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Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion

Chevy Chase , MD
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LOCATION

8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815 US (map)

PHONE

301-652-9188

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Historic Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion offers a charming grove for outdoor ceremonies, and the use of the mansion and adjacent tented terrace for 170 guests. The tented terrace and the... Read more
Historic Woodend Sanctuary & Mansion offers a charming grove for outdoor ceremonies, and the use of the mansion and adjacent tented terrace for 170 guests. The tented terrace and the Great Hall are excellent alternatives for the ceremony.

Winter weddings at Woodend are intimate and romantic, and 120 guests can be hosted for a sit-down dinner with space for dance and cocktails in the mansion.

Built in 1927, Woodend was designed by John Russell Pope (Jefferson Memorial, DAR Constitution Hall, National Gallery of Art, etc.) for the Wells family. In 1969, the family donated Woodend to the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS). Part of the rental fee is considered a donation to ANS and is tax-deductible.

Contact us to reserve your date.

Beatriz Engel
Manager of Rental Events
beatriz.engel@anshome.org
(301) 652-9188 ext. 38

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
5
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Describe your venue:
Ballroom, Historic, Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Vintage, Classic, Garden
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
170
What event services do you offer?
Bridal Suite, Clean Up, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK, Set Up
What event items are available?
Dance Floor, Tent Accessories, Tents
What transportation and access is available?
Parking, Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
5
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use

