that was due to my wonderful friends who helped set-up, and our amazing caterer who was not affiliated with the barn. The people working at the Conrad Botzum Farmstead are a disaster and really need to get their act together.

Reviewed on 10/26/2015 MacKenzie P

After seeing some of the reviews on here, we felt compelled to share with you about our wedding experience at Conrad Botzum Farmstead. From the first phone call with Maureen, we would not have changed anything about our experience. George and Maureen were beyond helpful; they... Read More made us feel as though we were their only clients, even though they are fully booked every weekend during wedding season. Maureen did a great job communicating with us (we both lived out of state), and had every detail planned out and organized after we discussed and decided on them. Their main means of communication is via phone, which made it much more personable, and you see how involved and caring Maureen is. Sometimes she would just call to check in and see how we were doing. This was the first wedding in both our families, and thanks to Maureen we can honestly say we never felt overwhelmed or stressed during the 6 months of planning. Our wedding planning was fun, exciting, and a great build up to our big day. We did see on some of the reviews people not totally satisfied with their experience, which seemed to be partially due to expenses. Maureen is very straight forward and blunt with this from the get go. She does not sugar coat it, and she makes sure you know exactly what you’re getting for what prices. Your rental fee covers the cost of the barn and only the barn. You then you go through a specific rental company for the chairs, tables, glassware ect for additional costs. However, Maureen goes over numbers of what you want and need and then she organizes the whole process with the rental company. Trust me, she has this down to a science, and knows what she is doing! She also suggests some caterers but in no means pushes them on you. This venue is a historic barn, in the middle of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; it is a little slice of Heaven. However, it does take more planning and work to decorate than some other commercial venues, so you need to be prepared for this. George and Maureen clearly love what they do. Their goal is to make you have the most perfect day, one that you will never forget. All of our guests absolutely rave about the day, how beautiful, unique, and FUN it was. Many say it was the best wedding they’ve been to! We continue to keep in touch with George and Maureen, and owe them so much for helping provide us with the best first day as Mr. and Mrs., and we are forever grateful to them. We truly left our wedding day feeling as though George and Maureen are part of our family. If we could re-do our day, we would go nowhere other than Conrad Botzum Farmstead!


Reviewed on 8/26/2015 desiree r

They are so terrible to work with that we postponed the wedding and let them keep the deposit. They have tons of stupid rules, and are SUPER strict about them. They know nothing about technology(can't even email) and Nickle and dime you for every single small thing the possibly... Read More can. The "rules" are absolutely outrageous. You get a very strict 8 hours and can't split it up (ex: set up in the morning, since you have to set up yourself) and there was bat poop all over the ground when we went to see it. Maureen has a bad additude and they do not care about you as a person at all. Please believe me when I say they will make your day so much more work then it has to be!

