Book Your Wedding with The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres
A BACKYARD IN FREEPORT, PA
Nestled away in Freeport-Pittsburgh area, The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres is truly a hidden gem for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Dating back to the 1970's, this stunning, classic estate house has had several remodels and updates to offer the perfect mansion experience, combining classically elegant architecture with sleek modern amenities. The Tuscan-style mansion is decked out in sophisticated vintage-inspired decor, boasting 32 genuine crystal chandeliers, a stunning three-story spiral staircase and a warm, gold color palette evoking Old Hollywood glamor. Intricate wood work and high vaulted ceilings complement opulent features like private whirlpool baths, oversized plush furniture and canopy king beds.
A prime attraction is the estate's vast, immaculate grounds. Guests enjoy exploring 13.5 acres of expertly manicured gardens, complete with shaped hedges, seasonal blooms, a cascading waterfall, babbling brook and rich green ponds. The tranquil space is full of vibrant colors and natural beauty—the perfect backdrop for breathtaking first-look photography. Vows are exchanged in a charming 15-foot-tall gazebo, intimately hidden among the garden's greenery, followed by a relaxed outdoor reception for up to 300 guests. A spacious wedding-white tent is glammed up for the occasion, adding chandeliers and luxurious table settings to the relaxed garden scenery.
What You Should Know
A nonrefundable deposit of 50 percent is required upon signing the Wedding Venue Contract to secure an event date. Wedding rehearsals are encouraged and the estate house can be reserved for rehearsal dinners pending availability. Due to local sound ordinances, all events, music and other loud noise must end by 11 p.m. and should be planned accordingly. The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres is a BYOB facility and does not serve any alcohol, but allows hire of a professional bartender or alcohol to be consumed at guests' responsible discretion.
Pyrotechnics, sparklers and other flammables are not permitted on the grounds, but decorative candles can be used if safely encased in glass (for example, glass lanterns). Guests can throw birdseed or blow bubbles for traditional wedding and reception farewells, but never inside. Rice, confetti, flower petals, balloons and glitter are not permitted. All wedding decorations must not leave a mark, hole or any other damage to any part of the venue or equipment, therefore tape, wire and screws are not permitted.
- Full access to the extensive garden grounds including stone patios, fountains and more
- Luxury amenities available to hotel guests (whirlpool bath tub, pool facilities, bocce court, library, flat screen TVs)
- Bridal changing room
- Full assistance in wedding planning and organization
- Customizable event packages and ceremony details
From the Vendor
Exquisite Wedding Venue/Bed & Breakfast
A fairytale weekend of your own design northeast of the city of Pittsburgh. Its beautiful Mansion with picturesque scenery, a perfect wedding venue for elegant, formal and intimate weddings. Celebrate your wedding ceremony on any of the 13 acres, followed by a reception on the tented tennis court.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Backyard, Ballroom, Castle, Historic Venue, Hotel, Mansion + Estate, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Tents, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff
Where do I begin? My dream, my "'Fairytale In The Woods" came true because of the wonderful team of Melanie, Tom and there rest of their family/staff. The first question is always where is this place? And you may have the feeling of how much longer to we get there.... and then you arrive!!!! The estate itself is magnificent, the grounds are very well kept and then you walk around and there is no where else like it! From the inside to the outside there are so many spots for exploring, fun, pictures and amazing memories! It's a unique experience not only because of the Estate itself but because of the people who run it! Melanie, feels like family to me and her dedication to each bride and making that day as special as she can is something you will never find at a hotel or the popular "barn spots". The tent will take your breathe away, its ceiling lined with silk draping and chandlers and then the outside openness to it its so incredible and relaxing. Everyone said I was the happiest bride they had ever seen! One because I married an amazing, wonderful man, but two because of Melanie, I had no worries as she made sure things were as we discussed. Oh, and bonus you get to stay in the most gorgeous bed and breakfast. There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe the happiness that was fulfilled on our wedding day because of the beautiful place and all the amazing/talented people that make it run! We can wait to go back on our anniversary stay next year! Thank You! Love, The Newmans ! ;) We are #happilyevernewman
