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The Farmstead at Appleton Farms
Close to Boston, but with all the preserved charm of a 1000 acre working New England farm, this venue transports guests to a historic era of New England nature otherwise impossible to recreate. Through preservation efforts of The Trustees of Reservations, couples have the chance to create a day that reflects the vintage charm of a colonial farm preserved through nine generations by the same family.
For your wedding, host your ceremony set against the backdrop of open fields, followed by an outdoor tented reception outside the historic farmhouse. After the ceremony, couples can host a free-flowing cocktail hour that transitions between open lawns and the historic home's back porch. During this time, guests are free to wander various walking paths or pay friendly visits to the venue's resident farm animals. Later, transition to a tented reception held between historic rock walls, sweeping meadows, and magnificent pines and oaks. Spring and summer weddings will be backdropped by blooming wildflowers, song birds and the deep greens of the working farm. In the fall, the venue will offer cascades of oranges and yellows when the ancient Maple trees that line many of the fields change for the new season.
Looking for a full weekend experience? Close to downtown Ipswich with its breweries, river walk and restaurants, and Rockport with its artist galleries and fine dining, guests have a world of activity at their fingertips for a weekend on the North Shore. The venue captures all the beauty of the outdoors and a serene wedding in nature, while still offering easy access to the modern amenities and historic charm of these coastal New England towns.
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- One Wedding Per Weekend?
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- No Required Vendors
- Credit Card Enabled?
- Pay-as-you-go Financing?
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- Restrooms - 1 wheelchair accessible restroom on-site inside farmhouse. Restroom rentals required.
- Parking - Up to 100 cars.
- Internet Service - Guest WiFi available for wedding party or immediate family. Not sufficient for all wedding guests.
- Cellular Service - Carrier dependent.
- Staging Area - Library can serve as day of staging area for wedding party or photographs. (prior coordination required.)
- Kitchen - Full commercial kitchen available. Includes prep and wash area, dishwasher, oven, range or stove, refrigerator, freezer, dry goods storage area, loading and unloading docks, easy access and close to reception site. (prior coordination required.)
- Trustees Membership - Trustees of Reservation - 1 Yr. Complimentary Family-Level Membership.
- Electric Power - Limited availability at ceremony and reception sites. Generator rentals required.
Amenities to Rent *
- Restrooms (Flushable Trailers / Portable)
- Shuttle Transportation
- Power Generator
* Recommendations Available
Smoking Policy: Not permitted.
Open Flame Policy: Not permitted.
Pet Policy: Not permitted.
Decorations: All decorations must leave no trace on the house and surrounding landscape and trees. No helium balloons.
Fireworks: Not permitted.
Trash and Recycling: Couples must consolidate in designated area.
Venue Access: Friday drop-off and set-up limited to specific areas and requires prior coordination to deconflict with possible ongoing events.
Clean Up: Permitted 1-hour after event end until 12am (midnight). Venue re-opens the following day for clean up until 12pm (noon).
Ongoing Events: Other farm or community related events may be ongoing during venue set-up and cleanup.
Tour Availability: Weekday tours preferred. Weekend requests considered upon request.
General Rental Policies?
Insurance: Renters must secure a minimum $1M Special Event Liability Insurance liability policy from an approved vendor, or obtained through Mayflower Venues directly within 30 days of their event.
Security Deposit: In case of damages, Mayflower requires a $1,000 security deposit before any event.
Alcohol: Compliance with all local laws regarding alcohol service is required. At a minimum, bartenders must be certified and insured. Licensing must be in accordance with state laws.
Caterers: Outside caterers permitted. Renters must hire a licensed and insured caterer for their event.
Vendors: All selected vendors must be certified, licensed and insured, and provide supporting documentation.
Trash and Recycling: Renters are responsible for cleaning and returning the venue to its original condition. This includes consolidation and disposal of all waste and recycling in accordance with venue rules, including food and alcohol waste, floral, decor, and signage. Renters must also remove any large temporary structures brought onto the property for their event. Failure to do so, may result in a security deposit deduction.
Tents: Outdoor venues require tent reservations to ensure adequate rain plan.