Rustic Perfection

Reviewed on 7/05/2015 Christine P

We chose the Botzum Farm for our wedding because it was exactly the kind of venue we wanted – it really was the perfect site for us, as we envisioned a good old fashioned, laid back barn party. Based on the reviews of the farm, most people seem to love it, though there are a few... Read More who had less positive things to say. It seems as if the folks who weren’t thrilled with it had some unrealistic expectations. Please keep in mind this is a farm, and it’s a small family operation. If you’re looking for a high-end, formal ballroom or hotel-style venue, with everything on the premises already (e.g., food and bar service, all the tables, chairs, etc.), then the Botzum Farm is not for you. But if you’re seeking the most beautiful rustic setting for your wedding, then the Botzum Farm is it! Maureen and George Winkelmann are in charge of the farm, and they’re truly a pleasure to work with – you’d be hard-pressed to find more kind, helpful people (and I guarantee you will not receive the kind of personal services and care you get from them if you work with a hotel, ballroom or country club). When I first met with Maureen right before booking the farm, I knew immediately she would do a fantastic job. With the cost of renting the farm, you also get a wedding coordinator of sorts. Maureen is an expert at what she does, she is very knowledgeable and thorough and has a great attention to detail. Some reviewers have pointed out that there are additional charges associated with the farm; this is true (e.g., rentals of tables, chairs, linens, dinnerware; and a nominal fee applies if you want to pay the farmstead to set up all the tables, etc.), but there were no surprises since Maureen communicates all of this very clearly from the start (and it’s all specified in the contract). Also, if you check around with other farms, you will find exactly the same thing since they all tend to use outside vendors for rentals and none of them have on-site catering – so if you choose a farm for your wedding, you’re going to incur some a la carte charges. Maureen was a huge help throughout the nine months of planning leading up to our wedding, always available by phone to answer questions and provide guidance and recommendations. She put my mind at ease on many occasions (especially nice since we were doing all planning from Florida). George and Maureen were on site the day of our wedding to ensure set-up was completed properly and smoothly and that all our vendors could get in at the needed times. The greatest praise I have for them stems from a mishap on our wedding day. We hired a bus to transport our guests from the hotel to the venue, and unfortunately, the bus driver ran the bus off the road at the bottom of the driveway. George and Maureen and the farm staff all snapped into action to help get the issue resolved as quickly as possible and make sure our guests were safe; if not for Maureen and George, the incident would have been a huge mess. Without getting into all the specifics, they really went above and beyond in so many ways. By the time our wedding was over, we were feeling as if George and Maureen were part of our family. We loved the service we received, we LOVED this beautiful venue, and so did all our guests. Every one of them said it was the best wedding they had ever attended. I literally cannot say enough good things about our experience with the farm. If we had it to do all over again, we’d pick the Conrad Botzum Farm a hundred times over!!

Difficult Venue

Reviewed on 7/17/2014 Giovanna S

This venue proved to be very difficult. Although it was the most gorgeous venue and the day was perfect, all the planning leading up is difficult. The barn nickel and dimes you and do not tell you ahead of time the charges. In the end, they worked with me a little but it was so... Read More much of a headache. Be careful. Just know going into it that you will pay a lot for the little they provide and will get up-charged on everything.

Expect the unexpected

Reviewed on 6/09/2014 HEATHER

The venue itself is wonderful and unique. Be prepared to answer questions before they are never asked. Be very forth coming will ALL plans and ALL thoughts you have. It will save you stress in the long run

Beautiful Venue and Loving Staff

Reviewed on 7/29/2013 Tessa S

The staff are genuinely loving and supportive of their couples. You cannot find a more beautiful venue for a rustic wedding...the barn and atmosphere is truly an oasis!

beautiful yet stressful

Reviewed on 6/11/2013 Lexie H

it is hard to write anything bad about this place because it really is so very beautiful. my mom and my wedding planner really put the time in to details and perfection and that is what we got. honestly (and i can say this because i didn't do much of the planning) my wedding... Read More looked like it came right out of town and country. it was picture perfect. one thing to remember about this place is that it is someone's home. so as you can imagine if it was your home, you would want all of the stuff out of there the night of, you would want people gone by midnight, you would want to know everything that was happening, and you would have some non-negotiables. that is what this place is like. we had to bring EVERYTHING in. and you have to choose between 3 vendors for food. and you don't even have a choice on who brings your tables/linens, etc. but you have to pay for all of it. overall it was VERY STRESSFUL. like really really really really really stressful. the day before the wedding was terrible. but the wedding day was perfect. so if it is worth it to you to put WAYYYYYYYYY more time into this than you would have to put into a hotel or something than go for it. it will be as personal as you make it. also i will say that if you just want a bare bones gorgeous outdoor ceremony and barn reception than it probably won't be hard but we had 210 people, mason jars, trail mix bar, cupcakes, lemonade stand, old ford truck, old furniture vignettes, etc. so yeah, extremely stressful but worth it to me because it was exactly what I wanted my wedding to be and it was perfect and gorgeous and amazing.

Most Beautiful Wedding!