My husband and I were married here on Sept. 16 and had a wonderful experience from the moment we signed our contract. We were looking for an outdoor location in the Pittsburgh area that was not overly rustic, and was large enough to accommodate 300 guests comfortably. This venue offers an atmosphere that is elegant, yet comfortable with a refined charm that's far from stuffy - a rare balance to strike, but the Grand Estate does it unbelievably well! Many of our guests commented that it was the among the most beautiful weddings they've ever attended from the charming simplicity of the gazebo and the elegance of the sparkling chandeliers in the reception tent. While of course we wanted a beautiful wedding ceremony space and a large but still elegant reception space, it was also just as important to us that our guests enjoyed their entire experience - and we definitely achieved that here! Melanie and Tom were extremely supportive throughout the planning process and beyond. As a bride who's used to taking care of every little detail for myself and everyone else around me, it was such a pleasure (and a relief!) to know that Melanie and her staff anticipated every possible need during our wedding weekend. We loved staying at the house and opened it up also to our immediate family, including our young nieces and nephews. Melanie, Tom, Aaron, Jericha and the entire staff were so accommodating and welcoming to all of our family members from the moment we walked in the door on Friday to prepare for rehearsal. We booked the venue 14 months in advance, and while there were many, many phone calls and emails exchanged during that time, Melanie was always extremely understanding and thorough and made me feel like my calls were always welcomed, no matter how minor my questions were. She and her staff were reliable and always approachable - something that's extremely valuable for a busy bride! I recommend this venue for anyone looking for an elegant, tranquil and truly one of a kind wedding experience.
The Grand Estate was absolutely INCREDIBLE for our wedding day. Melanie, Tom, Alli, and the rest of the staff were so accommodating and it is absolutely GORGEOUS. Our guests still cannot stop talking about the venue. We held our ceremony in the back gazebo outside. The landscaping, flowers, and area were impeccable. The staff got all of my wedding party prepared and made the ceremony seamless and beautiful. Even things that we forgot or were not prepared for, they were prepared for, had options, and were always willing to go above and beyond to make everything perfect. We held our reception in the tent on the grounds. It is beautiful with the chandeliers, lighting, and was set up perfectly to our tastes. They simply know how to do weddings, accommodate to bride, grooms, and families. We used many of their preferred vendors, who were all exceptional. I wholeheartedly recommend you look at The Grand Estate for your wedding. I promise the experience will be worth it and it will make your wedding perfect and memorable :)
There isn't a single negative thing I can say about this venue and its staff. Our wedding was more than I could have ever asked for, and I'd pick this venue a thousand times over if I could. I felt like royalty throughout my rehearsal dinner and reception.
The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres could not have been any better as a wedding venue. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous, and the tent area for the reception is truly beautiful. Melanie and Tom, who run the venue, are absolutely wonderful. They are extremely receptive to any concerns you may have, and their experience is evident when dealing with them. During our first look, our photographer was stung by a bee and when we went back up to the house Melanie was aware it happened and was waiting with ice and medicine. One of our cousins had a broken leg and the estate made sure to bring out the golf cart to drive her from the ceremony site to the reception. These are just two examples of how accomodating and well prepared Melanie and Tom are. As a wedding coordinator, Melanie was incredible and although everyone can be a bit anxious on their wedding day, Melanie made us feel relaxed for the big day! We highly recommend booking the venue for multiple days as well. We had our rehearsal dinner at the venue next to the pool located by the guest house, and this created a very fun atomosphere to calm nerves the day prior to the wedding! The estate house is roomy and comfortable, and the bridal suite is nothing short of magical. Our wedding was more perfect than we could ever have dreamed, and The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres deserves a huge part of the credit. We recommend The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres with 100% confidence! Thanks Melanie and Tom!!
