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The Harding Allen Estate

Barre , MA
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59 Allen Drive
Barre, MA 01005 US (map)

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978-355-4920

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The Harding Allen Estate is a magnificent mansion, nestled in the Currier & Ives setting of central Massachusetts. Built during the Roaring Twenties, the Estate evokes memories of the... Read more
The Harding Allen Estate is a magnificent mansion, nestled in the Currier & Ives setting of central Massachusetts. Built during the Roaring Twenties, the Estate evokes memories of the style and opulence of that bygone era. It is a place that nourishes affairs of the heart until they blossom into great love stories. A place where couples declare their love for one another and embark upon their life
"happily ever after."

The Estate is available for weddings, banquets, and celebrations of all kinds. With our in-house event co-ordinator and our gourmet chef's extensive menu, it's effortless to plan your event, whether you're inviting 25 guests or 275.

We invite you to come tour of our Estate and experience our unparalleled atmosphere and timeless botanical beauty, because the setting is the most important part of any event!



WE ARE AVAILABLE TO HOST LARGE WEDDINGS ALL YEAR ROUND!

Thanks to our Fountain View Ballroom, we are now able to host large weddings even during our off-season, which runs from November through April. Discounts are available - contact us for details! Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
50
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Inn / B&B, Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Glamorous, Vintage, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, 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?
275
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Cake, Catering / Bar, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Outside Alcohol OK, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What event items are available?
Aisle Markers, Aisle Runners, Altar/Arches, Audio Equipment, Centerpieces, Chair Covers, Chairs, Dance Floor, Decor, Drapery, Furniture, Lighting, Tables, Tent Accessories, Tents
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Shuttle, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
50
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Indian, Italian, Local, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s), Specialty Beer, Specialty Wine
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use, Private Room, Private Section
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom, Reh. Dinner Specific

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I knew this was where I wanted to get married as soon as I walked through the door. It is owned and run by a couple and it shows in every corner of the estate that they care. They want you wedding day to be as magical and special as you do. I 100% recommend taking the time to visit The Harding Allen Estate. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also a one-stop-shop. From the ceremony and flowers to the reception ,food and entertainment, they do it all. I can not wait for my special day.
I knew this was where I wanted to get married as soon as I walked through the door. It is owned and run by a couple and it Read more...
I knew this was where I wanted to get married as soon as I walked through the door. It is owned and run by a couple and it shows in every corner of the estate that they care. They want you wedding day to be as magical and special as you do. I 100% recommend taking the time to visit The Harding Allen Estate. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also a one-stop-shop. From the ceremony and flowers to the reception ,food and entertainment, they do it all. I can not wait for my special day. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Absolutely fell in love with this mansion. Absolutely breathtaking! We went initially just for a tour to get an idea of our options. We left 100% sure we did not need to see anywhere else! The owners are wonderful. Grace makes your wedding her personal event so the entire time you feel as though a huge weight has been lifted. The garden to the ballroom to the cocktail tent outside...could not ask for more!
Absolutely fell in love with this mansion. Absolutely breathtaking! We went initially just for a tour to get an idea of Read more...
Absolutely fell in love with this mansion. Absolutely breathtaking! We went initially just for a tour to get an idea of our options. We left 100% sure we did not need to see anywhere else! The owners are wonderful. Grace makes your wedding her personal event so the entire time you feel as though a huge weight has been lifted. The garden to the ballroom to the cocktail tent outside...could not ask for more! Read less
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Kristy
Wedding:
9/4/2015
5.0/5.0
Carmine & Grace at the Harding Allen Estate were so wonderful to work with. We had our rehearsal dinner there too, and many of our guests stayed at the Estate. It was the perfect weekend, and we could not have asked for a better experience overall. Carmine & Grace treated us like family, it meant so much.
Carmine & Grace at the Harding Allen Estate were so wonderful to work with. We had our rehearsal dinner there too, and Read more...
Carmine & Grace at the Harding Allen Estate were so wonderful to work with. We had our rehearsal dinner there too, and many of our guests stayed at the Estate. It was the perfect weekend, and we could not have asked for a better experience overall. Carmine & Grace treated us like family, it meant so much. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Flowers, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Lindsay
Wedding:
8/1/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband & I got married on August 1, 2015 and this was nothing short of a dream wedding! The HAE staff are amazing! Carmine & Grace felt like family by the end of our wedding planning. They are so accommodating and want your day to be perfect. Alex is so sweet and made sure everything was exactly how we wanted it on our day. The rest of the staff is so friendly and all of our guests raved about how attentive they were. The venue is STUNNING! We wanted a vintage themed wedding and this definitely sets the scene perfectly. The indoor and outdoor scenery is so gorgeous! The food received many, many compliments as well! Everything was so delicious. The HAE staff made this such a seamless process and I cannot begin explain how much this meant to us. I would highly recommend The Harding Allen Estate to any couple looking for a beautiful venue, with gorgeous grounds, amazing food, and a friendly staff!!
My husband & I got married on August 1, 2015 and this was nothing short of a dream wedding! The HAE staff are amazing! Read more...
My husband & I got married on August 1, 2015 and this was nothing short of a dream wedding! The HAE staff are amazing! Carmine & Grace felt like family by the end of our wedding planning. They are so accommodating and want your day to be perfect. Alex is so sweet and made sure everything was exactly how we wanted it on our day. The rest of the staff is so friendly and all of our guests raved about how attentive they were. The venue is STUNNING! We wanted a vintage themed wedding and this definitely sets the scene perfectly. The indoor and outdoor scenery is so gorgeous! The food received many, many compliments as well! Everything was so delicious. The HAE staff made this such a seamless process and I cannot begin explain how much this meant to us. I would highly recommend The Harding Allen Estate to any couple looking for a beautiful venue, with gorgeous grounds, amazing food, and a friendly staff!! Read less
Services Used: Catering, DJ, Flowers, Wedding Venue
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Gregory
Wedding:
6/6/2015
5.0/5.0
Wow, I honestly don't even know where to start with this review. To truly capture all that was great about HAE, Grace, Carmine and everyone else involved there could take hours to facilitate into words. If forced to come up with a complaint, I honestly don't think that we'd be able to. They were just flat out amazing in every aspect and detail of the day. In fact, since the wedding I've heard first and second hand reports of people saying it was the best wedding they've ever been to and we have to attribute a lot of that to the folks over at HAE.

