I searched for a wedding venue for months and couldn't find just what I was looking for until I stumbled across Hermitage Hill Farm while searching around on the internet. We went for a tour and the minute I saw the venue, I knew we'd found our place! I can't thank Craig enough for working with us to make sure our day was perfect. Our guests are still talking about how gorgeous the venue was and how much they enjoyed feeding and interacting with the beautiful horses during cocktail hour. This is such a unique, rustic, romantic venue with amazing views of the mountains. I'd highly recommend Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables to any couple!
Erica, Review from The Knot
Was able to see how Hermitage Hill held a wedding when I attended a friend's recent event. So fabulous. My fiance loved it too. The horses were so beautiful and other guests enjoyed feeding them too. I noticed that everyone at the farm was friendly and helpful to the bride, groom, and family. We had already met Craig, and he was on top of everything at the site. We are so happy we booked our wedding here!
Katie, Review from The Knot
What a blast! We chose Hermitage Hill in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia because we loved the area, it was easy for our guests to get to from all over the east coast and there are so many things to do in the mountains. We actually hiked the Appalachian Trail!
My special day was full of surprises, my now husband with out me knowing added so many special touches to our celebration and I later found out the owner, Craig at Hermitage Hill helped Kurt to find all these fun unique and special details. While I was getting ready in the bridal suite to walk out with my Dad, I heard what I thought was an organ, No Way! but it wasn't, it was bagpipes and the sound was so overwhelmingly beautiful. As we were saying our vows I noticed two black horses approaching with the most amazing cinderella white carriage and it pulled up to the ceremony site and as Kurt walked me down the aisle he helped me into the carriage and had my favorite drink ready by the carriage driver. Everyone was cheering and I cried because I had no idea and how special this truly was!
We took a 15 minute drive and returned to the cocktail party with the horses to find a string band playing rock n roll songs bluegrass style in the stable. Too much fun and almost missed getting pictures with my grandmother who was off in the carriage taking a ride Kurt had arranged.
When we entered the reception room there was a full band with horns playing a song that Kurt and I used to make fun of, but it so awesome!
The catering service, a gorgeous cake by Cathy and all the staff were just stunning on top of everything. We danced the night away taking breaks on the patio where we had hot cider and fresh organic donuts being made right there as a late night treat. My family and friends were so in awe of all the unique touches!
I thought my photographer had finished and gone for the night, but she hadn't because we have the best pictures filled with bubbles as we were leaving in our town car. Kurt arranged for six bubble machines that absolutely filled the air, you have to see our pictures to believe it!
Kurt spilled the beans and told me on the way to our hotel that night that Craig, the owner at Hermitage Hill had found each of the vendors. You would have to know Kurt, he took every suggestion and made it happen.
The farm, the stable, the horses, catering, donuts, bagpipes...breathtaking experience and so much fun! All the best to you Craig and Hermitage Hill-Thank you for a life long memory!
Jenn, Review from The Knot
I cannot say enough about the service, quality, and professionalism demonstrated by owner, Craig Nargi, and his staff at Hermitage. If you're looking for a country reception, I would highly recommend Hermitage. The barn is extremely clean and well manicured. The reception hall has the most beautiful view and rustic decor & the overall experience is top notch.
Rose, Review from The Knot
We are so happy that we chose to have our ceremony and reception at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables. The whole process from booking to the day of the wedding was easy and painless. Everyone there was responsive and helpful with everything we needed. Any question I had was answered completely within a day. We live in NOVA, and I was worried about having the wedding an hour and a half away but the owners were wonderful and took the worry away. The day of the wedding, more people than we had expected showed up and they had extra tables and chairs set up (with my center pieces) in the reception hall before the end of the ceremony.
The whole venue is beautiful! During the ceremony the back drop is the mountains, and the stable and reception hall are beautifully woodworked. My guests are still going on about how wonderful the venue was! It was unique and beautiful, adults and kids alike LOVED getting to feed the horses. My favorite pictures are the ones we were able to take with the horse.
If you are looking for a unique wedding venue this is it!
Sabrina Marie, Review from The Knot
I had my wedding reception here and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Craig Nargi is incredibly helpful and will work with you and your vendors to make sure that the day goes off without a hitch. I must have emailed and called him around 20 times in the months leading up to the wedding and he always answered my questions and offered advice. After the wedding many of my friends and family remarked on what a great facility it is and the beauty of its location. If you're looking for a well-kept, organized, yet rustic venue for your wedding, then Hermitage Hill is the perfect choice.
