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Searles Castle at Windham

Windham , NH
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LOCATION

21 Searles Road, P.O. Box 4190
Windham, NH US 03087 (map)

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603-898-6597

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Mike
Wedding:
9/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Shaun, Scott, and the whole crew over at Searles were absolutely incredible! With a venue this gorgeous you're already in a fairytale come true, however, image can only get you so far. Well that was never a concern for us, every detail was choreographed down to a 't', and although we knew that we were not the only couple with a wedding there that weekend, we never felt like it was about anybody but us and our guests. The food was truly stellar, the relationships the management have with other vendors is obviously paramount to them, and their willingness to adjust to any whim of ours was impeccable. We brought a lot of random pieces at the rehearsal the day prior to go into our ceremony and reception space and they were worked in seamlessly when we got there the next day. When there was a bit of a freak-out when I realized I'd misplaced a piece for the ceremony, they stepped in immediately and had another solution. Something else we truly appreciated was the lack of hidden fees. Want top shelf liquor? It costs the same as it would for well. Want to bring in your own cake? Not a problem, no hoops to jump through, and there's no cake-cutting fee stupidity. I don't think we ever really encountered a snag to be honest. Everything felt very organic and calm, but yet no stone went unturned and it was obvious. I cannot begin to tell you how many people told us it was the best wedding they've ever been to. As I said, our true fairytale. Don't think twice, this is where you want to have your wedding.
Shaun, Scott, and the whole crew over at Searles were absolutely incredible! With a venue this gorgeous you're already in Read more...
Shaun, Scott, and the whole crew over at Searles were absolutely incredible! With a venue this gorgeous you're already in a fairytale come true, however, image can only get you so far. Well that was never a concern for us, every detail was choreographed down to a 't', and although we knew that we were not the only couple with a wedding there that weekend, we never felt like it was about anybody but us and our guests. The food was truly stellar, the relationships the management have with other vendors is obviously paramount to them, and their willingness to adjust to any whim of ours was impeccable. We brought a lot of random pieces at the rehearsal the day prior to go into our ceremony and reception space and they were worked in seamlessly when we got there the next day. When there was a bit of a freak-out when I realized I'd misplaced a piece for the ceremony, they stepped in immediately and had another solution. Something else we truly appreciated was the lack of hidden fees. Want top shelf liquor? It costs the same as it would for well. Want to bring in your own cake? Not a problem, no hoops to jump through, and there's no cake-cutting fee stupidity. I don't think we ever really encountered a snag to be honest. Everything felt very organic and calm, but yet no stone went unturned and it was obvious. I cannot begin to tell you how many people told us it was the best wedding they've ever been to. As I said, our true fairytale. Don't think twice, this is where you want to have your wedding. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/23/2014
5.0/5.0
WOW WOW WOW! Searles Castle made my wedding a dream come true and I cannot thank them enough. The castle is gorgeous, and the people who run it are amazing; each of them were so helpful, patient, and took true care in making my wedding day perfect. My guests keep talking about how incredible my ceremony was, and how great the food was. I want to have every event there!
WOW WOW WOW! Searles Castle made my wedding a dream come true and I cannot thank them enough. The castle is gorgeous, and Read more...
WOW WOW WOW! Searles Castle made my wedding a dream come true and I cannot thank them enough. The castle is gorgeous, and the people who run it are amazing; each of them were so helpful, patient, and took true care in making my wedding day perfect. My guests keep talking about how incredible my ceremony was, and how great the food was. I want to have every event there! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Amazing, amazing venue, and service to match. Whatever you want, they'll find a way to make it happen. It was refreshing that, during our first meeting, they calculated what the day would cost and gave us a number -- everywhere else gave you complicated menus of options so the best you could do was guess.

They responded quickly to about a hundred panicky emails from my mother and me over the months leading up to the wedding, and blew us away on the day. We took advantage of two of the last minute extensions of our booked time, and the whole staff was super nice about it, even as we kept them from heading home as planned. The servers were so on top of things that I think they actually left the venue to bring back specific drinks some guests asked about.

Really, really top notch service -- and how cool is it to get married in a castle?!?
Amazing, amazing venue, and service to match. Whatever you want, they'll find a way to make it happen. It was refreshing Read more...
Amazing, amazing venue, and service to match. Whatever you want, they'll find a way to make it happen. It was refreshing that, during our first meeting, they calculated what the day would cost and gave us a number -- everywhere else gave you complicated menus of options so the best you could do was guess.

They responded quickly to about a hundred panicky emails from my mother and me over the months leading up to the wedding, and blew us away on the day. We took advantage of two of the last minute extensions of our booked time, and the whole staff was super nice about it, even as we kept them from heading home as planned. The servers were so on top of things that I think they actually left the venue to bring back specific drinks some guests asked about.

