Merrell Estate & Gardens is a gorgeous property nestled in the heart of the Crystal Coast.
It is a popular destination for weddings and events of all sizes with a variety of unique spaces that flow together to accommodate any celebration or gathering - from an elegant ballroom to a vast portico for covered outdoor seating or dancing, to a broad lawn infused with native flora, and more. Located at one of the narrowest points on the island, the Estate is just a short walk from the Bogue Sound to the North and the Atlantic Ocean to the South.
The Lowdown Type Ballroom Banquet Hall / Event Facility Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location Estate / House / Mansion / Villa Garden Views Garden Landscaped Grounds Style Coastal Colonial Elegant Garden Party Traditional Venue Setting
Merrell Estate & Gardens is a gorgeous property nestled in the heart of the Crystal Coast with grand spaces, expansive greens and stately, Southern charm. It is a popular destination for weddings and events of all sizes with a variety of unique spaces that flow together to accommodate any celebration or gathering - from an elegant ballroom to a vast portico for covered outdoor seating or dancing, to a broad lawn infused with native flora, and more. Located at one of the narrowest points on the island, the Estate is just a short walk from the Bogue Sound to the North and the Atlantic Ocean to the South.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range Does this include catering fees?
Estimated Price Per Head
from $20 to $200
Estate fees and food & beverage minimums vary depending on the space, date and time of day.
Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue
Capacity Seated 500 Buffet 500 Standing 500 Celebrations Hosted Here Since 2006 Venue Spaces Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available Catering Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue Alcohol BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol Licensed Server Is Required Smoking Designated Smoking Areas Only Accommodations Merrell Estate features a luxury bridal suite with plush furniture and individual seated makeup stations for every member of the bridal party, plus a full private salon & spa with both dry and steam saunas, massage rooms, pedicure and manicure stations, and a hair station. Guests have the option to bring their own beauty specialists, or we can book the top specialists in our area. A men's spa is also available, plus a lounge with a pool table and wet bar, and a large covered outdoor pool with hot tub. Venue Features The Scene: The House features grand spaces and elaborate details reminiscent of a classic Southern estate but with a modern sensibility. From the great wooden doors opening into our vast foyer, to the elegant ballroom and bar, to the portico with lofty ceilings overlooking the gardens, guests can flow easily between lively rooms and the breezy open air without ever leaving the party.
The Gardens span over 2 acres of meticulous landscaping. Infused with a rich variety of native and tropical flora, there is a perfect spot for each picturesque moment of your celebration - from a bride and groom’s first look set in a lush, willow-draped hideaway, to walking the aisle between a colonnade of towering palms. Standout Venue Features: Our vast portico allows guests to bring their celebration outdoors without every worrying about the weather! It the largest covered outdoor seating area on the island, seating up to 175 people for dinner, plus space for a live band and a dance floor. The portico features our best views of the gardens, access to the bar and pool area, and outdoor heating options. Celebration Locations The Merrell Ballroom: The Merrell Ballroom is our primary indoor event space, seating 200 people for a ceremony, or 175 for dinner. The room can also accommodate a large dance floor with space for a DJ or band. At the back of the Ballroom is the Bar which services the entire property. - View: The Merrell Ballroom overlooks the Portico and Gardens - Max Capacity: 200 The Grand Foyer: A large, inviting space for welcoming guests and collecting items or signing in before directing them to the main event area. The Foyer is also great for smaller gatherings, seating guests in a more intimate, yet elegant space. - Max Capacity: 100 The Portico: With extensive rain cover and heating options, you can bring your celebration outdoors without ever worrying about the weather! The Portico is the largest covered outdoor seating area on the island, seating up to 175 people for dinner, plus space for a live band and a dance floor. - View: The Portico overlooks the Gardens and the pool. - Max Capacity: 175 The Lawn: The Lawn is our largest outdoor event space, seating 300+ in the open air or under a tent. This space is perfectly suited for outdoor weddings, with the ceremony performed around the Aisle of Palms, and dinner and dancing hosted under the portico. - View: The Gardens are surrounded by a thick hedge of wild coastal flora, and offer a view towards the Portico at the back of the Estate - Max Capacity: 500 Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes: Beyond its beautiful venues, Merrell Estate & Gardens also offers award-winning food and beverage fare. As part of the 81 Hospitality Group owned by Clarke and Liza Merrell - including Morehead City’s acclaimed Circa 81, Dank Burrito and Beaufort Olive Oil Co. - Merrell Estate & Gardens continues their hallmarks of first-class hospitality and fresh, seasonal chef-driven food. With over two decades of experience, Chef Clarke Merrell and the 81 Hospitality Team bring together the creativity, tools and talent to craft the perfect flavors and experience for any celebration - from tasteful canapés and small plates, to rustic and intimate hearth-fired dinners, to grand, elegant banquets. The team can also add an element of culinary adventure with our stable of outdoor cooking equipment. Enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of fresh, wood-fired pizza from our mobile pizza oven, or whole meats roasting over live coals on our massive Cowboy Cauldron and BBQ smokers. At the end of the night, when appetites return after long hours of partying, guests can be treated to late-night snacks from the crowd-favorite Dank Burrito food truck. THIS VENUE DOES NOT HAVE ANY REPORTS AT THIS TIME. Check back again soon!