Wolftrap Farm Est. 2013

Gordonsville, VA, United States

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Trap yourself for as long as possible at this gorgeous farm bed & breakfast in Virginia! 
Gather your besties and head on over to Wolf Trap Farm where we can guarantee being trapped has never felt so good. Established on 584 acres of horse and cattle farm, this spectacular vacation rental/bed & breakfast offers spectacular views of the mountains, forest trails, rolling pastures, and creeks and ponds. 
The Lowdown
Type
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Views
Forest
Lagoon/Pond
Meadow/Field
Mountains
Rolling Hills
Style
Casual
Country
Rustic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Birthday Party
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Group Getaway
LGBT Weddings
Reunion
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Description of Wedding Facilities and Services:
Simple, beautiful, private and affordable - Wolftrap Farm offers a stunning site for outdoor weddings, with accommodations for up to 34 guests in the Manor House and three luxurious cottages. If you have been looking for a venue where you can have a true week-end celebration with your loved ones with you on-site, and have the place all to yourself, you have found it at Wolftrap Farm. 

Our Pavilion offers you a beautiful, rustic, indoor/outdoor reception facility, with a lovely dressing room, warming kitchen for your caterer, and an adjacent hilltop ceremony site. This former equipment barn has been transformed into the perfect rustic and informal wedding reception space, complete with stage and dance floor, adjustable lighting options, ceiling fans and lawn area. (Please go to the Pavilion page of our website for pictures of and more information about the Pavilion. Also, please visit our Facebook page by clicking on the box below. There you will find many pictures of weddings at the farm, links to blogs about weddings at the farm, tons of reviews, etc.)

From our most popular ceremony sites, the wedding guests face the tree-covered first range of the Southwest Mountains. There is also a Pond-Side site that has special charm for nature lovers.

Since the wedding party, family and closest friends may stay on-site in the Manor House, Pond House, Milker's Cottage and Servants' Cottage, many couples organize their rehearsal dinners on the farm as barbecues or cook-outs, using either the Pavilion or the shore of the pond. Bridal luncheons are often held under the large covered patio of the Servants' Cottage.

The ponds full of bass and bream, the Play Barn with its pool and ping-pong tables and other games, the rope swings, the horseshoe pits, the miles of woodland trails and the pastures adorned with beautiful horses assure that every generation from the children to the grandparents will be thrilled.

The farm is available for Saturday weddings by booking all four houses for at least two nights ($1,500/night), plus $4,500 for use of the Pavilion starting from the time of your Friday arrival until midnight Saturday. That means the cost for a Saturday wedding is $7,500 plus $219 of tax. Remember, that gives you four houses for Friday and Saturday nights, plus exclusive use of the Pavilion and grounds starting from the time you arrive Friday. The Pavilion page of our website goes into more detail about pricing, what you get for what you pay, etc.  Plus that page has our answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Be sure to read it.

For Sunday weddings, the Pavilion and hilltop ceremony site may be rented for $2,500 and you need not book any of the houses. If you want your Sunday wedding ceremony to be on the front lawn of the Manor House, you would need to also book the Manor House for Sunday night, which would be at our week-day rate of $460.

Discount Months: In July and November, the Pavilion is 20% off but the houses are still full rate. In March, all rates are 40% off, both houses and Pavilion. We have not hosted weddings in December, January or February, but we have hosted some college events during those months. The rate is 40% off from December through March.

For week-day events, the Pavilion is available for $1,200 for evening events, $600 for mid-day events. However, Fridays are generally not available as that would interfere with our Saturday wedding bookings. We make exceptions if we happen to have a Saturday with no wedding booked and we are past the time when someone is likely to book for Saturday.

Non-Wedding Parities & Events:
The farm is also a great place to hold other celebrations, such as wedding anniversary parties, college reunions, birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and so forth. With the accommodations on site and all the things to do at or near the farm, the farm is also a great place for family reunions. With its proximity to the University of Virginis, it is a great place for college reunions as well. There is no extra charge to have a dozen or so additional friends over for a cook-out at the farm, or just to hang out, fish and enjoy the scenery. However, for larger events, please send a description of the event and the number of guests expected and we will work with you on pricing and a plan, including use of the Pavilion.

Elopements & Small Weddings:
We offer a basic elopement package that includes your officiant, photos, breakfast, champagne, etc. for $500 plus your accommodations rate ($650 on week-ends). Our farm is a terrific elopement venue because our three luxurious cottages are totally private.