Really, really top notch service -- and how cool is it to get married in a castle?!? Read less
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andrea
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Searles Castle for my daughter's wedding was, in a word, perfect! We managed to pull off basically a destination wedding for 185 people. Our travel to the venue during the ten months leading up to the wedding was kept to a minimum, thanks to the staff's accommodating nature. Most of our correspondence with Shaun and Scott (who take care of everything) was through email and a couple of phone conversations. They were an absolute delight to deal with in every way! Professional, flexible, assuring, etc.. The day was looking like a complete wash out, but Shaun kept assuring me that they VERY seldom have to move a ceremony inside....and he was right! The castle courtyard was magical for my daughter's fairytale wedding. Shaun and Scott went out of their way, with their terrific servers, to meet our every need. They even went out during the ceremony to buy Dr. Pepper for my brother in law! Everyone at the wedding raved about the venue. As the previous reviewer said, I, too, am looking for an excuse to go back. Thank you Shaun and Scott for absolutely everything!
Searles Castle for my daughter's wedding was, in a word, perfect! We managed to pull off basically a destination wedding Read more...
Searles Castle for my daughter's wedding was, in a word, perfect! We managed to pull off basically a destination wedding for 185 people. Our travel to the venue during the ten months leading up to the wedding was kept to a minimum, thanks to the staff's accommodating nature. Most of our correspondence with Shaun and Scott (who take care of everything) was through email and a couple of phone conversations. They were an absolute delight to deal with in every way! Professional, flexible, assuring, etc.. The day was looking like a complete wash out, but Shaun kept assuring me that they VERY seldom have to move a ceremony inside....and he was right! The castle courtyard was magical for my daughter's fairytale wedding. Shaun and Scott went out of their way, with their terrific servers, to meet our every need. They even went out during the ceremony to buy Dr. Pepper for my brother in law! Everyone at the wedding raved about the venue. As the previous reviewer said, I, too, am looking for an excuse to go back. Thank you Shaun and Scott for absolutely everything! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Searles Castle was an absolutely amazing venue, both in how beautiful it is and in how wonderful and accommodating the staff is to make your day perfect. We planned our wedding on a 10 week timeline and Searles made the process so simple. Shaun and Scott are clearly experts in what they do, they reassured me that I wouldn't have to worry about a thing on the wedding day and I had complete faith in them. They offered a wide variety of menu choices and even accommodated our requested for an entree not on their list. We had our ceremony on-site and every details was absolutely beautiful. They set up every item, down to the last flower petal and candle that I had brought to them exactly how I wanted it, and even made some improvements on my vision. The vendor package they offer is excellent, great pricing and so easy to work through Searles to coordinate all of these details- not to mention all of their vendor partner were phenomenal. When our day arrived the sun was shining, the venue was beautiful and I didn't have to worry about one thing. Scott even remembered things I didn't- like bringing out our Thank You signs to make sure we took photos with them. All of our guests were blown away at how impressive the venue was, the photos were beautiful and we can honestly say that our wedding day was absolutely perfect. I would highly recommend Searles for any wedding or even special event- I'd love to find another reason to go back there!
Searles Castle was an absolutely amazing venue, both in how beautiful it is and in how wonderful and accommodating the Read more...
Searles Castle was an absolutely amazing venue, both in how beautiful it is and in how wonderful and accommodating the staff is to make your day perfect. We planned our wedding on a 10 week timeline and Searles made the process so simple. Shaun and Scott are clearly experts in what they do, they reassured me that I wouldn't have to worry about a thing on the wedding day and I had complete faith in them. They offered a wide variety of menu choices and even accommodated our requested for an entree not on their list. We had our ceremony on-site and every details was absolutely beautiful. They set up every item, down to the last flower petal and candle that I had brought to them exactly how I wanted it, and even made some improvements on my vision. The vendor package they offer is excellent, great pricing and so easy to work through Searles to coordinate all of these details- not to mention all of their vendor partner were phenomenal. When our day arrived the sun was shining, the venue was beautiful and I didn't have to worry about one thing. Scott even remembered things I didn't- like bringing out our Thank You signs to make sure we took photos with them. All of our guests were blown away at how impressive the venue was, the photos were beautiful and we can honestly say that our wedding day was absolutely perfect. I would highly recommend Searles for any wedding or even special event- I'd love to find another reason to go back there! Read less
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James
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Shaun, Scott and the team were absolutely fantastic. They were responsive and got the job done with no pressure on us. From event planning to production, couldn't have asked for a better experience.

PS Our guests found the Castle to be a stunning venue.
Shaun, Scott and the team were absolutely fantastic. They were responsive and got the job done with no pressure on us. Read more...
Shaun, Scott and the team were absolutely fantastic. They were responsive and got the job done with no pressure on us. From event planning to production, couldn't have asked for a better experience.

PS Our guests found the Castle to be a stunning venue. Read less
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Ellen
Wedding:
10/10/2013
5.0/5.0
I cannot imagine a more perfect location for a wedding. My daughter and son in law were married at Searles Castle on 10/10/13 and it was a magnificent affair. The location is beautiful and the staff is fantastic.

Our guests loved the venue and loved the food - which I have to say was the best I've ever had at a wedding or other affair.

Very accommodating and very unique setting. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking.
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I cannot imagine a more perfect location for a wedding. My daughter and son in law were married at Searles Castle on 10/10/13 and it was a magnificent affair. The location is beautiful and the staff is fantastic.

Our guests loved the venue and loved the food - which I have to say was the best I've ever had at a wedding or other affair.

