1020 Ekastown Rd, Saxonburg, PA | Directions 1605640.723907 -79.819568
Despite the Rainy Weather my Daughter's Wedding was lovely! – I wanted to let everyone know that my daughter and now son in law had a wonderful wedding at Armstrong Farms. All things considered, it turned out well even with rain. Kalthy Allen and her dedicated staff made it work to accommodate our guests and wedding party. We have gotten plenty of positive feedback from guests, the peacefulness of the setting, the party animals, the graciousness of the staff and the details needed to make a very successful day at the farm. My husband and I highly recommend this venue for your wedding.
Frustrating – I got married in the Fieldstone barn of Armstrong Farms last summer. Yes, the location is beautiful. Having said that, the whole experience of planning and realizing the wedding there was pretty bad. A bad review that has to do with a wedding might just get attributed to a "bridezilla terror bride" - but I would just like to lay out some facts here of how things went, so that you can make up your own mind:
On our first appointment, Kathy (the owner) showed up 40 minutes late and could not be reached by phone. She apologized profusely and assured that she is never late. However, I afterwards read on other websites that this is more like her "signature thing" - and it happened more often then not in future appointments. She was very hard to get a hold of by phone (even mobile) - and called me back I think twice of the many times I left messages and asked her to call me. The day of the wedding, some people who we didn’t invite drove up and walked in – it turned out that she made an appointment with another couple who wanted to check out the place. This was one of the things that ticked me off most - after all, we had all our stuff laying around. Ironically, after a while this couple asked us where Kathy was because they had an appointment with her half an hour ago...
The "wedding package" you automatically buy (and pay for!!) includes make-up and hair-do (great if you are in the middle of no-where where you don’t know anyone, I thought), full coordination the day of and time before the wedding, camp fire after the wedding, and some other things. The person she told me to call about the make-up (after I reminded her that it was in the contract) had no idea that she was supposed to be available that day - and actually cancelled on me about 2 weeks before the wedding because she couldn’t make it after all. Furthermore, Kathy kept changing who was going to be there as coordinator on the day of the wedding and didn’t remember what she had said before. Same with the lay-out of the tables in the barn - she seemed confused about some explicitly and repeatedly-discussed requests.
The camp fire after the reception was really something I was looking forward to. Well, when it got dark, the camp fire consisted of a fire ring with no wood until we called Kathy several times. She stopped by with some wood but no fire starters and told us that she isn’t really good with making fires… It took us a good while to get the fire going, and by that time some of my family was ready to go to bed.
All in all, Kathy is a nice, friendly, well-meaning lady but completely not up for the job. Her attention to detail is lacking and she seems to take a rather lackadaisical, everything-will-take-care-of-itself approach, which is not what most brides would want or expect. She seems to rely on the venue itself to carry the day, and in some ways it did, but not without a lot of headaches and frustration leading up to the big day. Again, it's a very nice venue, but I got so frustrated with her that it definitely took away from the day. I felt like I just couldn’t trust her with anything.
Best romantic spot, great breakfast, friendly people. – My husband and I received a gift certificate from our kids to celebrate our 25 wedding anniversary. We stayed in one of the guesthouses. What a special treat. The lite fireplace was just the perfect romantic setting to celebrate. We were greeted by th innkeepers upon our arrival with flowers, beverages and snacks and a large sign that said "Happy Anniversary". The high ceilings with the original barn beams were so unique. The antique furniture was just so different. What a piece of paradise. Breakfast was served the next morning in the Main Farm House. Fabulous breakfast!! We would definitely recommend this place.
The most comfortable and friendly bed & breakfast for people and horses. – Recently my friends and I stayed at Armstrong Farms for a retreat to ride our horses and to visit. The trails are absolutely magnificent with woods, pasture and open areas. The trails are well marked. The owners even guided us to their cabin at Greenspace and provided lunch. A full breakfast was served every morning. We are coming back!
Most unique wedding venue in the area. – We recently attended a wedding at Armstrong Farms. This is a gorgeous spectacular venue with gently rolling pastures, woodland and ponds. The old rustic restored bank barn was in perfect condition for a dining area. As a builder and a fan of old construction this was so special with the origianl vertical and horizontal beams. The food was great, the service was great and everyone was so friendly. My wife and i recommend this place to anyone who wants a unique wedding venue or a special overnight stay.
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