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Compass Rose Gardens

Bodega Bay , CA

LOCATION

0 Bay Flat Road
Bodega Bay, CA 94923 US

PHONE

707-478-0486

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Compass Rose Gardens has been enchanting couples for over 25 years. Coaxed from nature by Donna Cook Freeman, the Gardens are secreted away in the heart of Bodega Bay on the lovely... Read more
Compass Rose Gardens has been enchanting couples for over 25 years. Coaxed from nature by Donna Cook Freeman, the Gardens are secreted away in the heart of Bodega Bay on the lovely Sonoma Coast, adjacent to picturesque Northern California beaches and neighboring the famous Wine Country.

Couples have the wedding of their dreams come to life beneath a towering willow tree and surrounded by a lush collection of ferns and fuchsias, framing the heavenly ceremony site. The garden paths wind around a creek fed pond and run through a serene redwood grove. The patio is ideal for cocktails and hors d'oeurves, while the fabulous pavilion accommodates dining and dancing into the night.

The Gardens provide an escape from everyday life, perfect for creating a truly magical wedding. By appointment only, Melinda Freeman McLees at (707)-478-0486 or emailing melinda@compassrosegardens.com for a private tour. Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
8/23/2014
4.9/5.0
Our guests had one consistent comment about Compass Rose Gardens, "magical". Also, "Who would guess this beautiful garden would be tucked away in here?" One of our daughter's favorite books growing up was "The Secret Garden" and that's exactly what Compass Rose Gardens captures when you walk through the gate. Just beautiful.

Compass Rose Gardens is a family owned business and all "the kids" (40 years on up) play a part in running the venue. Easiest way to communicate with Melinda is via text. She responds right away, versus email, which was not as effective. Melinda and her siblings either met us on site, or found another way to get us access to the gardens every time we requested it. They are very down to earth and warm people.

Our daughter's wedding was in late August 2014, so by that time the creek was dry, but it did not take away from the beauty of the setting. Laine and James loved being across the creek area beneath the willow tree for the ceremony. It was very intimate and just lovely from the guests' view as well.

Not only is the Garden area beautiful for photos, but you are also just steps away from the harbor as well. Our photographer took Laine and James to the harbor area for sunset pictures, the sky was gorgeous and the old pier in the background added character to the scene.

Our family can't wait for an excuse to return to Compass Rose Gardens :)
Our guests had one consistent comment about Compass Rose Gardens, "magical". Also, "Who would guess this beautiful garden Read more...
Our guests had one consistent comment about Compass Rose Gardens, "magical". Also, "Who would guess this beautiful garden would be tucked away in here?" One of our daughter's favorite books growing up was "The Secret Garden" and that's exactly what Compass Rose Gardens captures when you walk through the gate. Just beautiful.

Compass Rose Gardens is a family owned business and all "the kids" (40 years on up) play a part in running the venue. Easiest way to communicate with Melinda is via text. She responds right away, versus email, which was not as effective. Melinda and her siblings either met us on site, or found another way to get us access to the gardens every time we requested it. They are very down to earth and warm people.

Our daughter's wedding was in late August 2014, so by that time the creek was dry, but it did not take away from the beauty of the setting. Laine and James loved being across the creek area beneath the willow tree for the ceremony. It was very intimate and just lovely from the guests' view as well.

Not only is the Garden area beautiful for photos, but you are also just steps away from the harbor as well. Our photographer took Laine and James to the harbor area for sunset pictures, the sky was gorgeous and the old pier in the background added character to the scene.

Our family can't wait for an excuse to return to Compass Rose Gardens :) Read less
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Molly
Wedding:
8/16/2014
4.2/5.0
Aesthetic: 5/5. Compass Rose Gardens is stunningly beautiful. Tolkien-esque, Secret Garden-like, there are redwoods and roses and vines everywhere. There's also a creek they fill up for events, although they didn't for ours (I think because of the drought -- but we weren't using that part of the venue for the most part so it was fine). There's also a huge covered deck/pavilion that fit our 115 guests in two long tables as well as a buffet (rounds work too), a stone area that works great as a dance floor, and a gazebo that the guys escaped into to smoke cigars. It was simply the perfect aesthetic for my vision for the wedding. There's also parking. There's some weird boats and stuff outside and no view of the ocean, but visit - you'll see why it's great.