Very accommodating and very unique setting. The pictures are absolutely breathtaking. Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
We held our daughters wedding at Searles Castle last Saturday, 9/7/13, and we just can't stop talking about it. It was incredibly beautiful out, and every feature was perfect! Scott and Shaun are so great to work with, we just had so much fun all the way around. They let us transform the ceremony area into my daughters perfect dream, and it came out beautiful. The tent was perfect, the grounds were perfect. The team at Searles was everywhere and always exactly when we needed it. They had water every where all night so the guests were always hydrating along with the cocktails! That was such a great touch. I really truly can't think of anything that went amiss. Thanks so Scott and Shaun and the whole staff there. An absolutely perfect day and night that we just didn't want to end!!!!!
We held our daughters wedding at Searles Castle last Saturday, 9/7/13, and we just can't stop talking about it. It was Read more...
We held our daughters wedding at Searles Castle last Saturday, 9/7/13, and we just can't stop talking about it. It was incredibly beautiful out, and every feature was perfect! Scott and Shaun are so great to work with, we just had so much fun all the way around. They let us transform the ceremony area into my daughters perfect dream, and it came out beautiful. The tent was perfect, the grounds were perfect. The team at Searles was everywhere and always exactly when we needed it. They had water every where all night so the guests were always hydrating along with the cocktails! That was such a great touch. I really truly can't think of anything that went amiss. Thanks so Scott and Shaun and the whole staff there. An absolutely perfect day and night that we just didn't want to end!!!!! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
5/24/2013
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough great things about Searles Castle! Working with Scott and Shaun was easy and enjoyable- they made the Wedding planning less stressful :) Getting married at a Castle is so incredibly romantic and memorable. Our guests oooed and awed over our venue- it was a real jaw dropper!

We were married on May 24th 2013. The weather leading up to our day was miserable and raining- down pouring actually(every Bride's nightmare). The day of the wedding was overcast and Shaun and Scott were so supportive and reassuring for a nervous Bride! Luckily the weather changed and we had a BEAUTIFUL ceremony outside- although the back up plan for rain is to get married inside a Castle, that's pretty great too!

The entire team at Searles Castle is so professional. The night flowed beautifully and all the T's were crossed and the I's were dotted. We will be forever grateful to the staff at Searles for making our Wedding day an absolute dream come true.
We cannot say enough great things about Searles Castle! Working with Scott and Shaun was easy and enjoyable- they made the Read more...
We cannot say enough great things about Searles Castle! Working with Scott and Shaun was easy and enjoyable- they made the Wedding planning less stressful :) Getting married at a Castle is so incredibly romantic and memorable. Our guests oooed and awed over our venue- it was a real jaw dropper!

We were married on May 24th 2013. The weather leading up to our day was miserable and raining- down pouring actually(every Bride's nightmare). The day of the wedding was overcast and Shaun and Scott were so supportive and reassuring for a nervous Bride! Luckily the weather changed and we had a BEAUTIFUL ceremony outside- although the back up plan for rain is to get married inside a Castle, that's pretty great too!

The entire team at Searles Castle is so professional. The night flowed beautifully and all the T's were crossed and the I's were dotted. We will be forever grateful to the staff at Searles for making our Wedding day an absolute dream come true. Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
5/3/2013
5.0/5.0
This was a dream come true venue. They definitely know how to make a bride feel at ease. They completely take care of everything you can think of and even the things you don't think of. The castle is gorgeous, the tent is spacious and can be decorated to the limits of your imagination, the food was raved about by everyone. I can't recommend this venue enough!!!
This was a dream come true venue. They definitely know how to make a bride feel at ease. They completely take care of Read more...
This was a dream come true venue. They definitely know how to make a bride feel at ease. They completely take care of everything you can think of and even the things you don't think of. The castle is gorgeous, the tent is spacious and can be decorated to the limits of your imagination, the food was raved about by everyone. I can't recommend this venue enough!!! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Couldn't ask for a more perfect reception site. Everyone at Searle's is a pleasure to work with. They are so accommodating and helpful. During the entire process, someone was always calling or emailing to follow up with me and let me know what was next. They truly treat you like extended family. Right down to the wedding night, they assure that everything is perfect down to every little detail. I couldn't thank them enough for all they did. It was truly a perfect day!
Couldn't ask for a more perfect reception site. Everyone at Searle's is a pleasure to work with. They are so accommodating Read more...
Couldn't ask for a more perfect reception site. Everyone at Searle's is a pleasure to work with. They are so accommodating and helpful. During the entire process, someone was always calling or emailing to follow up with me and let me know what was next. They truly treat you like extended family. Right down to the wedding night, they assure that everything is perfect down to every little detail. I couldn't thank them enough for all they did. It was truly a perfect day! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
They took all the stress out of wedding planning. They were flexible with everything and so easy going. My husband and I were thinking of using them for our ten year anniversary. They were professional, courteous, and the facility just beautiful for anyone dreaming of the storybook wedding.
They took all the stress out of wedding planning. They were flexible with everything and so easy going. My husband and I Read more...
They took all the stress out of wedding planning. They were flexible with everything and so easy going. My husband and I were thinking of using them for our ten year anniversary. They were professional, courteous, and the facility just beautiful for anyone dreaming of the storybook wedding. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough good things about this place. They were on the ball and the night went seamlessly. It's a perfect place for a fairytale wedding. We are going to have our 5 year anniversary there. I can't wait.
I can not say enough good things about this place. They were on the ball and the night went seamlessly. It's a perfect Read more...
I can not say enough good things about this place. They were on the ball and the night went seamlessly. It's a perfect place for a fairytale wedding. We are going to have our 5 year anniversary there. I can't wait. Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Scott, Shaun and the entire staff at Searles are so great. Our wedding day was truly perfect - throughout the entire planning process they were so responsive to all our questions and extremely accomodating. If you want a beautiful, fairytale wedding at a truly unique venue, Searles is the place! They are 100% flexible and made sure every request we made was met, the entire staff is super friendly and constantly smiling!
Scott, Shaun and the entire staff at Searles are so great. Our wedding day was truly perfect - throughout the entire Read more...
Scott, Shaun and the entire staff at Searles are so great. Our wedding day was truly perfect - throughout the entire planning process they were so responsive to all our questions and extremely accomodating. If you want a beautiful, fairytale wedding at a truly unique venue, Searles is the place! They are 100% flexible and made sure every request we made was met, the entire staff is super friendly and constantly smiling! Read less
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Abby
Wedding:
6/26/2011
5.0/5.0
VERY happy with Searles! Scott easily makes you feel like you're the only bride getting married there (and, if there is anything I learned from the wedding planning process, is that dealing with people who make it very apparent that this is a business makes things SUPER unpleasant). They are super flexible and the package that comes along with it is a LIFESAVER (and moneysaver =)).

