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The SouthWood House & Cottages

Tallahassee , FL

LOCATION

3255 Hemingway Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL US 32311 (map)

PHONE

850-942-4653

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Rich in history and originally built in 1865 the SouthWood House is nestled among acres of rolling hills, majestic oaks, and native flowering trees and plants. The charming manor is now... Read more
Rich in history and originally built in 1865 the SouthWood House is nestled among acres of rolling hills, majestic oaks, and native flowering trees and plants. The charming manor is now a venue that is a great backdrop to any special event. Specializing in weddings, corporate parties, holiday gatherings, business luncheons/meetings, retreats, and private dinners.

Located behind the SouthWood House are the SouthWood Cottages, 5 quaint cottages that provide the perfect setting for overnight accommodations for out of town wedding guests, the bride and groom, family, friends, or even the bridal party.

For more information please check out our facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-SouthWood-House-Cottages/106312419432820 . Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
2002
Describe your venue:
Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
5
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
179
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, Outside vendors welcome
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
30
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
2002
Describe your venue:
Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Vintage
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
5
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
5
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
179
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, Outside vendors welcome
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
30
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Chip
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
The Southwood House was the venue selected for our daughter's wedding. It had everything we were looking for in order to have a traditional Southern flair and it ended up being absolutely amazing. They were accommodating in everyway possible way to make sure everything met our expectations. In addition, the cottages were very nice and so convenient. The manager Gabrielle was, simply put, fantastic to work with!
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The Southwood House was the venue selected for our daughter's wedding. It had everything we were looking for in order to have a traditional Southern flair and it ended up being absolutely amazing. They were accommodating in everyway possible way to make sure everything met our expectations. In addition, the cottages were very nice and so convenient. The manager Gabrielle was, simply put, fantastic to work with! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Stellar location, gorgeous setting!!!! This is the prettiest venue in Tallahassee without question!
Stellar location, gorgeous setting!!!! This is the prettiest venue in Tallahassee without question!
Stellar location, gorgeous setting!!!! This is the prettiest venue in Tallahassee without question! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Had a fantastic wedding at the Southwood House!!! Gabby and her crew out did themselves. The professionalism and experiance was a delight to work with. They made my dream come true and we are so thankful. Food was done through them as well and it was great.
Had a fantastic wedding at the Southwood House!!! Gabby and her crew out did themselves. The professionalism and Read more...
Had a fantastic wedding at the Southwood House!!! Gabby and her crew out did themselves. The professionalism and experiance was a delight to work with. They made my dream come true and we are so thankful. Food was done through them as well and it was great. Read less
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Mitzi
Wedding:
5/5/2012
5.0/5.0
The staff at the Southwood House were wonderful to work with during the 11months of our planning. Right up to the night before they were there to handle problems or questions that arose. I would highly recommend them not only for weddings but other large events as well!
The staff at the Southwood House were wonderful to work with during the 11months of our planning. Right up to the night Read more...
The staff at the Southwood House were wonderful to work with during the 11months of our planning. Right up to the night before they were there to handle problems or questions that arose. I would highly recommend them not only for weddings but other large events as well! Read less
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Danber (celebrity name)
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
MORE STARS PLEASE !!!!! What a gorgeous place. Along with the house and beautiful yard surrounding, the wedding planner Cara Dollinger hand delivered our wedding vision on a silver platter. I would recommend this venue to all of my friends and family just so I could go back again. The feedback my husband and I have received from our guests have been stellar as well.
MORE STARS PLEASE !!!!! What a gorgeous place. Along with the house and beautiful yard surrounding, the wedding planner Read more...
MORE STARS PLEASE !!!!! What a gorgeous place. Along with the house and beautiful yard surrounding, the wedding planner Cara Dollinger hand delivered our wedding vision on a silver platter. I would recommend this venue to all of my friends and family just so I could go back again. The feedback my husband and I have received from our guests have been stellar as well. Read less
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katieocowart
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
The Southwood House was perfect for my whole wedding experience. Cara did a great job of putting my vision into action and I could not of asked for a better ceremony and reception. It was perfectly planned out to every detail and I had no stress the days leading up to my wedding and the day of my wedding. It was perfect!
The Southwood House was perfect for my whole wedding experience. Cara did a great job of putting my vision into action and Read more...
The Southwood House was perfect for my whole wedding experience. Cara did a great job of putting my vision into action and I could not of asked for a better ceremony and reception. It was perfectly planned out to every detail and I had no stress the days leading up to my wedding and the day of my wedding. It was perfect! Read less
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T
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
This was the perfect venue for my wedding vision! The grounds are absolutely stunning and Cara was so flexible and easy to work with!
This was the perfect venue for my wedding vision! The grounds are absolutely stunning and Cara was so flexible and easy to Read more...
This was the perfect venue for my wedding vision! The grounds are absolutely stunning and Cara was so flexible and easy to work with! Read less
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marywjf
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Cara is very nice to work with and very flexibility on her schedule. She is always there whenever you need her and make you feel calm and confident. On our special day, she just take care of what ever you left and finish them quickly and professionally!! Without Cara's help, we couldn't finish the wedding preparation in one month!!

