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Thornewood Castle

Lakewood , WA
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LOCATION

8601 N THORNE LN SW
Lakewood, WA US 98498 (map)

PHONE

253-584-4393

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ABOUT US

Thornewood Castle is both an indoor and outdoor wedding venue. Weddings and receptions at Thornewood Castle can take place in our sunken English garden, inside in the Great Hall and... Read more
Thornewood Castle is both an indoor and outdoor wedding venue. Weddings and receptions at Thornewood Castle can take place in our sunken English garden, inside in the Great Hall and Ballroom, or out on the grounds for a wedding overlooking the water. Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1911
Describe your venue:
Historic Site, Inn / Bed & Breakfast, Manor / Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Glamorous
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
14
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?
Yes
Number of suites
12
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
1500
Bar Service
Outside vendors welcome
Beverage Service
Outside vendors welcome
Catering
Outside vendors welcome
Event Coordination
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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andrew
Wedding:
9/7/2014
5.0/5.0
Beautiful venue, very helpful staff that were there but not highly visible.

Many of our guests have told us they loved the place and thought it was a wonderful choice. The sunken garden worked perfect and had an amazing backdrop for pictures and ambiance.

We stayed the night and were the only guests in the building so after all the guests were gone, the owners turned the lights on in the garden. we sat on the steps we just got married on and enjoyed a glass of wine as we reflected on a wonderful day.

I can honestly say have no complaints...
Beautiful venue, very helpful staff that were there but not highly visible.

Many of our guests have told us they Read more...
Beautiful venue, very helpful staff that were there but not highly visible.

Many of our guests have told us they loved the place and thought it was a wonderful choice. The sunken garden worked perfect and had an amazing backdrop for pictures and ambiance.

We stayed the night and were the only guests in the building so after all the guests were gone, the owners turned the lights on in the garden. we sat on the steps we just got married on and enjoyed a glass of wine as we reflected on a wonderful day.

I can honestly say have no complaints... Read less
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ciel
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have asked for, found or picked a better venue for our wedding day! Thornewood is the complete package like no other. The venue itself will put your guests in a constant state of awe. The sunken English garden is spectacular in the summer/fall for an outdoor wedding. Also, jaw-dropping. Having our ceremony and reception in the same place was so convenient for us and for our guests, which allowed the day to not drag (like some can...) and it kept our guests entertained.

Thornewood's staff was incredible. With the rental of the venue comes use of their tables, linens, chairs, staff, parking lots and parking attendants. They worked directly with our other vendors and even the tent people, becuase there was a chance of rain. I wanted a garden wedding SO badly, and the owner, Deanna-worked with her staff up until the last minute to accommodate this. (not only for the ceremony, but where our dinner tables went, inside or out-catering, inside or out, etc etc)
Yes, The prices at Thornewood can be off-putting for some, but honestly-if you have it or can manage it-its worth every single penny and even more. Considering that so many of the included amenities (listed above) would cost you extra anyway-its almost a wash. I visited almost every venue imaginable in the greater Seattle Tacoma area. Thornewood may not be for everyone, but it was most definitely the perfect venue for us, and I have absolutely no regrets after getting married there.

Also, being a B&B, the wedding party stayed the night before, and the bride/groom and so many of the family stayed the night after, which was so nice to relax and enjoy the castle alone after the party was cleared out with your dearest and closest that decided to stay. We were brought breakfast in bed the morning after, which we enjoyed with a view of the garden where we shared our vows of love with the people that mattered most the day before.

I could think of no better place to have spent the best day of my life.
I couldn't have asked for, found or picked a better venue for our wedding day! Thornewood is the complete package like no Read more...
I couldn't have asked for, found or picked a better venue for our wedding day! Thornewood is the complete package like no other. The venue itself will put your guests in a constant state of awe. The sunken English garden is spectacular in the summer/fall for an outdoor wedding. Also, jaw-dropping. Having our ceremony and reception in the same place was so convenient for us and for our guests, which allowed the day to not drag (like some can...) and it kept our guests entertained.