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

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $20 to $60

Additional Charges

Rates in Effect For Wedding and Event Bookings Made by March 1, 2017:

  • Saturday Events (from 8:00 a.m. Friday to midnight, Saturday) - $7,500, plus $219 tax.  This includes Friday and Saturday night lodging in our Manor House and three luxurious cottages for up to 34 people, plus use of the Pavilion and grounds from time of arrival Friday until Midnight Saturday.  Sunday check-out is 11:00.  Additional nights may be booked at one or more of the houses.

    Sunday Events (8:00 a.m. to midnight) - $2,500.  This is for the hilltop ceremony site and the Pavilion.  You may book one or more of the houses for Sunday night at our week-day rate.  If you wish to have your ceremony on the Manor House lawn or beside the pond, you would need to rent the Manor House or Pond House, respectively, for Sunday night at our week-day rate.

    Weekday Evenings (excluding Fridays) (3:00 to 10:00) - $1,000.  This is for the hilltop ceremony site and the Pavilion.
    Weekday mid-day (up to 6 hours) - $500
    Discount Months:  July, November & December - 20% Off on the Pavilion rate, which saves you $900 for Saturdays, $500 for Sundays.
    • January, February and March - 40% Off

    The charges stated above are the total charges.  You do not pay extra for the chairs, tables, etc.  The only thing that is extra is if you rent the golf cart.  There are no extra cleaning fees, security fees, administrative fees, etc.  There is no damage deposit, which is not to say you will not be charged for damage that is above and beyond normal wear and tear.  You are required to obtain event insurance.

SPECIAL RATE FOR LATE BOOKINGS:  If you book a date that is less than four months out, the charges for the Pavilion will be reduced by 40%.  For example, if on Feb. 19 or after, you book Sunday, June 19, the $2,500 Pavilion fee would be reduced by 40% to $1,500.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Required To Host An Event At This Venue

Capacity

Seated
150
Buffet
200
Standing
250
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2013
Curfew
12 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
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
Book the entire farm (Manor House, 3 luxury cottages & grounds) for your Charlottesville area wedding, extended family gathering, anniversary party, retreat or other special event. Our Pavilion is your reception or party site, and includes tables, chairs, ceremony site, dressing rooms, caterer's warming kitchen, etc.

The Manor House is at the heart of the farm complex, and features 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, two kitchens, a large patio and boxwood garden. Nestled behind the Manor House is the 1856 Servants' Cottage, with its huge covered patio. Just down the hill is the Pond House, a more contemporary cottage overlooking a pond full of bass, bream, frogs and turtles. The Milker's Cottage is just beyond the Pavilion. Renovated in 2015, it has two bedrooms, two baths and a large screened porch, and is surrounded by horse paddocks. The entire farm is truly idyllic, with horses and cattle as part of your scenery.

Wolf Trap Farm features panoramic views of mountains, pastures, horses and cattle, miles of board fencing and beautiful woodlands full of trails. The farm complex is a Virginia Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.The Charlottesville area, with its stunning scenery, many wineries, and historic sites such as Monticello, Montpelier, and rural historic districts, has become a top choice for weddings and other special gatherings. Wolf Trap Farm hosts dozens of weddings each year, plus family reunions, anniversary parties, and big family vacations.
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Inside Scoop

There is a 12 pound bass living in the pond behind the Pond House. She was caught and released summer of 2015.

Dolley Madison exiled her misbehaving ladies' maid to Wolftrap Farm (which the Madison's called "Blackmeadow" when they owned it) for a few weeks when she caught her stealing.

Deer and turkeys are all over the farm. You can often see mobs of turkeys in the big horse paddock beside the Milker's Cottage.

Black bear do come through the farm from time to time, tearing holes in the woven wire fences.

The bell-roofed barn was built around 1940 when the farm became a "modern" dairy farm. Before it was built, the second barn sat in that spot. The second barn (the rectangular one) has a Chestnut frame that dates to 1856 and it used to sit where the bell-roofed barn sits now. 

The Cuthrell family purchased the farm from the Von Wulffin family, a German family in which the wife is a titled princess and the husband is a baron. After Germany was reunited, they moved to the former East Germany to reclaim their ancestral estates, and sold their farm in Virginia.

Amenities
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
When you take a drive through the countryside near Charlottesville, Virginia, you find yourself gawking at the beautiful farms, set amid rolling hills, with mountain backdrops. You see the long, winding drives leading up to farm complexes in the middle of hundreds of acres of cattle pastures. You see the miles of board fences, the horses in their paddocks, the iconic barns. You see a manor house in the distance, which is the center of it all. You see the "dependancies" - the cottages formerly used by farm workers and perhaps even quarters for house servants from before the Civil War. And you wish you could drive in and experience such a place for a while.