The SW house is very pretty especially with all the beautiful lights on! My husband and I made a wise decision on choosing SW house and Cara as our wedding venue and planner! Thank you, Cara!!!
Cara is very nice to work with and very flexibility on her schedule. She is always there whenever you need her and make Read more...
Cara is very nice to work with and very flexibility on her schedule. She is always there whenever you need her and make you feel calm and confident. On our special day, she just take care of what ever you left and finish them quickly and professionally!! Without Cara's help, we couldn't finish the wedding preparation in one month!!

The SW house is very pretty especially with all the beautiful lights on! My husband and I made a wise decision on choosing SW house and Cara as our wedding venue and planner! Thank you, Cara!!! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
The SouthWood House was the perfect setting for our wedding. Cara was very professional, flexible, and great to work with. The house was a beautiful setting for our ceremony and reception. Great overall experience. Would highly recommend.
The SouthWood House was the perfect setting for our wedding. Cara was very professional, flexible, and great to work with. Read more...
The SouthWood House was the perfect setting for our wedding. Cara was very professional, flexible, and great to work with. The house was a beautiful setting for our ceremony and reception. Great overall experience. Would highly recommend. Read less
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ASutton
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Cara at the SouthWood House was great. She was helpful and very flexible with times, setup etc. We would definitely recommend this venue to friends and family. The venue was a good value for the money.
Cara at the SouthWood House was great. She was helpful and very flexible with times, setup etc. We would definitely Read more...
Cara at the SouthWood House was great. She was helpful and very flexible with times, setup etc. We would definitely recommend this venue to friends and family. The venue was a good value for the money. Read less
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Angie&Frank
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I fell in love with the Southwood House from the moment we saw it, and both of us knew that we wanted to have our wedding ceremony and reception there. Cara was FABULOUS to work with and it was a pleasure working with her on all aspects of the wedding planning process.

For any bride and groom planning on a southern wedding, we highly recommend that you consider the Southwood House for your event. You will not be disappointed. Again, we can't say enough about the professionalism of Cara and what a pleasure it was to work with her.

Frank and Angie
My husband and I fell in love with the Southwood House from the moment we saw it, and both of us knew that we wanted to Read more...
My husband and I fell in love with the Southwood House from the moment we saw it, and both of us knew that we wanted to have our wedding ceremony and reception there. Cara was FABULOUS to work with and it was a pleasure working with her on all aspects of the wedding planning process.

For any bride and groom planning on a southern wedding, we highly recommend that you consider the Southwood House for your event. You will not be disappointed. Again, we can't say enough about the professionalism of Cara and what a pleasure it was to work with her.