Thornewood's staff was incredible. With the rental of the venue comes use of their tables, linens, chairs, staff, parking lots and parking attendants. They worked directly with our other vendors and even the tent people, becuase there was a chance of rain. I wanted a garden wedding SO badly, and the owner, Deanna-worked with her staff up until the last minute to accommodate this. (not only for the ceremony, but where our dinner tables went, inside or out-catering, inside or out, etc etc)
Yes, The prices at Thornewood can be off-putting for some, but honestly-if you have it or can manage it-its worth every single penny and even more. Considering that so many of the included amenities (listed above) would cost you extra anyway-its almost a wash. I visited almost every venue imaginable in the greater Seattle Tacoma area. Thornewood may not be for everyone, but it was most definitely the perfect venue for us, and I have absolutely no regrets after getting married there.

Also, being a B&B, the wedding party stayed the night before, and the bride/groom and so many of the family stayed the night after, which was so nice to relax and enjoy the castle alone after the party was cleared out with your dearest and closest that decided to stay. We were brought breakfast in bed the morning after, which we enjoyed with a view of the garden where we shared our vows of love with the people that mattered most the day before.

I could think of no better place to have spent the best day of my life. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
8/24/2012
5.0/5.0
We were able to set up a time to come look at the castle, and that same day we booked our wedding date. They answered all my questions i had through email or over the phone. They provide staff to help with set up and take down. They make sure that everything goes smoothly on your special day! They have people to be parking attendants for your guests. Everything there is soooooooo gorgeous, you really didn't need to have very many decorations. The guests loved to come just for the fact that it was a castle. I have NOTHING to complain about! They had my room all ready for me to get ready in and everything went PERFECT
We were able to set up a time to come look at the castle, and that same day we booked our wedding date. They answered all Read more...
We were able to set up a time to come look at the castle, and that same day we booked our wedding date. They answered all my questions i had through email or over the phone. They provide staff to help with set up and take down. They make sure that everything goes smoothly on your special day! They have people to be parking attendants for your guests. Everything there is soooooooo gorgeous, you really didn't need to have very many decorations. The guests loved to come just for the fact that it was a castle. I have NOTHING to complain about! They had my room all ready for me to get ready in and everything went PERFECT Read less
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Thornewood Castle responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your review! Our staff works hard to respond in a timely manner to our high volume of emails and phone calls, and it is of utmost importance to us that everything goes smoothly on a bride's wedding day. Thank you for your kind words, we are so pleased to hear that you had such a wonderful experience!
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Kjersten
Wedding:
12/22/2011
5.0/5.0
I love Thornewood castle and I was so pleased to have it as my venue for my wedding reception. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas and they were flexible in taking down different things so I could put up decorations for my wedding. In planning for my wedding it was very helpful to meet with Deanna and get everything planned out for the day. Although some of the staff was a little difficult the day of, and there isn't a ton of parking. I thought it all went smoothly. Knowing the limitations ahead of time allowed for me to plan ahead and let people know to carpool and such. The castle is beautiful and it was perfect for my wedding. It was also nice to stay in the castle that night, because then we didn't have to travel far after to our hotel and the room we stayed in was beautiful.
I love Thornewood castle and I was so pleased to have it as my venue for my wedding reception. It was beautifully Read more...
I love Thornewood castle and I was so pleased to have it as my venue for my wedding reception. It was beautifully decorated for Christmas and they were flexible in taking down different things so I could put up decorations for my wedding. In planning for my wedding it was very helpful to meet with Deanna and get everything planned out for the day. Although some of the staff was a little difficult the day of, and there isn't a ton of parking. I thought it all went smoothly. Knowing the limitations ahead of time allowed for me to plan ahead and let people know to carpool and such. The castle is beautiful and it was perfect for my wedding. It was also nice to stay in the castle that night, because then we didn't have to travel far after to our hotel and the room we stayed in was beautiful. Read less
