The Starting Gate at GreatHorse

Hampden, MA

Capacity: 251-300 | WEBSITE | PHONE

About this Vendor

The View. The Ambiance. The Best.

Drive through a gated entryway to our mountainside stone and cedar venue with uncompromising views of the Connecticut River Valley. Our breathtaking views match our luxurious design. From an intimate gathering to an extravagant wedding, we can focus on your wedding details and bring your vision to life!

Amenities + Details

  • Bridal Suite

  • Handicap Accessible

  • Indoor

  • Outdoor - Covered

  • Outdoor - Not Covered

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$$ – Moderate

Venue Capacity



Ballroom, Country Club, Garden, Mountain

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff


Contact Info

128 Wilbraham Rd, Hampden, MA (413) 566-5158

Reviewed on 2/11/2018 Amanda L

If you’re looking for the most romantic, outrageously awe-striking, one-of-a-kind wedding venue, this is it! It is a hidden gem, tucked discretely away atop a hill overlooking a beautiful countryside, with even a glimpse of the Springfield city lights at night. It was the first... Read More venue we toured, and the competition could not compare! Booking The Starting Gate to host our November 2017 wedding reception was the best decision in our wedding planning process, and here’s why… 1. Chris Sullivan: We could not have planned the wedding of our dreams without her! Within moments of meeting Chris, it was abundantly obvious that she was born to do this job. Her passion radiates when you speak with her. What I loved most about Chris was that she treated us like we were her most important clients. We felt like the only couple she had to work with, and she treated us like VIPs. I trusted her whole-heartedly to handle anything that came her way. On our wedding day, she had all the staff and events perfectly coordinated. All our plans and dreams were suddenly unfolding before our eyes, and she was pulling all the strings from behind the scenes. I even noticed that when we got back from taking pictures, we chose not to join the cocktail hour right away so we could go to the bridal suite and catch our breath, and I heard Chris on her headset alert all the staff that we’d be going upstairs first. When we opened the door, a server was waiting for us with our signature drinks in hand! How special! 2. The View, The Ambiance, The Character: This venue has it all! It is formal and elegant, rustic and intimate, grand and jaw-dropping all at once! The stone, the wooden beams, the copper ceilings and crystal chandeliers were so skillfully selected to create such a wonderfully versatile venue for anyone’s taste. Cocktail hour was held outside on the deck overlooking the golf course and mountains, perfectly capturing a picturesque sunset. And the wedding garden was the perfect place for our pictures, and even our guests took the opportunity to pose here too! Our Facebook pages exploded the next day with all our friends and family’s new profile pictures at The Starting Gate! Words can only do this venue so much justice. Once you visit, you’ll immediately understand what all the hype is about! 3. The Food – You won’t be eating mediocre catering food here! You’ll enjoy a five-star meal prepared by an exceptionally talented chef that will leave your belly full and your taste buds over the moon! The meal is not just to nourish you for the long night of dancing ahead; it’s actually part of the experience! They can get especially creative with late night snacks, and even the food prepared for the bridal suite the morning of is impressive! The portions are large, the flavors are explosive, and the presentation is just as beautiful as the venue itself! 4. The Bragging Rights: Every single person we talked to after the wedding told us that was the best wedding and most beautiful venue they had ever been to! We could see the envy in their eyes! Between the event space, the food, and the staff, you and your guests will have the time of your lives. We like to think our wedding is going down in the history books as the best wedding venue of all time! We have nothing but the best to say about The Starting Gate and their team, and we know they’ll make all your wedding dreams come true too!

Reviewed on 9/01/2017 Meghan K

The Starting Gate at The GreatHorse is unbelievably stunning. What makes this venue spectacular is the staff you'll spend the months leading up to your event working with. Upon meeting Chris Sullivan, my husband and I knew we couldn't get married anywhere else-- we were in the... Read More BEST of hands. Chef Chris not only created delicious dishes, his dish presentations were beautiful. The entire evening, our guests were complimenting us on the service of the serving staff and we can't thank Chris, Meghan, and Lauren enough for how smoothly everything went. You won't be disappointed when you book your wedding here!!!

