The Mansion on Turner Hill
We just had our wedding at Turner Hill Mansion. When I tell you it was a dream come true, it comes from a genuine and grateful place. Carol Travers, was a fairy God Mother, making the whole experience easy, fun, and engaging. The grounds are kept in perfect condition, the tent is lovely with a teek dance floor, and the main ball room is open with refurnished wood floors, a vast fireplace and huge windows that open to a stone patio. If you are looking for a venue that has come out of a fairytale, Turner Hill is the place for you! Thank you Carol xo
We fell in love with Turner Hill the minute we stepped on the grounds. Carol, our wedding coordinator was a true pleasure to work with through the entire planning process and beyond. She was prompt in responding to every little question I had along the way. Our ceremony was held in the gardens and then dinner in the tent with dancing in the mansion afterwards. We still receive so many compliments on the venue, the service and the food. Highly recommend Turner Hill - it is worth the investment.
We had our wedding at the Mansion at Turner Hill in July - our wedding was fairly large with 212 guests, and was indoor-outdoor. The Mansion, ceremony area, party tent, gardens and yard surrounding it are absolutely stunning. Everything is well maintained and clean (bathrooms, hallways etc.). Everyone commented on how beautiful the venue was. The setup is great - we had our ceremony outside, where there are benches for seating and we also added chairs for more seats (the benches seat I think about 150 guests) - the cocktail hour was in the ballroom, dinner was in the tent, and dancing was in the ballroom. There is so much space for the guests to roam around - those who want to talk in a more quiet spot can go to the library or Alabaster dining room - the dancers can stay in the ballroom - and also people can sit outside behind the mansion. Dessert was served as a buffet in the library. We also had a kids party simultaneously as the ceremony/dinner in the smoking room (groom's room) - it was so nice that Turner Hill was so accommodating so that the kids (16 of them - with 3 babysitters) could be taken care of just off the main party area so that their parents could enjoy the wedding.
Everything went fantastically and smoothly the day of the wedding. Prior to the wedding in the weeks before, Carol Travers, the wedding coordinator, was available to help out with all of our planning via email and phone. Initially it was a bit difficult (hence the 4.7/5 stars) getting in touch with her for looking at the venue and having some questions answered (emailed or called and didn't hear back for several days) - but once we were signed up, she was there to help us every step of the way and always quick to respond. She was calm and on the ball with every detail and everything went perfectly on our wedding day.
It is also worth noting that depending on the size of your guest list and the season, you may or may not have an indoor/outdoor wedding and/or the events may be held in different spaces of the mansion - this is something you would discuss with Carol when you go to see the venue. The great news is that if the weather is bad you can have the entire thing inside and the mansion is beautiful. While we were hoping for good weather and ended up with it, it is also safe and good to know you can have something completely inside if need be - you have a backup plan. Also, the price is very reasonable compared to other places in the area (i.e. Crane Estate - much more expensive and can't accommodate as large a wedding). Also, the mansion is air conditions, and the Crane Estate isn't - important when considering a summer wedding.
We recommend this venue very highly - it is truly beautiful.
Turner Hill was a gorgeous place to get married. Carol (the event coordinator) is a pro. She coordinates the day perfectly and knows exactly what is going on with everything at all times. It takes the stress off!
Turner Hill is breathtaking. Although its on a golf course, it might be one of the most romantic places to get married. Our ceremony was inside and was beautiful. The cocktail hour was held in the main ballroom and the reception was in the 3 season tent. Carol, the coordinator is such a professional, we didn't have to worry about a thing.
Turner Hill was an absolutely beautiful location. The whole day my guests kept commenting on how they felt like they were in a page from the novel, The Great Gatsby. It was a perfect location for an outdoor wedding with an indoor reception. The only thing is that they only have one catering option, which I would have liked to stray from.
We got married here on 8.14.09 and everything was PERFECT.
The venue itself is incredibly gorgeous and I loved the flexibility we had to have our wedding spread out (ceremony outside, cocktail hour on the patio, dinner in the tent, dessert and dancing inside the mansion) All of our guests loved it and couldn't believe we had the whole mansion for our wedding. The caterer they provide (can't remember name!) was AMAZING. The food was incredible, the service was very impressive, and they had a ton of options. They also recommended to me a florist who did a killer job, and not to mention the staff there did a great job. I thought the price was also fair - not cheap, but worth it, and actually cheaper than a few other venues that we looked at in the area.