Food: A+
We had the Apple Rosemary Pork, Chicken Lillian, and Stuffed Shells. The pork was top notch and cooked to perfection. I'm not really a fan of mushrooms but my wife said the Chicken Lillian was amazing and the stuffed shells were great too. I've been to many weddings and even worked for a catering company back in college, so I know it's not easy to make food on such a scale good enough that people would actually write home about. HAE is definitely an exception to that and will not disappoint.

Venue: A+
It's a mansion from the early 1900's with a rich history, surrounded by beautiful gardens full of roses, and a fountain. Seriously, what else do you need to hear? The place is far beyond gorgeous and screams elegance.

Staff: A++ for Consistently Exceeding Expectations
Carmine and Grace did an amazing job bringing our dream to life and making our day 100% stress free. They nailed everything down to the smallest details and often went above and beyond our expectations to do so. All the planning meetings we had were very productive and they were very upfront about pricing and also had many good recommendations. Other reviews had mentioned feeling pressured to use their preferred vendors but we did not have that experience at all and they worked very well with our few outside vendors. Alex excelled at everything asked of her & the rest of the wait staff = great
...I'd write more but I've reached the max.
Wow, I honestly don't even know where to start with this review. To truly capture all that was great about HAE, Grace, Read more...
Wow, I honestly don't even know where to start with this review. To truly capture all that was great about HAE, Grace, Carmine and everyone else involved there could take hours to facilitate into words. If forced to come up with a complaint, I honestly don't think that we'd be able to. They were just flat out amazing in every aspect and detail of the day. In fact, since the wedding I've heard first and second hand reports of people saying it was the best wedding they've ever been to and we have to attribute a lot of that to the folks over at HAE.

Food: A+
We had the Apple Rosemary Pork, Chicken Lillian, and Stuffed Shells. The pork was top notch and cooked to perfection. I'm not really a fan of mushrooms but my wife said the Chicken Lillian was amazing and the stuffed shells were great too. I've been to many weddings and even worked for a catering company back in college, so I know it's not easy to make food on such a scale good enough that people would actually write home about. HAE is definitely an exception to that and will not disappoint.

Venue: A+
It's a mansion from the early 1900's with a rich history, surrounded by beautiful gardens full of roses, and a fountain. Seriously, what else do you need to hear? The place is far beyond gorgeous and screams elegance.