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Betsy
Wedding:
12/18/2010
5.0/5.0
I loved this venue; it was the perfect southern wedding site. Cara was amazing to work with and so helpful with every detail and every request. I will will certainly use the SouthWood House again for other events and would recommend it to any bride!
I loved this venue; it was the perfect southern wedding site. Cara was amazing to work with and so helpful with every Read more...
I loved this venue; it was the perfect southern wedding site. Cara was amazing to work with and so helpful with every detail and every request. I will will certainly use the SouthWood House again for other events and would recommend it to any bride! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
12/2/2010
5.0/5.0
The Southwood House is a beautiful location for a wedding or reception. They were extremely flexible with me as we planned our event, doing multiple site visits and arranging our plans for the evening. We had access to the house the entire day before our even as well, which allowed ample time for set up and drop off’s from our vendors. This was a great help in reducing stress for the day of! The Director Cara was there during the event to help with any issues we had and even made sure our light tower was turned on in the parking area.

All of our guests were impressed with the house and the amenities and many stated that it was one of the best locations they had been to for a wedding reception.

I would recommend this site for anyone who wants a beautiful “at home” feel for a wedding or reception, or sweet southern charm. From the antebellum feel and look of the property, to the gorgeous house (which hardly needs any decorating) and surrounding beauty of the oak trees, it truly was perfect for us.

It was the perfect place for to celebrate our happy marriage!
Thank you Southwood House!
The Southwood House is a beautiful location for a wedding or reception. They were extremely flexible with me as we planned Read more...
The Southwood House is a beautiful location for a wedding or reception. They were extremely flexible with me as we planned our event, doing multiple site visits and arranging our plans for the evening. We had access to the house the entire day before our even as well, which allowed ample time for set up and drop off’s from our vendors. This was a great help in reducing stress for the day of! The Director Cara was there during the event to help with any issues we had and even made sure our light tower was turned on in the parking area.

All of our guests were impressed with the house and the amenities and many stated that it was one of the best locations they had been to for a wedding reception.

I would recommend this site for anyone who wants a beautiful “at home” feel for a wedding or reception, or sweet southern charm. From the antebellum feel and look of the property, to the gorgeous house (which hardly needs any decorating) and surrounding beauty of the oak trees, it truly was perfect for us.

It was the perfect place for to celebrate our happy marriage!
Thank you Southwood House! Read less
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lbaker
Wedding:
11/20/2010
5.0/5.0
The Southwood House is a beautiful antebellum jewel hidden among the moss covered oaks in Tallahassee. I was awe-struck by the grandeur and the whisper of southern tradition at this location. It was a true fairy tale wedding and reception with the grounds providing the only decor needed to bring reality to my vision. Cara is a wonderful and professional event coordinator who takes great care to make the planning process simple. She provided us with ample information including suggested vendors and she also took time to let visit the site on several occasions to plan adequately for the wedding and reception.
The Southwood House is a beautiful antebellum jewel hidden among the moss covered oaks in Tallahassee. I was awe-struck by Read more...
The Southwood House is a beautiful antebellum jewel hidden among the moss covered oaks in Tallahassee. I was awe-struck by the grandeur and the whisper of southern tradition at this location. It was a true fairy tale wedding and reception with the grounds providing the only decor needed to bring reality to my vision. Cara is a wonderful and professional event coordinator who takes great care to make the planning process simple. She provided us with ample information including suggested vendors and she also took time to let visit the site on several occasions to plan adequately for the wedding and reception. Read less
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brettenoelle
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
The staff at SouthWood are very professional and accommodating. The house itself is gorgeous inside and out and all the guests at the wedding loved it as well! If you are having both ceremony and reception at the house, the options for where to set up each are endless. I would also highly recommend the Cottages behind the SouthWood house for out of town guests. Each cottage is its own 1 bedroom/1 bath house perfect for families or a group of friends! I highly recommend the SouthWood House and Cottages for weddings with its backdrop of mossy oaks and camelia trees!
The staff at SouthWood are very professional and accommodating. The house itself is gorgeous inside and out and all the Read more...
The staff at SouthWood are very professional and accommodating. The house itself is gorgeous inside and out and all the guests at the wedding loved it as well! If you are having both ceremony and reception at the house, the options for where to set up each are endless. I would also highly recommend the Cottages behind the SouthWood house for out of town guests. Each cottage is its own 1 bedroom/1 bath house perfect for families or a group of friends! I highly recommend the SouthWood House and Cottages for weddings with its backdrop of mossy oaks and camelia trees! Read less
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notintally
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
I have plenty of wonderful things to say about beautiful SouthWood and the staff!!