Obviously - I was super impressed and would do it there again in a second and not change a thing!
Turner Hill is an amazing place to get married. I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great estate environment, with a charming outdoor ceremony site. Last summer the mansion was updated and I was delighted with how they preserved the historic quality and added modern ammenities (ie. new bathrooms!). A must see.
We are extremely proud to be the exclusive caterer at Turner Hill!
It's always great working with Carol Travers at Turner Hill!
We love working at Turner Hill. There are so many spots to take beautiful photos. Carol is amazing - she makes our job easy and all the couples love her.
Carol Travers is amazing! She takes great care of her brides and is flawless at coordinating with us and the other vendors. The end result is a seamless wedding reception that's enjoyable for the bride/groom, their friends/family and even the vendors too. Turner Hill itself is a stunning venue with unmatched character and architecture. Always a great time, thanks for everything Carol!!!
Welcome to the Mansion on Turner Hill!
The grand Elizabethan mansion and impeccably manicured grounds of Turner Hill will accent your wedding day with timeless New England ambiance you and your guests will remember for years to come.
The wedding specialists and culinary team of Turner Hill have created a comprehensive yet flexible, wedding package to help make menu planning for your special day an enjoyable, uncomplicated experience. Our inclusive menu package offers a bountiful array of mouth-watering culinary options amid first class accoutrements and refined service.
Modeled after Christ Church in England, the Grand Mansion was completed in 1903 by architect William G. Rantoul for Charles Goodnough Rice and Anne Proctor Rice of Boston. Today, the mansion still honors its builders by remaining in impeccable condition. It continues to awe all who enter through its beautifully crafted hand carved doors.
The Perfect Setting
Casual & intimate or grand & elaborate, Turner Hill is one of the most versatile wedding venues in Massachusetts. With a combination of elegance and old world sophistication, our magnificent European inspired Elizabethan mansion with elevated views of grandeur will be sure to impress your guests. Located on the peak of Ipswich, MA, Turner Hill offers the utmost privacy for your special day. From style & grace of yesteryear to modern glam, our venue has something for everyone!
The Outdoor Tent - Picture you and your guests taking in the panoramic view while enjoying your wedding reception. The outdoor tent enables you to have the best of both worlds – an outdoor and an indoor wedding venue.
All sides of the tent open up to catch the breezes and the views, while the tent provides exceptional chandelier and auxiliary lighting. The high cathedral ceiling creates an ambience of grandeur. Please see our gallery for photos of weddings in our tent – it is one of the most popular wedding venues in Massachusetts. The outdoor tents seats 250 guests comfortably.
The Grand Ballroom - Our Grand Ballroom sets the scene for your most spectacular wedding moments. The Ballroom features mahogany hand-carved accents, a hand molded plaster ceiling, a magnificent fireplace, and several antique chandeliers. Just steps away is the stone terrace that allows you and your guests to take in the outdoor splendor of Turner Hill, enjoying its picturesque views. This room will certainly exceed your expectations for a sophisticated and elegant wedding venue in Massachusetts. The Grand Ballroom and adjoining Mansion rooms can hold up to 200 guests.
The Alabaster Dining Room - The beautiful Alabaster Dining Room is the perfect venue for a small, intimate wedding in Massachusetts. The Alabaster fireplace provides an exceptional backdrop for your nuptials with its gorgeous Italian frieze of wildlife and hand-carved mahogany panels. The Alabaster Dining Room accommodates up to 80 guests.
Mr. Rice's Smoking Lounge - Mr. Rice's Smoking Lounge is the perfect location for the Groom's Room — something that few wedding venues in Massachusetts offer. The mahogany hand-carved paneling, comfortable seating and library sets the stage for a groom and his men. The armoire even holds a television to check on a game score or relax before the ceremony begins.
The Bride's Chamber - Our luxurious Bride's Chamber features a separate side entrance, providing the bride with privacy that ensures no one will see her before she is ready to make her grand entrance. This room is large enough for the entire bridal party to relax and get ready for the ceremony.
The Mansion Club Restaurant - The Mansion Club Restaurant is the perfect venue for your rehearsal dinner. Join your wedding party and family in the lounge, a full-service bar with views of the golf course and grounds. The dining room has a hand painted ceramic warming oven and fireplace that is sure to impress your guests. Our dining room can hold up to 35 guests.