But what really made me fall in love with it was the antiques. I mean, the castle was originally built so a duke could house his antiques overseas, so there are some serious treasures in there! So, so, so recommend!
VERY happy with Searles! Scott easily makes you feel like you're the only bride getting married there (and, if there is Read more...
VERY happy with Searles! Scott easily makes you feel like you're the only bride getting married there (and, if there is anything I learned from the wedding planning process, is that dealing with people who make it very apparent that this is a business makes things SUPER unpleasant). They are super flexible and the package that comes along with it is a LIFESAVER (and moneysaver =)).

But what really made me fall in love with it was the antiques. I mean, the castle was originally built so a duke could house his antiques overseas, so there are some serious treasures in there! So, so, so recommend! Read less
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Judy
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Shaun and Scott and every minute and detail were over the top. People are still raving about the day.
Shaun and Scott and every minute and detail were over the top. People are still raving about the day.
Shaun and Scott and every minute and detail were over the top. People are still raving about the day. Read less
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ashley
Wedding:
5/13/2011
5.0/5.0
Searles Castle gets a 6 out of 5 in my book :). Not only is it an absolutely beautiful setting, but the staff is friendly, helpful, and extremely accomodating too. It was worth every penny!!
Searles Castle gets a 6 out of 5 in my book :). Not only is it an absolutely beautiful setting, but the staff is friendly, Read more...
Searles Castle gets a 6 out of 5 in my book :). Not only is it an absolutely beautiful setting, but the staff is friendly, helpful, and extremely accomodating too. It was worth every penny!! Read less
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anjeleyes39
Wedding:
6/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Searles helped make our wedding a memorable event. Everyone said things would go wrong (as they do with every wedding). Well, nothing went wrong with Searles. They were accommodating with all of our requests from special dietary needs to help with staying within our budget. They paid complete attention to all the details, even the smallest ones. Also the feedback from our guests was all very positive from "the place looked beautiful" to "this was the best wedding food ever!".
Searles helped make our wedding a memorable event. Everyone said things would go wrong (as they do with every wedding). Read more...
Searles helped make our wedding a memorable event. Everyone said things would go wrong (as they do with every wedding). Well, nothing went wrong with Searles. They were accommodating with all of our requests from special dietary needs to help with staying within our budget. They paid complete attention to all the details, even the smallest ones. Also the feedback from our guests was all very positive from "the place looked beautiful" to "this was the best wedding food ever!". Read less
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LRod8
Wedding:
1/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Searles was absolutely top notch. They were the least of my concerns along the planning process and made everything so easy. They were responsive to all my questions, most of the time within a few hours of my asking, no matter how stupid or silly they were.

If I wanted to do something that was out of the ordinary, they were 100% flexible and basically let anything go ... even if it meant more effort on their part! The management team is very nice and smiling all the time.

I would absolutely recommend Searles Castle to anyone looking for a dream wedding. I have been told by many of our guests that our wedding is the best one they'd been to, and I owe much of that to this wonderful location.
Our experience with Searles was absolutely top notch. They were the least of my concerns along the planning process and Read more...
Our experience with Searles was absolutely top notch. They were the least of my concerns along the planning process and made everything so easy. They were responsive to all my questions, most of the time within a few hours of my asking, no matter how stupid or silly they were.

If I wanted to do something that was out of the ordinary, they were 100% flexible and basically let anything go ... even if it meant more effort on their part! The management team is very nice and smiling all the time.

