Parque is a dream venue in a state park in Newtown Square, PA.
A stone mansion, formal gardens, fountains, patios, a ballroom and a forest of trees. All this is part of Parque's magnificence.
Elegant. Classic. Hopelessly romantic. Parque is a dream venue located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s 2600 acre Ridley Creek State Park. A stone mansion, formal gardens, fountains, patios, a ballroom--sheltered by a forest. All this is part of Parque’s magnificence. Designed as a weekend getaway, the venue is 45 minutes from Philadelphia, 30 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport and 35 minutes from Valley Forge National Historical Park. And yet it is a world unto itself. Serene, majestic, awe-inspiring, unplugged. There is nothing that can compare.
The grounds at Parque include landscaped gardens, stone walls and stairs, a reflecting pond, flagstone patios, a green 'tennis yard' and manicured lawns. Near the mansion itself are three ceremony spots to choose from, stunning photographic backdrops, spots for lawn games and paths to wander on. The patio for cocktails overlooks the park forest, and the patio adjacent to the ballroom is the perfect spot to watch the sunset gild the cedar trees and stone walls as the park settles into darkness.
The English Tudor stone building at the heart of the park is known as Hunting Hill Mansion. This main reception space seats up to 150 guests and features hardwood floors, an ornate plastered ceiling and lead-paned windows which line the room and overlook the grounds.
Cocktails are served on the flagstone patio as well as in the grand staircase, the foyer and parlor. On the far side of the mansion is the wedding suite, a light-filled room transporting you to another era, the perfect place to prepare for your big day. It even has its own private balcony with a beautiful view of the park's trees, hillsides and the mansion itself.
In 1915, the Jeffords family built Hunting Hill Mansion around a 1773 stone farmhouse with architecture reminiscent of English-Tudor castles - dark oak walls, limestone, ornamental plasterwork on the ceilings, Tudor roses carved into arches throughout, and the large fireplace found within the original ballroom.
The original landscaping was completed in 1924 by the firm that designed Central Park and included a pool, fountain, greenhouse, croquet field, tennis court and dramatic stonework. Peachtree Catering has been managing events at Parque since 2016. Proceeds from event rentals support the upkeep of the mansion and grounds.
It was love at first sight.