Wolftrap Farm has all of that, and more, and you can drive in and experience it as a place to celebrate family, friends, weddings, reunions, and so forth. After turning off the highway, you have a mile to drive on our farm road, past the ponds, the cattle, the horses, before you reach the farm complex at the top of the hill. First time visitors often park, get out of their vehicles, and just stand and stare in every direction, trying to take in the entire panorama. They find themselves in the middle of a 600-acre estate, out of earshot of any traffic, viewing beautiful mountains, rolling pastures, woodlands, ponds, boxwoods, horses, cattle, tree-lines, and farm life. 

Then they go inside the homes on the property and find them to be modern (though two are ante-bellum), gorgeously furnished (with the help and guidance of our professional decorator), and utterly charming. 

Over 200 years ago, James Madison (4th President) owned this farm with his wife, Dolley. Their home, Montpelier, is just across the mountain, less than five miles away as the crow flies. "Mr. Jimmy" used to say that his Montpelier home was "Just a squirrel's jump from heaven." We say Wolftrap Farm is even closer. Our guests agree. A common phrase written in our guest books is "Thank you for sharing this little bit of heaven with us." We just say, "You are welcome."

But don't take our word for it.  Just do an internet search for "Wolftrap Farm Gordonsville Reviews" and see what you find.
Design:
The Manor House was mostly built in 1856, and was added onto around 1900. It features four bedrooms, four baths, and there is a small second kitchen upstairs in the "Suite". The front lawn of the Manor House is the favorite ceremony site for weddings, with its view of the mountains, the peremeter of large boxwoods, and the walnut trees that frame pictures of the ceremony scene. The patio behind the Manor House features the hot tub. There are horseshoe pits and a rope swing out back as well.

Thirty yards behind the Manor House is the Servants' Cottage, also dating from 1856. Yes, it was a slave cabin for two slave families (a duplex). It now is a modern "studio" with its own hitchen and bath, and a huge covered patio on the back side.

The Pond House is a more modern two bedroom cottage down the hill. It is casual and comfortable, with a large screened porch in back, but the real attraction of the Pond House is - the Pond. It is gorgeous, full of fish (two state citation bass have been caught and released from it), and is home to countless birds, frogs, turtles, salamanders, and other pond life.

The Milker's Cottage is totally elegant inside. The colors are soft, and the pine floors are stunning. There is a large screened porch where you can watch the horses as you take your meals outside.

Each part of your group will insist that "their" house is the best.
Standout Venue Features:
What is special about our farm is that you can rent the entire farm and have it all to yourself for the week-end or for a day or a week.  Our wedding groups all rave about being able to have everyone together, eating meals together, decorating the Pavilion together, breaking out for guy/girl activities or adult/kid activities, such as fishing, playing pool and pingpong, hot tubbing, rope swinging, hiking in the woods, riding bikes, petting horses, going to one of the local wineries or historic sites, etc. It is the same with our family reunion and extended family vacation groups, where with a longer stay, they can take in more off-site activities, but still their favorate activities are just enjoying the farm itself.

And do not overlook the benefit of having four different houses to retire to when you want to be more alone or with those you are closer to.  Everyone does not have to be all together all the time.
Extra Perks:
Renting the Pavilion gives you use of everyting in the Pavilion, which includes:
200 chairs
Rustic, hand-built farm tables
Warming kitchen, equipped with warming cabinet, refrigerator, cooler, sinks, microwave, prep tables, bakers rack, counter-top and serving windor.
Ladies Lounge/Bathroom - oversized, with seating area, tables and mirrors, clothes hanging area.
Spacious Men's Bathroom
Four patio heaters for cool nights
Ceiling Fans for warm nights.
Great lighting options (Carriage Lights on the walls; overhead lights on dimmers)
Stage for your DJ or Band.
Snap-Lock Dance Floor
Firepits, with firewood provided.
Lawn games, including corn hole.
Use of 4 person golf cart ($40/day)
Awards & Notables Please see our Facebook page and our Weddings and Events page on our Website for numerous links to photographers' blogs featuring weddings at Wolftrap Farm. 
Celebration Locations
Pavilion:
Former hay/equipment barn. Enclosed on three sides, with one side open, allowing the party to spill out onto the patio and lawn. Oak plank siding allows you to decorate to your heart's content. You get a barn wedding, but with proper bathrooms, a caterer's kitchen, plenty of lighting and space for everyone to be together.
- View: View of horse paddocks, forests, barns and farm complex.
- Max Capacity: 150
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
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