I would absolutely recommend Searles Castle to anyone looking for a dream wedding. I have been told by many of our guests that our wedding is the best one they'd been to, and I owe much of that to this wonderful location. Read less
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neetaroo
Wedding:
8/29/2009
5.0/5.0
Searles Castle provided an unbelievable experience for my husband and I. THey were extremely helpful, courteous, professional and flexible. Their primary focus was always on whether our needs were met. Even though none of our day went as planned, the castle was awesome at accommodating us with each twist and turn of the day. I would recommend them to anyone who asked!! Thank you!!
Searles Castle provided an unbelievable experience for my husband and I. THey were extremely helpful, courteous, Read more...
Searles Castle provided an unbelievable experience for my husband and I. THey were extremely helpful, courteous, professional and flexible. Their primary focus was always on whether our needs were met. Even though none of our day went as planned, the castle was awesome at accommodating us with each twist and turn of the day. I would recommend them to anyone who asked!! Thank you!! Read less
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DruidsGrl
Wedding:
6/18/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had the wedding of our dreams at Searles Castle on June 18, 2009. Scott and the rest of the staff was nothing short of amazing. My entire family was impressed with the staff and their professionalism as well as the beauty of the castle itself. Everything we needed or asked for we were taken care of without question; it was always "we can take care of that for you". Of course June 2009 was the rainiest June since 1903, so our planned outdoor ceremony had to be moved inside the castle, but it was still just as, if not more, beautiful.

It can be pricey if you have the wedding on a Saturday so we opted for a Thursday night indtead. We saved a bundle and got everything we wanted for our special day. We never felt like we were one of many weddings planned for the 2009 wedding season; the staff always made us feel like we were the only couple ever getting married there. I highly recommend this venue; it made my wedding day so memorable. I wish I could do it all over again.
My husband and I had the wedding of our dreams at Searles Castle on June 18, 2009. Scott and the rest of the staff was Read more...
My husband and I had the wedding of our dreams at Searles Castle on June 18, 2009. Scott and the rest of the staff was nothing short of amazing. My entire family was impressed with the staff and their professionalism as well as the beauty of the castle itself. Everything we needed or asked for we were taken care of without question; it was always "we can take care of that for you". Of course June 2009 was the rainiest June since 1903, so our planned outdoor ceremony had to be moved inside the castle, but it was still just as, if not more, beautiful.

It can be pricey if you have the wedding on a Saturday so we opted for a Thursday night indtead. We saved a bundle and got everything we wanted for our special day. We never felt like we were one of many weddings planned for the 2009 wedding season; the staff always made us feel like we were the only couple ever getting married there. I highly recommend this venue; it made my wedding day so memorable. I wish I could do it all over again. Read less
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cmachado
Wedding:
10/23/2008
5.0/5.0
I had to plan a really quick wedding and everyone at Searles was very helpful and understanding. Loved the venue and the staff and I would recommend this place to anyone. Scott and Sean are awesome.
I had to plan a really quick wedding and everyone at Searles was very helpful and understanding. Loved the venue and the Read more...
I had to plan a really quick wedding and everyone at Searles was very helpful and understanding. Loved the venue and the staff and I would recommend this place to anyone. Scott and Sean are awesome. Read less
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PrincesseBride
Wedding:
8/19/2008
5.0/5.0
Searles Castle is absolutely gorgeous! As far as the facility rental fee goes, it was much cheaper than expected. The package option, to include all your other vendors/services, is well worth the investment. It saves money for the bride and groom. The management staff is very professional, courteous, and flexible. They were able to accomodate all of my requests and personal needs. Any time I called or e-mailed, they were so quick to respond. If you want a fairy tale, dream come true, I highly recommend Searles Castle :o)
Searles Castle is absolutely gorgeous! As far as the facility rental fee goes, it was much cheaper than expected. The Read more...
Searles Castle is absolutely gorgeous! As far as the facility rental fee goes, it was much cheaper than expected. The package option, to include all your other vendors/services, is well worth the investment. It saves money for the bride and groom. The management staff is very professional, courteous, and flexible. They were able to accomodate all of my requests and personal needs. Any time I called or e-mailed, they were so quick to respond. If you want a fairy tale, dream come true, I highly recommend Searles Castle :o) Read less
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Nichole
Wedding:
10/22/2006
5.0/5.0
My wedding was a dream come true. The staff at the castle is unbelieveable. I have never felt so well taken care of.
My wedding was a dream come true. The staff at the castle is unbelieveable. I have never felt so well taken care of.
My wedding was a dream come true. The staff at the castle is unbelieveable. I have never felt so well taken care of. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
10/11/2013
4.9/5.0
Had the time of our lives! The best wedding. I loved every minute!
Had the time of our lives! The best wedding. I loved every minute!
Had the time of our lives! The best wedding. I loved every minute! Read less
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meredith
Wedding:
6/16/2013
4.9/5.0
The Office / Shaun and Scott:
What I LOVED about Searles Castle is Shaun and Scott. When researching different venues for our big day, and visiting some of these locations, a lot of venues "romance" you. We called one place and told them our budget/ what I wanted to do, to see if that venue was an option, of course they said yes, drove an hour to see the venue, got romanced, and then was given the bill, which did not match anything that I could afford. When visiting Searles Castle with Shaun and Scott, it was a bit of surprise and a relief. First, they were the first venue that had men running the show, and secondly, they sat me down and basically said, here's all the things we can do, and here is what your budget will allow. They were very straight forward, and it put everything in perspective right at the beginning: things like, "well if I want open bar, I'll only have this much to spend on flowers," etc. They treated me with the upmost respect but they made it very clear, "you're not our first bride, and you're not our last," of course they didn't actually say that, but I loved the fact they were straight forward. They kept my wedding in budget the entire time, and made it beautiful!