My daughter Jessica's wedding was 10/7/17, it was like a fairy tale come true. Mel, Tom their family and staff were wonderful! They treated us like family. Mel even cried when she saw my daughter in her dress for the 1st time, which made my husband cry : ) My daughter and her husband had their "1st look" down by the pond on the bridge before the ceremony and they took the bride down in a golf cart. There was no detail left undone. The tent was so beautiful with the chandeliers and lights. I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful venue. The grounds were so pretty and the out door pictures were spectacular. I was worried about small things getting done, and Mel told me to let her know what she could do to help, so I gave her my list. She took care of my details plus others I didn't even think of! We could not have asked for anything more perfect. This venue exceeded our expectations!
The Grand Estate was the most perfect wedding venue! We cannot say enough positive things about our experience there. We had the entire estate from noon on Friday until checkout on Sunday morning, after the wedding, making the rehearsal and day of getting ready so easy and convenient for everyone! The owners, Mel and Bill, were absolutely wonderful to work with and were very invested in our ceremony (just like it was one of their own children). They did everything they could to make sure we had our dream wedding, and we sure did! Thank your for everything!
My husband and I got married there on July 8th and I couldn't say better things about the Grand Estate. It was simply the perfect venue, the first and only venue we looked at because we knew it was the one. From the day we chose it, Melanie and Tom have been unbelievably helpful and always there to answer our questions up to a perfect rehearsal dinner and a perfect wedding. Our guests were in awe from the beauty of the place. My husband and I cannot wait for our anniversary to go back and experience the B&B again. Thanks again to the Grand Estate and their staff for truly making our wedding the most memorable day of our lives!
Held my wedding and reception here, and Melanie and her staff were there to guide us every step of the way, so no wedding planner is even needed! The grounds were beautiful, the rooms immaculate, and every detail was noticed by the staff. Melanie was there to put pins in my hair to keep the veil on, and drove us down to the pond in her golf cart. The staff put rose petals in the shape of a heart on our bed, and they made sure that everything and everyone was in the right place at the right time throughout the whole day and into the late night. There are a LOT of rules, but the wedding went off as perfectly as it could have been! A huge thank you to The Grand Estate and everyone working there!
My son’s wedding We want to start our review by saying that I’m surprised how the people who own this place are having good ratings regarding the wedding venue. The parents of the bride picked the venue and our son gave us the impression that it is a great venue where he is going to have the fairytale wedding. The wedding is supposed to take place on April 21, 2018. Even though it is going to be still cold to have this wedding under a tent, still we didn’t complain about it to make our son happy. Finally, 2 weeks ago, my son and his fiancée took me to see the venue. I was ok with it and I understand that they are both excited about decorating it and stuff, I respected what they wanted. I saw two small trailers at the time facing the venue. I didn’t pay lots of attention at them. I had to take my husband the following day to see the venue. I thought we were allowed finally to check the place where my first born is going to get married. I took him inside the tent with the approval on an old lady thinking she is the housekeeper. We found out later that she is the mother in law of the owner. Then, I realized why she was rude to me when I asked her to remove the two containers; actually, there was a third single blue container too. It happens that these containers are the toilets, one for women and one for men. The single one was a handicapped one. They are so narrow. Each holds two commodes and one sink. I didn’t even ask if the toilets flush, which I think they don’t. I was so surprised that I couldn’t believe my eyes. They were filthy from the inside. They claimed afterwards that they are not clean because they had a wedding the day before. The problem is that me and my husband couldn’t believe that there is going to be 250 guests as we thought at the wedding using only four commodes in a 7 hour reception. We couldn’t help thinking about the sanitary condition. The old lady was so rude to me when I was surprised about it and I was upset that the way she dealt with me and finally I told her that it is not a picnic, it is a wedding. My husband called the venue the following day to offer extra money for us to let at least some of our guests use the guest house or the mansion’s bathrooms that we are renting for the night before since we were hosting the rehearsal dinner at the venue…The mansion anyway is being used as bed and breakfast. He offered to pay somebody to clean these bathrooms frequently during the event in case one toilet is clogged or somebody throws up in the other one. They refused. So, my husband thought we might communicate with these people whom we never met and find a solution to this mess. Instead, the owners by the name of Melanie and Tom, whom I believe became very good friends with the bride’s parents, refused to communicate with us and threatened to break the contract if we ever visit the place before the wedding or even complain and they set rules on us that it will be strictly enforced that no one including us can use the guest house or the bed and breakfast bathrooms during the 7 hour ceremony. We are not going to our son’s wedding who just turned 23 on September 1 because of how bad is the sanitation and because of the owners attitude.