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arnold's
Wedding:
11/8/2008
5.0/5.0
The castle itself is so beautfiul inside and out, that not much extra decorating is required..which was a huge plus when it came to our budget! The owner & staff were extremely nice and knowledgable. They've done many weddings, and can recommend various vendors they've worked with in the past if you're still struggling to find a caterer, wedding cake artist, D.J, etc. We had such a wonderful experience...our wedding guests are STILL talking about what a beautiful wedding it was..and my new husband and I will have fond memories of that day for many years to come!
The castle itself is so beautfiul inside and out, that not much extra decorating is required..which was a huge plus when Read more...
The castle itself is so beautfiul inside and out, that not much extra decorating is required..which was a huge plus when it came to our budget! The owner & staff were extremely nice and knowledgable. They've done many weddings, and can recommend various vendors they've worked with in the past if you're still struggling to find a caterer, wedding cake artist, D.J, etc. We had such a wonderful experience...our wedding guests are STILL talking about what a beautiful wedding it was..and my new husband and I will have fond memories of that day for many years to come! Read less
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Tammershmammers
Wedding:
9/3/2010
5.0/5.0
I got married here september 3rd 2010. We couldn't have chosen a more ideal date for our wedding. Due to the 80+ degree weather we were able to hold the ceremony and most of the reception outdoors in the GORGEOUS garden. Seeing as our wedding was a little unique (we chose a circus theme) the elegance of Thornewood really brought out the class and timeless feel we wanted to incorporate. None of our guests had to lift a finger. they had our tables, chairs, linens, and music set up before we even arrived! I honestly couldn't have asked for a more unique, elegant and careless wedding. Deanna, Miranda and staff helped walk us through all the necessary details and even suggested various ways of arranging to utilize our space and creativity. So, I'm giving thornewood two thumbs up for all their hard work and customer oriented service.
I got married here september 3rd 2010. We couldn't have chosen a more ideal date for our wedding. Due to the 80+ degree Read more...
I got married here september 3rd 2010. We couldn't have chosen a more ideal date for our wedding. Due to the 80+ degree weather we were able to hold the ceremony and most of the reception outdoors in the GORGEOUS garden. Seeing as our wedding was a little unique (we chose a circus theme) the elegance of Thornewood really brought out the class and timeless feel we wanted to incorporate. None of our guests had to lift a finger. they had our tables, chairs, linens, and music set up before we even arrived! I honestly couldn't have asked for a more unique, elegant and careless wedding. Deanna, Miranda and staff helped walk us through all the necessary details and even suggested various ways of arranging to utilize our space and creativity. So, I'm giving thornewood two thumbs up for all their hard work and customer oriented service. Read less
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emilyneely
Wedding:
8/2/2009
5.0/5.0
It was amazing. I could not image having it any other place. The staff was fantastic when dealing with some challenging guests. You can only have wine or beer but not both and no hard alcohol. This is one of the reasons why we chose the location and it could not have been more perfect. Deanna & the staff made sure the day was flawless.
It was amazing. I could not image having it any other place. The staff was fantastic when dealing with some challenging Read more...
It was amazing. I could not image having it any other place. The staff was fantastic when dealing with some challenging guests. You can only have wine or beer but not both and no hard alcohol. This is one of the reasons why we chose the location and it could not have been more perfect. Deanna & the staff made sure the day was flawless. Read less
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EpicWeddingGirl
Wedding:
8/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Thornewood Castle, in my opinion, is and was the venue of perfection. It is stunningly beautiful, the staff are friendly and professional, and the site is epic! My guests were utterly transported, and everyone was saying that it was the most beautiful location for a wedding that they had ever been to. If you want fairy tale, Thornewood is the way to go.
Thornewood Castle, in my opinion, is and was the venue of perfection. It is stunningly beautiful, the staff are friendly Read more...
Thornewood Castle, in my opinion, is and was the venue of perfection. It is stunningly beautiful, the staff are friendly and professional, and the site is epic! My guests were utterly transported, and everyone was saying that it was the most beautiful location for a wedding that they had ever been to. If you want fairy tale, Thornewood is the way to go. Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