Working with Cara to secure the ceremony and the reception location was easy. She is extremely professional and was able to answer my many questions. She was always available by phone or email and was quick at responding. She was also able to assist me and my mother-in-law with setting up a rehearsal dinner at the Clubhouse. She also scheduled a golf outing for my husband and his groomsmen. On the weekend of the wedding, the SouthWood staff was courteous and went above and beyond many times to accommodate us and our guests.

The SouthWood House is the total package- it had everything we were looking for in a venue. It is in a quiet space, a beautiful outdoor location, and the inside of the house is impeccable. Absolutely gorgeous with lots of history. The house itself, along with the outdoor location, had my guests and vendors asking a lot of questions about the history- and everyone was complimenting its beauty. It is obvious that the SouthWood House and grounds are very well taken care of even when events are not going on.

When looking for a ceremony and reception venue, there was no doubt to us that SouthWood was the best value for cost in the area. We looked at several locations in a similar price range, and the SouthWood House simply stood out from all the rest. SouthWood's availability, quality of service, quality of location, close proximity to major highways for out of town guests... It simply had everything we were looking for, and more. Another plus is that we had the house for the entire weekend- so we were not rushing to set up everything on Saturday morning , we did not have to worry about someone else's event going overtime, and our vendors were able to set up in advance.

I would recommend the SouthWood House to anyone looking for a historic outdoor location in the Tallahassee area. With the exceptional service, beautiful house and charming grounds, it is a lovely event location.
I have plenty of wonderful things to say about beautiful SouthWood and the staff!!

Working with Cara to secure Read more...
I have plenty of wonderful things to say about beautiful SouthWood and the staff!!

Working with Cara to secure the ceremony and the reception location was easy. She is extremely professional and was able to answer my many questions. She was always available by phone or email and was quick at responding. She was also able to assist me and my mother-in-law with setting up a rehearsal dinner at the Clubhouse. She also scheduled a golf outing for my husband and his groomsmen. On the weekend of the wedding, the SouthWood staff was courteous and went above and beyond many times to accommodate us and our guests.

The SouthWood House is the total package- it had everything we were looking for in a venue. It is in a quiet space, a beautiful outdoor location, and the inside of the house is impeccable. Absolutely gorgeous with lots of history. The house itself, along with the outdoor location, had my guests and vendors asking a lot of questions about the history- and everyone was complimenting its beauty. It is obvious that the SouthWood House and grounds are very well taken care of even when events are not going on.

When looking for a ceremony and reception venue, there was no doubt to us that SouthWood was the best value for cost in the area. We looked at several locations in a similar price range, and the SouthWood House simply stood out from all the rest. SouthWood's availability, quality of service, quality of location, close proximity to major highways for out of town guests... It simply had everything we were looking for, and more. Another plus is that we had the house for the entire weekend- so we were not rushing to set up everything on Saturday morning , we did not have to worry about someone else's event going overtime, and our vendors were able to set up in advance.

