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Villa Montalvo at Montalvo Arts Center

Saratoga , CA
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15400 Montalvo Road
Saratoga, CA 95070 US (map)

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408-961-5856

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Nestled against a wooded slope in the private and secluded Saratoga hills is VILLA MONTALVO at Montalvo Arts Center, a lovely complex with a variety of venues for concerts, weddings,... Read more
Nestled against a wooded slope in the private and secluded Saratoga hills is VILLA MONTALVO at Montalvo Arts Center, a lovely complex with a variety of venues for concerts, weddings, corporate events and private parties. For weddings, the focal point of this estate is its beautiful Mediterranean-style mansion, Villa Montalvo. Built in 1912 as the private summer residence of Senator James Duval Phelan, this National Register Historic Landmark is now home to an arboretum and a nonprofit center for the arts.

An inviting one-way road leads up to Villa Montalvo. As you round the last turn, you get your first glimpse of the estate’s expansive manicured lawns and colorful gardens, as well as the mansion’s terracotta-tile roof, light stucco walls and wide veranda. To your left, you’ll also see the Love Temple, one of two ceremony sites on the grounds; it’s an open-air, white-columned pavilion set at the end of a wide brick path featuring historic marble statues. Couples get married on its steps, with a view of the surrounding Mediterranean garden and the Villa and woods in the background.

Directly behind the Villa, the Oval Garden offers a lush garden setting complete with classical statues and wisteria-covered pergolas. This open-air courtyard is an intimate and delightful place for a ceremony; a brick pathway serves as the center aisle, and a column-supported arcade is the backdrop for taking vows.

The Villa’s entire first floor, verandas, courtyards, gardens and outdoor grounds are available for ceremonies and seated dinners for up to 350 guests (more for stand-up receptions or with tenting). For larger weddings, up to 400 guests can be accommodated by tenting the Great Lawn. After the ceremony, guests can mingle in the Spanish Courtyard, enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then move onto the Veranda for a majestic seated dinner while enjoying splendid views of the Great Lawn. The ornate fireplaces can be filled with glowing candles in the summer or warm cozy fires in the winter. Wedding ceremonies & receptions can be held indoors during the winter months. We look forward to meeting with you and touring the historic Villa and gardens.
Above text borrowed from our listing: http://www.herecomestheguide.com/location/detail/villa-montalvo. Read less
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Marie
Wedding:
8/19/2010
3.8/5.0
I loved the Villa and I always dreamed of being married there since I grew up down the road. The day went perfect and the staff was easy to work with. They let me bring in my own vendors and worked well with all of them. The parking can be an issue so it's best to think about that when planning your invite list. My wedding photos are like a dream with this beautiful Villa as the background. Picture perfect!
I loved the Villa and I always dreamed of being married there since I grew up down the road. The day went perfect and the Read more...
I loved the Villa and I always dreamed of being married there since I grew up down the road. The day went perfect and the staff was easy to work with. They let me bring in my own vendors and worked well with all of them. The parking can be an issue so it's best to think about that when planning your invite list. My wedding photos are like a dream with this beautiful Villa as the background. Picture perfect! Read less
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kate from San Jose
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
GLORIOUS & HISTORIC, every step you take is memorable! Steeped in art, politics and elegance, Villa Montalvo is the classic "it" venue in Northern California, if it's good enough for a U.S. Senator... (say no more.)
GLORIOUS & HISTORIC, every step you take is memorable! Steeped in art, politics and elegance, Villa Montalvo is the Read more...
GLORIOUS & HISTORIC, every step you take is memorable! Steeped in art, politics and elegance, Villa Montalvo is the classic "it" venue in Northern California, if it's good enough for a U.S. Senator... (say no more.) Read less
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jpettibo
Wedding:
5/15/2009
3.0/5.0
This was our first choice because it's where we got engaged. However, the cost is astronomical and I don't think it's really worth it. The on-site coordinator was very difficult to get in touch with. Also, the gardens aren't kept in the best shape anymore. It's a beautiful location, but unless you have a lot of money to burn, look elsewhere.
This was our first choice because it's where we got engaged. However, the cost is astronomical and I don't think it's Read more...
This was our first choice because it's where we got engaged. However, the cost is astronomical and I don't think it's really worth it. The on-site coordinator was very difficult to get in touch with. Also, the gardens aren't kept in the best shape anymore. It's a beautiful location, but unless you have a lot of money to burn, look elsewhere. Read less
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greenthumb76
Wedding:
12/4/2008
1.0/5.0
We wanted to take our engagement photos here, but there are signs all over the property that no photography is allowed without a permit. We called to inquire about getting a permit, and they want $200!! For engagement photos!! Our photographer is only charging $600 (which seems like a lot to me) -- Villa Montalvo is charging 33% of what the photographer herself is charging??. It's the same price for an engagement photo permit as it is for a wedding photo permit, and let's be honest -- engagment photos are far less intrusive on the grounds than a wedding photo shoot. Outrageous. We're not doing our pics here. Thanks, Villa Montalvo, for that "non-profit" spirit.
We wanted to take our engagement photos here, but there are signs all over the property that no photography is allowed Read more...
We wanted to take our engagement photos here, but there are signs all over the property that no photography is allowed without a permit. We called to inquire about getting a permit, and they want $200!! For engagement photos!! Our photographer is only charging $600 (which seems like a lot to me) -- Villa Montalvo is charging 33% of what the photographer herself is charging??. It's the same price for an engagement photo permit as it is for a wedding photo permit, and let's be honest -- engagment photos are far less intrusive on the grounds than a wedding photo shoot. Outrageous. We're not doing our pics here. Thanks, Villa Montalvo, for that "non-profit" spirit. Read less
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Assal
Wedding:
9/5/2008
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding at Villa Montalvo and it was absolutely magical. I might be bias when I argue it's the most beautiful place in the world. Such an extraordinary location. Kathleen Kirkpatrick was a great coordinator - very helpful and kind, she really made our dream wedding come true. It's a beautiful setting and an amazing experience.