1/1/2010
4.8/5.0
Excellent place to have a wedding. It was perfect!
Excellent place to have a wedding. It was perfect!
Excellent place to have a wedding. It was perfect! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
I loved this Venue!! of course it rained as soon as i got down the aisle haha but everything was so beautiful. I have to say they do have a lot of rules and time restrictions but it worked out for me.
I loved this Venue!! of course it rained as soon as i got down the aisle haha but everything was so beautiful. I have to Read more...
I loved this Venue!! of course it rained as soon as i got down the aisle haha but everything was so beautiful. I have to say they do have a lot of rules and time restrictions but it worked out for me. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.6/5.0
This was a absolutely beautiful venue. We had our ceremony in the sunken English garden and reception in the hall and lawn overlooking the lake. Everyone commented at how beautiful the estate was! Because of its' setting we saved money on decor, which was not really needed. Also if you are not picky - book your event on a weekday, it saved us $1000! Deanna, the owner, was a lovely woman and we enjoyed working with her. I would highly recommend this venue for an unforgettable event.
This was a absolutely beautiful venue. We had our ceremony in the sunken English garden and reception in the hall and lawn Read more...
This was a absolutely beautiful venue. We had our ceremony in the sunken English garden and reception in the hall and lawn overlooking the lake. Everyone commented at how beautiful the estate was! Because of its' setting we saved money on decor, which was not really needed. Also if you are not picky - book your event on a weekday, it saved us $1000! Deanna, the owner, was a lovely woman and we enjoyed working with her. I would highly recommend this venue for an unforgettable event. Read less
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Yolanda
Wedding:
8/13/2011
4.6/5.0
You get what you pay for. We just had our wedding there, and it was perfect. It is pretty expensive, but it is worth. We got married in the secret garden, all the flowers were in bloom. The weather was in our favor, and I couldn't ask for anything more.
You get what you pay for. We just had our wedding there, and it was perfect. It is pretty expensive, but it is worth. We Read more...
You get what you pay for. We just had our wedding there, and it was perfect. It is pretty expensive, but it is worth. We got married in the secret garden, all the flowers were in bloom. The weather was in our favor, and I couldn't ask for anything more. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
Absolutely wonderful venue. The staff were professional and friendly. We did very little decorating as the rooms and gardens were so beautiful. As this is a running bed and breakfast there are some strict restrictions on time etc. but understandable under the circumstances. Would definitely recommend
Absolutely wonderful venue. The staff were professional and friendly. We did very little decorating as the rooms and Read more...
Absolutely wonderful venue. The staff were professional and friendly. We did very little decorating as the rooms and gardens were so beautiful. As this is a running bed and breakfast there are some strict restrictions on time etc. but understandable under the circumstances. Would definitely recommend Read less
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Thornewood Castle responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind words. It is true - you can bring as much or as little decorations as you want, but you don't need much to have a beautiful wedding at Thornewood!
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Ashley
Wedding:
8/8/2008
4.4/5.0
This venue is lovely! It created a beautiful atmosphere for my wedding. They are a bit particular about timing and certain materials brought in, but the venue is basically ready as is... no exhausting plans to make the place beautiful with pricy decor... it is gorgeous just the way it is!
This venue is lovely! It created a beautiful atmosphere for my wedding. They are a bit particular about timing and certain Read more...
This venue is lovely! It created a beautiful atmosphere for my wedding. They are a bit particular about timing and certain materials brought in, but the venue is basically ready as is... no exhausting plans to make the place beautiful with pricy decor... it is gorgeous just the way it is! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
Such a beautiful venue! My planner could not keep everyone out of the house while I was taking photos before my ceremony because everyone was so captured by the beauty of this castle. The owner is very strict about timelines so keep this in mind and it is a bit pricey. Even though it's a bit pricey, it's worth every penny. Plus, the venue supplies the tables, chairs, table clothes and provides set up of these items and will take care of everything if the ceremony must be moved inside from outside if it rains. I also didn't have to use many decorations so the price evened out in the end, in my opinion.

