Originally built in 1764, Castle Hill Cider is a Virginia cidery and premiere venue for Central Virginia destination weddings and events. Located in Keswick’s horse country, just a few miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, on the historic Castle Hill Estate, Castle Hill Cider’s many indoor and outdoor sites offer endless possibilities from the intimate to the incredible for your wedding in Charlottesville. Pastoral fields, meadows, and the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond provide stunning backdrops for incredible wedding pictures, making it one of the most desired wedding venues in the Charlottesville area. The Barn shares the crest of a verdant knoll with Linden tree grove. Artfully arranged below are apple orchards, a two-acre lake and custom designed pergolas framing beautifully terraced lawns. The sky is the limit when your destination wedding is at Castle Hill Cider. We can accommodate weddings with up to 350 guests.
The Barn at Castle Hill was built in 1998 as an arena for cattle auctions. Architects saw its potential as a fairytale wedding site and renovated the 11,000 square-foot structure. The classically-built post and beam barn radiates a sophistication over one of the most romantic and historic settings in Virginia. Exquisite in its architectural design, there is ample room for seated dinners and receptions that spill onto the terraced lawns. Circus-sized tents can be erected for covered events. Wedding ceremonies can be held indoors or out with stunning views in all directions. The main hall has a large open area and 45 square-foot stage. At one end is the Tasting Room with mahogany bar and fieldstone fireplace. Upstairs is a 3,000 square foot elevated Loft that can accommodate 200 guests, and a spacious, yet cozy, Library which was designed with the comfort of the bride and her attendants in mind.
European Linden trees were originally planted in an oval to form a racetrack for horses. Today the limbs link to create a natural shelter.
Outside the Tasting Room, wedding ceremonies are framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Late afternoon weddings are rewarded with stunning sunsets -- and incredible wedding photography.
Extending past the Cider Barn, terraced lawns are bordered by cherry trees and wisteria arbors.
At the foot of the terraced lawns, this shimmering jewel reflects the emerald landscape. In the evening, light from the barn twinkles in its surface.
Can't rave enough about our experience working with Castle Hill. The setting was GORGEOUS. You cannot undervalue their stunning setting, and the gorgeous building (with air conditioning!) which is a great option for bad weather. The staff went above and beyond to make our day special, even taking care of our ring bear (our dog) who was terrified of the summer storms. Things to note: you definitely shell out for the location. Additionally: you need to essentially rent a kitchen as Castle Hill … doesn't have much. So this adds considerably to the minimum cost of the wedding. Including it in my review so no bride is shocked, but the price is worth it. Read More
Castle Hill Cider is a fantastic venue that holds a large number of people and provides the couple a venue that can be truly transformed. It has breathtaking landscape all around it ! Evelyn, the manager of the property, is very sweet to work with. She showed great enthusiam for our wedding and celebrated with us on the day of. She was also very accomodating to some of our requests. The drawbacks of the venue was that there was not a large prep / kitchen area as well as the venue does not come … with any chairs, tables, and / or linens. Further, the venue also required us to obtain an additional bathroom due to the fact that it only has one on the main floor. Read More
Castle Hill was such a beautiful place to get married! With the rustic elements of the huge white barn to beauty of the rolling green hills in the background. The setting lent itself to a memorable event. I couldn't have asked for anything more!
Beautiful space and a lot of places to take pictures :-). I loved the we had a back-up option to have the ceremony in the loft in case of rain. Luckily our weather was perfect and we didn't have to use it though.
Castle Hill Cider is an amazing venue, in a prime location. They have so much to offer in terms of variety of ceremony locations, the upstairs loft, and the huge barn area. The communication with their staff was a bit difficult during our planning process, and there were a few misunderstanding along the way with our contract and what had been agreed to. However, I find their benefits to outweigh these issues I experiences, so I'd recommend them.