Staff: A++ for Consistently Exceeding Expectations
Carmine and Grace did an amazing job bringing our dream to life and making our day 100% stress free. They nailed everything down to the smallest details and often went above and beyond our expectations to do so. All the planning meetings we had were very productive and they were very upfront about pricing and also had many good recommendations. Other reviews had mentioned feeling pressured to use their preferred vendors but we did not have that experience at all and they worked very well with our few outside vendors. Alex excelled at everything asked of her & the rest of the wait staff = great
...I'd write more but I've reached the max. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
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Kirstie
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Carmine and Grace were super helpful throught the whole process. They offered great suggestions and ideas. I love how they had their own florist, DJ, and bakery. It made it easy to get everything done in one spot. The day of the wedding everything went so smoothly, I had no complaints!! We did an after party there with close friends and family which was amazing. We were able to sleep over too which was nice that we didn't have to leave. I highly recommend this place. The grounds were breath taking!!
Carmine and Grace were super helpful throught the whole process. They offered great suggestions and ideas. I love how they Read more...
Carmine and Grace were super helpful throught the whole process. They offered great suggestions and ideas. I love how they had their own florist, DJ, and bakery. It made it easy to get everything done in one spot. The day of the wedding everything went so smoothly, I had no complaints!! We did an after party there with close friends and family which was amazing. We were able to sleep over too which was nice that we didn't have to leave. I highly recommend this place. The grounds were breath taking!! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Bottom Line: Grace and Carmine are professionals. Along with their amazing staff they will ensure that your wedding turns out exactly how you imagine.

Our details: we had about 160 guests, the ceremony on site, and our wedding party and parents stay at the HAE. We had a band instead of the HAE DJ (not for any other reason than my husband and I have always wanted a band at our wedding), but I just wanted to note that my review does not include a DJ review.

The HAE was perfect for us because we live about 8 hours away. Grace and Carmine did an amazing job helping us have the best wedding possible. The Potting Shed florist was unreal - they know what they are doing. The food was wonderful - no one will be hungry for days. The staff is just wonderfully kind and so helpful. I cannot say enough good things about the people at the HAE.

We opted to have a little after-party because the wedding party was all staying at the HAE and Grace made some of the best grilled cheese and chicken bites I have ever had. Oh man...as the bride....I cannot thank her enough for all that she did. Carmine was also such an amazing person to work with. He truly cares that your day goes as planned and asks all the questions you never thought to bring up.

Such hard work and pride go into the Harding Allen Estate and it shows. If you choose a venue because it looks great alone you will probably be happy...but should the weather be bad or something go wrong....the looks of the place won't be there for you to comfort you - you will need some caring people by your side as well. So...I would advise choosing the Harding Allen not only because it is beautiful, but also because of the wonderful people that come along with it.

We were lucky that the weather was great and we were able to take advantage of the grounds, but I was not stressed at all going into the wedding simply because of all the people that make the HAE what it is - a breathtaking, fun, and unique venue.
Bottom Line: Grace and Carmine are professionals. Along with their amazing staff they will ensure that your wedding turns Read more...
Bottom Line: Grace and Carmine are professionals. Along with their amazing staff they will ensure that your wedding turns out exactly how you imagine.

Our details: we had about 160 guests, the ceremony on site, and our wedding party and parents stay at the HAE. We had a band instead of the HAE DJ (not for any other reason than my husband and I have always wanted a band at our wedding), but I just wanted to note that my review does not include a DJ review.

The HAE was perfect for us because we live about 8 hours away. Grace and Carmine did an amazing job helping us have the best wedding possible. The Potting Shed florist was unreal - they know what they are doing. The food was wonderful - no one will be hungry for days. The staff is just wonderfully kind and so helpful. I cannot say enough good things about the people at the HAE.

We opted to have a little after-party because the wedding party was all staying at the HAE and Grace made some of the best grilled cheese and chicken bites I have ever had. Oh man...as the bride....I cannot thank her enough for all that she did. Carmine was also such an amazing person to work with. He truly cares that your day goes as planned and asks all the questions you never thought to bring up.

Such hard work and pride go into the Harding Allen Estate and it shows. If you choose a venue because it looks great alone you will probably be happy...but should the weather be bad or something go wrong....the looks of the place won't be there for you to comfort you - you will need some caring people by your side as well. So...I would advise choosing the Harding Allen not only because it is beautiful, but also because of the wonderful people that come along with it.

We were lucky that the weather was great and we were able to take advantage of the grounds, but I was not stressed at all going into the wedding simply because of all the people that make the HAE what it is - a breathtaking, fun, and unique venue. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband, Dan, and I were engaged in Newport, RI. We wanted to include some of the romance and elegance of Newport in our wedding, but we wanted to be married close to home. We instantly fell in love with the breathtaking beauty, elegance and Newport Mansionesque charm of The Harding Allen Estate. We are so happy we made this our choice for our venue on the day we started the rest of our lives together.

From the venue to the staff to the food, it was all so amazing. Even a year plus later we are still getting told how amazing our wedding was and how beautiful the Harding Allen. They are also still commenting on how amazingly wonderful the staff is. We always loved Carmine and Grace (as we know you will too!), but the entire rest of the staff is great and so attentive too. My favorite comment from my mom is, "Katie, if I were rich, I would have given every single server (and there were a lot of them because our wedding had 209 guests!) a $100.00 tip. They were spectacular!"
My husband, Dan, and I were engaged in Newport, RI. We wanted to include some of the romance and elegance of Newport in Read more...
My husband, Dan, and I were engaged in Newport, RI. We wanted to include some of the romance and elegance of Newport in our wedding, but we wanted to be married close to home. We instantly fell in love with the breathtaking beauty, elegance and Newport Mansionesque charm of The Harding Allen Estate. We are so happy we made this our choice for our venue on the day we started the rest of our lives together.

