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Rockwood Manor

Potomac , MD
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11001 MacArthur Boulevard
Potomac, MD 20854 US (map)

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Nestled in 30 acres of woodland just outside Washington, DC and steps away from the C&O Canal, Rockwood Manor is a secluded charmingly comfortable venue that is ideal for your wedding or... Read more
Nestled in 30 acres of woodland just outside Washington, DC and steps away from the C&O Canal, Rockwood Manor is a secluded charmingly comfortable venue that is ideal for your wedding or special event. With seven adjoining indoor event spaces, a gazebo garden, flagstone patio, outdoor amphitheater and overnight lodging for up to 100 people, Rockwood Manor is perfect for indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions as well as wedding weekend retreats. Overnight accommodations include hotel style guestrooms with private baths, a three bedroom cottage and three climate controlled bunkhouse cabins.

Ceremonies may be held outdoors off of the veranda on the bowling lawn, featuring a manicured garden and picturesque gazebo; on the trellis-lined flagstone patio behind the Manor or inside the Manor in Brooke Hall with its soaring ceiling, wooden beams and panoramic view. Follow the ceremony with cocktails on the brick veranda or flagstone terrace patio out back, or dine and dance with your guests in the elegant Hoover and Rapidan Rooms.

The Manor can accomodate up to 120 people seated indoors in any one area. Eight hour - one day rentals are available as well as Weekend Retreat packages. The retreat packages provide overnight accommodations for up to three nights and 16 hours of event time in the Manor. Outdoor spaces are also included for the duration of the stay.

Rockwood Manor provides tables and chairs, ample on-site parking, a bridal suite, groom's room and a warming kitchen for your caterer of choice. The C & O National Historic Park, hiking trails and other attractions are minutes away. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
8
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic, Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Country, Rustic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
120
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What event items are available?
Chairs, Tables
What transportation and access is available?
Parking