Day of the wedding Shaun and Scott:
We had a Jewish wedding with a ketubah signing, and I should have known to be specific to Shaun and Scott to get "kosher wine" but instead I just said we need wine for the ceremony which they were more than happy to provide. Day of, I find out it's not Kosher wine, and they offered to run out and get some - luckily we had kosher scotch on hand.

The Castle:
Being Jewish, I loved the venue but I wanted my family to feel comfortable at a very catholic site. I asked Shaun and Scott to remove any religious paintings from inside the castle and they did, which was great for photos and for my family.
The Office / Shaun and Scott:
What I LOVED about Searles Castle is Shaun and Scott. When researching different venues Read more...
The Office / Shaun and Scott:
What I LOVED about Searles Castle is Shaun and Scott. When researching different venues for our big day, and visiting some of these locations, a lot of venues "romance" you. We called one place and told them our budget/ what I wanted to do, to see if that venue was an option, of course they said yes, drove an hour to see the venue, got romanced, and then was given the bill, which did not match anything that I could afford. When visiting Searles Castle with Shaun and Scott, it was a bit of surprise and a relief. First, they were the first venue that had men running the show, and secondly, they sat me down and basically said, here's all the things we can do, and here is what your budget will allow. They were very straight forward, and it put everything in perspective right at the beginning: things like, "well if I want open bar, I'll only have this much to spend on flowers," etc. They treated me with the upmost respect but they made it very clear, "you're not our first bride, and you're not our last," of course they didn't actually say that, but I loved the fact they were straight forward. They kept my wedding in budget the entire time, and made it beautiful!

Day of the wedding Shaun and Scott:
We had a Jewish wedding with a ketubah signing, and I should have known to be specific to Shaun and Scott to get "kosher wine" but instead I just said we need wine for the ceremony which they were more than happy to provide. Day of, I find out it's not Kosher wine, and they offered to run out and get some - luckily we had kosher scotch on hand.

The Castle:
Being Jewish, I loved the venue but I wanted my family to feel comfortable at a very catholic site. I asked Shaun and Scott to remove any religious paintings from inside the castle and they did, which was great for photos and for my family. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
11/3/2012
4.9/5.0
I had my wedding at the Searles Castle in November. The staff is great to work with, they are very responsive! The entire wedding was extremely organized from start to finish and nothing was over-complicated. The price is great for the location and atmosphere of the castle. I would recommend this place to anyone!
I had my wedding at the Searles Castle in November. The staff is great to work with, they are very responsive! The entire Read more...
I had my wedding at the Searles Castle in November. The staff is great to work with, they are very responsive! The entire wedding was extremely organized from start to finish and nothing was over-complicated. The price is great for the location and atmosphere of the castle. I would recommend this place to anyone! Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
9/10/2009
4.9/5.0
We had our wedding here a couple of weeks ago and I am still speachless. The place feels like it is out of a fairytale, the service was outstanding, the staff is super friendly and helpful and our guests were amazed. I do not have any regrets whatsoever about choosing this place. I highly recommend it to everyone who is looking for a venue to get married at.
We had our wedding here a couple of weeks ago and I am still speachless. The place feels like it is out of a fairytale, Read more...
We had our wedding here a couple of weeks ago and I am still speachless. The place feels like it is out of a fairytale, the service was outstanding, the staff is super friendly and helpful and our guests were amazed. I do not have any regrets whatsoever about choosing this place. I highly recommend it to everyone who is looking for a venue to get married at. Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
7/15/2010
4.8/5.0
Our wedding day went so smoothly! The staff was extremely helpful and flexible! The castle grounds are beautiful and provide an amazing atmosphere for a wedding reception!
Our wedding day went so smoothly! The staff was extremely helpful and flexible! The castle grounds are beautiful and Read more...
Our wedding day went so smoothly! The staff was extremely helpful and flexible! The castle grounds are beautiful and provide an amazing atmosphere for a wedding reception! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
A magical setting for a wedding, or any event! The food was excellent. We really didn't have to worry about any of the details because Scott and Shaun assured us that they would handle it all which was a good feeling; I could relax and enjoy the entire day! Scott and Shaun were professional and made sure that everything we asked for even at the last minute happened. The staff was very good also.
Many friends and family members remarked about what a terrific day it was, and what a fairy tale setting Searles Castle is!
Thanks for a wonderful day!
A magical setting for a wedding, or any event! The food was excellent. We really didn't have to worry about any of the Read more...
A magical setting for a wedding, or any event! The food was excellent. We really didn't have to worry about any of the details because Scott and Shaun assured us that they would handle it all which was a good feeling; I could relax and enjoy the entire day! Scott and Shaun were professional and made sure that everything we asked for even at the last minute happened. The staff was very good also.
Many friends and family members remarked about what a terrific day it was, and what a fairy tale setting Searles Castle is!
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Private User
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.7/5.0
Searles Castle is absolutely beautiful and magical!!!! I thank everyone at Searles for being so easy to work with! Food was delicious!
Searles Castle is absolutely beautiful and magical!!!! I thank everyone at Searles for being so easy to work with! Food Read more...
Searles Castle is absolutely beautiful and magical!!!! I thank everyone at Searles for being so easy to work with! Food was delicious! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
This place is absolutely gorgeous. If your looking for a non traditional venue then Searles is just perfect. It's a bit expensive but worth it if you can save the extra bucks.
This place is absolutely gorgeous. If your looking for a non traditional venue then Searles is just perfect. It's a bit Read more...
This place is absolutely gorgeous. If your looking for a non traditional venue then Searles is just perfect. It's a bit expensive but worth it if you can save the extra bucks. Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/10/2008
4.5/5.0
Searles castle was amazing to us. My husband and I have never even been to a wedding before. So our wedding was the first! Scott and Shaun were always amazing and quick at answering an questions we ever had. They also did a wonderful job the day of to help us. We would recommend this beautiful place to anyone!
Searles castle was amazing to us. My husband and I have never even been to a wedding before. So our wedding was the first! Read more...
Searles castle was amazing to us. My husband and I have never even been to a wedding before. So our wedding was the first! Scott and Shaun were always amazing and quick at answering an questions we ever had. They also did a wonderful job the day of to help us. We would recommend this beautiful place to anyone! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
6/14/2014
4.2/5.0
From the moment I walked up to Searles Castle, I knew I wanted to have my wedding there. It was pricey for a NH venue but the grounds are beautiful and you get what you pay for. The service that evening was incredible. The waitstaff was very attentive to my husband and I. Scott and Shaun were very helpful throughout the planning process and that evening. We chose to get dressed in the bridal suite an hour and a half before the wedding (extra charge to do so), but it was worth it. We had champagne and water waiting for us and the beautiful castle rooms made for wonderful getting ready pictures. We had a sparkler exit and it was executed wonderfully by the staff. I would absolutely recommend this venue to others.