I was a little afraid about the timelines but everything worked out perfect. I did give a 3 star on responsiveness because it was hard to contact the venue via email and a few times I left phone messages and never received a call back. They were very responsive, however, closer to the date. Their flexibility is limited just because it's a very popular place.
Such a beautiful venue! My planner could not keep everyone out of the house while I was taking photos before my ceremony Read more...
Such a beautiful venue! My planner could not keep everyone out of the house while I was taking photos before my ceremony because everyone was so captured by the beauty of this castle. The owner is very strict about timelines so keep this in mind and it is a bit pricey. Even though it's a bit pricey, it's worth every penny. Plus, the venue supplies the tables, chairs, table clothes and provides set up of these items and will take care of everything if the ceremony must be moved inside from outside if it rains. I also didn't have to use many decorations so the price evened out in the end, in my opinion.

I was a little afraid about the timelines but everything worked out perfect. I did give a 3 star on responsiveness because it was hard to contact the venue via email and a few times I left phone messages and never received a call back. They were very responsive, however, closer to the date. Their flexibility is limited just because it's a very popular place. Read less
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Thornewood Castle responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking time to write a review for us!

We understand that things such as reception tables, ceremony and reception chairs, and tablecloths can add up, especially for larger weddings! So we include them in our wedding and reception packages to help bring down our brides' extra costs in that sense. We also offer centerpieces that all of our brides are able to use if they choose.

Living in the Pacific Northwest has its perks, but there is always the chance of rain here! We are unique in the fact that we have a "Plan B" for a rained-out ceremony, and it only takes minutes to set up, so we can wait until the last possible minute before making that final call.

We are so glad you had such a positive experience with us!
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swollnick
Wedding:
7/24/2010
4.4/5.0
My new husband and I stayed at the Thornewood Castle on our wedding night in the Presidential Suite. It was AMAZING. I had never seen the castle, but am from the area so it was wonderful to learn some of the incredible history (it was brought over brick by brick from London). The grounds, garden, accommodations, views and food are some of the best in the area, AND we'll be going back for our anniversary to the b&b for the next 10 years (a gift from my mom & grandma). Highly recommended!

I only gave a 2.5 on flexibility because we weren't allowed to host a brunch there the morning after our wedding (which took place at the Olympia Country Club).
My new husband and I stayed at the Thornewood Castle on our wedding night in the Presidential Suite. It was AMAZING. I had Read more...
My new husband and I stayed at the Thornewood Castle on our wedding night in the Presidential Suite. It was AMAZING. I had never seen the castle, but am from the area so it was wonderful to learn some of the incredible history (it was brought over brick by brick from London). The grounds, garden, accommodations, views and food are some of the best in the area, AND we'll be going back for our anniversary to the b&b for the next 10 years (a gift from my mom & grandma). Highly recommended!

I only gave a 2.5 on flexibility because we weren't allowed to host a brunch there the morning after our wedding (which took place at the Olympia Country Club). Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/14/2012
4.4/5.0
Thornewood is absolutely stunning! It was the perfect backdrop for our wedding. The atmosphere cannot be beat. The location is pricey, but worth it for a beautiful wedding.
Thornewood is absolutely stunning! It was the perfect backdrop for our wedding. The atmosphere cannot be beat. The Read more...
Thornewood is absolutely stunning! It was the perfect backdrop for our wedding. The atmosphere cannot be beat. The location is pricey, but worth it for a beautiful wedding. Read less
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Thornewood Castle responded with the following comments:

Melissa,

Thank you for your kind review. Your event was truely unique, and we are so glad you chose Thornewood for your wedding venue.
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Kathy
Wedding:
3/6/2010
4.2/5.0
I wanted a castle and I got a castle. Thornwood is an amazing property and the photos that we had taken turned out so beautiful. The ladies who I worked with were all really nice but I was at time a bit stress out with their inability to be flexible with times. Also I did not really like that other people who were not with my wedding party were wandering around the castle while we were having the ceremony and reception. All in all it was a great location and I am happy I choose it.
I wanted a castle and I got a castle. Thornwood is an amazing property and the photos that we had taken turned out so Read more...
I wanted a castle and I got a castle. Thornwood is an amazing property and the photos that we had taken turned out so beautiful. The ladies who I worked with were all really nice but I was at time a bit stress out with their inability to be flexible with times. Also I did not really like that other people who were not with my wedding party were wandering around the castle while we were having the ceremony and reception. All in all it was a great location and I am happy I choose it. Read less
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Kallee
Wedding:
5/31/2014
4.0/5.0
Thornewood was an amazing place to have our wedding! The garden was absolutely beautiful! Although there was some trouble with getting quick responses back to our questions, the scenery was worth it! Our wedding was 4 months ago and people are still talking about how beautiful it was!
Thornewood was an amazing place to have our wedding! The garden was absolutely beautiful! Although there was some trouble Read more...
Thornewood was an amazing place to have our wedding! The garden was absolutely beautiful! Although there was some trouble with getting quick responses back to our questions, the scenery was worth it! Our wedding was 4 months ago and people are still talking about how beautiful it was! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.8/5.0
Thornewood castle is a beautiful venue, I'm still hearing about it from my guests. Please read the contract very carefully before you sign. they are extremely strict about certain things. If you need extra time for your wedding an hour is about $800. your contract is only for 6 hours on the property. that may not be enough time for you. you cant go to the lake which is on the property of the venue. guests cant go upstairs, cant light candle sticks. However, everything will be professional and taken care of period. No stress there. The staff was wonderful. I'm torn, I'm glad I had it there, however there was no flexibility.
Thornewood castle is a beautiful venue, I'm still hearing about it from my guests. Please read the contract very carefully Read more...
Thornewood castle is a beautiful venue, I'm still hearing about it from my guests. Please read the contract very carefully before you sign. they are extremely strict about certain things. If you need extra time for your wedding an hour is about $800. your contract is only for 6 hours on the property. that may not be enough time for you. you cant go to the lake which is on the property of the venue. guests cant go upstairs, cant light candle sticks. However, everything will be professional and taken care of period. No stress there. The staff was wonderful. I'm torn, I'm glad I had it there, however there was no flexibility. Read less
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Cassandra
Wedding:
9/6/2012
3.8/5.0
There is no other place in the area that is as beautiful as Thornewood Castle. If I had to do everything all over again I would still have gotten married there despite some difficulties along the way. Their communication is lacking to say the least; it took me several months to get someone to take my deposit to secure my wedding date! There is now a new employee that I believe handles all of the weddings so it did make it a lot easier to get an emailed response in the last few months of planning. If you are going to get married here, just understand that they are very strict and particular. I can't say I blame them as it is someone's home and a historical building. My only complaint about my wedding day was not being able to find a staff member when we needed something. They seemed to just disappear at various points (just so happens that is when we needed a question answered). The biggest disappointment was that there was a hotel guest's car parked right in front of the home at the end of my wedding spoiling all of our pictures. There was a full scale hunt to try to find someone to move the car, but to no avail. We had rented a vintage car for our send off and were really upset that we couldn't get a shot of our car and the castle without a Ford Focus being in the frame. Also, their strict time to be out by 7 PM made the entire day seem very rushed but that was also due to poor planning on our part. In the end, you can't beat the beauty of this place.
There is no other place in the area that is as beautiful as Thornewood Castle. If I had to do everything all over again I Read more...
There is no other place in the area that is as beautiful as Thornewood Castle. If I had to do everything all over again I would still have gotten married there despite some difficulties along the way. Their communication is lacking to say the least; it took me several months to get someone to take my deposit to secure my wedding date! There is now a new employee that I believe handles all of the weddings so it did make it a lot easier to get an emailed response in the last few months of planning. If you are going to get married here, just understand that they are very strict and particular. I can't say I blame them as it is someone's home and a historical building. My only complaint about my wedding day was not being able to find a staff member when we needed something. They seemed to just disappear at various points (just so happens that is when we needed a question answered). The biggest disappointment was that there was a hotel guest's car parked right in front of the home at the end of my wedding spoiling all of our pictures. There was a full scale hunt to try to find someone to move the car, but to no avail. We had rented a vintage car for our send off and were really upset that we couldn't get a shot of our car and the castle without a Ford Focus being in the frame. Also, their strict time to be out by 7 PM made the entire day seem very rushed but that was also due to poor planning on our part. In the end, you can't beat the beauty of this place. Read less
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thetygerlily
Wedding:
8/12/2007
3.3/5.0
Thornewood Castle is a beautiful venue for a wedding. The garden is a great place to have the ceremony, and the dining room has great atmosphere.

Downsides: you cannot have a band play outside during the reception (only during the ceremony). You cannot remove the carpets covering the beautiful wooden floors. 6 hours is short considering the preparations, ceremony, reception, and photos (I did my hair/makeup off site).

Overall it's pricy but the location is well worth it.
Thornewood Castle is a beautiful venue for a wedding. The garden is a great place to have the ceremony, and the dining Read more...
Thornewood Castle is a beautiful venue for a wedding. The garden is a great place to have the ceremony, and the dining room has great atmosphere.