Thank you so much Kathleen for all your help!

Love,

Assal and Serge Maskalik
My husband and I had our wedding at Villa Montalvo and it was absolutely magical. I might be bias when I argue it's the Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding at Villa Montalvo and it was absolutely magical. I might be bias when I argue it's the most beautiful place in the world. Such an extraordinary location. Kathleen Kirkpatrick was a great coordinator - very helpful and kind, she really made our dream wedding come true. It's a beautiful setting and an amazing experience.

Thank you so much Kathleen for all your help!

Love,

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Don
Wedding:
8/31/2008
4.7/5.0
"Not bad for a starter house" joked one of the guests at my wedding. Not too shabby - the Villa is a 1920's era mansion on sprawling grounds with expansive lawns and hiking trails that serves as an art school during the week and an event/concert venue on weekends and evenings.

We quickly decided it was the venue for us after one visit. We loved the relative seclusion, as well as the look of the building and the surrounding space. The price was also competitive with other top-tier venues like the Kohl Mansion and Nestledown. They have also recently reduced their fees in response to the slowing economy. We took advantage of the fact that the venue is thousands of dollars cheaper on Sundays, including holiday weekends, when Sunday is just as good as Saturday (well, from the having to get up and go to work the next day perspective anyway). A good part of the fee is also apparently a tax-deductible donation to a non-profit.

The space is almost tailor made for a wedding - the small garden in the back is a common site for the ceremony, and from there, there's a logic to the flow of the crowd moving down into the back courtyard for cocktails and then onto the beautiful veranda for dinner.

Kathleen the event coordinator is helpful and very experienced. No, it's not cheap. It can be very hot there - our rehearsal was a real barn-burner in the 100's but luckily it cooled down to a pleasant high of 77 on the day of our wedding. If you do an evening wedding here I can't recommend Enhanced Lighting more to accentuate the beauty of the venue at night. So if the non-religious venue and antique Mediterranean look appeals to you you should check it out. Overall, it was the right place for us, and I'm 100% satisfied.
"Not bad for a starter house" joked one of the guests at my wedding. Not too shabby - the Villa is a 1920's era mansion on Read more...
"Not bad for a starter house" joked one of the guests at my wedding. Not too shabby - the Villa is a 1920's era mansion on sprawling grounds with expansive lawns and hiking trails that serves as an art school during the week and an event/concert venue on weekends and evenings.

We quickly decided it was the venue for us after one visit. We loved the relative seclusion, as well as the look of the building and the surrounding space. The price was also competitive with other top-tier venues like the Kohl Mansion and Nestledown. They have also recently reduced their fees in response to the slowing economy. We took advantage of the fact that the venue is thousands of dollars cheaper on Sundays, including holiday weekends, when Sunday is just as good as Saturday (well, from the having to get up and go to work the next day perspective anyway). A good part of the fee is also apparently a tax-deductible donation to a non-profit.

