Highlands House and Park

South Bay



In the early part of the twentieth century, Lord and Lady Anderson purchased the land which now comprises the 43-acre Highlands County Park, located in the San Lorenzo Valley just north of Santa Cruz. They built an English-style mansion on the property and named it "The Highlands," in honor of Lord Anderson's Scottish heritage. Today the grand mansion of Highland House and beautifully landscaped grounds offers a charming wedding venue for your special day. Imagine meeting your beloved at the end of a flower petal-lined brick patio aisle and promising your love for one another under an archway canopy covered in flowers and vines. This quaint setting offers an intimate feel in a lush garden, and your wedding party and guests will enjoy the exclusive privacy of the park and its banquet facilities. Your event package includes use of three grand rooms and a bar area, so your friends and family can toast your new life together in style!

Venue Style

Historic/Landmark Building, Mansion, Park/Garden, Outdoor


Indoor/Outdoor Ceremony, Indoor/Outdoor Reception


Max Indoor Ceremony: 100 guests
Max Outdoor Ceremony: 200 guests
Max Indoor Reception: 100 guests
Max Outdoor Reception: 200 guests

Time Restrictions

Set up time can start at 10:00AM. Events must end by 10:00PM, 2 hour clean-up until midnight.

Rental Fees

The hourly rental fee of $140 resident/$154 non-resident with a ten hour minimum reservation that includes a 3 hour set-up, 2 hour clean-up time with a 5 hour maximum event time, to include ceremonies within the house and wedding lawn. Hourly rentals are available during weekdays. A non-county/non-resident fee of $250 may apply. November through March winter rates are hourly and discounted 25%, and maximum capacity is reduced to 100 persons. A refundable security deposit of $200 is required. A 5 hour alcohol permit fee of $200 is available for beer, wine and champagne. Prices provided by Wedding Spot are based on a weekend rental and not hourly rates. Please inquire with venue wedding coordinator for more details.

Wedding Cost

The average wedding cost at Highlands House and Park is estimated at between $2,543 and $11,265 for a ceremony & reception for 100 guests.





Amenities Included

Bride's dressing area
Groom's dressing area
Ceremony arch
Dance floor
Tables and chairs provided
Day of onsite manager
Kitchen for prep only
Large parking lot

Special Restrictions

BYO alcohol
Beer and wine only
Venue must approve all decorations
Wheelchair access limited
Approved outside caterer allowed
Amplified music OK indoors only
No smoking
Music must end by 10:00PM
No dance floor allowed on lawn
No rice, balloons, birds, butterflies, staples, tacks, and nails