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use

REVIEWS

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Kelly
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
We absolutely LOVE Rockwood Manor and the staff that work there. We used Rockwood Manor for a wedding weekend retreat on July 23, 2016. Gina and Will were especially helpful and accommodating before and during our wedding weekend. They met with us several times for walk throughs with different vendors, or just for us to see the space and talk about the best layout. We loved that our families and friends were able to be together all weekend. On Friday, we had a pizza truck (Pizza Brama - amazing!) come and feed 80 guests for our rehearsal dinner. We got sides from the Market at River Falls which is an amazing little gourmet grocery store nearby. During the day on Saturday, our family and friends went for a hike while the bridal party got make up and hair done in the bridal suite. After our wedding, we continued to hang out down by the cabins. On Sunday morning we had a small brunch for guests that stayed overnight. Logistically, Rockwood Manor allows you to DIY as much as you want. They have tables and chairs but you have to rent everything else - caterer, linens, glassware, ect. This is a little more work but gives you the opportunity to "shop around" and potentially save some money. We bought all our own alcohol, kegerator (for beer), linens, string lights and a selfie station. The dance floor is a little bit separate from the rest of the upstairs which is the perfect set up for a no judgement dance floor (aka amazing party)!! Our DJ brought dance floor lights that amplified the energy on the dance floor even more. Our wedding was so much fun thanks to Rockwood manor!!!!
We absolutely LOVE Rockwood Manor and the staff that work there. We used Rockwood Manor for a wedding weekend retreat on Read more...
We absolutely LOVE Rockwood Manor and the staff that work there. We used Rockwood Manor for a wedding weekend retreat on July 23, 2016. Gina and Will were especially helpful and accommodating before and during our wedding weekend. They met with us several times for walk throughs with different vendors, or just for us to see the space and talk about the best layout. We loved that our families and friends were able to be together all weekend. On Friday, we had a pizza truck (Pizza Brama - amazing!) come and feed 80 guests for our rehearsal dinner. We got sides from the Market at River Falls which is an amazing little gourmet grocery store nearby. During the day on Saturday, our family and friends went for a hike while the bridal party got make up and hair done in the bridal suite. After our wedding, we continued to hang out down by the cabins. On Sunday morning we had a small brunch for guests that stayed overnight. Logistically, Rockwood Manor allows you to DIY as much as you want. They have tables and chairs but you have to rent everything else - caterer, linens, glassware, ect. This is a little more work but gives you the opportunity to "shop around" and potentially save some money. We bought all our own alcohol, kegerator (for beer), linens, string lights and a selfie station. The dance floor is a little bit separate from the rest of the upstairs which is the perfect set up for a no judgement dance floor (aka amazing party)!! Our DJ brought dance floor lights that amplified the energy on the dance floor even more. Our wedding was so much fun thanks to Rockwood manor!!!! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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diane
Wedding:
5/29/2016
5.0/5.0
We had a Spring wedding at Rockwood, and in addition to the natural beauty, its convenient location to Potomac Village, the several National Parks and hiking trails, and the various spaces one can use (indoors and out), plus the absolutely flexible and caring staff (they want to do whatever so that the client is happy), it is a wonderful place so that your guests can stay there and therefore have more time to spend with family and friends. Lovely manor plus gazebo or back patio for a classy ceremony , and campfire and bunkhouses for a camp feeling. It can be whatever you want it to be! It was a destination wedding near home and because we rented it for the entire weekend and provided meals, guests were able to attend a wedding much more inexpensively than usual.
We had a Spring wedding at Rockwood, and in addition to the natural beauty, its convenient location to Potomac Village, Read more...
We had a Spring wedding at Rockwood, and in addition to the natural beauty, its convenient location to Potomac Village, the several National Parks and hiking trails, and the various spaces one can use (indoors and out), plus the absolutely flexible and caring staff (they want to do whatever so that the client is happy), it is a wonderful place so that your guests can stay there and therefore have more time to spend with family and friends. Lovely manor plus gazebo or back patio for a classy ceremony , and campfire and bunkhouses for a camp feeling. It can be whatever you want it to be! It was a destination wedding near home and because we rented it for the entire weekend and provided meals, guests were able to attend a wedding much more inexpensively than usual. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Booking Rockwood manor for a weekend retreat package for our wedding on August 1 was a wonderful idea. We had a lot of fun having all our guests there all weekend, and had plenty of time to hang out with everyone in a beautiful and laid-back setting. We did a campfire and BBQ on Friday night and guests went hiking on Saturday before the ceremony. The setting was gorgeous and staff was very flexible and understanding. Everything went very well - thank you Rockwood Manor!
Booking Rockwood manor for a weekend retreat package for our wedding on August 1 was a wonderful idea. We had a lot of fun Read more...
Booking Rockwood manor for a weekend retreat package for our wedding on August 1 was a wonderful idea. We had a lot of fun having all our guests there all weekend, and had plenty of time to hang out with everyone in a beautiful and laid-back setting. We did a campfire and BBQ on Friday night and guests went hiking on Saturday before the ceremony. The setting was gorgeous and staff was very flexible and understanding. Everything went very well - thank you Rockwood Manor! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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sara
Wedding:
5/9/2015
5.0/5.0
Rockwood Manor was the best choice for our daughter's wedding. We had the place from Friday to Sunday. The houses offered excellent accommodation, one for each family and one for young families with small children. The groom and bride's friends stayed in the cabins. We had the rehearsal dinner" (a pizza truck serving eighty hungry guests on Friday), breakfast and picnic, a great wedding reception, dinner and party on Saturday and everyone left extremely satisfied on Sunday.

The staff of Rockwood manor was fantastic. Always on time, all table arrangements were as promised, the equipment was great.

We want to mention Shirley and Gaby for their kind attention.