The space is almost tailor made for a wedding - the small garden in the back is a common site for the ceremony, and from there, there's a logic to the flow of the crowd moving down into the back courtyard for cocktails and then onto the beautiful veranda for dinner.

Kathleen the event coordinator is helpful and very experienced. No, it's not cheap. It can be very hot there - our rehearsal was a real barn-burner in the 100's but luckily it cooled down to a pleasant high of 77 on the day of our wedding. If you do an evening wedding here I can't recommend Enhanced Lighting more to accentuate the beauty of the venue at night. So if the non-religious venue and antique Mediterranean look appeals to you you should check it out. Overall, it was the right place for us, and I'm 100% satisfied. Read less
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Brittney
Wedding:
6/14/2008
4.3/5.0
It is a beautiful outdoor venue with plenty of room and space to really enjoy and spread out the day. I would have my wedding there again in a heartbeat. They arent super flexible on rules and space, due to the historical nature and preservation of the place, but it ended up not even being an issue and the most beautiful ceremony and reception.
It is a beautiful outdoor venue with plenty of room and space to really enjoy and spread out the day. I would have my Read more...
It is a beautiful outdoor venue with plenty of room and space to really enjoy and spread out the day. I would have my wedding there again in a heartbeat. They arent super flexible on rules and space, due to the historical nature and preservation of the place, but it ended up not even being an issue and the most beautiful ceremony and reception. Read less
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margaret
Wedding:
9/22/2007
5.0/5.0
I went to a wedding here recently and it was absolutely gorgeous. I wish I had known about it when I was looking at wedding venues! The ceremony was beautiful and looked very natural with the gardens. The bride made a dramatic entrance down a very long aisle, which looked so classy and romantic. It was very sunny and beautiful, but unfortunately also very hot! Make sure you provide your guests with umbrellas, fans, or something to block the shade.
I went to a wedding here recently and it was absolutely gorgeous. I wish I had known about it when I was looking at Read more...
I went to a wedding here recently and it was absolutely gorgeous. I wish I had known about it when I was looking at wedding venues! The ceremony was beautiful and looked very natural with the gardens. The bride made a dramatic entrance down a very long aisle, which looked so classy and romantic. It was very sunny and beautiful, but unfortunately also very hot! Make sure you provide your guests with umbrellas, fans, or something to block the shade. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.2/5.0
The venue is gorgeous! I live around the area but never knew it was there until I searched for wedding venues. Very private location but open space. Lots of greenery and flowers that allow for a natural backdrop (don't need to spend too much money on decorations). I love how the villa is divided into different areas (oval garden, love temple for ceremony, spanish courtyard for cocktail area, solarium for cake/dessert table, dinning room for coffee and tea, main room for dance floor, library for guest lounge area, front terrace for reception dinner, bridal suite upstairs with enough rooms and lounge area to accommodate the wedding party and family, beautiful glass window and stair case that I used for first look photos) - great flow throughout the event. The venue itself is a great way to set the tone for the event. Though it is definitely on the higher price point, I do believe it is worth it and was able to cut down on decoration & flower costs to make up for the budget. Kathleen was great to work with (very professional and helpful in providing suggestions and sharing experiences from other weddings), but due to high volume requests and the amount of events to plan for, her responses may be delayed (please be patient).
The venue is gorgeous! I live around the area but never knew it was there until I searched for wedding venues. Very Read more...
The venue is gorgeous! I live around the area but never knew it was there until I searched for wedding venues. Very private location but open space. Lots of greenery and flowers that allow for a natural backdrop (don't need to spend too much money on decorations). I love how the villa is divided into different areas (oval garden, love temple for ceremony, spanish courtyard for cocktail area, solarium for cake/dessert table, dinning room for coffee and tea, main room for dance floor, library for guest lounge area, front terrace for reception dinner, bridal suite upstairs with enough rooms and lounge area to accommodate the wedding party and family, beautiful glass window and stair case that I used for first look photos) - great flow throughout the event. The venue itself is a great way to set the tone for the event. Though it is definitely on the higher price point, I do believe it is worth it and was able to cut down on decoration & flower costs to make up for the budget. Kathleen was great to work with (very professional and helpful in providing suggestions and sharing experiences from other weddings), but due to high volume requests and the amount of events to plan for, her responses may be delayed (please be patient). Read less
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