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The Dane Estate at Pine Manor College

Chestnut Hill , MA
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LOCATION

400 Heath Street
Chestnut Hill, MA US 02467 (map)

PHONE

617-731-7639

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ABOUT US

The original estate dwelling built in 1891 by Major William Cox was called Roughwood but is now referred to as The Dane Estate. "Candle snuffer" turrets, the use of local materials such... Read more
The original estate dwelling built in 1891 by Major William Cox was called Roughwood but is now referred to as The Dane Estate. "Candle snuffer" turrets, the use of local materials such as red sandstone, "pudding stone," and leaded glass windows create an impressive Richardson style structure. The circular drive is paved with cobblestones; originally ballast for Boston's sailing ships. The Mansion was built along with two gatehouses, the stable, a barn, a greenhouse and chicken houses. In 1904 the Dane Family purchased the estate and all its buildings, and over the years acquired additional land until the estate totaled 120 acres. A wing containing a music room was built in 1909 and with the addition of an organ loft in 1916 is now known as Founders Hall. The property was acquired by Pine Manor College in 1962.

The Foyer is a spacious place to welcome guests with its massive rusticate granite and polished red marble fireplace, dark oak paneling, high ceilings, and carved gilt detail. Original paired French doors lead to a terrace overlooking the pond.

Off the foyer is the elegant Moncrief Room, the former library of The Dane Estate. It’s carved fruited and matchbook paneling of Circassian walnut and period-style furnishings make it ideal for small receptions, cocktail hour and ceremonies.

In the English Georgian Founder's Hall, a carved double staircase (perfect for photos or grand entrances) descends to a generously proportioned, fireplaced room. Oak-paneled walls are set below a beamed and gilt ceiling. Jutting, stone casement windows and teak floor add to the grandeur. Doors open to a gorgeous lawn, enhanced in June by spectacular rhododendron hedge.