REVIEWS

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Cecilia
Wedding:
9/23/2016
5.0/5.0
Woodend was an incredible place to have our wedding - we must have looked at easily 25+ venues in the DC area until we settled on Woodend! Woodend is the best of both worlds - just outside of the nation's capital, but a secluded haven where nature is your backdrop (minimal decorations required!). Beatriz was great to work with and was really invested in making sure our day was perfect. She had just started as the Events Manager when we booked, and she's done a great job in keeping the space looking snazzy, with newly painted walls and regular tent cleanings. One of the reasons we chose Woodend is because of the bulit-in plan B in case it rained - the reception tent (included in your rental fee) has a beautiful view of the woods and can double as the ceremony space in case of inclement weather. We had an outdoor ceremony, a beautiful reception for 125 people, and an incredible dance party with a live band who fit inside without any problems. Everyone raved about the venue and how gorgeous it was! The only restriction to booking with Woodend is that you must use one of their preferred caterers - at the time of our wedding, there were 10 to choose from, but it did mean making some difficult budget decisions as a result.
Woodend was an incredible place to have our wedding - we must have looked at easily 25+ venues in the DC area until we Read more...
Woodend was an incredible place to have our wedding - we must have looked at easily 25+ venues in the DC area until we settled on Woodend! Woodend is the best of both worlds - just outside of the nation's capital, but a secluded haven where nature is your backdrop (minimal decorations required!). Beatriz was great to work with and was really invested in making sure our day was perfect. She had just started as the Events Manager when we booked, and she's done a great job in keeping the space looking snazzy, with newly painted walls and regular tent cleanings. One of the reasons we chose Woodend is because of the bulit-in plan B in case it rained - the reception tent (included in your rental fee) has a beautiful view of the woods and can double as the ceremony space in case of inclement weather. We had an outdoor ceremony, a beautiful reception for 125 people, and an incredible dance party with a live band who fit inside without any problems. Everyone raved about the venue and how gorgeous it was! The only restriction to booking with Woodend is that you must use one of their preferred caterers - at the time of our wedding, there were 10 to choose from, but it did mean making some difficult budget decisions as a result. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding here on 9/17/16 and can't imagine a better venue for a wedding. The property, both outside and inside, is stunning. It has a country feel, but is close to the city. The weather was perfect so thankfully we were able to have the ceremony in the grove which is surrounded by trees. Dinner was served under the tent with dancing in the mansion. The flow of the venue made everything wonderful. Woodend provides you with a list of approved caterers, we used Main Event and highly recommend them as well. We received endless complements regarding the beauty of the venue. Beatriz, the manager of event rentals, was responsive and very helpful throughout the planning. A site manager is on staff during the wedding to ensure everything goes smoothly. The entire place has a very romantic feel. We highly recommend Woodend for your wedding!!
We had our wedding here on 9/17/16 and can't imagine a better venue for a wedding. The property, both outside and inside, Read more...
We had our wedding here on 9/17/16 and can't imagine a better venue for a wedding. The property, both outside and inside, is stunning. It has a country feel, but is close to the city. The weather was perfect so thankfully we were able to have the ceremony in the grove which is surrounded by trees. Dinner was served under the tent with dancing in the mansion. The flow of the venue made everything wonderful. Woodend provides you with a list of approved caterers, we used Main Event and highly recommend them as well. We received endless complements regarding the beauty of the venue. Beatriz, the manager of event rentals, was responsive and very helpful throughout the planning. A site manager is on staff during the wedding to ensure everything goes smoothly. The entire place has a very romantic feel. We highly recommend Woodend for your wedding!! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Shima
Wedding:
9/3/2016
5.0/5.0
Beatriz is wonderful to work with. She is very responsive, available to answer questions (even when she's out of the office!), extremely helpful, and knowledgeable. This site is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an outdoor feel/locations for their wedding with the setting of a glorious mansion. This site is a hidden gym and many guests loved it so much and asked me how I found out about it (through weddingwire!)... It is very well kept (inside and out!), clean, beautiful....there are so many reasons to choose this site for your wedding day. Just schedule a tour and you will instantly fall in love with this site!
Beatriz is wonderful to work with. She is very responsive, available to answer questions (even when she's out of the Read more...
Beatriz is wonderful to work with. She is very responsive, available to answer questions (even when she's out of the office!), extremely helpful, and knowledgeable. This site is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an outdoor feel/locations for their wedding with the setting of a glorious mansion. This site is a hidden gym and many guests loved it so much and asked me how I found out about it (through weddingwire!)... It is very well kept (inside and out!), clean, beautiful....there are so many reasons to choose this site for your wedding day. Just schedule a tour and you will instantly fall in love with this site! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Allison
Wedding:
8/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Beautiful venue for your wedding. We were married at Woodend on August 21, 2016 We loved the outdoor/indoor capacity of the venue and the ability to use both throughout the wedding. Unfortunately Mother Nature deluged us a an hour before the ceremony, so we weren't able to use the grove of trees for the ceremony. But no fear, the rain plan of having the ceremony under the tent was (a) executed flawlessly and (b) was beautiful. Many friends thought that it was our actual plan and because they all faced the outside (with flaps up), they had great views of the property.

Beatriz, Woodend's Manager of Rental Events, was super easy to work with, very responsive, and very accommodating. Highly recommend Woodend Sanctuary!
Beautiful venue for your wedding. We were married at Woodend on August 21, 2016 We loved the outdoor/indoor capacity of Read more...
Beautiful venue for your wedding. We were married at Woodend on August 21, 2016 We loved the outdoor/indoor capacity of the venue and the ability to use both throughout the wedding. Unfortunately Mother Nature deluged us a an hour before the ceremony, so we weren't able to use the grove of trees for the ceremony. But no fear, the rain plan of having the ceremony under the tent was (a) executed flawlessly and (b) was beautiful. Many friends thought that it was our actual plan and because they all faced the outside (with flaps up), they had great views of the property.

