The Carriage House is our beautiful barn venue including an enchanting garden and farmhouse porch. This 2000 square foot, climate-controlled barn displays a cozy and romantic setting. Opening the large barn doors reveals exposed beams, farmhouse tables, stringed market lights and a carriage-wheel chandelier. We love the barn’s ability to perfectly transform itself for a rustic celebration or an elegant, more formal affair at an affordable price. The Carriage House is in a prime location for downtown St. Augustine- close enough for after-party affairs but far enough to have our own convenient parking lot. This venue has gone through extreme renovations recently and until 2018, this venue was previously known as “The Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez.”
The Carriage House and Carriage Courtyard
The exterior of the barn draws you in with its southern charm. Featuring large picture-perfect barn doors, the face of the barn is a beautiful backdrop for an outdoor ceremony. As the sun goes down, the stringed market lights glow over the Carriage Courtyard giving the barn and courtyard a romantic feel.
The Carriage House: Interior
Opening the barn doors reveals the 2000 square foot open space of The Carriage House. The interior of the barn showcases exposed beams, market lights, a large rustic bar and an authentic carriage wheel chandelier.
*Bonus: Our farmhouse tables and benches, wooden bar and white chairs are included with every rental!
Farmhouse Porch & Lawn
Stepping out onto the side of our barn places you onto our Farmhouse Porch. Complete with rocking chairs, market lights, our porch really ties together the southern charm experience of The Carriage House. The porch looks out over our grassy side yard which is perfect for more intimate ceremonies or cocktail hour. Maybe even have some fun “backyard games” on the lawn for a more casual event!
Our newest addition to The Carriage House venue is our beautiful garden. The garden draws you in with overhanging mature trees, Florida native foliage, enchanting market lights and a natural water feature. Couples love our romantic wedding party entrance consisting of our barn-door inspired gates opening and the wedding party proceeding down the curvy garden path, over the bridge and onto the ceremony stage. For other events, guests enjoy this area to roam and relax or enjoy a cocktail hour.
On the front side of our Carriage Courtyard sits the Bridle Path. A large sliding barn wall reveals an empty, covered, open-air room that can be utilized in so many different ways! Complete with fans and caterers’ kitchen access, this room is a favorite for buffet settings which opens even more space to dance and seat guests inside the barn. Not having a buffet? Add more seating to a Carriage Courtyard ceremony! For a more casual event this space can transform into a cute picnic area!
Our “Bridle Room” (Bridal) was once used an old fashioned schoolhouse. This large, open room has been completely revamped as of August 2018. The Bridle Room features rustic wood floors, neutral toned walls, sitting areas, and an extra-long makeup counter that is perfect for getting ready for your big day! This shabby-chic room has direct access to the restrooms and opens into The Carriage Courtyard.
Where is The Carriage House located?
This venue is located at 259 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine FL 32084. The Carriage House is our barn venue located within the walls of “The Wooden Fort” on the corner of San Marco Avenue. Until 2018, this property was previously known as Fort Menendez/The Old Florida Museum and the barn was known as The Pioneer Barn.
Where do I park?
This venue provides plenty of parking on-site. Please park in an orderly fashion in the designated spaces or on the grass within the fence line. Handicap Parking is at the front/street side of the lot. Please do not park on the side of the roads, in front of the building or blocking the side of the building.
Where do I enter the event?
Our main building, “The Gate House,” is usually not used as the main entrance. The barn guest entrance is just beyond the wall at the back of the parking lot. The garden entrance is on the side of The Gate House just past the breezeway.
Is this venue handicap accessible?
Yes! Handicap Parking is at the front of the parking lot. This venue has outdoor and indoor spaces that are all handicap accessible. There is a separate handicap restroom in The Gate House building.
Are kids welcome?
Yes, this is a kid friendly venue! Please keep an eye on the little ones though as we have a small spring on-site and the venue is located on a main road.
Is the business open to the public?
This venue hosts private events and therefore is not open to the public. We schedule private tours by appointment only.
Are there accommodations close by?
There are an abundance of hotels and B&B’s close by in St. Augustine! The closest hotels to the venue are The Southern Oaks Inn (right across the street), Jaybirds, Travel Lodge and Double Tree by Hilton all located on San Marco Avenue.
Smoking is prohibited in indoor workplaces in the State of Florida. We ask guests to refrain from smoking around the barn and in the gardens. Please use the designated smoking area outside of the main guest entrance fence.