I would recommend the SouthWood House to anyone looking for a historic outdoor location in the Tallahassee area. With the exceptional service, beautiful house and charming grounds, it is a lovely event location. Read less
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GO10210
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Beautiful location to have a wedding and reception!
Beautiful location to have a wedding and reception!
Beautiful location to have a wedding and reception! Read less
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EG
Wedding:
6/19/2010
5.0/5.0
We can not say enough about the Southwood house for a beautiful wedding and reception.All we can say is go by and see it in person. The rooms upstairs are wonderful for the bride and her party to get dressed, makeup and hair done in a antique luxury setting without having to leave. The annex next door for the men to get ready in a seperate area is great for the bride that does not want to be seen before the wedding. The best part of renting the facility is Cara, she was very accommodating and was always available to help our vendors to let them see the facilitys. She is the best!!!!
We can not say enough about the Southwood house for a beautiful wedding and reception.All we can say is go by and see it Read more...
We can not say enough about the Southwood house for a beautiful wedding and reception.All we can say is go by and see it in person. The rooms upstairs are wonderful for the bride and her party to get dressed, makeup and hair done in a antique luxury setting without having to leave. The annex next door for the men to get ready in a seperate area is great for the bride that does not want to be seen before the wedding. The best part of renting the facility is Cara, she was very accommodating and was always available to help our vendors to let them see the facilitys. She is the best!!!! Read less
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tay_0453
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Cara is great, so flexible. The house and grounds are beautiful.
Cara is great, so flexible. The house and grounds are beautiful.
Cara is great, so flexible. The house and grounds are beautiful. Read less
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jadeerrie
Wedding:
5/29/2010
5.0/5.0
Cara at the SouthWood House was extremely helpful. If I ever had a question it was answered right away. I would highly recommend using the SouthWood House for your ceremony and reception venue. It is an absolutely beautiful place to have your wedding! I couldn’t have asked for a better venue, I loved it!
Cara at the SouthWood House was extremely helpful. If I ever had a question it was answered right away. I would highly Read more...
Cara at the SouthWood House was extremely helpful. If I ever had a question it was answered right away. I would highly recommend using the SouthWood House for your ceremony and reception venue. It is an absolutely beautiful place to have your wedding! I couldn’t have asked for a better venue, I loved it! Read less
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Dianne
Wedding:
4/16/2010
5.0/5.0
I can't tell you how many people commented on this absolutely perfect place to hold a wedding reception--everyone oohed and aahed over the setting and the interior of the house! It was gorgeous--and the best part was there was very little to do in the way of decorating for the reception--it was like having it in your own home, only a hundred times better...absolutely the most perfect venue ever!
I can't tell you how many people commented on this absolutely perfect place to hold a wedding reception--everyone oohed Read more...
I can't tell you how many people commented on this absolutely perfect place to hold a wedding reception--everyone oohed and aahed over the setting and the interior of the house! It was gorgeous--and the best part was there was very little to do in the way of decorating for the reception--it was like having it in your own home, only a hundred times better...absolutely the most perfect venue ever! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
For starters, you cannot beat the value. The price is slightly lower than other comparable venues in the area, and for a small extra fee, you get Cara. Cara was so organized, flexible, accessible, and professional we were compelled to write a personal email to her superior. She was always ready with suggestions and answers to our questions, and there were many. When I decided to change the ceremony location last minute, Cara worked with me and my family to assist in logistics, even when we were not very accessible! The day of my wedding, Cara set up everything. She contacted my vendors to coordinate arrival times and set up. I cannot say how stress free and beautiful my wedding was thanks to the beautiful setting and all of Cara's hard work! I will definitely recommend the SouthWood Plantation House to all my engaged friends!
For starters, you cannot beat the value. The price is slightly lower than other comparable venues in the area, and for a Read more...
For starters, you cannot beat the value. The price is slightly lower than other comparable venues in the area, and for a small extra fee, you get Cara. Cara was so organized, flexible, accessible, and professional we were compelled to write a personal email to her superior. She was always ready with suggestions and answers to our questions, and there were many. When I decided to change the ceremony location last minute, Cara worked with me and my family to assist in logistics, even when we were not very accessible! The day of my wedding, Cara set up everything. She contacted my vendors to coordinate arrival times and set up. I cannot say how stress free and beautiful my wedding was thanks to the beautiful setting and all of Cara's hard work! I will definitely recommend the SouthWood Plantation House to all my engaged friends! Read less
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Mhanerty
Wedding:
2/26/2011
4.9/5.0
The Southwood House is a beautiful location, and the people are wonderful to work with. They were extremely helpful and accommodating and made my wedding day absolutely amazing.
The Southwood House is a beautiful location, and the people are wonderful to work with. They were extremely helpful and Read more...
The Southwood House is a beautiful location, and the people are wonderful to work with. They were extremely helpful and accommodating and made my wedding day absolutely amazing. Read less
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Danielle621
Wedding:
6/19/2010
4.9/5.0
I loved this venue, it was perfect! I am a southern girl and my husband is from Boston, MA so this site was perfect for the elegance and a bit of southern class. We loved all the greenery and fell in love the front porch and large tiers off the front steps. We chose to get married facing the house. Kara, at the Golf Club house, rented the spot to us and was a pure joy to work with as well!