Founders Lawn just adjacent to Founder's Hall is the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies and larger tented events up to 350 guests. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1891
When was your venue last renovated?
1965
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Rustic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
1000
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
100
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Outside vendors welcome
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1891
When was your venue last renovated?
1965
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Garden / Romantic, Rustic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
100
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Outside vendors welcome
Seating
Outside vendors welcome
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Catherine
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Michelle, Lovelynn, and everyone else at the Dane Estate was wonderful. First, they held 2 dates for us while we made up our minds. They were always calm, professional, prompt, and incredibly helpful when answering all of our questions. Unlike the other venues we looked into, they gave us good advice without engaging in high pressure sales tactics - their first priority really seemed to be making sure that we had the best wedding possible. We weren't the most well organized couple, but they were patient and helped us to figure out what other services we'd need and to coordinate those vendors. On the day of, Michelle took care of all of the actual set-up so we were able to focus on getting ready and taking pictures. Everything was beautiful and we had everything we needed.
Michelle, Lovelynn, and everyone else at the Dane Estate was wonderful. First, they held 2 dates for us while we made up Read more...
Michelle, Lovelynn, and everyone else at the Dane Estate was wonderful. First, they held 2 dates for us while we made up our minds. They were always calm, professional, prompt, and incredibly helpful when answering all of our questions. Unlike the other venues we looked into, they gave us good advice without engaging in high pressure sales tactics - their first priority really seemed to be making sure that we had the best wedding possible. We weren't the most well organized couple, but they were patient and helped us to figure out what other services we'd need and to coordinate those vendors. On the day of, Michelle took care of all of the actual set-up so we were able to focus on getting ready and taking pictures. Everything was beautiful and we had everything we needed. Read less
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Molly
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We had the most amazing experience working with the Dane Estate for our wedding. They are incredibly professional and everything was of the highest quality. They were very easy to work with as we made last minute adjustments and planned our own homemade crafts. We also loved that the package is very inclusive - food, beverage, cake, and a fantastic wedding coordinator was all a part of a single per person fee. The venue is quiet and secluded but was about a 10 minute ride from the Holiday Inn Brookline so was great so our out of town guests didn't have to rent vehicles and could easily explore the city. There are so many beautiful photo opportunities on their well manicured property that even includes a small pond. Everything was great and everyone was thrilled!!
We had the most amazing experience working with the Dane Estate for our wedding. They are incredibly professional and Read more...
We had the most amazing experience working with the Dane Estate for our wedding. They are incredibly professional and everything was of the highest quality. They were very easy to work with as we made last minute adjustments and planned our own homemade crafts. We also loved that the package is very inclusive - food, beverage, cake, and a fantastic wedding coordinator was all a part of a single per person fee. The venue is quiet and secluded but was about a 10 minute ride from the Holiday Inn Brookline so was great so our out of town guests didn't have to rent vehicles and could easily explore the city. There are so many beautiful photo opportunities on their well manicured property that even includes a small pond. Everything was great and everyone was thrilled!! Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
When my now-husband and I were looking for a venue for our wedding ceremony and reception, we wanted: 1) beautiful grounds for an outdoor ceremony and photographs, 2) a lovely and unique building for an indoor reception, 3) good food, and 4) organized, easy-to-work-with staff. We got all of that at Pine Manor. Michelle was our day-of coordinator, and the staff member with whom we dealt with the most. She and her boss Lovelynn were both wonderful. They guided us through every step of the process, from choosing menus, to figuring out setup of the space, to logistics. They were quick to respond to all our questions, and when the day of the wedding came, I felt like I really could just let Michelle handle everything. She and her staff did an amazing job of setting up all our decorations, which we provided ourselves instead of having them come from a florist or other professional. I'm generally nervous about delegation, and feel that "if you want something done right, do it yourself." After my wedding, though, I feel confident in saying, "if you want your wedding done right, have Michelle at Pine Manor do it." Considering all the work they did there, and considering the amount of stuff we got (LOTS of food, open top-shelf bar, linens, day-of coordination, cake from an excellent bakery, plenty of hand-holding), I would say that Pine Manor is also a good value for the money. Michelle made us feel so welcome and so valued, and I will always be grateful to her and the rest of the Pine Manor staff for helping to make my wedding absolutely amazing.
When my now-husband and I were looking for a venue for our wedding ceremony and reception, we wanted: 1) beautiful grounds Read more...
When my now-husband and I were looking for a venue for our wedding ceremony and reception, we wanted: 1) beautiful grounds for an outdoor ceremony and photographs, 2) a lovely and unique building for an indoor reception, 3) good food, and 4) organized, easy-to-work-with staff. We got all of that at Pine Manor. Michelle was our day-of coordinator, and the staff member with whom we dealt with the most. She and her boss Lovelynn were both wonderful. They guided us through every step of the process, from choosing menus, to figuring out setup of the space, to logistics. They were quick to respond to all our questions, and when the day of the wedding came, I felt like I really could just let Michelle handle everything. She and her staff did an amazing job of setting up all our decorations, which we provided ourselves instead of having them come from a florist or other professional. I'm generally nervous about delegation, and feel that "if you want something done right, do it yourself." After my wedding, though, I feel confident in saying, "if you want your wedding done right, have Michelle at Pine Manor do it." Considering all the work they did there, and considering the amount of stuff we got (LOTS of food, open top-shelf bar, linens, day-of coordination, cake from an excellent bakery, plenty of hand-holding), I would say that Pine Manor is also a good value for the money. Michelle made us feel so welcome and so valued, and I will always be grateful to her and the rest of the Pine Manor staff for helping to make my wedding absolutely amazing. Read less
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Rick & Bob
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
When my husband and I were evaluating options for the wedding venue, the one thing we knew we wanted was a dueling staircase. From the moment we entered The Dane Estate through the Ferry Foyer and passed through the Library on our way to Founder’s Hall, we both knew this was the place we would be married. The wood carved walls, gold gilt ceilings and alabaster chandeliers all enhanced the grandeur of the staircase in Founder’s Hall and the estate. The grounds were a perfect setting for all the family photos and many special ones of just the two of us.