About the planning process...We booked the venue two years out so we were lucky enough to get to attend two food tastings before the wedding. My only issue was you don't get to have a sit down tasting where you tell them what you want to try from the menu, instead there is an open house with a bunch of vendors on site and you try the most popular dishes. I would have liked to try the dishes I actually wanted to have that evening.
From the moment I walked up to Searles Castle, I knew I wanted to have my wedding there. It was pricey for a NH venue but Read more...
From the moment I walked up to Searles Castle, I knew I wanted to have my wedding there. It was pricey for a NH venue but the grounds are beautiful and you get what you pay for. The service that evening was incredible. The waitstaff was very attentive to my husband and I. Scott and Shaun were very helpful throughout the planning process and that evening. We chose to get dressed in the bridal suite an hour and a half before the wedding (extra charge to do so), but it was worth it. We had champagne and water waiting for us and the beautiful castle rooms made for wonderful getting ready pictures. We had a sparkler exit and it was executed wonderfully by the staff. I would absolutely recommend this venue to others.

About the planning process...We booked the venue two years out so we were lucky enough to get to attend two food tastings before the wedding. My only issue was you don't get to have a sit down tasting where you tell them what you want to try from the menu, instead there is an open house with a bunch of vendors on site and you try the most popular dishes. I would have liked to try the dishes I actually wanted to have that evening. Read less
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Al
Wedding:
3/30/2013
4.1/5.0
Had wedding ceremony on march 30, 2013. My opinion about Searles castle service is very straight forward. If you willing to pay top dollar for average quality service , Searles castle is a place for you. Aleks F.
Had wedding ceremony on march 30, 2013. My opinion about Searles castle service is very straight forward. If you willing Read more...
Had wedding ceremony on march 30, 2013. My opinion about Searles castle service is very straight forward. If you willing to pay top dollar for average quality service , Searles castle is a place for you. Aleks F. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.6/5.0
Our wedding was nice, but there were a few things that went wrong. First, there was confusion at cocktail hour because the second bar (inside the castle) was not open. When I had my consultation 2 weeks before, I was told that I did not need the second bar since I was having about 100 guests. So I chose to save $100 by not having it. This was a HUGE mistake. The venue cost over $20,000, so saving $100 was just stupid and totally not worth it. People thought the bar was open because it was stocked. My sister (maid of honor) had to explain to people that the bar outside (adjoining the tent) was open and they should go there. That seemed to resolve the situation but it bugs me to no end that I hired a stringed quartet to play during cocktail hour and almost no one listened to them because they were all outside.
The worst aspect of the wedding was an issue with the table decor. When I had my consultation, I told the wedding coordinator that I wanted the table number cards in frames on the tables. The theme of my wedding was "old world romance". The coordinator said that the castle had frames they could use for the vintange looking cards I had designed. I was glad to save the $200 or so by not having to buy my own frames but --HUGE mistake to rely on them. After cocktail hour I walked into the tent, expecting to see beautiful flowers, candles, and an overall vintage effect. Instead, to my absolute HORROR, I discovered that the staff had put the table number cards in these HIDEOUS clip stands--which they had then stuck into the center of my beautiful centerpeices. The look I was going for was that of a vintage, turn-of-the century dinner party. Instead, it looked like bingo night in a church basement with each number card the highest and most prominent object on the table, absolutely ruining my decor and all of my venue photos.
My advice to you if you go with Searles: You DO need to micromanage.
Our wedding was nice, but there were a few things that went wrong. First, there was confusion at cocktail hour because the Read more...
Our wedding was nice, but there were a few things that went wrong. First, there was confusion at cocktail hour because the second bar (inside the castle) was not open. When I had my consultation 2 weeks before, I was told that I did not need the second bar since I was having about 100 guests. So I chose to save $100 by not having it. This was a HUGE mistake. The venue cost over $20,000, so saving $100 was just stupid and totally not worth it. People thought the bar was open because it was stocked. My sister (maid of honor) had to explain to people that the bar outside (adjoining the tent) was open and they should go there. That seemed to resolve the situation but it bugs me to no end that I hired a stringed quartet to play during cocktail hour and almost no one listened to them because they were all outside.
The worst aspect of the wedding was an issue with the table decor. When I had my consultation, I told the wedding coordinator that I wanted the table number cards in frames on the tables. The theme of my wedding was "old world romance". The coordinator said that the castle had frames they could use for the vintange looking cards I had designed. I was glad to save the $200 or so by not having to buy my own frames but --HUGE mistake to rely on them. After cocktail hour I walked into the tent, expecting to see beautiful flowers, candles, and an overall vintage effect. Instead, to my absolute HORROR, I discovered that the staff had put the table number cards in these HIDEOUS clip stands--which they had then stuck into the center of my beautiful centerpeices. The look I was going for was that of a vintage, turn-of-the century dinner party. Instead, it looked like bingo night in a church basement with each number card the highest and most prominent object on the table, absolutely ruining my decor and all of my venue photos.
