Venue Spotlight: Reading Farms Estate

Welcome to our Meet The Pros series, where we shine a spotlight on the exceptional venues and professionals that make every Vermont wedding magical. Today, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the enchanting Reading Farms Estate, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Vermont. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Arturo, the passionate owner of this breathtaking property, who shared with us the many reasons why Reading Farms Estate is the quintessential location for a dream Vermont wedding. From its historic charm to its picturesque landscapes, get ready to fall in love with this extraordinary venue.

The vibe: what are three words would you use to describe your venue?

Reading Farms Estate is elegant, grand, and unique! I think our venue combines the charm of historic architecture with the luxury of modern amenities, offering a truly exceptional setting for your special occasion. 

The space: Can couples host their ceremony and reception on-site? What are those spaces like? 

Absolutely! We offer a variety of stunning landscapes to host both your ceremony and reception. As a private home/estate, we pride ourselves on creating a personalized and over-the-top experience tailored to each couple’s unique vision. (If you can dream it, we aim to make it happen!) Here’s a closer look at the enchanting spaces available:

For wedding ceremonies, our formal garden, eastern lawn, or back pond near our lovely gazebo are great choices for a more intimate setting. Our most popular ceremony site is, our beautiful 200-year-old maple tree alley, which provides shade to your guests as your photographer captures you through the filter beams of warm light!

If you are looking for a more cottage-core vibe, our meadow lawn on the west side of the property has amazing open views, where you can see colors changing on the horizon. (Aka absolutely perfect for a fall wedding!)

The open pavilion barn is another great option if you are looking for a more rustic yet modern space. The marquee lawn surrounded by the front pond and our private helipad with the main house are also available as backdrops for your special day. Lastly, you can have your ceremony on “Heart Hill”. We mow the hill in the shape of an abstract heart. Where you and your guest will be able to appreciate the entire estate from high above, overlooking our 400 acres.

When it’s time for the reception, we have multiple options available, all depending on your guest count and whether or not you’d like a tent. If you want a tent, the eastern lawn, meadow lawn, maple tree alley, and marquee lawn are perfect possibilities. For couples planning a celebration of 80 guests or less, you do not need a tent as our barn accommodates that size comfortably.

The amenities: What do you include?

You have the option to rent the entire property for a full day, granting access to the ceremony, reception, and after-party areas, as well as the Bridal and Groom Suites for preparation. This package accommodates up to 150 guests on the day of the event.
We also offer a 2-3 night reservation package that accommodates 40 overnight guests across the main house, theater, and living barn. Additional day guests and extended stays can be arranged as needed. All other elements from planning, design, rentals, and catering will be provided by our preferred vendor On Thyme Events. 
The area: What is there to do in the local area?
Reading Farms Estate is in a great location, being only 10 minutes away from the lovely town of Woodstock! We are also 30 minutes from Killington and Okemo. 5 minutes from us is the Art Hall Foundation. 
Does the property have a rich history? Yes, we do! The original part of the main house and barn were built in 1776. George Gallowhur purchased the property back in the 1920s from the Keith clan which had royal lineage, and escaped Scotland after being exiled. George Gallowhur heritage was Dutch and was a well renounced traveler, this influenced and is reflected on Reading Farms’ architecture.
The property has been under the same family for over 100-years and is a testament of labor of love and pride. 
The fit: Who are your ideal clients?
At Reading Farms Estate, our ideal clients are those who seek to experience the pinnacle of sophistication and luxury for their elevated ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, or day-after brunches. Nestled amidst 400 pristine private gated acres in the enchanting village of Reading, Vermont, our exclusive venue offers an unrivaled setting that stands out for its complete freedom from noise or time restrictions—a truly distinctive feature in the state.
Whether you envision an intimate gathering or an extravagant event with up to 3,000 guests, Reading Farms Estate provides the perfect backdrop for your special day. Surrounded by the charm of neighboring Woodstock, Vermont, our venue is designed to make your dream celebration a reality, catapulting you to the next chapter in your love story.
We cater to those who value total privacy and security, now offering a few selected weddings per year to maintain an unparalleled level of exclusivity and attention to detail. At Reading Farms Estate, anything is possible!
Learn more about Reading Farms Estate by visiting their profile on our Vendor Guide.