Potter’s Cidery

Charlottesville, VA
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Dreamy Forested Flow

Potter's Cidery stretches out across expansive lush terraced lawns, an architecturally stunning former chapel, and a gorgeous mezzanine and stone event hall. Couples customize indoor and outdoor spaces to fit their dream wedding visions and invite guests to soak up the tranquil serenity just 10 minutes from downtown Charlottesville.

Used as an Episcopalian house of worship from 1924 until the early 1940s, the iconic chapel welcomes ceremonies under its exposed rafters, vaulted ceiling and working bell tower. The bright, welcoming space includes custom farm tables made from reclaimed hardwood saved from the original structure and bentwood bistro chairs in natural wood tones. The soapstone bar along the east wall separates into mobile sections that can be repositioned as needed.

The soaring South Hall features original stone walls from floor to 40-foot ceiling, two fireplaces and generous skylights and windows. A red oak timber-framed mezzanine extends over half of the South Hall, creating an intimate welcome party or cocktail hour nook. A charming Juliet balcony overlooks the chapel.

A wraparound patio extends around three sides of the European farmhouse-style cidery, creating easy movement from indoors to out. Classic pea gravel terraces and a sunken bocce and lawn game court create laid-back al fresco lounge or reception space and the upper terrace and boxwood garden graced by an antique stone fountain offer a soothing pastoral scene.

A grass ramp and promenade lead to the flat, grassy lower terrace where large reception tents and open-air ceremonies come to life. The space offers drive-up catering tent access, grounded power outlets and space for a restroom trailer.

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The Location


Just 10 minutes from downtown Charlottesville, Potter's Cidery rests in the forested hills of southern Albemarle County.

Things To Do

Charlottesville is home to thriving orchards, farms, and more than 40 wineries that inspire unforgettable restaurant experiences. Hiking in Shenandoah National Park, renowned river kayaking, and championship golf offer thrills while a celebrated theater and local live music scene entertain. Our stages are well stocked with highly coveted acts. In fact, Charlottesville is where Dave Matthews Band and Coran Capshaw's Red Light Management — the largest independent music management company in the world — got their start. For a taste of history, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Highland offer guided glimpses into the Founding Fathers’ legacies.


13 mi to Charlottesville–Albemarle Airport
9 mi to Downtown Mall
9 mi to Monticello
4 mi to UVA
23 mi to Shenandoah National Park

1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Details

Amenities & Services

  • Early 1900s chapel and working bell tower
  • Multiple outdoor terraced lawn spaces
  • Bocce ball court and lawn games
  • Moveable soapstone bar
  • Charming Juliet balcony
  • Two working fireplaces

By the Numbers

  • 200 seated guest capacity for outdoor tented reception
  • 125 seated guest capacity for a ceremony in the Chapel
  • 200 seated guest capacity for an outdoor terrace ceremony

Make it Yours

  • Stage your first look on the graceful two-story staircase with modern wrought iron railings
  • Host cocktail hour in the romantic, picturesque stone South Hall
  • Invite guests to enjoy the sunken bocce and lawn game court
  • Share vows on the upper terrace backed by gently sloping woodland hills





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