From the venue to the staff to the food, it was all so amazing. Even a year plus later we are still getting told how amazing our wedding was and how beautiful the Harding Allen. They are also still commenting on how amazingly wonderful the staff is. We always loved Carmine and Grace (as we know you will too!), but the entire rest of the staff is great and so attentive too. My favorite comment from my mom is, "Katie, if I were rich, I would have given every single server (and there were a lot of them because our wedding had 209 guests!) a $100.00 tip. They were spectacular!" Read less
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Kristen
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding here on November 2, 2013 and it was the most perfect day ever...Everything I asked for they did...The food was absolutely perfect and my guests are still raving about how good the baked haddock was. And the dessert presentation was outstanding!!! And the wait staff was great!! My only request was that the food be served as quickly as possible so we could start the dancing and they did an awesome job doing it!!!! Thank you, Carmine and Grace, for the best wedding ever!!!!!!
I had my wedding here on November 2, 2013 and it was the most perfect day ever...Everything I asked for they did...The Read more...
I had my wedding here on November 2, 2013 and it was the most perfect day ever...Everything I asked for they did...The food was absolutely perfect and my guests are still raving about how good the baked haddock was. And the dessert presentation was outstanding!!! And the wait staff was great!! My only request was that the food be served as quickly as possible so we could start the dancing and they did an awesome job doing it!!!! Thank you, Carmine and Grace, for the best wedding ever!!!!!! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/27/2013
5.0/5.0
We love The Harding Allen Estate! The beauty of the grounds, the uniqueness of the mansion, the canopy ceiling in the reception, and the hosts- Grace and Carmine- were an easy sell! We used their recommended sources for DJ and photographer services (Bob Solano and White Lighthouse Photography, reviewed separately) and were very pleased. We had asked the grounds to be decorated for fall and were not disappointed. Any changes or questions we had were easily taken care of, and they offered a wide variety of options for our day, from lighting in their reception room, to which alcoholic beverages we would like to make sure were stocked. I could not have asked for a better wedding. My husband and I agree that everything was perfect, and our only regret is that the day flew by! Our ceremony went smoothly, and while we did pictures our guests enjoyed cocktail hour. We picked a 5 star package for appetizers. So many of our guests came up to us to say how wonderful and amazing everything tasted. Some lost room for dinner they ate so much! We offered the beef tenderloin, and chicken picata for dinner. Everyone I talked to said they loved their dinner! They had special drinks for the season which our guests loved. So many people said everything was beautiful and it was the best wedding in a long time they had ever been to. At the end of the night Carmine helped us pack up our possessions and everything was taken care of! We would not change a thing, we recommend this venue to anyone looking to take advantage of beautiful grounds, the seasons, and excellent food and hosts!
(We also worked with MacMannis florists and Cakes for All occasions, both excellent and will be reviewed separately)
We love The Harding Allen Estate! The beauty of the grounds, the uniqueness of the mansion, the canopy ceiling in the Read more...
We love The Harding Allen Estate! The beauty of the grounds, the uniqueness of the mansion, the canopy ceiling in the reception, and the hosts- Grace and Carmine- were an easy sell! We used their recommended sources for DJ and photographer services (Bob Solano and White Lighthouse Photography, reviewed separately) and were very pleased. We had asked the grounds to be decorated for fall and were not disappointed. Any changes or questions we had were easily taken care of, and they offered a wide variety of options for our day, from lighting in their reception room, to which alcoholic beverages we would like to make sure were stocked. I could not have asked for a better wedding. My husband and I agree that everything was perfect, and our only regret is that the day flew by! Our ceremony went smoothly, and while we did pictures our guests enjoyed cocktail hour. We picked a 5 star package for appetizers. So many of our guests came up to us to say how wonderful and amazing everything tasted. Some lost room for dinner they ate so much! We offered the beef tenderloin, and chicken picata for dinner. Everyone I talked to said they loved their dinner! They had special drinks for the season which our guests loved. So many people said everything was beautiful and it was the best wedding in a long time they had ever been to. At the end of the night Carmine helped us pack up our possessions and everything was taken care of! We would not change a thing, we recommend this venue to anyone looking to take advantage of beautiful grounds, the seasons, and excellent food and hosts!
(We also worked with MacMannis florists and Cakes for All occasions, both excellent and will be reviewed separately) Read less
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