I loved this venue, it was perfect! I am a southern girl and my husband is from Boston, MA so this site was perfect for Read more...
I loved this venue, it was perfect! I am a southern girl and my husband is from Boston, MA so this site was perfect for the elegance and a bit of southern class. We loved all the greenery and fell in love the front porch and large tiers off the front steps. We chose to get married facing the house. Kara, at the Golf Club house, rented the spot to us and was a pure joy to work with as well! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
5/21/2011
4.8/5.0
The Southwood Plantation House and Cottages were great!! I could have no asked for a better venue. From the setting to the coordinator, it was perfect!! Thank you Cara for helping with my wedding and making is special.
The Southwood Plantation House and Cottages were great!! I could have no asked for a better venue. From the setting to the Read more...
The Southwood Plantation House and Cottages were great!! I could have no asked for a better venue. From the setting to the coordinator, it was perfect!! Thank you Cara for helping with my wedding and making is special. Read less
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mfreem97
Wedding:
3/12/2011
4.8/5.0
Seeing the SouthWood House for the first time was love at first sight. It was absolutely beautiful. We chose it for our ceremony and reception venue. I was intimidated by all the coordination that had to be done--renting chairs, tents, bringing a caterer, bartender, etc. However, the staff was more than helpful in flexibility and working with our schedules. The booking is a bit pricey compared to other places, but we were able to fit it in with some careful budgeting. We decided to forego decorating and just use the beautiful grounds. Our wedding was in early spring so, the flowers were just beginning to bloom. If you want an intimate, adult-only reception, I would recommend the SouthWood House. The inside takes you back to the Antebellum Age with the built-ins, ornate furniture, and vaulted ceilings. The atmosphere encouraged everyone to relax and mingle.
Seeing the SouthWood House for the first time was love at first sight. It was absolutely beautiful. We chose it for our Read more...
Seeing the SouthWood House for the first time was love at first sight. It was absolutely beautiful. We chose it for our ceremony and reception venue. I was intimidated by all the coordination that had to be done--renting chairs, tents, bringing a caterer, bartender, etc. However, the staff was more than helpful in flexibility and working with our schedules. The booking is a bit pricey compared to other places, but we were able to fit it in with some careful budgeting. We decided to forego decorating and just use the beautiful grounds. Our wedding was in early spring so, the flowers were just beginning to bloom. If you want an intimate, adult-only reception, I would recommend the SouthWood House. The inside takes you back to the Antebellum Age with the built-ins, ornate furniture, and vaulted ceilings. The atmosphere encouraged everyone to relax and mingle. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
11/28/2009
4.8/5.0
The facility is beautiful and the staff is great! I love that they allow you to move the furniture around inside the house to accomodate your set up. Great location!
The facility is beautiful and the staff is great! I love that they allow you to move the furniture around inside the house Read more...
The facility is beautiful and the staff is great! I love that they allow you to move the furniture around inside the house to accomodate your set up. Great location! Read less
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Lillian
Wedding:
11/13/2010
4.6/5.0
The moment I saw this house I fell in love. You can have an out door wedding that still feels warm and comforting. Very southern feel to it. Since the house is so grand and the out side of it looks amazing you really don't need a lot of decorations. Kind of pricey but totally worth it.
The moment I saw this house I fell in love. You can have an out door wedding that still feels warm and comforting. Very Read more...
The moment I saw this house I fell in love. You can have an out door wedding that still feels warm and comforting. Very southern feel to it. Since the house is so grand and the out side of it looks amazing you really don't need a lot of decorations. Kind of pricey but totally worth it. Read less
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Robin
Wedding:
4/20/2013
4.3/5.0
We had our wedding outdoors at Southwood and it was beautiful. The venue is great because you can get ready upstairs while all of the set up is going on. The only issue we had was parking and the light requirement for the back parking lot. It was just a detail I wish Southwood took care of.
We had our wedding outdoors at Southwood and it was beautiful. The venue is great because you can get ready upstairs while Read more...
We had our wedding outdoors at Southwood and it was beautiful. The venue is great because you can get ready upstairs while all of the set up is going on. The only issue we had was parking and the light requirement for the back parking lot. It was just a detail I wish Southwood took care of. Read less
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Britni
Wedding:
3/17/2012
2.6/5.0
The reviews I read when I booked the Southwood House were great. They all talked about how great Cara is, who was the Director of Sales and the point of contact for events at the Southwood House. Those reviews are accurate, and Cara was great. But she left Southwood for a new position in December, which was halfway through my engagement. When Cara worked at Southwood, all of my calls and emails were answered promptly, usually within the hour. After Cara left, though, the responsiveness changed drastically. The new point of contact was Beth, who is the GM over all of Southwood. I sent her multiple emails and left voicemails with her that went unanswered or were not even acknowledged for 2+ weeks. My mother in law did the rehearsal dinner at the Southwood Clubhouse and had similar problems getting in touch with Beth. The lack of response to emails and voicemails is simply unacceptable with the kind of money we spent to have our rehearsal dinner and wedding at their facilities. I understand that Beth has other duties, as she is the GM of Southwood, but if she doesn't have time to respond to an email or phone call a month before a wedding, then she needs to hire someone. She didn't even acknowledge when I was finally able to talk with her (by calling her cell phone number that my mother in law gave me), that she didn't respond to my emails or phone calls, even when I said something about it. I thought that was highly unprofessional. The lack of responsiveness to questions that i needed answered caused much undue stress on the already stressful last few weeks before my wedding.

