Terrapin Hill Farm Est. 2001

3696 Mackville Road, Harrodsburg, KY, United States

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A picturesque slice of Americana awaits you in Kentucky. 
Country charm radiates from this enchanting 400-acre family-owned farm, known for his rustic weddings at the old barn or pavilion venue. Surrounded by river-bottom fields, rolling hills, cedar woods, and streams, it’s a nature-lover’s idyll.
The Lowdown
Type
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Camping / Glamping
Field / Forest / Orchard
Views
Creek
Farm View
Forest
Garden
Lagoon/Pond
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Rolling Hills
Valley
Style
Bohemian
Casual
Country
Eco
Rustic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Reunion
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Terrapin Hill Farm, located in the beautiful rolling hills of central Kentucky, offers a rustic and secluded setting for the couple who want the freedom to create the wedding of their dreams. 

The scenic organic farm offers several picturesque ceremony sites to choose from, such as a hilltop with a panoramic view of the countryside, a quiet wooded areas, or the Chapel Stage surrounded by majestic trees. 

If you prefer simple, natural beauty and a peaceful place to celebrate with family and friends, Terrapin Hill Farm may be the perfect location for your country wedding. 

What sets Terrapin Hill Farm apart from other wedding venues? 

• No hourly restrictions... We believe your wedding day should last as long as you want it to, so there are few restrictions on when it starts or ends. 

• Make it a Wedding Weekend... Let the celebration last all night long by inviting your guests to camp out overnight - we’ll keep the bonfire burning as long as you’d like. We also have accomodations in the farmhouse, cottages, and teepee, and hotels are just 10 minutes away in Harrodsburg. 

• Your choice of location... This is a 400-acre farm with many beautiful sites for a ceremony, the choice is up to you. 

• Any size of wedding... We can give special rates for very small weddings and we can handle large weddings too - parking space is not a concern! 

• No restrictions on caterers... You can use any caterer of your choice, and if you need help selecting one we can help with that too. You may provide your own alcohol and we can provide bartenders.

• Environmentally friendly... Our farm is completely powered by solar energy, we give you the option of using non-disposable tableware, food waste is fed to our pigs, and we can provide re-usable decorations. 

• Working organic farm... We raise organic produce, heritage breed pastured hogs, and pastured chickens. If you want to make your wedding a “farm-to-table” event, just ask us about incorporating our farm-raised food into your menu. We even raise a few varieties of flowers and allow you to pick wildflowers from our meadows. 

• Planning assistance... Finding a venue is just the first step, but if you need help finding rental companies, caterers, entertainment, etc., we have lots of contacts and can offer advice and suggestions. 

We are very flexible and are here to help you create the wedding of your dreams!

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $1 to $1

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
250
Buffet
350
Standing
350
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2001
Curfew
No Curfew
Venue Spaces
Outdoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Accommodations
Dressing areas are available in the farmhouse, included in rental fee.
For an additional fee:
The farmhouse has 3 bedrooms: one with a double bed, one with 2 single beds, one with 2 bunkbeds. All share a bathroom with garden tub and shower.
There are 5 cottages in the venue that sleep 2-3 people; each has electricity, no plumbing but they are located close to the restrooms and showers.
The teepee accommodates up to 8 guests or can be reserved for the wedding couple.
Camping is also available, showers and restrooms provided, plus we have RV hookups with electricity and water and a dumping station.
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Inside Scoop

As you enter the property, just past the gate is path that leads down to the river. It's a peaceful spot, perfect for a little "quiet time" if that's needed, or invite your guests to wander down to river and wade on a hot day!

Amenities
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
  • Other
Venue Features
The Scene:
Terrapin Hill Farm is located in central Kentucky, and easy hour trip from Lexington or Frankfort, or about an hour and a half from Louisville. After driving past beautiful views of rolling hills and picturesque farms, you'll descend into the Chaplin River valley where you'll enter Terrapin Hill Farm (as you enter the gate notice the hand built rock wall which mimics the centuries-old slant walls found around the property). You'll pass the swimming hole at the Chaplin River, then you'll likely see a couple farm horses grazing in their pasture near the 100 year old farmhouse. The reception area is further back on the farm, well away from any road noise. You'll pass the barn (maybe even some happy pigs rooting in their pen, or a flock of chickens) and the pond and enter the back field where you'll find the Pavilion and Chapel Stage. You'll immeditately feel the serene, welcoming nature of the land.
Design:
Terrapin Hill Farm is named partly for the hill behind the farmhouse that looks like it could be a giant turtle shell. From the top of the what we call The Knob you can see a large part of the 400 acre farm, including the Chaplin River and several cattle farms that dot the surrounding hillsides. The view is spectacular and The Knob, just a short walk uphill from the Pavilion, is a popular place to hold wedding ceremonies.