For those looking for a "woodsy" place combining the informality of cabins with an elegant venue, Rockwood manor is the place!
Rockwood Manor was the best choice for our daughter's wedding. We had the place from Friday to Sunday. The houses offered Read more...
Rockwood Manor was the best choice for our daughter's wedding. We had the place from Friday to Sunday. The houses offered excellent accommodation, one for each family and one for young families with small children. The groom and bride's friends stayed in the cabins. We had the rehearsal dinner" (a pizza truck serving eighty hungry guests on Friday), breakfast and picnic, a great wedding reception, dinner and party on Saturday and everyone left extremely satisfied on Sunday.

The staff of Rockwood manor was fantastic. Always on time, all table arrangements were as promised, the equipment was great.

We want to mention Shirley and Gaby for their kind attention.

For those looking for a "woodsy" place combining the informality of cabins with an elegant venue, Rockwood manor is the place! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Jessica
Wedding:
1/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Beautiful venue, the dining hall looked magical, the staff was very kind and helpful. Loved it, made my day perfect.
Beautiful venue, the dining hall looked magical, the staff was very kind and helpful. Loved it, made my day perfect.
Beautiful venue, the dining hall looked magical, the staff was very kind and helpful. Loved it, made my day perfect. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rockwood is a beautiful setting, and the staff were wonderful. They were fair and reasonable and responsive, and very encouraging of our creativity.
Rockwood is a beautiful setting, and the staff were wonderful. They were fair and reasonable and responsive, and very Read more...
Rockwood is a beautiful setting, and the staff were wonderful. They were fair and reasonable and responsive, and very encouraging of our creativity. Read less
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J
Wedding:
3/30/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I searched high and low to find a venue that would accommodate three desires: (1) a space where we could have a rustic, woodsy outdoor wedding and a formal indoor reception; (2) a space we could have longer than the 6-8 standard hours because we knew we’d want to dance until late; and (3) somewhere budget friendly. Rockwood Manor delivered all three and then some.

Rockwood Manor is a retreat center near the Billy Goat Trail (Great Falls). We opted for the Weekend Package, which besides allowing us the time we wanted, allowed us to house a ton of out-of-town guests in hotel-style rooms (with private bathrooms). Around 35 guests stayed in hotel-style cabins, and another 80 could stay in bunk-style lodges. Having the bunks also allowed for us to make space for guests who wanted to crash instead of driving home.

We had a casual Friday night rehearsal dinner capped by a bonfire outside. Our perfect woodsy wedding took place on Saturday overlooking a forest and surrounded by nature trails (which our guests had a chance to hike and stroll on Saturday morning before the wedding). On Sunday, we held a brunch for all who had stayed over. Especially because both of our families were coming from out-of-state and abroad, having this weekend experience was definitely the way to go. The staff including Marsha, Shelley, and Tina were so nice and wonderful.

THE ONE THING TO NOTE is that this place is TOTALLY DIY. They provide the space, the rooms and linens, but you do everything else. This was good for us because we could pick our own caterer and other vendors, but it is very DIY.
My wife and I searched high and low to find a venue that would accommodate three desires: (1) a space where we could have Read more...
My wife and I searched high and low to find a venue that would accommodate three desires: (1) a space where we could have a rustic, woodsy outdoor wedding and a formal indoor reception; (2) a space we could have longer than the 6-8 standard hours because we knew we’d want to dance until late; and (3) somewhere budget friendly. Rockwood Manor delivered all three and then some.

Rockwood Manor is a retreat center near the Billy Goat Trail (Great Falls). We opted for the Weekend Package, which besides allowing us the time we wanted, allowed us to house a ton of out-of-town guests in hotel-style rooms (with private bathrooms). Around 35 guests stayed in hotel-style cabins, and another 80 could stay in bunk-style lodges. Having the bunks also allowed for us to make space for guests who wanted to crash instead of driving home.