The options were overwhelming, but Lovelynn and Michelle guided us through to create a wedding beyond anyone’s imagination.

Not only did we get the staircase, we worked with an outstanding staff of people that we now consider friends. We were amazed at how much effort the Dane Estate Staff put into helping us make our vision a reality. Michelle, Lovelynn and the entire staff were professional, caring and attentive to our every need.
Michelle, Lovelynn, Ashley and Chef David helped us create a menu that was truly amazing and mouthwatering.

Our wedding was a formal event that surpassed anything we could have ever dreamed was possible. As our guests entered Founder’s Hall for the ceremony and celebration, they gasped at the class, style and elegance. Most important The Dane Estate helped us fill the rooms with family and friends and more love than any two people could have asked for. Our lives will be forever touched by memories they helped us create. Our family and friends continue to compliment the venue and are still talking about the evening.

Thank you Lovelynn, Michelle and all the staff, our wedding was truly a night to remember.

Rick & Bob
When my husband and I were evaluating options for the wedding venue, the one thing we knew we wanted was a dueling Read more...
When my husband and I were evaluating options for the wedding venue, the one thing we knew we wanted was a dueling staircase. From the moment we entered The Dane Estate through the Ferry Foyer and passed through the Library on our way to Founder’s Hall, we both knew this was the place we would be married. The wood carved walls, gold gilt ceilings and alabaster chandeliers all enhanced the grandeur of the staircase in Founder’s Hall and the estate. The grounds were a perfect setting for all the family photos and many special ones of just the two of us.

The options were overwhelming, but Lovelynn and Michelle guided us through to create a wedding beyond anyone’s imagination.

Not only did we get the staircase, we worked with an outstanding staff of people that we now consider friends. We were amazed at how much effort the Dane Estate Staff put into helping us make our vision a reality. Michelle, Lovelynn and the entire staff were professional, caring and attentive to our every need.
Michelle, Lovelynn, Ashley and Chef David helped us create a menu that was truly amazing and mouthwatering.

Our wedding was a formal event that surpassed anything we could have ever dreamed was possible. As our guests entered Founder’s Hall for the ceremony and celebration, they gasped at the class, style and elegance. Most important The Dane Estate helped us fill the rooms with family and friends and more love than any two people could have asked for. Our lives will be forever touched by memories they helped us create. Our family and friends continue to compliment the venue and are still talking about the evening.

Thank you Lovelynn, Michelle and all the staff, our wedding was truly a night to remember.

