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Bass Lake Park and Retreat Center

Holly Springs , NC
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LOCATION

900 Bass Lake Rd., P. O. Box 8
Holly Springs, NC 27540 US (map)

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919-557-2496

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The Town of Holly Springs purchased the property from the Cornell family after Hurricane Fran caused major damage to the lake's dam in 1996. The Town rebuilt the dam and constructed the... Read more
The Town of Holly Springs purchased the property from the Cornell family after Hurricane Fran caused major damage to the lake's dam in 1996. The Town rebuilt the dam and constructed the Retreat Center. The Park opened to the public in October of 2004. Bass Lake Park and Retreat Center provides a natural elegance for your weddng day. The Retreat Center overlooks a 90 acre lake and has an open deck and floating dock. The Park's thoughtfully landscaped gardens provide a colorful backdrop year round. This natural setting will prove a memorable and picturesque location for you and your guests. Read less
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Maria
Wedding:
9/6/2014
4.4/5.0
Bass Lake Park has beautiful scenery for an outdoor wedding, but beware: if it rains, your wedding can turn out to be a total disaster, as the park doesn't allow tents of any kind on site and the conference room is relatively small. There are many rules in the contract you have to follow, and there seemed to be conflicting information depending on who we spoke to. For instance, no hard liquor is allowed on site, even though mixed drinks will be served to guests; instead, when we signed the contract, one staff member said that signature mixed drinks would be okay. Apparently only unfortified wine and beer is allowed on site. Beer bottles are not allowed outside of the conference room. Another thing to consider when serving alcohol is that a police officer must be present the moment you start serving it, and he/she must be paid cash (on top of the alcohol deposit). We were also told that sparklers were not allowed at all, but the manager was kind of enough to let us use them closer to the parking area. And on the parking topic, the park doesn't actually close to the public, so expect to see some stragglers in some of the park areas. Thankfully, we didn't have any wedding crashers. Despite all the rules you must follow (because it is a public park), Bass Lake is gorgeous for a small outdoor wedding. You can take some beautiful photos and enjoy an evening under the stars.
Bass Lake Park has beautiful scenery for an outdoor wedding, but beware: if it rains, your wedding can turn out to be a Read more...
Bass Lake Park has beautiful scenery for an outdoor wedding, but beware: if it rains, your wedding can turn out to be a total disaster, as the park doesn't allow tents of any kind on site and the conference room is relatively small. There are many rules in the contract you have to follow, and there seemed to be conflicting information depending on who we spoke to. For instance, no hard liquor is allowed on site, even though mixed drinks will be served to guests; instead, when we signed the contract, one staff member said that signature mixed drinks would be okay. Apparently only unfortified wine and beer is allowed on site. Beer bottles are not allowed outside of the conference room. Another thing to consider when serving alcohol is that a police officer must be present the moment you start serving it, and he/she must be paid cash (on top of the alcohol deposit). We were also told that sparklers were not allowed at all, but the manager was kind of enough to let us use them closer to the parking area. And on the parking topic, the park doesn't actually close to the public, so expect to see some stragglers in some of the park areas. Thankfully, we didn't have any wedding crashers. Despite all the rules you must follow (because it is a public park), Bass Lake is gorgeous for a small outdoor wedding. You can take some beautiful photos and enjoy an evening under the stars. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
6/28/2014
4.8/5.0
I love this venue! It is so beautiful and is perfect for a small wedding. They let us do a run through the week before to set up the tables and see where we could fit everyone.
The employees there set up the tables for us the day of the venue and helped make sure everything was in order. We had the ceremony outside and they let us use their plants they had outside as our decorations. I could recommend this venue!
I love this venue! It is so beautiful and is perfect for a small wedding. They let us do a run through the week before to Read more...
I love this venue! It is so beautiful and is perfect for a small wedding. They let us do a run through the week before to set up the tables and see where we could fit everyone.
The employees there set up the tables for us the day of the venue and helped make sure everything was in order. We had the ceremony outside and they let us use their plants they had outside as our decorations. I could recommend this venue! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.0/5.0
I just had my wedding and reception at Bass lake park on 5/17/2014. The view is absolutely beautiful. The fact that you get to rent the venue from 12pm Friday- 12pm Sunday was great to me. We didn't have a dj so the fact that you got to use all of their equipment and hook up your laptop or mp3 player was a big deal. This venue only allows Beer and Wine that you bring in yourself, so it may not be for you if your guests are big drinkers. Overall I am glad that we went with bass lake, all of our guests thought it was beautiful. It is small so not for big parties. And it requires you to be very hands on, nothing is really included as far as linens, food, etc. So in the end Bass lake won't work for everyone, but it worked for me.
I just had my wedding and reception at Bass lake park on 5/17/2014. The view is absolutely beautiful. The fact that you Read more...
I just had my wedding and reception at Bass lake park on 5/17/2014. The view is absolutely beautiful. The fact that you get to rent the venue from 12pm Friday- 12pm Sunday was great to me. We didn't have a dj so the fact that you got to use all of their equipment and hook up your laptop or mp3 player was a big deal. This venue only allows Beer and Wine that you bring in yourself, so it may not be for you if your guests are big drinkers. Overall I am glad that we went with bass lake, all of our guests thought it was beautiful. It is small so not for big parties. And it requires you to be very hands on, nothing is really included as far as linens, food, etc. So in the end Bass lake won't work for everyone, but it worked for me. Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
5/3/2014
3.8/5.0
We were able to rent the park for 12 hrs in a Saturday and the rental included use of the deck, the boat house, and all the tables and chairs (to be used inside only). The space was perfect and the weather made it a beautiful day. What a picturesque setting for pictures and fun. Our event was pretty low key which fit at Bass Lake perfectly!
We were able to rent the park for 12 hrs in a Saturday and the rental included use of the deck, the boat house, and all Read more...
We were able to rent the park for 12 hrs in a Saturday and the rental included use of the deck, the boat house, and all the tables and chairs (to be used inside only). The space was perfect and the weather made it a beautiful day. What a picturesque setting for pictures and fun. Our event was pretty low key which fit at Bass Lake perfectly! Read less
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Cassie
Wedding:
10/5/2012
3.8/5.0
In the beginning I thought it would be way cheaper to go with Bass Lake, whose rental costs are fairly low,and then add in all of the other stuff later. By the time I added in rental company, caterer, lighting, etc. it actually wasn't at all cheaper, but that isn't their fault. The venue was absolutely beautiful when we were finished with it and it was all worth it. But there were a few things that Bass Lake could work on. Susan, the contact person regarding events, seemed irritated and short with me a lot. You are not allowed to take any of the picture frames off the wall in the conference room. The chairs that are provided are hideous. And they are very strict about hanging things from the ceiling and deck. Just make sure to read all of the rules before signing the contract.
In the beginning I thought it would be way cheaper to go with Bass Lake, whose rental costs are fairly low,and then add in Read more...
In the beginning I thought it would be way cheaper to go with Bass Lake, whose rental costs are fairly low,and then add in all of the other stuff later. By the time I added in rental company, caterer, lighting, etc. it actually wasn't at all cheaper, but that isn't their fault. The venue was absolutely beautiful when we were finished with it and it was all worth it. But there were a few things that Bass Lake could work on. Susan, the contact person regarding events, seemed irritated and short with me a lot. You are not allowed to take any of the picture frames off the wall in the conference room. The chairs that are provided are hideous. And they are very strict about hanging things from the ceiling and deck. Just make sure to read all of the rules before signing the contract. Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
9/22/2012
4.0/5.0
we had a great experience at Bass Lake overall. It was a beautiful location for our ceremony and reception. The location and sending is perfect. We did get some conflicting information depending on whom we talked too. They do have some strict regulations as they are a state park but it is worth it.
we had a great experience at Bass Lake overall. It was a beautiful location for our ceremony and reception. The location Read more...
we had a great experience at Bass Lake overall. It was a beautiful location for our ceremony and reception. The location and sending is perfect. We did get some conflicting information depending on whom we talked too. They do have some strict regulations as they are a state park but it is worth it. Read less
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Psyros
Wedding:
6/17/2012
5.0/5.0
The hall at Bass Lake was wonderful. It was the perfect size for our party.
It was so nice that our guests could walk on the deck and look at the beautiful lake.
The staff was great setting up the room for us. Excellent value.
The hall at Bass Lake was wonderful. It was the perfect size for our party.
It was so nice that our guests could walk Read more...
The hall at Bass Lake was wonderful. It was the perfect size for our party.
It was so nice that our guests could walk on the deck and look at the beautiful lake.
The staff was great setting up the room for us. Excellent value. Read less
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rockie18
Wedding:
10/22/2011
4.2/5.0
This venue was spectacular! The scenery was beautiful as it was the fall season. Our pictures are wonderful! The clubhouse is not very big but our wedding of approximately 80 people did fit, we moved tables to create dance space when we were ready for that part of the reception.
This venue was spectacular! The scenery was beautiful as it was the fall season. Our pictures are wonderful! The clubhouse Read more...
This venue was spectacular! The scenery was beautiful as it was the fall season. Our pictures are wonderful! The clubhouse is not very big but our wedding of approximately 80 people did fit, we moved tables to create dance space when we were ready for that part of the reception. Read less
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Christi
Wedding:
10/16/2011
4.4/5.0
This venue was stunningly beautiful, and the perfect place for our wedding. They were pretty flexible on most things, and we had a great time. The only things that were difficult was getting someone on the phone... In order to ask a question, you had to drive there and go into the office, and on the night of the reception, we couldn't get the lights to stay down... We wanted to set the mood to dance and have a good time, but someone would keep cranking them back up to as bright as they would go!

