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Cairnwood Estate

Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Designed by Carrere and Hastings and built by industrialist John Pitcairn in 1895, Cairnwood is quietly secluded behind walls and an entry gate off Huntingdon Pike in Bryn Athyn, Montgomery County. The mansion is set among towering trees, bordering gardens, and expansive lawns descending from terraces at the rear.

Cairnwood's first floor offers an elegant setting for various functions. The centerpiece of the mansion is the Great Hall, a spacious and sunny room rising two stories and flanked by a wide and open staircase leading to the second-floor balcony. Three arched glass doors open onto the terrace and lawn beyond. All rooms are large, beautifully decorated, and include fireplaces. Great care has been taken to make Cairnwood handicapped accessible. The fine craftsmanship and architectural details of this lovely former home will provide the perfect setting for a truly memorable event.

Just 16 miles from the center of Philadelphia and minutes from Bucks County, Cairnwood provides a memorable setting for corporate functions, business meetings, private parties, special events and memorable wedding receptions.

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As soon as Shannon Walko opened the door to Cairnwood I knew it was the place I wanted to have my wedding. In the time between booking (future brides: book early, this place fills up especially on Saturdays for LITERALLY years at a time!) and the day of, as Shannon let us take 8000 private tours and answered all of our questions from the idiotic to the micromanagerial, I knew we had made the right decision. When the big night we'd been planning for for what seemed like eternity finally arrived, we felt like gilded age millionaires throwing a party for all of our beautiful, fabulous friends (if only for one night!) and Shannon was there with her usual warm smile and kind words of congratulations to share in it with us. We could not be happier with or more grateful to our wonderful Cairnwood hosts, and plan to go back for as many events as we can as soon as we can. Bottom line: this place is a bit pricey, but worth every last penny. Cairnwood is unparalleled in its architectural beauty, fascinating history, consistent personal service, and seemingly endless photo opportunities. :)

Contact Person Shannon Walko
Address 1005 Cathedral Road PO Box 691, Bryn Athyn, 19009
Seated meal in multiple rooms with dancing 160
Seated meal in multiple rooms without dancing 160
Buffet or food stations in one room with dancing 200
Buffet or food stations in one room without dancing 200
Buffet or food stations in a number of rooms with dancing 260
Buffet or food stations in a number of rooms without dancing 260
Cocktail reception in multiple rooms with dancing 260
Cocktail reception in multiple rooms without dancing 260
Is your facility handicapped accessible Yes
Is kosher catering available Yes
Is outside kosher catering permitted? Yes
Will you hold dates? Yes
Is the facility indoor only, outdoor only, or both? Indoor and Outdoor
Does your facility have guest rooms No
Does your facility have air conditioning Yes
Facility size (square footage) 50-200 people (300 people when tenting the outside terrace).
Maximum capacity with dancing 250
Maximum capacity without dancing 250
Facility restrictions Cairnwood exclusively offers receptions only at the Estate. Please contact our team to receive a list of local nearby ceremony locations. Couples are welcome to use the Estate dressing suites prior to their ceremony.
Rental fees

The site fee for exclusive use of the house and grounds includes a 5-hour reception and 3 pre-hours for bridal party photos. Extra event hours are $500/hr.

Seasonal tenting is available on the South Terrace. Tent packages start at $3950 and can be added to your site rental.

The Estate has a select list of prefered caterers ranging from $130 to $150 per person.