My advice to you if you go with Searles: You DO need to micromanage. Read less
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jabodie
Wedding:
8/28/2011
0.5/5.0
We chose the castle for our wedding reception because of the fond childhood memories I had of growing up near it. While at first things seemed to go OK, it started to be apparent that clients are just another paycheck...it was tough to get timely, complete responses leading up to the event.
In the week before the event, there was much concern about the weather, which led us to ask (several times) what contingency plans were in place--what if the worst happened? (The response was "change your date" or "don't worry about it; we've never canceled".) Imagine my surprise to find a voicemail from the castle on the morning of my wedding. Barely 3 hours before the wedding, they left a message canceling the reception.
Granted, they have no control over the weather, but they do have control over how they responded. Who leaves a message for a bride on the morning of her wedding canceling the event? When we finally contacted them, there was no expression of regret, and no assistance in coming up with an alternative. I should mention that they had accepted delivery of our flowers, our cake, our favors...all of our personal items. No offer was made to get those to us.
Thanks to our other vendors who rallied around us and our families who went above and beyond, we found another location for a reception, a caterer, and even managed to transport everything from the castle to our new location.
Even in the aftermath, I was not impressed with the professionalism (or lack thereof) of the staff. It was hard to get in touch with them to find out what our options were: plan another event (except there is no availability until 2012!), get a refund (which took a REALLY long time--more than a month after the wedding), and I should mention that, again, they weren't forthcoming with options. Their attitude seemed to be one of 'no harm, no foul', but in such a situation, a refund doesn't repair all damages--all the other vendors were paid, some of our personal items were lost at the castle, and a wedding day only happens once. A refund doesn't cover the heartache of having your dream wedding canceled. A little empathy and sincerity might have gone a long way to making this a more positive review, but they were very lacking in that department--once our date was passed, we were not of much concern to them.
This venue is beautiful, and I would have loved to have had my wedding there. However, what I learned is that they can put on a good event, as long as nothing goes wrong. And what wedding goes off without a hitch? I can't recommend them--a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and they were, unfortunately, a poor contribution to ours. I am still waiting for any expression of regret on their part.
We chose the castle for our wedding reception because of the fond childhood memories I had of growing up near it. While at Read more...
We chose the castle for our wedding reception because of the fond childhood memories I had of growing up near it. While at first things seemed to go OK, it started to be apparent that clients are just another paycheck...it was tough to get timely, complete responses leading up to the event.
In the week before the event, there was much concern about the weather, which led us to ask (several times) what contingency plans were in place--what if the worst happened? (The response was "change your date" or "don't worry about it; we've never canceled".) Imagine my surprise to find a voicemail from the castle on the morning of my wedding. Barely 3 hours before the wedding, they left a message canceling the reception.
Granted, they have no control over the weather, but they do have control over how they responded. Who leaves a message for a bride on the morning of her wedding canceling the event? When we finally contacted them, there was no expression of regret, and no assistance in coming up with an alternative. I should mention that they had accepted delivery of our flowers, our cake, our favors...all of our personal items. No offer was made to get those to us.
Thanks to our other vendors who rallied around us and our families who went above and beyond, we found another location for a reception, a caterer, and even managed to transport everything from the castle to our new location.
Even in the aftermath, I was not impressed with the professionalism (or lack thereof) of the staff. It was hard to get in touch with them to find out what our options were: plan another event (except there is no availability until 2012!), get a refund (which took a REALLY long time--more than a month after the wedding), and I should mention that, again, they weren't forthcoming with options. Their attitude seemed to be one of 'no harm, no foul', but in such a situation, a refund doesn't repair all damages--all the other vendors were paid, some of our personal items were lost at the castle, and a wedding day only happens once. A refund doesn't cover the heartache of having your dream wedding canceled. A little empathy and sincerity might have gone a long way to making this a more positive review, but they were very lacking in that department--once our date was passed, we were not of much concern to them.
This venue is beautiful, and I would have loved to have had my wedding there. However, what I learned is that they can put on a good event, as long as nothing goes wrong. And what wedding goes off without a hitch? I can't recommend them--a wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and they were, unfortunately, a poor contribution to ours. I am still waiting for any expression of regret on their part. Read less
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