Beatriz, Woodend's Manager of Rental Events, was super easy to work with, very responsive, and very accommodating. Highly recommend Woodend Sanctuary! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
6/26/2016
5.0/5.0
I'm so glad I got married at Woodend! Working with Beatriz was amazing - she was always very responsive and accommodated us in anyway that she could.
I will say that planning a wedding at Woodend is a lot of work - you have to choose from their selected caterers, who bring in all of the chairs/tables/food/etc and your own decorations. That was perfect for my husband and I since we wanted to design everything ourselves.
Our wedding was beautiful and wouldn't change a thing. So glad we got married here!
I'm so glad I got married at Woodend! Working with Beatriz was amazing - she was always very responsive and accommodated Read more...
I'm so glad I got married at Woodend! Working with Beatriz was amazing - she was always very responsive and accommodated us in anyway that she could.
I will say that planning a wedding at Woodend is a lot of work - you have to choose from their selected caterers, who bring in all of the chairs/tables/food/etc and your own decorations. That was perfect for my husband and I since we wanted to design everything ourselves.
Our wedding was beautiful and wouldn't change a thing. So glad we got married here! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Amber
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at Woodend this past June. We fell in love with the property because of the combination of a beautiful and classic interior option as well as a gorgeous outdoor feel. We were particularly drawn to the "rain option" of the dinner being held inside a tent that is attached to the building itself -- rather than a stand-alone tent far away from the actual manor (as was the option at the other venues we looked at). It did rain on our wedding day, but everything went off without a hitch. As the bride, I was able to enjoy my evening and leave all the decisions and the transition of outdoor to indoor activities to other people. Woodend did a great job with the planning and execution of my perfect day. Would HIGHLY recommend!
We had our wedding at Woodend this past June. We fell in love with the property because of the combination of a beautiful Read more...
We had our wedding at Woodend this past June. We fell in love with the property because of the combination of a beautiful and classic interior option as well as a gorgeous outdoor feel. We were particularly drawn to the "rain option" of the dinner being held inside a tent that is attached to the building itself -- rather than a stand-alone tent far away from the actual manor (as was the option at the other venues we looked at). It did rain on our wedding day, but everything went off without a hitch. As the bride, I was able to enjoy my evening and leave all the decisions and the transition of outdoor to indoor activities to other people. Woodend did a great job with the planning and execution of my perfect day. Would HIGHLY recommend! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My husband and I held our wedding reception here in May and are so delighted we did. Woodend is a serene and timeless venue and really doesn’t require much decorating, especially inside the mansion. As much as we love the property itself, working with the manager of rental events, Beatriz, was just as pleasurable. She was by far the best vendor contact we dealt with throughout the planning process. We found some vendors to not be as friendly, helpful, or communicative post contract as they were pre-contract. This was not the experience with Beatriz. She was so patient, knowledgeable, and considerate. She will help provide the best experience possible while not over-promising. If something simply cannot be done, she is upfront about it and suggests alternatives. Her memory of what was discussed throughout the planning was also very impressive. (We had unfortunately dealt with some vendors who forgot important details that were discussed, causing some unnecessary stress.) We really could not be more pleased with Beatriz as the reception venue contact. Kathy Wilson was onsite the evening of our reception and was a real gem as well. I wish I had more time to speak with her, but my parents and guests were impressed with her and her kindness. There is likely going to be at least a few downsides with any venue you select, but Woodend is overall such an elegant and delightful place to celebrate a wedding. I recommend without reservation.
My husband and I held our wedding reception here in May and are so delighted we did. Woodend is a serene and timeless Read more...
My husband and I held our wedding reception here in May and are so delighted we did. Woodend is a serene and timeless venue and really doesn’t require much decorating, especially inside the mansion. As much as we love the property itself, working with the manager of rental events, Beatriz, was just as pleasurable. She was by far the best vendor contact we dealt with throughout the planning process. We found some vendors to not be as friendly, helpful, or communicative post contract as they were pre-contract. This was not the experience with Beatriz. She was so patient, knowledgeable, and considerate. She will help provide the best experience possible while not over-promising. If something simply cannot be done, she is upfront about it and suggests alternatives. Her memory of what was discussed throughout the planning was also very impressive. (We had unfortunately dealt with some vendors who forgot important details that were discussed, causing some unnecessary stress.) We really could not be more pleased with Beatriz as the reception venue contact. Kathy Wilson was onsite the evening of our reception and was a real gem as well. I wish I had more time to speak with her, but my parents and guests were impressed with her and her kindness. There is likely going to be at least a few downsides with any venue you select, but Woodend is overall such an elegant and delightful place to celebrate a wedding. I recommend without reservation. Read less
