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The Cherokee Ranch & Castle is one of Colorado’s most beautiful castle style wedding venues. It was once called the Charlton Castle and it was built as a 1450s Scottish style castle starting in 1924 and is now owned and operated by the Cherokee Ranch Castle Foundation.
The Cherokee Castle is about a 40 minute drive just south of downtown Denver. It’s located on 3,400 acres of pristine, undeveloped, gorgeous land just west of Castle Pines near Daniels Park. Besides the fact that it’s one of the few castles we have in Colorado where you can get married, my favorite thing about this wedding venue are the stunning views. If you want your out of town guests to stay close by, your best bet will be setting up accommodations in Castle Rock, Colorado. But, I also like the idea of some sort of shuttle or party bus that takes them from downtown Denver and back so they can enjoy the city as well during your wedding weekend.
In the 1890s, the Cherokee Ranch & Castle land was a part of two separate homesteads. The castle itself was part of the Flower Homestead and built by the Johnson Family who moved to Colorado from the East. In 1954, Tweet Kimball bought the property as well as the adjacent Blunt Homestead and renamed the property “Cherokee Ranch'' and renamed the castle to “Cherokee Castle.” Tweet Kimball worked alongside the Douglas County Open Lands Coalition and Douglas County to create a conservation easement though the Cherokee Ranch Castle Foundation owns the deed to the land. You can read more about the history of this beautiful Colorado castle on the History Page of their website.
Below is a brief description and some photos of the spaces I’ve been able to use when photographing weddings at Cherokee Ranch & Castle. Because it is a historic museum site, not all of the areas and spaces are available to be used on your wedding day. You’ll want to clarify exactly which spaces you will have access to for your wedding.
Cherokee Ranch & Castle can host up to 75 guests inside the castle in the Great Hall area. The Great Hall has the most traditional castle look to it of the interior spaces in my opinion with its dark wood arched ceiling with beams, large hearth, and stone pillars. I think this would be an incredible wedding venue for those who want a unique option for a smaller sized winter wedding here in Colorado. There are other smaller bedrooms and nooks as well. There is a bridal room area, but since the castle is historic, it’s not the kind of space you can get really comfortable in for doing hair/makeup and I would recommend finding another space not at the castle where you can spread out a little more especially if you have a larger wedding party. I believe the castle means for these spaces to be used more as a holding area versus spaces where you can actually get ready on your wedding day. There is a smaller blue room that I really liked for a few bridal portraits, but it’s a pretty tight squeeze so won’t work for the majority of your wedding day photos. There is also the carriage house area for your other half to get ready in.
If you’re looking to host a larger wedding, you can have up to 150 guests when using the outside tent from May-September and sometimes October, weather permitting. I believe the majority of weddings are set up in the huge outdoor courtyard space. I absolutely loved that the wedding party walked out of the huge stone archway. It really made for a beautiful and dramatic entrance.
On the west side of the castle, there is a beautiful enclosed patio space with three stone archways. They require that you go with one of the people who work for the castle when using that area for photos so just coordinate with them on when you would like to head back there for some photo ops. The castle is a bit particular about which outdoor areas you can use and head into for pictures so just be aware that even if you scout for cool spots ahead of time you may not actually be allowed to use those areas.
You get 8 hours when booking your wedding at Cherokee Ranch & Castle which is pretty generous timing compared to some other Colorado wedding venues. This includes 2 hours of set up and 1 hour of clean up. It also includes a one hour ceremony rehearsal. You are required to hire an insured professional planner if you host a wedding at the Castle so it’s not a good option for the more DIY couples out there. As with most Colorado wedding venues, there are off season price breaks as well as price breaks for non Saturday weddings.
Additional hours can be added for $500. Pricing is not guaranteed. Please reach out to Cherokee Ranch & Castle directly to confirm the most up to date pricing!
Fridays or Sundays: $8,200
Fridays or Sundays: $6,200
Address: 6113 N Daniels Park Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135