The venue is absolutely gorgeous and the staff is extremely sweet and helpful. We definitely recommend this venue! :)
The castle is beautiful! Ardee, the wedding cordinator there is great, but is a little hard to get a hold of since she is a volunteer. Teen Challenge is a wonderful organization and it is such great value for what you get. The castle and grounds are gorgeous and there are a million great places to take pictures. It is very refreshing that they don't nickle and dime their brides. (no parking attendant fees, or hidden fees like that). We had the ceremony there. Note that they have a great catering service as well, but if you do decide to hold your reception at this venue there is no dancing or alcohol. (This is because they are a Christian drug and alchohol rehabilitation center). If you want a beautiful location where everyone will remeber, the Benedict Castle is perfect!
Benedict Castle is a beautiful location and is a great value for the overall cost. The event coordinator was very attentive, offered email communication daily, and was very supportive.
There were a couple of fees that were not disclosed up front (cake cutting fee, plates for the cake, rental for champagne flutes, food tasting, etc).
The room that the bride gets ready in leaves ALOT to be desired. When we signed our contract, we were told we would be able to get ready in the castle itself. By the time the wedding came around, we were escorted to the computer room with two mirrors in a separate building.
Overall, we were very satisfied.
The entire thinng came out like a fairy tale. The food was great and all of the staff and guys were willing to do anything to make the day that much more special for us.
We booked both our wedding and reception here. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous. It is also nice to know profit goes towards benefiting a worthy cause. The only downfall we really found was there's no dancing allowed, however, we were so busy visiting with guest we really didn't notice. The service provided was excellent. I could not have asked for a more perfect wedding. Their service was truly a blessing. We also received our catering through them and it was absolutely marvelous!
Benedict Castle is one of the most unique and beautiful locations I have had the pleasure shooting at. 14 acres of beautiful landscape and the Castle architecture is incredible. A photographers dream. The staff is first class and are always very helpful. Nothing but the highest recommendation for Benedict Castle. A+. Bob Adams, Photographer.
Charles Benedict died of a heart attack in 1938 and his wife of 12 years lived alone until 1949 when it was auctioned off for a mere $52,000. The cost of construction was an estimated $300,000 in the 1920’s Two business men owned it for about two years and then the Servite Order of the Catholic Church bought it and made it into a seminary and built a dormitory and classrooms for the monks.
Then in 1971 the Servite Fathers decided to sell the Castle and move east. It was then that Teen Challenge in need of a facility bought it. Teen Challenge is part of a national Christian program providing assistance to people with life-controlling problems since 1958. We have over 900 Centers around the world.
As an act of good will we offer the Benedict Castle as a venue for weddings, receptions, anniversaries, award banquets and corporate events. The grounds are beautifully landscaped giving the ambiance of the private estate it once was. We are listed as an historical landmark #13 in Riverside.