The Covered Bridge Inn offers the perfect setting for your upcoming dream wedding, gathering, or retreat.
Your vision will become a reality set against the backdrop of hundreds of acres of preserved lush pastures, ponds, barns, and our historic farmhouse Inn. The mix of classic country charm, history, and elegance will provide a one of a kind event that your friends and family will marvel at. We pride ourselves on offering a genuine stress-free and inclusive event experience. We will care for your every need, and help you design your customized wedding, event, or retreat.
The Lowdown Type Banquet Hall / Event Facility Barn / Farm / Ranch Bed & Breakfast / Inn Historic Building Views Courtyard Farm View Forest Historical Monument Lagoon/Pond Landscaped Grounds Meadow/Field Skyline Style Classic Country Romantic Rustic Vintage Venue Setting Every love story should be historic. The Covered Bridge Inn offers the perfect setting for your upcoming dream wedding, gathering, or retreat; blending history and scenic landscapes. Your vision will become a reality set against the backdrop of hundreds of acres of preserved lush pastures, ponds, barns, and our historic farmhouse Inn. The mix of classic country charm, history, and elegance will provide a one of a kind event that your friends and family will marvel at.
We pride ourselves on offering a genuine stress-free and inclusive event experience. We will care for your every need, and help you design your customized wedding, event, or retreat.
The Dairy Barn Event Center stands alone in Sussex County, DE; in a special world of vast unspoiled farm splendor, yet minutes from the destination coastal towns of Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. You and your guests will breathe in the country air and experience graceful, bucolic romance.
Come and share in our chic country charm. 200 years have been preserved in history, few things are lovelier... The farmland at the Covered Bridge Inn is a canvas to create your unique event. The Covered Bridge Inn is truly a special place.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range Does this include catering fees?
Catering, Tables, Chairs, linens, photography, DJ, desserts, florist, event planning services additional but offered on site. Tables/ Chairs/ Linens are included with small gatherings.
Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event
Capacity Seated 250 Buffet 250 Standing 250 Celebrations Hosted Here Since 2016 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 Smoking Designated Smoking Areas Only Accommodations
This modern farmhouse is included in the Wedding Weekend package and Retreats. All 4 individually designed guest rooms have private bathrooms & Direct TV. The Farmhouse has a dining room, 2 fireplaces, and an exquisite salon. With Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen, you will have everything you need for comfort, style, and relaxation throughout your stay. The Farmhouse is what sets us apart. Exquisite design, exceptional comfort, and an inspiring historical landmark.
Amenities Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite Wifi Ample Parking Onsite Onsite Restrooms Venue Features The Scene:
Our venue is almost 200 years old, and has the authenticity and beauty that is perfect for any event. Our historical research shows that the oldest section of the house was constructed in the 1830s. The farm has stayed in the Hopkins family since 1867 and has transferred to family members six times. In 1925, the Dairy Barn and milk house were built and in 1936, when a larger dairy barn was needed the large block barn was added. It is distinguished by its bell-shaped roof created by its innovative flitch-arch construction technique, which was unique in Sussex County at the time, and termed an O’Neil Barn after the contractor and designer, Rodney O’Neil of Laurel. There were only 10 such barns made in Sussex County due to the unique skilled craftsmanship of Rodney O’Neil. Only a few of those barns remain standing today. The featured Covered Bridge was constructed in 1985 over an irrigation channel leading to what we now call the
reflection pond which makes for a picture-perfect spot.
The Covered Bridge Inn has stood the test of time and it will be here for all to enjoy for another 200 + years.
Standout Venue Features: Whether you are planning a Retreat or an Event, The Covered Bridge Inn includes event management services and a refined list of our favorite experiences and tourism professionals. Up to 10 guests will enjoy laid back yet luxurious accommodations on the farm and close proximity to endless beaches, restaurants, breweries, bike trails, and adventure. All four bedrooms have modern bathrooms with DirecTV and Wi-Fi. We offer ample free parking with parking attendants and a covered golf cart shuttle. You can also sit back and relax next to our firepit with endless firewood. Every retreat will receive a one hour guided tour of our working Dairy Farm with the owner, Ingrid Hopkins. We happily provide ice cream to our guests from our Hopkins Farm Creamery and a jar of Hopkins Honey. Not to mention, the farmhouse also provides a beautiful full modern kitchen, a laundry room, and two working fireplaces. Extra Perks:
When you book your Wedding Weekend with us you receive, event management services, 4 designer bedrooms with modern bathrooms that allow for 10 guests to stay on the farm for the weekend, a chic farmhouse salon, lounge for the groomsmen, free parking with parking attendant and covered golf cart shuttle service, a fire pit, 2 corn hole games, and 2 restrooms located in the historic Milk House. Wedding Weekends allow for flexibility with vendor delivery & pick-up, ample time for you to set up your design and décor items, and for assembly of DIY items on the property. We also offer the option to host your rehearsal dinner and Sunday brunch right here with no additional fee. For gatherings tables and chairs for up to 50 people are included in addition to standard white linens. Event management services are also included!
For Retreats, the Covered Bridge Inn includes event management services and a refined list of our favorite experiences and tourism professionals. The Inn provides Luxury accommodations for up to 10 guests in the newly renovated 1800's Farmhouse. Awards & Notables
Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 & 2019
Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
Featured on My Eastern Shore Wedding
Celebration Locations The Bridge: The Bridge offers the most beautiful backdrop for every occasion, with an elegant chandelier and vibrant flowers surrounding it. - View: The view is endless with hundreds of acres of preserved lush pastures and - Max Capacity: 250 The Backyard: - Max Capacity: 250 The Barn: - Max Capacity: 250 The Milk Barn: If you are looking for a more intimate setting for your event the Milk Barn is the perfect space. It has the potential to seat 80 guests for a sit down dinner, or it can accomodate 100 standing. - Max Capacity: 80 The Farmhouse: THIS VENUE DOES NOT HAVE ANY REPORTS AT THIS TIME. Check back again soon!