Historic Watres Lodge at Lacawac Sanctuary Est. 1966

94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel, PA, United States

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Lake Lacawac is a peaceful and serene setting fitting for bird watching, photography or just to meditate and relax.
The Lodge is ideal for family reunions, corporate retreats, weddings, family celebrations, or a summer weekend get-away with family and friends.
The Lowdown
Type
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Estate / House / Mansion / Villa
Field / Forest / Orchard
Lodge / Mountain / Ski Resort
Views
Forest
Historical Monument
Lake
Water Feature
Style
Casual
Country
Romantic
Rustic
Vintage
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Reunion
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

Yes, it is true… our historic 1903 lodge has floors that creak, walls that are thin, and separate hot and cold knobs on the sinks… but you are staying in a Registered Historic Landmark. We invite you to look at this historic lodge and great camp as charming and a quaint departure from everyday conveniences - a step back in time that allows you to enjoy the infinite splendors and majestic scenery that is Lacawac Sanctuary.​

The lodge is made of all southern yellow pine including exterior shakes and interior wall, floor and ceiling treatments. Local oak was used for the trim and exterior features such as railings and columns. It features 13 separate gables! A large, open sitting porch faces the lake. There are 8 bedrooms, a summer sleeping porch, 3 bathrooms, a large kitchen, pantry, walk in ice box, seasonal breezeway, dining room and parlor. Large screened wrap-around porches formerly adorned the exterior but were removed as a result of extensive termite damage.

Interior highlights include the inglenook fireplace surrounded by an expansive double staircase in the parlor. A window wall and door lead outside to the large lake fronting porch. Hatch doors allow passing firewood directly into storage boxes by the fireplace. The expansive dining room - which today can seat over 25 people for dinner - has its own fireplace and built-in oak china cabinets.  The bisecting breezeway provides cool air in summer between the kitchen and the rest of the house. Off the kitchen is a large pantry with built in oak cabinets but missing are the original 3 stone wash sinks used by the servants and the big coal stove.

The Lodge is ideal for family reunions, corporate retreats, weddings, family celebrations, or a summer weekend get-away with family and friends.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $110 to $145

Additional Charges

Lodging 2017-2018
Lodge Rooms -
$60-75 per night
$600 for all lodge rooms (sleeps 20)

Ice House Cottage -
$200 per night (sleeps up to 5)

2017 and 2018 Event Rentals (Non Weddings)
Historic Watres Lodge - $500
Lawn & Tent- $250 
Carriage House and Barn - $400

2018 Wedding Package


Our Grand Wedding Package Includes*         
  • Lake Front Ceremony Site with Wedding Arch
    The Living and Dining Rooms and porches of the Historic Watres Lodge for Cocktail Hour and the western lawn for dinner service.  The Carriage House/barn is available for dancing.
    30’ by 60 ‘ Tent with White Top (includes Bistro Lights)
    20 tables, 100 chairs for dinner, 40-50 chairs for ceremony
    Staff to assist with planning and orchestrating your reception
    One- Year membership for the couple
*Package is based on 100 people.  Additional fees apply for weddings over 100 people. 

Pricing: 
Friday Weddings: $4,000  - Saturday Weddings: $4,500  -   Sunday Weddings: $3,500

Our Intimate Rustic Wedding Package Includes*                
  • Lake Front Ceremony Site with Wedding Arch
    The Living and Dining Rooms and porches of the  Historic Watres Lodge for Cocktail Hour and/or dinner (dinner service for 40) and the Carriage House/barn for dinner  (dinner service up to 75) and/or dancing.
    10 tables, 80 chairs for dinner, 40-50 chairs for ceremony
    Staff to assist with planning and orchestrating your reception
    One- Year membership for the couple
*Package is based on 75 people.   

Pricing: 
Friday Weddings: $2,500 - Saturday Weddings: $3,000 - Sunday Weddings: $3,500

Optional Additions
  • Set up for onsite wedding ceremony                                             $5 per person, $250 Minimum
    Dance Floor (12’x16’) for Tent                                                       $425
    Staging and Stairs from Lawn to Lodge                                         $150
    Farm Tables                                                                                   $125 per table
    Heaters                                                                                           $300

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
150
Buffet
N/A
Standing
200
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1966
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Select A Caterer From The List Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
Housing
Lacawac’s two housing facilities can accommodate up to 25-30 guests. 

Watres Lodge
The 1903 summer estate and hunting lodge has 8 bedrooms (1king, 1 queen, 1 full, 1 single twin and 4 double rooms) and an outdoor sleeping porch (sleeps 6) accommodating up to 22.  There are three full baths, a screened-in dining porch, kitchen, dining room, living room and front porch which allow your group to enjoy each other’s company in the comfort of a home setting.  Price: $60/75 per room or $600 per day for all rooms.

Ice House Cottage
Originally the ice house for the lodge’s refrigeration, the cottage was converted into a residence in the 1950’s by Lacawac’s founder to allow efficient winter lodging.  The Ice House is perfect for a family or a friends’ get-away and accommodates up to 5 guests in two bedrooms.  There is one full bath, a kitchen, dining area and living area.  Price: $200 per night.
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Other
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Lake Lacawac is a peaceful and serene setting fitting for bird watching, photography or just to meditate and relax. Because it's used for research and preservation no fishing or swimming is allowed in Lake Lacawac. For fishing or recreation you can use Lake Wallenpaupack from the Sanctuary's private beach which is only minutes away. 

Lacawac Sanctuary is a nature preserve, ecological field research station and public environmental education facility located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania and was founded in 1966.
Design:
he lodge is made of all southern yellow pine including exterior shakes and interior wall, floor and ceiling treatments. Local oak was used for the trim and exterior features such as railings and columns. It features 13 separate gables! A large, open sitting porch faces the lake. There are 8 bedrooms, a summer sleeping porch, 3 bathrooms, a large kitchen, pantry, walk in ice box, seasonal breezeway, dining room and parlor. Large screened wrap-around porches formerly adorned the exterior but were removed as a result of extensive termite damage.

Interior highlights include the inglenook fireplace surrounded by an expansive double staircase in the parlor. A window wall and door lead outside to the large lake fronting porch. Hatch doors allow passing fire wood directly into storage boxes by the fireplace. The expansive dining room - which today can seat over 25 people for dinner - has its own fireplace and built-in oak china cabinets.  The bisecting breezeway provides cool air in summer between the kitchen and the rest of the house. Off the kitchen is a large pantry with built in oak cabinets but missing are the original 3 stone wash sinks used by the servants and the big coal stove.
 
Extra Perks:
- Wedding Arch for ceremony
- Membership to Lacawac for Couple
 
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