Murray Hill is a breathtaking property situated on a bluff on the Potomac River. We had our ceremony and cocktail hour on the bluff outside and the reception in the recently restored barn, absolutely beautiful. A few cons, my bridal suite had to be cleared out immediately after the ceremony which was stressful to me and my bridal party, I was told sparklers were a no no except for the bridal party at the reception while we were doing the final walk through after I had spent $ (for 80 people) on sparklers/personalized matches and planning the sparkler send off, they were also mysteriously not put out for the reception so now I have 80 matchbooks that Im not sure what to do with. I also had to rent a Don John in additon to 1 bathroom in the barn which was totally fine (I had gone over with the venue manager that women would use the indoor bathroom and men would use the Don John) but the venue manager was ushering women standing in line for the indoor bathroom to the use the Don John outside. And finally one of my guests fell and scraped her knee leaving the barn because the lights had been turned off outside for some reason. Overall there were no major snafus and I am satisfied with the experience.
This is an unbelievably beautiful venue. My daughter wanted to have a barn wedding and this was the perfect choice. I cannot recommend it enough. The owners were delightful and very easy to work with, jumping in to help wherever they thought it was needed. Between the backyard overlooking the Potomac River, the barn, the pool and the rest of the beautiful property you will not find a better place. I can hardly wait to see the pictures taken at this lovely spot.
Murray Hill is a beautiful property. A gorgeous view of the river with a great barn and a pretty pool area. Just perfect for an outdoor wedding.
I have to say that I found working with Peggy, the owner, less than pleasant at times and plain confusing at others. I found that she did not answer questions directly, didn't seem to have set prices for the different areas of the property (perhaps it was just her tone, but it literally sounded like she was making something up when quoting us a price), and made us, our families, and wedding party feel like we were intruding in her home when we had paid lots of money to rent the venue. It was not easy to plan a mostly DIY wedding with her rigidity and not giving straight answers much of the time.
Unfortunately we also didn't find her to be a gracious host on our wedding day - we asked to borrow an iron for my dress and if she had any plastic cups that we could use for champagne in the bridal suite (it would be fine if she didn't we were just asking) and she gave my friends and sisters a hard time about both. She also placed a sign on the bed in the bridal suite that read, "please do not sit on the bed," which i just found ridiculous.
I did wish during much of the time that I spent planning that she was easier to work with and more helpful, but mostly I think that for the price, it would be nice if wedding coordinating services were included or offered - or that SOMETHING else was offered besides literally just the space (with strict time rules at that).
Despite all of this, the beauty of Murray Hill allowed us to host beautiful & memorable celebration for our guests. I would recommend MH because of this but with the added cautionary tale.
Our wedding reception was the first event in Murray Hill's barn and it was BEAUTIFUL. Our guests are still talking about how lovely the setting was. We only had 40 people (you could easily fit more) but the space felt like just the right size -- a testament to Peggy's decorating expertise. And, the fenced field next to the barn's open wall was perfect for the kids to run around in. Peggy also is extremely pleasant to work with. We appreciate all that she did and I would not hesitate to recommend her -- and Murray Hill -- to any bride.
Murray Hill is a gorgeous property over-looking the potomac river. For our wedding we had our cocktail hour at this location and a tent/seating area by the pool. With 160 guests this location was able to easy cater to our needs as a group.
Peggy Rust handled the coordination of the venue, flowers and transportation. She did a fantastic job with all three of the above.
Our only issues were that the original quote ended up being doubled, the flowers were purchased without a contract, and sometimes it felt like we were catering her instead of the other way around. In the end the wedding was perfect and I wouldn't have gone with another vendor. They also provided us free transportation from the church to their property in their decorated cadillac which was perfect!
Murray Hill is a gorgeous location! Open spaces, an elegant stone home and beautiful views overlooking the Potomac River. Peggy and John were great to work with and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know both of them. Peggy was so helpful and welcomed us to her home graciously.
Peggy also did all the flower arrangements and staged the flowers and many of the decorations. It was a stunning display! Murray Hill is a wonderful venue for your wedding or special event. You will not be disappointed!!