Rick & Bob Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had an amazing wedding at Pine Manor. We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony overlooking a small body of water (even the geese joined us for a bit!). The cocktail hour was held in the lovely Dane Estate with an outdoor terrace overlooking the forest. Dinner and dancing were in a tent attached to the building. Our guests described the wedding as "magical." The food was delicious! As the bride I made it a point to try a little bit of everything.
Lovelynn and Michelle, the event planners, were extremely helpful throughout the entire wedding planning process. They recommended great vendors and had helpful advice along the way. I highly recommend having your wedding or special event at the Dane Estate at Pine Manor College.
My husband and I had an amazing wedding at Pine Manor. We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony overlooking a small body of Read more...
My husband and I had an amazing wedding at Pine Manor. We had a beautiful outdoor ceremony overlooking a small body of water (even the geese joined us for a bit!). The cocktail hour was held in the lovely Dane Estate with an outdoor terrace overlooking the forest. Dinner and dancing were in a tent attached to the building. Our guests described the wedding as "magical." The food was delicious! As the bride I made it a point to try a little bit of everything.
Lovelynn and Michelle, the event planners, were extremely helpful throughout the entire wedding planning process. They recommended great vendors and had helpful advice along the way. I highly recommend having your wedding or special event at the Dane Estate at Pine Manor College. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Lovelynn was amazing! From the first visit to when she sent me pictures a week after the wedding, she handled our event with style, grace, and class! Even when the catering company knocked over a sterno and almost set the place on fire! Lovelynn stepped in and handled everything! Thanks PMC and thank you Lovelynn Jensen!
Lovelynn was amazing! From the first visit to when she sent me pictures a week after the wedding, she handled our event Read more...
Lovelynn was amazing! From the first visit to when she sent me pictures a week after the wedding, she handled our event with style, grace, and class! Even when the catering company knocked over a sterno and almost set the place on fire! Lovelynn stepped in and handled everything! Thanks PMC and thank you Lovelynn Jensen! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Pine Manor is a breathtaking location. It captures the feel of New England, with pine-filled surroundings and a fantastic manor house emphasizing beautiful carved wooden architecture. My husband and I were married in the library, a lovely smaller room perfectly sized for our intimate ceremony. We then had a larger party in the ballroom, which is exceptional for the pipe organ covering one entire wall.
We chose this venue in part because so many wedding necessities were available on-site; they have their own caterer, waitstaff, tables and chairs, linens, table settings, dressing rooms, and a day-of wedding coordinator on staff. Not having to search and compare vendors for these things saved us a lot of headaches.
The staff is very accommodating, reliable, and professional. I was especially pleased at how they handled our special needs for the menu; I have a family full of people with celiac disease, and Pine Manor made sure that nobody got glutened. They took good care of us, and made sure we had an awesome wedding!
Pine Manor is a breathtaking location. It captures the feel of New England, with pine-filled surroundings and a fantastic Read more...
Pine Manor is a breathtaking location. It captures the feel of New England, with pine-filled surroundings and a fantastic manor house emphasizing beautiful carved wooden architecture. My husband and I were married in the library, a lovely smaller room perfectly sized for our intimate ceremony. We then had a larger party in the ballroom, which is exceptional for the pipe organ covering one entire wall.
We chose this venue in part because so many wedding necessities were available on-site; they have their own caterer, waitstaff, tables and chairs, linens, table settings, dressing rooms, and a day-of wedding coordinator on staff. Not having to search and compare vendors for these things saved us a lot of headaches.
The staff is very accommodating, reliable, and professional. I was especially pleased at how they handled our special needs for the menu; I have a family full of people with celiac disease, and Pine Manor made sure that nobody got glutened. They took good care of us, and made sure we had an awesome wedding! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
We had an incredible wedding celebration at the Dane Estate at Pine Manor College! The place is ideal for a gorgeous indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. We were able to utilize both spaces well and all guests expressed that we chose a spectacular setting. We felt fully supported in the planning process and execution the day of the wedding. Great staff to work with throughout! They were flexible and accommodating with our vision of the wedding day. Overall, people were pleased with the stationary and passed appetizers. We loved the make your own salad station. However, the main course dinners left something to be desired. We had high expectations of food based on the menu descriptions, past reviews, and excitement of staff, however we felt those expectations were not fully met. Overall, we were extremely satisfied with the wedding venue, happy we chose this site, and highly recommend it to others.
We had an incredible wedding celebration at the Dane Estate at Pine Manor College! The place is ideal for a gorgeous Read more...
We had an incredible wedding celebration at the Dane Estate at Pine Manor College! The place is ideal for a gorgeous indoor and outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. We were able to utilize both spaces well and all guests expressed that we chose a spectacular setting. We felt fully supported in the planning process and execution the day of the wedding. Great staff to work with throughout! They were flexible and accommodating with our vision of the wedding day. Overall, people were pleased with the stationary and passed appetizers. We loved the make your own salad station. However, the main course dinners left something to be desired. We had high expectations of food based on the menu descriptions, past reviews, and excitement of staff, however we felt those expectations were not fully met. Overall, we were extremely satisfied with the wedding venue, happy we chose this site, and highly recommend it to others. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Phyllis
Wedding:
11/16/2013
4.7/5.0
We could not have been happier with EVERY aspect of our wedding. The staff made all planning so easy - they were very accommodating and easy to work with and gave us great recommendations.

