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Rockwood Carriage House

"Special" Special Events During Which Tradition Meets Today

A distinctive property that envelopes guests within 150 years' worth of charm bolstered by a devoted professional events team, top-notch cuisine and state-of-the-art amenities awaits at the Rockwood Carriage House, 4671 Washington Street Extension in Wilmington, Delaware.

The property is available for special occasions, especially family reunions, holiday gatherings, birthday and anniversary parties, nonprofit events, weddings, baby or bridal showers and corporate functions.  

This event destination actually was completed in 1854, after being designed by English architect George Williams. It was built as a retirement home for Joseph Shipley, a Wilmington native who made his fortune as a banker in England. Because Joseph helped to cultivate the estate for his retirement, the property possesses sprawling vistas, open lawns and abundant gardens. Houses at that time often were patterned on the ancient farming estates of a landed aristocracy, before the Industrial Revolution, who drew their income from thousands of acres of agriculture. 

"We believe we have the region's premiere event space," says owner Michael Majewski, who also owns Brandywine Prime Seafood and Chops and Prime Hospitality Catering LLC.

"The venue has plenty of indoor and outdoor space, which makes it appealing to everyone," he adds.

Nestled in elegant gardens, the 18,000-square-foot Carriage House now is available with some fresh facelifts, such as a new bridal suite. Its rustic ambiance is boosted by exposed stone walls and original barn doors.

Michael says Prime Hospitality Catering grew organically, after Brandywine Prime Seafood and Chops opened in 2007. "Since then, we've been fortunate enough to win a Best of Philly award, Best of Delaware, Best of the Main Line and numerous Wine Spectator awards. Our catering division humbly started out as 'favors' for some of our most frequent restaurant patrons. As the favors transformed into weddings and corporate events, Prime Hospitality Catering was launched."

He adds that their staff members are fluent in the art of catering. "Our goal is to make our clients feel like a guest at their own party."

The Carriage House professionals offer custom menus, coordination of staff and rentals, on-site planning and execution, setup, sound system and breakdown. Catering partner, Katie Bosacco, oversees bookings and events. "A corporate catering for 1,000, or a backyard wedding for 15, garners the same effort and enthusiasm," she assures.

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