The Grand Estate was the absolute perfect venue we were looking for. We wanted an outdoor wedding but of course needed a good rain plan for back up and they were completely prepared for both scenarios. The outdoor reception tent is unlike anY other tent I have seen before. Lights and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and absolutely beautiful. And the mansion itself is extremely well kept and so beautiful. We felt like a royal family staying the night there! The staff were incredible from the moment we set foot on the property until we left, any request was met with ease! They provided both our venue and acted as our day of coordinator, which made such a big difference! They made our wedding absolutely flawless and a dream come true! We cannot thank them enough for the amazing day they gave us!
The Grand Estate is amazing! Not only is it a beautiful venue, but very cost effective and bypassed a lot of logistical headaches for guests and the wedding party. One of my favorite things about it was that our whole wedding party was able to stay at the venue the night before and after the wedding. That meant instead of seeing everyone for a just a few hours at the wedding, we got to spend the whole weekend with family. There were no complicated logistics to deal with. The guests too did not need to relocate after the ceremony. We also had a beautiful rehearsal dinner around the pool at the estate. The grounds, the accommodations, and the reception tent were all phenomenal. The staff, especially Melanie and Tom, put so much heart and attention into every detail of the wedding. I was so impressed with the extent to which they were hands on and kept things moving without a hitch. We even had to relocate the ceremony inside the tent last minute for sake of rain and they did a seamless job making it all work. My wife and I visited many venues in several states and this one was the obvious choice, head and shoulders above the alternatives. I can not recommend this venue highly enough!
This is hands down the best place to have your wedding. Tom and Melanie are so helpful, sweet, accommodating, professional etc etc! We simply could not have gotten through the day without them as well as the rest of their staff. Our day was absolutely perfect and we could never thank them enough for everything they did to make our so special and perfect! Thanks Tom and Mel! We will definitely be back ☺️
I truly cannot imagine having our wedding anywhere else. Everything was seamless (at least if it wasn't i had no idea!) Mel and Tom were absolutely amazing and you can tell love their job.. and they are good at it! From the day we toured the venue, The Grand Estate team made everything easy for us. Their list of preferred vendors was very helpful. The pictures online of the tent does NOT do it justice. It is stunning. We were their last wedding of the season, 11-12-2016, and they made us feel like it was their first. I can't wait to visit the bed and breakfast again and see Mel and Tom!
Mel and Tom are wonderful people and just go out of their way to make your wedding weekend amazing. We rented the property for us and our guests for fri and sat nigh and everything was phenomenal. Their staff were also very helpful. They all made sure things were going perfectly the day of the wedding without being fully present to the guests. We love the venue as it is gorgeous and our pictures were amazing because of that. The mansion is to die for and is so luxurious. We would definitely recommend this venue to others! You can tell Mel and Tom really care about their business and their patrons!