Reviewed on 6/23/2012 Kristen K

I will never forget October 23, 2010 beacuse that is the day my husband and I were married at the most conceivably beautiful place around - The Conrad Botzum Farmstead! From the moment I saw the farm, I knew there was no other place I would want our wedding to be. My husband... Read More agreed and that was that; we began planning. Right from the start, the owners of the farm were a tremendous help. I see that other reviewers said that they could be pushy and disagreeable, but I must disagree with that. They love the farm so much and want nothing more than to share it with others and give every bride (and groom) a day they'll never forget. I can honestly say I felt like a special bride. Their close attention to detail and careful condsideration was extremely appreciated. I felt that they were very accomodating and polite. I truly appreciated their help as they know their farm and what works there. On their recommendation we had an excellent caterer (Moes is awesome!) and they got us a great deal on the rental of tables and chairs (and we checked around for pricing). The staff at the farm went above and beyond being helpful. Any time I left a message, it was returned and no questions went unanswered. It was in our contract to set up and clean up, yet the owners helped us. We were truly grateful for their kindness. Also, yes a husband and wife team do run this business and I must say they really should make more money for all the work they put in to this. If you were thinking of getting a wedding planner and a hall and everything else that goes in to putting a nice wedding together, you'd be paying much more than you are paying Botzum and it wouldn't be half as nice. They are so helpful, not for the money, but because they truly love what they do. And they're great at it. If we could do it all over again, we would! Our wedding was spectacular and even now our friends and family tell us it's the best wedding they've ever been to. Thank you to the Winkleman's and Botzum for giving us our dream wedding!


Reviewed on 11/18/2011 Joanna B

Our experience with Botzum Farmstead is mixed. The actual site is amazing, and we LOVED having our wedding and reception there. We received nothing but praise and love for the venue and appreciated its simplicity but rustic feel. The only negative, for us, was dealing with... Read More the owner/property manager. She was a hard person to get a hold of, ever, as well as when you actually did get a hold of her, she was pushy and tried to do what she wanted. Every time I suggested something that we wanted to do specifically, she would find a way to discourage me, and I, and my husband, found it and her very VERY hard to deal with. Other than that, it was fine.

Beautiful, but run poorly...

Reviewed on 10/26/2011 Jackie S

Conrad is a gorgeous venue however I found it to be run very unprofessionally. The venue is run by a husband and wife team. The wife, who runs the business side of the venue, does not use email, so if you choose to use this venue keep a good record of EVERYTHING you discuss.... Read More Three weeks before the wedding she raised the prices of 'set up' and 'take down' that she had previously quoted to me months before. I had a record of what we discussed in detail and when I questioned her she was surprised that I thought it was unfair for her to raise the prices on me after we had already discussed them. Furthermore, the days before the wedding she called me multiple times mixing up the details of my wedding and confusing me with other brides. This was actually pretty stressful for us right before the wedding. The venue's staff at our event (that were supposed to be making sure our guests were safe) were drinking our alcohol, eating our food and standing around most of the night. One staff member was visibly drunk. Make sure to tell your bartender not to serve the staff. Also it was not in our contract that we were required to feed the staff, yet they had no problem eating an ample amount of our food. I had no problem with them eating, but even before our guests were served they were standing around with plates full of food...this is simply unnacceptable as they ate after the guests were served as well! If I knew we had to feed them 2and3 times I would have added that to our counts...There were other issues, but this is getting extremely long (sorry)! Basically it is just unfortunate that such a gorgeous venue is run so unprofessionally. In addition to this, just an FYI to brides, I was told that 160 people could comfortably fit inside the barn. We ended up with less than 140 and it was TIGHT. Also, even though they will tell you it is not an issue, consider buying LED lights for the path to the parking area because you cabnot see, and citronella candles for the bugs. Our wedding was beautiful, but we could have done without the headaches. There were no reviews of this venue when I was researching them, so I hope this will help future brides make an educated decision!