We had a casual Friday night rehearsal dinner capped by a bonfire outside. Our perfect woodsy wedding took place on Saturday overlooking a forest and surrounded by nature trails (which our guests had a chance to hike and stroll on Saturday morning before the wedding). On Sunday, we held a brunch for all who had stayed over. Especially because both of our families were coming from out-of-state and abroad, having this weekend experience was definitely the way to go. The staff including Marsha, Shelley, and Tina were so nice and wonderful.

THE ONE THING TO NOTE is that this place is TOTALLY DIY. They provide the space, the rooms and linens, but you do everything else. This was good for us because we could pick our own caterer and other vendors, but it is very DIY. Read less
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Taye
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
I absolutely love this place. It has a wonderful scenery, especially the drive there. At first I was unsure of the place but I grew to love it, since I am more into nature this was perfect. All my my family and friends could not stop talking about how beautiful the venue was. I had my wedding on a Sunday and it was just perfect. The staff are friendly and calls back in a timely manner. Shelly, Martha, and Tanzi was wonderful throught our whole experience. Our day of site manager was Donell and he was more than helpful.
I absolutely love this place. It has a wonderful scenery, especially the drive there. At first I was unsure of the place Read more...
I absolutely love this place. It has a wonderful scenery, especially the drive there. At first I was unsure of the place but I grew to love it, since I am more into nature this was perfect. All my my family and friends could not stop talking about how beautiful the venue was. I had my wedding on a Sunday and it was just perfect. The staff are friendly and calls back in a timely manner. Shelly, Martha, and Tanzi was wonderful throught our whole experience. Our day of site manager was Donell and he was more than helpful. Read less
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Paige
Wedding:
10/3/2015
4.9/5.0
We were thrilled with our wedding weekend at Rockwood Manor! We wanted a sort of “destination wedding,” without travelling too far outside of D.C.; a place where we could spend the weekend with our close friends and family, without the hassle of moving from one spot to the next. Rockwood Manor provided this and more. We were able to arrive on Friday afternoon, host a rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception, as well as a Sunday morning breakfast. While there are hotel-style rooms for 35 guests, it was great to invite the rest of our guests to crash in the nicest camp-style bunk beds we have ever seen (including heating/AC and showers)!

The old management at the venue may have had drawbacks, but Nancy, Will and others make up for that and more. They were eager to provide any support they could, both leading up to and during the weekend. A hurricane came through the area right before our wedding and the staff was there to provide back-up plans and positive thinking. When the rain cleared a few hours before the ceremony they were outside wiping down the wet chairs, so that we could have the ceremony on the beautiful stone patio. Some reviews express concerns over the inability to have amplified music outside, but it was not a problem for us. We had our DJ play acoustic music over speakers both before and during the ceremony, and then moved inside for the reception. The main reception room fit 100 guests, plus a 16X16 dance floor and DJ, with the buffet and bar outside under a tent. It was a nice setup to allow space for walking around, yet keeping everyone close to the action. One of the best features is the fireplace and hearth. Our florist filled the shelves and mantle with beautiful decor that really pulled the room together.

In short, Rockwood Manor provided the perfect nature-filled, destination-style wedding, and at a great price! We can’t wait to have another event there one day!
We were thrilled with our wedding weekend at Rockwood Manor! We wanted a sort of “destination wedding,” without travelling Read more...
We were thrilled with our wedding weekend at Rockwood Manor! We wanted a sort of “destination wedding,” without travelling too far outside of D.C.; a place where we could spend the weekend with our close friends and family, without the hassle of moving from one spot to the next. Rockwood Manor provided this and more. We were able to arrive on Friday afternoon, host a rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception, as well as a Sunday morning breakfast. While there are hotel-style rooms for 35 guests, it was great to invite the rest of our guests to crash in the nicest camp-style bunk beds we have ever seen (including heating/AC and showers)!