First and foremost, the following is solely based upon our experience at the estate. That being said, I hope that it serves as a cautionary tale for anyone who is potentially considering hosting their wedding or any other event here. Do not be fooled by the beauty of the Estate, which I can assure you is entirely wasted on its current management. We had our wedding here on October 29, 2016 as well as spending the entire weekend there, and from the moment we stepped foot onto the estate, we and those of our friends and family staying in the house (~25 people) felt more like unwelcome house guests than well-paying customers. We spent over $13,000 to host our wedding weekend here, not including what we spend on outside vendors, decorations, etc. and I can say that even if it were free, I would still have flabbergasted by Melanie and her staff's lack of hospitality and disregard for customer service. Throughout our entire wedding reception, the only time that they checked in with us was Melanie getting into a disruptive and unprofessional verbal altercation with one of our bridesmaids at our sweetheart table over the money dance "shots", after the money dance had just concluded, and we were in the process of taking them away. Other than that, the staff, save the outside vendors, were no where to be found. Our DJ was fantastic, as were the caterers, and did more throughout the night than the owners of the estate. If you have the extra money to hire a wedding planner, I urge you to do so if you are set on having your wedding here. The staff at the estate will only cause you grief. It is one thing to have things that aren't how you expected, but it is quite another to not have things how you were promised by someone providing you a premium service. And again, it is quite another to not have your concerns addressed at all. Melanie chose to ignore all of our concerns throughout our stay. I can only imagine that she had her $13,000+ in the bank, so it didn't bother her how our experience was. My only solace is to write this review in the hope that those reading it avoid the same mistakes we did. From the water not working intermittently throughout our stay, including when the bridesmaids were attempting to get ready, to them scooping ketchup, whipped cream, and other condiments back into their container after they had sat out for communal consumption, to their overall and complete lack of hospitality during our stay, we are entirely dissatisfied with our choice to have what should've been the happiest day of our lives at the Grand Estate at Hidden Acres. I have sent a detailed e-mail to the owner, Melanie, to which she has yet to respond. We did nothing to hide our dissatisfaction with our experience, and when I spoke with Melanie upon check-out, all she could manage was a non-apology in the form of "I'm sorry you feel that way", completely avoiding all culpability in the situation. Melanie, As I mentioned in my e-mail, I hope that you recognize the emotional distress and hardship that this has caused us by ruining what should've been the most memorable day of our lifetime. Since you chose not to address our concerns throughout our stay at your property, and with the e-mail I sent you 4 days ago, we are giving you yet another opportunity to do so now, but simply an apology is too little too late at this point. Please do something to try to make this right.
If you want a venue where you become family with the owners this is your place! Tom and Melanie and there daughters were beyond what I could have imagined! Always helpful and so genuine. They are on top of helping your wedding be the best day you have always imagined. Mel was there for the rehearsal and through the day of to make sure nothing went wrong and to keep us running smoothly. I have so much respect and gratitude for all that they did and for giving us the opportunity to have our dream wedding at the estates! We put a lot of faith in being the first wedding ever to book with them and boy am I so glad I did! I not only had an amazing wedding but I also gained a great friendship in the Waddell's! The estates is beautiful! Seemed surreal to have the honor get to stay for the whole weekend with my family. We had so much fun and would recommend anyone getting married to rent the whole place for the weekend! It was so relaxing and I had no stress at all! I honestly have nothing bad to say!
We had our dream wedding at the Grand Estate! From the moment we went to look at the venue, we fell in love. I didn't want to have the wedding anywhere else. Melanie and Tom were very accommodating. They allowed us to do what we requested to do and didn't push anything on us. If a problem arose during the rehearsal/wedding, they handled it. Having a wedding here makes it more of an experience instead of just a one day/night thing. Staying in the mansion just adds to the elegance and glamour of it all. Our photos are fabulous. The guests also enjoyed taking photos at all the great spots on location. I wished we had rented the mansion out the following day too! As if I thought the wedding couldn't get any better, my parents surprised us with a firework display towards the end of the night. It was amazing! I am so happy with my wedding. It was truly the best day of my life. I would highly recommend having a wedding here to anyone, especially because it is so different from a typical wedding. I would also enjoy attending a wedding here and going back! We can't wait to go back for our anniversary stay! My family is considering holding other events here in the future. Thanks for everything Melanie and Tom!