Reviewed on 7/26/2017 Shannon L

I wish I could give GreatHorse a 10 star rating. If you are thinking about where to have your dream wedding, it should definitely be here. Chris and her staff are accommodating, organized, and fun! Throughout the planning process, she was communicative and effective. Not once... Read More did I worry that things wouldn't come out the way I wanted them to, and on the big day everything was absolutely perfect. The Starting Gate is absolutely beautiful and the staff set everything up to perfection. Throughout the day, our every need was cared for and our guests had the best time. We actually extended an hour because everyone was having too much fun. Food was absolutely delicious and the waiter service was impeccable. There is literally nothing I would change about our wedding at GreatHorse and my only complaint is that I can't do it all over again. Thank you Chris and staff. <3

Reviewed on 11/15/2017 Molly M

My husband and I had our wedding reception at GreatHorse in October. Chris and her team were wonderful from our first tour to our last dance. The building is spectacular and our guests raved about the food. GreatHorse knew what our needs were going to be on that day before we... Read More did, and met them before we could articulate them. GreatHorse was truly a dream wedding.

Reviewed on 11/09/2017 Valerie M

The Starting Gate at GreatHorse helped us have the most perfect wedding day. The venue itself is absolutely stunning, the bridal suite is to die for, but most importantly, the staff there is superb! Chris Sullivan made sure that the day of the wedding ran flawlessly and kept... Read More to the schedule. The food was incredible and all our guests were extremely impressed. We could not have asked for a more perfect day!

Reviewed on 7/07/2017 Kathleen M

The Starting Gate at GreatHorse in Hampden, Ma is an incredible wedding venue. From the moment you arrive at the majestic gates topped with gas flames you know that the GreatHorse team is going to transport you into another world. As you drive up the roadway you experience the... Read More beautiful maintained greens of the golf course and the stunning architecture of the buildings with breathtaking views of the Pioneer Valley. As the mother of the bride and someone who worked in the wedding industry for 20 years, I’m not easily wowed and all I can say is “WOW”! We were in awe of the beauty of The Starting Gate. The detail in the high copper ceilings, the gorgeous chandeliers, the beautiful stone fireplace, the spacious wrap around deck overlooking the views and the sides that can go up an down to accommodate the weather without taking away from the view (even the rest rooms are stunning)! We were sold, but that was only the beginning. Throughout the planning stages the Catering Manager, Chris Sullivan and her team (Meghan, Lauren and Cathy) guided us effortlessly. They were friendly, efficient and organized. Their knowledge and suggestions all made for the perfect day. We had the pleasure of getting ready in the most elegant bridal suite and the staff saw to our every need. I was pleasantly surprised to see the whole management team on the day of the wedding, executing the details flawlessly! Chef, Chris Cote’s culinary expertise and special touches did not go unnoticed. The fresh foods made onsite, the plate presentation, and flavor was truly five star and had all of our guests raving. Thank you to the whole team for making our daughter and son-in-law’s wedding a spectacular event!

Reviewed on 6/28/2017 Molly B

Amazing service. Besutiful venue. Still receiving compliments from guests.

Reviewed on 6/03/2017 Tara C

Chris & Lauren are absolutely amazing to work with. I had immediate chemistry with Chris right when I met her. She was able to implement everything my fiancé and I wanted on our day. Lauren is so helpful, she is the nicest, thorough, and very creative. I am so happy that we... Read More chose Greathorse for our venue, not only for the gorgeous landscape but working with Chris and Lauren was such a joy. They made it fun.

Reviewed on 9/28/2016 Meghan B

My husband and I were fortunate enough to be the very first wedding at The Starting Gate at GreatHorse and will be forever grateful for the entire experience. The venue itself if top quality in every way possible...the view, the amenities, the staff; I could go on and on. The... Read More event coordinator was very organized, professional, accommodating...just a pleasure to work with! The amazing! The Chef creates food that is sure to excite anyone's palate. I would highly recommend the Starting Gate at GreatHorse to everyone!

Reviewed on 8/11/2016

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at GreatHorse Country Club in June. The entire experience far exceeded our expectations. First, the venue itself is breathtaking. The view is phenomenal and the physical facility is elegant and well appointed. Second, the event... Read More coordinators were absolutely outstanding. We worked with an experienced team who really took the time to listen to our needs and then seamlessly worked with us to create the perfect event. Our event included a recommitment ceremony, cocktails, sit down dinner and dancing. The chef composed a beautiful selection of passed hors d'oeuvres and multi-course dinners, complemented by wine selections, liquor and espresso bars, a dessert bar and late night snack menu that was creative and delicious. The team also provided us with excellent recommendations for florists, DJ services and wedding cakes. All recommendations were completely on-point. We would absolutely recommend GreatHorse to anyone interested in hosting an event -- from an office party to a formal elegant affair such as a wedding. Outstanding in all respects.