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Katey
Wedding:
5/22/2016
5.0/5.0
Woodend was a wonderful setting for our wedding. We were sold on the historic house and the beautiful property, particularly the tree-lined grove. Even with the unexpected late May showers, we managed to have a beautiful tented ceremony on the outdoor patio. In the rain, the space was a perfect fit for a party of ~100 people. It was a great venue that was very customizable to our tastes. Thank you again!
Woodend was a wonderful setting for our wedding. We were sold on the historic house and the beautiful property, Read more...
Woodend was a wonderful setting for our wedding. We were sold on the historic house and the beautiful property, particularly the tree-lined grove. Even with the unexpected late May showers, we managed to have a beautiful tented ceremony on the outdoor patio. In the rain, the space was a perfect fit for a party of ~100 people. It was a great venue that was very customizable to our tastes. Thank you again! Read less
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Quinn
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Woodend Sanctuary is a beautiful backdrop for any ceremony! Even the 'indoor' portion has a very outdoor/indoor feel so if it rains (like it did on our wedding day) you still have a lot of connection to the outside. For example - the sides of the permanently tented patio have see-through sections that look like the sides are large windows so even if it rains and you can't pull the sides of the tent back you can see the green outdoors. Their rain plan is very well rehearsed (unlike many other outdoor venues my husband and I looked at) and was executed well. The interior of the mansion looks very nice and requires minimal decoration (we just had some photos and candles on the mantle pieces and that was it!)
Woodend Sanctuary is a beautiful backdrop for any ceremony! Even the 'indoor' portion has a very outdoor/indoor feel so if Read more...
Woodend Sanctuary is a beautiful backdrop for any ceremony! Even the 'indoor' portion has a very outdoor/indoor feel so if it rains (like it did on our wedding day) you still have a lot of connection to the outside. For example - the sides of the permanently tented patio have see-through sections that look like the sides are large windows so even if it rains and you can't pull the sides of the tent back you can see the green outdoors. Their rain plan is very well rehearsed (unlike many other outdoor venues my husband and I looked at) and was executed well. The interior of the mansion looks very nice and requires minimal decoration (we just had some photos and candles on the mantle pieces and that was it!) Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
10/16/2015
5.0/5.0
Woodend was the backdrop for the fall wedding of my dreams. If you want to be snow white frolicking in the forest among deer and bunnies, this is the place for you. I worked with Rebecca Robinson who was wonderful throughout the process, from booking our date, to recommending vendors and scheduling walkthroughs. This place is just magical. We were married in the grove, which is a beautiful space straight out of the movies. Our reception was in the mansion/tent for 170 people. Everyone had a fabulous time. We couldn't have asked for a better place. Do be aware that you pay only for the space. There is no day-of coordinator or other services offered, so you really need to be a great planner or hire someone to coordinate it for you. As long as that's in your budget, you can't do better than Woodend. I look forward to taking my kids here one day to show them where mommy and daddy were married <3
Woodend was the backdrop for the fall wedding of my dreams. If you want to be snow white frolicking in the forest among Read more...
Woodend was the backdrop for the fall wedding of my dreams. If you want to be snow white frolicking in the forest among deer and bunnies, this is the place for you. I worked with Rebecca Robinson who was wonderful throughout the process, from booking our date, to recommending vendors and scheduling walkthroughs. This place is just magical. We were married in the grove, which is a beautiful space straight out of the movies. Our reception was in the mansion/tent for 170 people. Everyone had a fabulous time. We couldn't have asked for a better place. Do be aware that you pay only for the space. There is no day-of coordinator or other services offered, so you really need to be a great planner or hire someone to coordinate it for you. As long as that's in your budget, you can't do better than Woodend. I look forward to taking my kids here one day to show them where mommy and daddy were married <3 Read less
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