The food was exactly what we wanted. The venue is gorgeous and perfect for our size wedding (70 guests)
We could not have been happier with EVERY aspect of our wedding. The staff made all planning so easy - they were very Read more...
We could not have been happier with EVERY aspect of our wedding. The staff made all planning so easy - they were very accommodating and easy to work with and gave us great recommendations.

The food was exactly what we wanted. The venue is gorgeous and perfect for our size wedding (70 guests) Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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erilouboston
Wedding:
10/31/2009
4.6/5.0
PMC is a hidden gem in Boston, a fantastic place to get married. It's affordable, and they are willing to work with you. I love the catering manager (you have to use their on-site caterer, Aramark), he cut me a great deal which really is what allowed me to have everything I wanted for the wedding. They also don't do a ton of weddings anymore, so I had more than enough time set aside for me in which we could do set-up. The campus is beautiful - really, stunning is a better word. The grounds are expertly maintained and the house is just gorgeous. My guests are still raving about the mansion.
PMC is a hidden gem in Boston, a fantastic place to get married. It's affordable, and they are willing to work with you. I Read more...
PMC is a hidden gem in Boston, a fantastic place to get married. It's affordable, and they are willing to work with you. I love the catering manager (you have to use their on-site caterer, Aramark), he cut me a great deal which really is what allowed me to have everything I wanted for the wedding. They also don't do a ton of weddings anymore, so I had more than enough time set aside for me in which we could do set-up. The campus is beautiful - really, stunning is a better word. The grounds are expertly maintained and the house is just gorgeous. My guests are still raving about the mansion. Read less
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Jacob
Wedding:
6/21/2014
4.0/5.0
Overall experience was excellent. Michelle is a really great and attentive event coordinator. The package set up was really helpful and well organized. In fact all of the event staff were very nice and brought a great energy to the reception. The food was delicious as was the cake, both of which are facilitated through Pine Manor.

There were a couple things that could be improved: for an outdoor ceremony, I thought there could have been better upkeep of the landscaping. A few prominent areas and paths were in need of weeding and clearing of leaf piles. As well, there were campus maintenance trucks driving right next to the ceremony while it was happening at 5:30 on a Saturday. This caused loud noise and a break in tranquility, which would have annoyed me more had I not been so focused on my bride and this big life moment. I didn't notice, but our photographer tells us even our "first kiss" photos have a maintenance truck driving by right behind us.

Another issue was that our guitarist was set up next to the piano, which I don't recommend if the cocktail hour is taking place on the veranda. It was a chunk of our budget and there were very people were in the room to hear him! I'm not sure if this was his choice or Pine Manor's, but something to consider if you're planning a similar event.

All in all, great place for an event.
Overall experience was excellent. Michelle is a really great and attentive event coordinator. The package set up was Read more...
Overall experience was excellent. Michelle is a really great and attentive event coordinator. The package set up was really helpful and well organized. In fact all of the event staff were very nice and brought a great energy to the reception. The food was delicious as was the cake, both of which are facilitated through Pine Manor.

There were a couple things that could be improved: for an outdoor ceremony, I thought there could have been better upkeep of the landscaping. A few prominent areas and paths were in need of weeding and clearing of leaf piles. As well, there were campus maintenance trucks driving right next to the ceremony while it was happening at 5:30 on a Saturday. This caused loud noise and a break in tranquility, which would have annoyed me more had I not been so focused on my bride and this big life moment. I didn't notice, but our photographer tells us even our "first kiss" photos have a maintenance truck driving by right behind us.

Another issue was that our guitarist was set up next to the piano, which I don't recommend if the cocktail hour is taking place on the veranda. It was a chunk of our budget and there were very people were in the room to hear him! I'm not sure if this was his choice or Pine Manor's, but something to consider if you're planning a similar event.

All in all, great place for an event. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue

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