Value: 4/5. The place comes with zero rentals or service -- which means a big rental bill, but a small liquor bill (BYOB and just get a bartender!). It's cheaper than almost all vineyards, but not as cheap as a golf club -- it was $4900 for use of the space for 8 hours. You'll also need insurance (around $150, we found) and there's a deposit they return to you.

Professionalism / responsiveness: 3/5. Melinda and family are very responsive via text, but not so much via e-mail. On our appointment to view the space, they forgot about it, and we had to track down their cell number after driving out to Bodega. The rest of the process sort of followed suit with taking forever to respond to us or our vendors. But ultimately they always got back to us and were very sweet and nice about everything, and willing to work with us. Since they don't have to do a lot besides give you access and sign paperwork, it works out. And they really are sweet.

We really scored with this location - it really "made" our wedding. In addition, it's just a ten minute drive from St. Teresa of Avila - the iconic little white church in Bodega. (Or you can have the service at the venue itself!)
Aesthetic: 5/5. Compass Rose Gardens is stunningly beautiful. Tolkien-esque, Secret Garden-like, there are redwoods and Read more...
Aesthetic: 5/5. Compass Rose Gardens is stunningly beautiful. Tolkien-esque, Secret Garden-like, there are redwoods and roses and vines everywhere. There's also a creek they fill up for events, although they didn't for ours (I think because of the drought -- but we weren't using that part of the venue for the most part so it was fine). There's also a huge covered deck/pavilion that fit our 115 guests in two long tables as well as a buffet (rounds work too), a stone area that works great as a dance floor, and a gazebo that the guys escaped into to smoke cigars. It was simply the perfect aesthetic for my vision for the wedding. There's also parking. There's some weird boats and stuff outside and no view of the ocean, but visit - you'll see why it's great.

Value: 4/5. The place comes with zero rentals or service -- which means a big rental bill, but a small liquor bill (BYOB and just get a bartender!). It's cheaper than almost all vineyards, but not as cheap as a golf club -- it was $4900 for use of the space for 8 hours. You'll also need insurance (around $150, we found) and there's a deposit they return to you.

Professionalism / responsiveness: 3/5. Melinda and family are very responsive via text, but not so much via e-mail. On our appointment to view the space, they forgot about it, and we had to track down their cell number after driving out to Bodega. The rest of the process sort of followed suit with taking forever to respond to us or our vendors. But ultimately they always got back to us and were very sweet and nice about everything, and willing to work with us. Since they don't have to do a lot besides give you access and sign paperwork, it works out. And they really are sweet.

We really scored with this location - it really "made" our wedding. In addition, it's just a ten minute drive from St. Teresa of Avila - the iconic little white church in Bodega. (Or you can have the service at the venue itself!) Read less
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Pam
Wedding:
9/15/2013
4.9/5.0
The Gardens are amazing! They made the mood of my entire day...and it was fantastic!
With 100 guests plus however many vendors and staff, the space never felt crowded. With so many paths and sitting areas for guests to choose... It's beautiful. I'm so happy I found this tucked away spot for my day!
The Gardens are amazing! They made the mood of my entire day...and it was fantastic!
With 100 guests plus however Read more...
The Gardens are amazing! They made the mood of my entire day...and it was fantastic!
With 100 guests plus however many vendors and staff, the space never felt crowded. With so many paths and sitting areas for guests to choose... It's beautiful. I'm so happy I found this tucked away spot for my day! Read less
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Brook
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
The most beautiful place for a wedding!! Mindy is amazing and I couldnt have been happier with the location!
The most beautiful place for a wedding!! Mindy is amazing and I couldnt have been happier with the location!
The most beautiful place for a wedding!! Mindy is amazing and I couldnt have been happier with the location! Read less
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PATTYWAIT
Wedding:
7/11/2009
4.7/5.0
The compass rose is a magical place. It must be seen to be appreciated. Donna (the owner) is a sweetheart, and made the day extra special
The compass rose is a magical place. It must be seen to be appreciated. Donna (the owner) is a sweetheart, and made the Read more...
The compass rose is a magical place. It must be seen to be appreciated. Donna (the owner) is a sweetheart, and made the day extra special Read less
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