On the plus side: The cost of the rental includes acces to the house the day before your wedding for rehearsal and other vendors to set up as needed. We used 2 of their bartenders for the reception who were great and was a better value than going through a bartending service. They are flexible with alcohol and catering. We supplied our own alcohol and a family friend did the catering, which saved us a lot of money. The house and grounds are absolutely gorgeous. We continue to receive compliments on how beautiful the venue was.

The bottom line is that Southwood needs to hire a new Director of Sales to replace Cara. Beth obviously has too much on her plate.
The reviews I read when I booked the Southwood House were great. They all talked about how great Cara is, who was the Read more...
The reviews I read when I booked the Southwood House were great. They all talked about how great Cara is, who was the Director of Sales and the point of contact for events at the Southwood House. Those reviews are accurate, and Cara was great. But she left Southwood for a new position in December, which was halfway through my engagement. When Cara worked at Southwood, all of my calls and emails were answered promptly, usually within the hour. After Cara left, though, the responsiveness changed drastically. The new point of contact was Beth, who is the GM over all of Southwood. I sent her multiple emails and left voicemails with her that went unanswered or were not even acknowledged for 2+ weeks. My mother in law did the rehearsal dinner at the Southwood Clubhouse and had similar problems getting in touch with Beth. The lack of response to emails and voicemails is simply unacceptable with the kind of money we spent to have our rehearsal dinner and wedding at their facilities. I understand that Beth has other duties, as she is the GM of Southwood, but if she doesn't have time to respond to an email or phone call a month before a wedding, then she needs to hire someone. She didn't even acknowledge when I was finally able to talk with her (by calling her cell phone number that my mother in law gave me), that she didn't respond to my emails or phone calls, even when I said something about it. I thought that was highly unprofessional. The lack of responsiveness to questions that i needed answered caused much undue stress on the already stressful last few weeks before my wedding.

On the plus side: The cost of the rental includes acces to the house the day before your wedding for rehearsal and other vendors to set up as needed. We used 2 of their bartenders for the reception who were great and was a better value than going through a bartending service. They are flexible with alcohol and catering. We supplied our own alcohol and a family friend did the catering, which saved us a lot of money. The house and grounds are absolutely gorgeous. We continue to receive compliments on how beautiful the venue was.

The bottom line is that Southwood needs to hire a new Director of Sales to replace Cara. Beth obviously has too much on her plate. Read less
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