The old management at the venue may have had drawbacks, but Nancy, Will and others make up for that and more. They were eager to provide any support they could, both leading up to and during the weekend. A hurricane came through the area right before our wedding and the staff was there to provide back-up plans and positive thinking. When the rain cleared a few hours before the ceremony they were outside wiping down the wet chairs, so that we could have the ceremony on the beautiful stone patio. Some reviews express concerns over the inability to have amplified music outside, but it was not a problem for us. We had our DJ play acoustic music over speakers both before and during the ceremony, and then moved inside for the reception. The main reception room fit 100 guests, plus a 16X16 dance floor and DJ, with the buffet and bar outside under a tent. It was a nice setup to allow space for walking around, yet keeping everyone close to the action. One of the best features is the fireplace and hearth. Our florist filled the shelves and mantle with beautiful decor that really pulled the room together.

In short, Rockwood Manor provided the perfect nature-filled, destination-style wedding, and at a great price! We can’t wait to have another event there one day! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Juliana
Wedding:
5/22/2010
4.9/5.0
We loved having our wedding at Rockwood Manor. We rented the whole site for the whole weekend and couldn't be happier with our choice. They were extremely flexible and easy to work with and the value was amazing. We had a lot of our guests (including ourselves) stay on-site for Friday and Saturday. This made it super easy and it allowed us to spend a ton of time with family and friends.

They allowed us to come in and start getting the place ready at 9 am on Friday, even though our contract started at 3pm. They also provided us with ladders, extension cords and other useful tools for our setup. The representative from Rockwood that was there during our event was very nice and helpful too.

For our rehearsal, we had a band setup outside, with a full sound system. They played from 5pm to 11pm and we had no complaints or problems because of this. We made full use of the catering kitchen on Friday and Saturday with no issues, either. Working with the staff at Rockwood, specially Dave, was a very good experience for us.

The grounds at the Manor are extremely pretty and made the whole weekend feel magical!
The house itself is extremely nice and has enough rooms that you can design your wedding in many different ways. We used the rooms downstairs for dinner and bar. We used the room in the middle level (Rapidan) for dancing and the rooms upstairs for the DJ, for chocolates and for coffee. We found that this setup allowed our guests to wander around and choose their own adventure: some people danced the night away, others sat by the bar and played poker and other sat around talking and taking pictures. It was a very laid-back atmosphere but at the same time very intimate and warm!

I really couldn't imagine a better place for our wedding. The only reason they got 4.5 instead of 5 for responsiveness is that they were a little hard to get hold off through email. They were very good on the phone and in person, though.
We loved having our wedding at Rockwood Manor. We rented the whole site for the whole weekend and couldn't be happier with Read more...
We loved having our wedding at Rockwood Manor. We rented the whole site for the whole weekend and couldn't be happier with our choice. They were extremely flexible and easy to work with and the value was amazing. We had a lot of our guests (including ourselves) stay on-site for Friday and Saturday. This made it super easy and it allowed us to spend a ton of time with family and friends.

They allowed us to come in and start getting the place ready at 9 am on Friday, even though our contract started at 3pm. They also provided us with ladders, extension cords and other useful tools for our setup. The representative from Rockwood that was there during our event was very nice and helpful too.

For our rehearsal, we had a band setup outside, with a full sound system. They played from 5pm to 11pm and we had no complaints or problems because of this. We made full use of the catering kitchen on Friday and Saturday with no issues, either. Working with the staff at Rockwood, specially Dave, was a very good experience for us.

The grounds at the Manor are extremely pretty and made the whole weekend feel magical!
The house itself is extremely nice and has enough rooms that you can design your wedding in many different ways. We used the rooms downstairs for dinner and bar. We used the room in the middle level (Rapidan) for dancing and the rooms upstairs for the DJ, for chocolates and for coffee. We found that this setup allowed our guests to wander around and choose their own adventure: some people danced the night away, others sat by the bar and played poker and other sat around talking and taking pictures. It was a very laid-back atmosphere but at the same time very intimate and warm!

I really couldn't imagine a better place for our wedding. The only reason they got 4.5 instead of 5 for responsiveness is that they were a little hard to get hold off through email. They were very good on the phone and in person, though. Read less
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