Alyssa, Review from The Knot
When searching for a wedding venue, we looked at everything from vineyards to mountain top retreats and just happened to stumble on Hermitage Hill. I thought my fiance surely wouldn't go for it, being the city guy he is, but he was all for it! We were instantly sold on the "carrots and cocktails" concept. When will your guests ever attend another wedding when they get to FEED the horses?? Our guests were floored, and I haven't heard a negative review from any of them. Everyone was in awe at the entire concept.
The setting was absolutely perfect, nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains! The weather was perfect (which Craig had no control over), but we knew if need be there was a backup plan.
Craig (the owner) is a wedding planner disguised as a farmer. He will answer any questions you have, help you plan anything, recommend vendors, and answer emails or text messages at all hours of the day!
Everything about our venue and experience here was a dream come true, we could not have asked for a better setting for our perfect day. And I've already recommended them to other brides-to-be!
Ashley, Review from The Knot
A special thank you to Hermitage Hill Farms and Craig Nargi for the wonderful job at the Barton/Haun wedding this past Saturday. Everyone could not stop commenting on your beautiful facility, the fabulous mountain views, and how smoothly the day went. You made the day a worry free one for us, and we greatly appreciate everything you and your staff provided behind the scenes. Our guests commented on how unique your facility is as well. Thank you also for monitoring the weather throughout. Everything was absolutely wonderful. Everyone had nothing but compliments about every aspect of the day. Brides-to-be really need to come and see your facility.
Carole B., Richmond, VA
Amazing place for reception! Stunning views. My guests and I loved this venue! Craig was also very helpful. I am so glad I picked this venue!
India C., Staunton, VA
Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables was the perfect location for the surprise 50th birthday party I hosted on March 27, 2010. There was ample room in the reception facility for guests, catered food/drinks, live band, and dancing. Owner, Craig Nargi, was professional and accommodating to work with throughout the planning process. It is obvious that he takes great pride in his facility. Guests at the party continue to talk about how much fun they had feeding the horses after arriving and what a beautiful view there was from the outdoor patio off the reception room. It won’t be long before word spreads about how fun and unique Hermitage Hill is for hosting events. I encourage anyone planning an event that wants a top notch, unique location that people will talk about for a long time to schedule early. You’ll definitely make wonderful memories at Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables.
Marcie H., Harrisonburg, VA
Our experience with Hermitage Hill was amazing. After searching the area for a place for the wedding, a place for the reception, and a caterer, we came across Hermitage Hill after a caterer said we should at least go check it out. I am extremely happy we did go. Seeing the place, my now wife was moved to tears. It fit us perfectly. We decided pretty much then that we would have the wedding there. After talking to the owner, it was evident that we could also have the reception there, and that led into discussions on having the rehearsal there, which the owner agreed to. Through talking with him, his experience and knowledge of the catering industry became very evident, and we began to trust him and his expertise very quickly. We thought, since he seemed so professional and knoledgable, that we should just let him cater it as well, which he agreed on. So we ended up using Hermitage Hill for the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception, and he catered both the rehearsal and the reseption. He was extremely obliging, very easy to work with, extremely professional, and the entire weekend was in his hands. The venue and the food were simply amazing. I have heard nothing but compliments from the whole weekend. I would highly recommend Hermitage Hill to anyone and everyone.
Jacob K., Shenandoah, VA
I wanted to let you know how much we loved Hermitage Hill as the site of our wedding reception. As you know, we scoured Augusta and Albemarle Counties for a reception venue, and we knew from the moment we drove up that Hermitage was where we wanted it to be. You have a fabulous set up in a gorgeous location, and the whole event turned out better than my wildest dream. While the views are absolutely breathtaking, my favorite part of the patio is the stone fireplace that kept us warm throughout cocktail hour and that came in handy again after dinner for roasting marshmallows and smores. Our guests also loved feeding the horses in the barn, and it was such a fun surprise that we got to take pictures with Morocco! I’ll share some of the photos when we get them.
It was a pleasure working with you. I will certainly recommend Hermitage Hill to anyone and everyone as a charming, unique venue in a stunning setting. Thank you so much for all your help in making our wedding dreams come true!!