Savvy event planners realize that some of the most exclusive event venues must be booked a year or more in advance. Yet, some are available sooner than one might think.
Today, we inspire you with some of the finest venues for galas and special events.
Highclere Castle (UK)
For a special treat, how about a Downton Abbey Christmas? Highclere Castle, the Victorian castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, is available for special events. While the castle is set on 1,000 acres of parkland that are open to be toured by the public only at specific times of the year, there are 6 state rooms available for special events.
For special group tours, this is a good time to mention that the castle is now booking for 2015.
Elizabeth F. Cheney Mansion (Illinois)
Set on 2 1/2 landscaped acres, Elizabeth F. Cheney Mansion in Oak Park was used as a location for the TV series, The Untouchables. It was designed in 1913 and built for the Sharpe Family.
The 6 function rooms are available for dinners and evening receptions. The total capacity for a sit down dinner is 150. On weekdays, groups of 25 - 50 can book tours with a luncheon.
There is a Sunday Rental Special for brunches and teas for up to 50 guests.
De LaSalle Heritage House "Oaklands" (Toronto)
Oaklands was a shooting location for the TV series Ann of Green Gables and the movie The Ice Princess. Brother M. Dillon Room has a capacity of 100. There are 8 guest rooms in this Victorian Castle located on 13 acres in central Toronto near Casa Loma. The property has been owned by De LaSalle College since 1931.
For more venues for galas, also read Pleasures and Palaces for Galas and Special Events, Meeting & Event Venues: Castles in Switzerland, Germany and Belgium, Corporate Events: 4 Great Gala Event Venues, and 4 Shimmering Crystal Event Venues.
Photo Credits: loozrboy (Oaklands)