Absolutely Amazing I can not thank Melanie enough for making my sons proposal to his girlfriend PERFECT .. She decorated the gazebo with flowers candles and lights!! It was more beautiful than the Cinderella Story it truly was a fairytale evening ! I highly recommend this venue for weddings it is first class place and the owners are the BEST.. Thanks again Melanie for making Billy & Kristens a night to remember Elizabeth OBlock
Emily and Tyler's wedding was on May 7 2016. Can't begin to even cover all of the amenities that were provided by the owners Tom and Melanie! There experience in the rental business made the transition into the Venue/ Bed and Breakfast just so professional, personal and down right Amazing! The Estate was the 1st venue Emily and Tyler looked at and it quickly became clear that The Estate "Had It All". From the beautiful grounds(awsome photo opportunities!) to the Georgeous Estate and Bed and Breakfast! Rooms for so many guests to stay the wedding nite! The swimming pool was beautiful! And the Gazebo for the Ceremony was exquisite! The Elegant and Huge Tent with chandeliers and dance floor and ambient lighting were such a beautiful setting for the reception! Melanie is the type of person who could immediately be your bestie! And question is too small and she answered my e-mails within the day! I couldn't say one thing that I didn't thoroughly enjoy and was pleasantly surprised at each and every meeting we had at the Estate. They just thought of Everything! The Harpist was just such a Touch of Class! And there is even a dog boarder close by for those who want their four legged friends in the wedding! The Florist Bettis Floral Design, Amazing! And the Caterer Suggestion Hostoffs Restaurand was just Too Die For! If you live in the Pittsburgh Area I highly recommend you take a look at The Grand Estate at Hidden Acres! Will never forget how we were treated with such care! Thank you So much Tom and Melanie for giving Emily the wedding of her Dreams!
Beautiful!Reviewed on 12/04/2015 Emily P
I had my wedding shower here and it was breathtaking! So beautiful and elegant, everyone LOVED it!
The Grand Estate At Hidden AcresReviewed on 9/09/2015 Jamie M
Perfect Day! Perfect Venue! The Estate is truly perfect for weddings or any other event. The grounds are beautiful. The house was perfect for our family to stay and prepare for our daughters wedding. We woke up to a delicious breakfast that everybody loved (even our vegan daughter:) After the wedding was over, family members swam and when we got out of the pool Melanie had towels waiting for us!!!! It was not a planned swim so we were not prepared and we needed a lot of towels:) The tent area was so beautiful with the chandeliers and ceiling draping. The tent was large enough for food, dancing and a lounge area. The bride and groom even spent the wedding night there and they LOVED it. Like I said "Perfect Day- Perfect Venue" Thank you again for the wonderful service!!!!
This is the place to have your wedding! Or anything for that matter! Its beautiful, stunning, and the comfort level is out of the this world. The owners are the best ever and make you feel so comfortable. There is no need for a wedding planner with this place as well!! We were the first wedding there and it was flawless! That is us in the profile picture! Thank you so much for everything!
Incredible place to have ANYTHING! It rained on our wedding day but everything was still absolutely gorgeous!! everything was coordinated perfectly. Went smoothly and the venue is a knock out! Thank you so much for everything!!
Beautiful and FlexibleReviewed on 4/16/2015 Amanda M
We just started wedding planning and toured a view venues, The Grand Estate being one of them. We just went back for a second look with our parents and booked it for our 2016 wedding. I just wanted to write an initial review because so far Melanie and Tom, the owners, have been so welcoming, warm, and accommodating for my fiance, myself, and our families. We're so much looking forward to working with them within the upcoming year on our wedding because I know that it will be exciting planning it with them. Thanks Melanie, Tom, and the Grand Estate for your wonderful hospitality so far!