Almost all the structures on the farm (except the farmhouse) were built by the current owner. The Pavilion is a 40'x60' covered area which can hold up to 200 seated guests (more can be accommodated by adding an extra tent nearby). It is very comfortable on a warm day - a light breeze is often felt and the nearby trees provide shade. On a cool day the curtains can be drawn closed to keep in the extra heat provided by propane heaters. A stage at one end can be used for the musical entertainment. Restrooms with flush toilets are just a short walk from the Pavilion.

The Chapel Stage is an amazing structure that was recently rebuilt in 2015 from cedar trees harvested just up the hill from where it stands. The A-frame shape has an unparalleled grandeur and openness, and the setting among the tall trees makes you truly feel at one with Nature. The seating area in front can accommodate any number of guests. It too, is just a short walk from the Pavilion.

The 100 year old farmhouse is available for the bridal party to change in, or the rooms can be rented overnight. The large beautiful kitchen (recently renovated in 2015) looks out over the horse pastures and up at The Knob. It features a large wooden work table, perfect for putting together last minute decorations or preparing snacks or meals. 
Standout Venue Features:
Terrapin Hill Farm provides that "extra touch" to your country wedding by providing a bonfire for your guests to enjoy. Don't forget the s'mores fixings! We'll build the fire, light it, and tend it for most of the evening. If you choose to stay overnight there will be plenty of wood provided to keep the fire burning all night long. After the traditional toasts and dancing and socializing is over, relax with close friends and family and keep the celebration going as long as you like.

For the environmentally conscious, this is the perfect venue as the electricity is provided by solar power! Also, you can choose to make it a "farm-to-table" event by serving food raised right here on the farm such as chicken, pork, beef, and organic vegetables. We keep it eco-friendly by providing chinaware and silverware and any leftovers are happily consumed by the pigs. You can even pick your floral arrangements from the garden or the wide variety of wildflowers growing naturally in the fields.

There is a playground next to the Pavilion - a happy place for kids of all ages and the swings make a great photo op. Don't forget photos near the old farm equipment - most of it horse drawn - which was found in various locations around the farm. The horses in the front paddocks will be happy to pose for photos too!

And we are pet friendly. If your dogs are part of your wedding party or you just want them to be part of your special day, feel free to bring them!
Extra Perks:

Included in the venue rental fee: 
• Pavilion, ceremony site, restrooms, parking area, building with fridge, camping areas
• Tables, chairs, linens for up to 150 guests
• Bonfire
• Electricity and water hydrants located in multiple areas
• Banquet tables, wooden spools, picnic tables, barnwood bar, bourbon barrel flower pots
• Rustic decor including burlap, chalkboards, mason jars, etc.
• Use of farmhouse for changing area
• Access to venue one day prior for decorating/rehearsal and one day after for clean up
• Shuttle between locations (farmhouse/knob/pavilion/chapel stage) for guests who can't walk long distances
• Playground and outdoor games such as cornhole, horseshoes
• Outdoor lighting in venue area and in pavilion
• Terrapin Hill staff on site to assist as needed

Other perks available for additional fee:
• Ceremony officiant, licensed bartender, wedding planner
• Transportation to/from hotels in Harrodsburg
• Assistance with set up/breakdown
• Farmhouse kitchen (included with overnight rental)
• Straw bales for seating
• Chinaware and silverware

Awards & Notables WeddingWIre Couples' Choice Award, 2017, 2018
Celebration Locations
Pavilion Venue:
The Pavilion is very close to popular ceremony sites such as the top of The Knob and the Chapel Stage, and also has water, electricity and restrooms nearby. Tables, chairs, linens are included.
- View: The top of The Knob provides a view of most of the farm, looking down the Chaplin River valley. The Pavilion is in a wooded area with a view of The Knob, trees, and the vegetable garden.
- Max Capacity: 200 inside Pavilion but tents can be set up to accommodate more
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Bars & Lounges:
A bar can be set up in the Pavilion (use our rustic barnwood bar!). Or another option is to use the small rustic building, just a few steps away from the Pavilion, which has a handbuilt cedar counter perfect for serving beverages or food. Alcohol is BYO.
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