Other than that, this venue is ideal, and we enjoyed having our wedding there!
This venue was stunningly beautiful, and the perfect place for our wedding. They were pretty flexible on most things, and Read more...
This venue was stunningly beautiful, and the perfect place for our wedding. They were pretty flexible on most things, and we had a great time. The only things that were difficult was getting someone on the phone... In order to ask a question, you had to drive there and go into the office, and on the night of the reception, we couldn't get the lights to stay down... We wanted to set the mood to dance and have a good time, but someone would keep cranking them back up to as bright as they would go!

Other than that, this venue is ideal, and we enjoyed having our wedding there! Read less
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Virginia
Wedding:
10/17/2009
3.2/5.0
It is a very beautiful location!!! Prices are reasonable. The staff are the most pleasant and they are not very good at picking up the phone and/or returning phone calls. Emails, don't even try. The best way to get answers is to go in person, but then you may even wait a bit to be helped.
It is a very beautiful location!!! Prices are reasonable. The staff are the most pleasant and they are not very good at Read more...
It is a very beautiful location!!! Prices are reasonable. The staff are the most pleasant and they are not very good at picking up the phone and/or returning phone calls. Emails, don't even try. The best way to get answers is to go in person, but then you may even wait a bit to be helped. Read less
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900 Bass Lake Rd., P. O. Box 8, Holly Springs, NC 27540 See On Map
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