Downsides: you cannot have a band play outside during the reception (only during the ceremony). You cannot remove the carpets covering the beautiful wooden floors. 6 hours is short considering the preparations, ceremony, reception, and photos (I did my hair/makeup off site).

Overall it's pricy but the location is well worth it. Read less
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Lacey
Wedding:
8/29/2008
3.2/5.0
Thornewood Castle is a breathtaking venue hidden among residences in Lakewood, WA. It is a unique and beautiful venue for a ceremony and reception. We had our ceremony in the sunken rose garden and the reception followed with tables on the lawn overlooking the lake at the back of the Castle. All of our guests commented on how wonderful the venue was - many said it was like stepping into a fairytale.

Deanna,the owner was wonderful to work with. We had a dual reception (my sister and I got married on the same day) and she helped us to hash out all the details. However, much of the other staff was cold and didn't seem to want to deal with us. They only accept visitors by appointment and even closed the castle during our rehearsal (we couldn't use the bathrooms). During the wedding, they had several staff members making sure people didn't wander upstairs or over the property line.

All in all, if you don't mind dealing with some grumpy people, this is a wonderful venue for a wedding.
Thornewood Castle is a breathtaking venue hidden among residences in Lakewood, WA. It is a unique and beautiful venue for Read more...
Thornewood Castle is a breathtaking venue hidden among residences in Lakewood, WA. It is a unique and beautiful venue for a ceremony and reception. We had our ceremony in the sunken rose garden and the reception followed with tables on the lawn overlooking the lake at the back of the Castle. All of our guests commented on how wonderful the venue was - many said it was like stepping into a fairytale.

Deanna,the owner was wonderful to work with. We had a dual reception (my sister and I got married on the same day) and she helped us to hash out all the details. However, much of the other staff was cold and didn't seem to want to deal with us. They only accept visitors by appointment and even closed the castle during our rehearsal (we couldn't use the bathrooms). During the wedding, they had several staff members making sure people didn't wander upstairs or over the property line.

All in all, if you don't mind dealing with some grumpy people, this is a wonderful venue for a wedding. Read less
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habitualstar
Wedding:
7/12/2008
3.0/5.0
This is one of the harder reviews to write because the feelings are a little mixed. The venue itself was everything I ever could have asked for. And since the weather was so nice, we got to get married in the gardens like I’d dreamed! Unfortunately… the staff really fell flat in our last couple of communications and especially on the wedding day. They didn’t help with a thing and were actually rude to the guests! Of course people were curious about the castle… but instead of just letting people know why they couldn’t tour anything, they were rude in their responses to the guests. It was the only thing I had complaints about. During our rehearsal, our Officiant had to use the restroom and they wouldn’t let him in to the castle [rehearsal was in the garden]! Our “DOC” was completely useless. I asked if she could do one thing [turn on the music before we walked down the aisle] and was refused because she “might be needed elsewhere”. So… not thrilled about the staff, which is a bummer because they started out so well. To be honest, I still would have had my wedding there if I had to do it over. The space was just too beautiful for words! Thornewood itself gets an A and the staff gets a C.
This is one of the harder reviews to write because the feelings are a little mixed. The venue itself was everything I ever Read more...
This is one of the harder reviews to write because the feelings are a little mixed. The venue itself was everything I ever could have asked for. And since the weather was so nice, we got to get married in the gardens like I’d dreamed! Unfortunately… the staff really fell flat in our last couple of communications and especially on the wedding day. They didn’t help with a thing and were actually rude to the guests! Of course people were curious about the castle… but instead of just letting people know why they couldn’t tour anything, they were rude in their responses to the guests. It was the only thing I had complaints about. During our rehearsal, our Officiant had to use the restroom and they wouldn’t let him in to the castle [rehearsal was in the garden]! Our “DOC” was completely useless. I asked if she could do one thing [turn on the music before we walked down the aisle] and was refused because she “might be needed elsewhere”. So… not thrilled about the staff, which is a bummer because they started out so well. To be honest, I still would have had my wedding there if I had to do it over. The space was just too beautiful for words! Thornewood itself gets an A and the staff gets a C. Read less
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Leslie Hannegan
Wedding:
12/28/2011
1.3/5.0
My daughter was married at Thornewood Castle on Dec 28th. Our premeetings with Deanna were wonderful. However on the day of the wedding it was pouring down rain and they would not let anyone into the Castle until 4:00PM the wedding was at 4:30PM. Guests had a difficult time getting through the gate. I even rented the Lake Side House at the Castle so that we could get in a little early and place the flowers etc on the tables. The day of the wedding I was told that if everyone was not out of the Castle by 10PM that they would charge me an additional $800. It made the evening difficult for me fearing we would over stay our time. I was also given a remote for the gate since I was staying in the very expensive Lake Side House. I was told if I lost the remote they would charge me $500. The staff was not helpful. I was very disappointed and spent a lot of money so that my daughter would have a wonderful wedding day. All of the bridesmaids said they would never have their weddings there. Way too many restrictions that we were not told about ahead of time. Do NOt Have your wedding Here!
My daughter was married at Thornewood Castle on Dec 28th. Our premeetings with Deanna were wonderful. However on the day Read more...
My daughter was married at Thornewood Castle on Dec 28th. Our premeetings with Deanna were wonderful. However on the day of the wedding it was pouring down rain and they would not let anyone into the Castle until 4:00PM the wedding was at 4:30PM. Guests had a difficult time getting through the gate. I even rented the Lake Side House at the Castle so that we could get in a little early and place the flowers etc on the tables. The day of the wedding I was told that if everyone was not out of the Castle by 10PM that they would charge me an additional $800. It made the evening difficult for me fearing we would over stay our time. I was also given a remote for the gate since I was staying in the very expensive Lake Side House. I was told if I lost the remote they would charge me $500. The staff was not helpful. I was very disappointed and spent a lot of money so that my daughter would have a wonderful wedding day. All of the bridesmaids said they would never have their weddings there. Way too many restrictions that we were not told about ahead of time. Do NOt Have your wedding Here! Read less
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Thornewood Castle responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your feedback. Please allow us to clarify a few points mentioned in this review. We are a rental only facility; we were not the wedding planners or caterers for this event. Like most facilities, we are rented for a specific period of time which is chosen by the customer. On this particular occasion, the client had rented the facility from 4:00 PM until 10:00 PM. As stated in the review, they planned the wedding ceremony to start at 4:30 PM, which only gave them 30 minutes to set up the entire ceremony, reception and catering, and do all of this while guests would be arriving. This customer was well informed about our product and policies both verbally and in writing before booking their event. We delivered our facility when promised and it "was beautiful" according to the bride and her mother. We understand a wedding is one of the most important days in an individual's life and we will always do everything we can to make sure the event runs as smoothly as possible. Our customer’s satisfaction is our greatest reward.
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katdawg
Wedding:
7/9/2010
0.9/5.0
I had my Wedding at Thornewood Castle and due to traffic my guests were almost an hour late as well as myself (the bride). Thornewood was completely unreasonable about extending my "contracted time" so I had to scramble to complete my wedding in 4 hours including cleanup/pick up etc.!! They also make you haul out your own garbage. Beautiful place but they are VERY strict about Wedding and time etc. I had to pay an additional $500.00 just to have an extra hour when I lost 2 hours of my wedding due to traffic, they are VERY expensive and all about $$$ there. They also will not let you show up early just to walk around the castle and do pictures....you have 6 hours for your contracted time which includes everything including set up/cleanup unless you want to pay $500.00 extra an hour.
I had my Wedding at Thornewood Castle and due to traffic my guests were almost an hour late as well as myself (the bride). Read more...
I had my Wedding at Thornewood Castle and due to traffic my guests were almost an hour late as well as myself (the bride). Thornewood was completely unreasonable about extending my "contracted time" so I had to scramble to complete my wedding in 4 hours including cleanup/pick up etc.!! They also make you haul out your own garbage. Beautiful place but they are VERY strict about Wedding and time etc. I had to pay an additional $500.00 just to have an extra hour when I lost 2 hours of my wedding due to traffic, they are VERY expensive and all about $$$ there. They also will not let you show up early just to walk around the castle and do pictures....you have 6 hours for your contracted time which includes everything including set up/cleanup unless you want to pay $500.00 extra an hour. Read less
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