Celebrate Your Loved Ones & Their Bright Future at Bent Oaks Manor
Written by Hayleigh Worgan
Bent Oaks Manor is a historic treasure nestled in the heart of the Roanoke Valley. Its romantic beginnings date back to 1910, when it was built as one of five Boxley family homes in the area. This particular estate was built as a wedding present for one of their sons and his new bride. Although it has changed hands several times over the years since, many of the historical touches have been preserved and await new generations of families who seek the space for their most important memories.
The Manor’s current owner, Meredith Lumsden, grew up appreciating the structure’s special place in the community. Her father purchased the home from a family in 1986 and transformed it into his law firm. Upon his retirement, he floated the idea of selling the property. However, Meredith knew that the 5,000 square foot estate beckoned to be revamped and shared with others. She decided to turn the rooms into a lodging and event space, perfect for everything from weddings to baby showers, holiday gatherings, reunions, and more!
“You can rent the entire home for the weekend,” she explains. “I’ve created a wedding weekend package that comes with six bedrooms. You can do everything here—get married on the front steps, have the rehearsal diner in the ballroom, use the courtyard for your reception. You could have lodging for your whole wedding party!”
For those who choose to purchase the wedding package, the space is theirs from 5 pm on Thursday until 2 pm on Sunday. The ballroom at Bent Oaks Manor will hold up to 40 people in a formal dinner setting and 75 in a cocktail sitting and standing arrangement. The outdoor space can easily accommodate 125 people. Larger wedding celebrations have simply used the space as an add-on for lodging, rehearsal dinners, and the farewell brunch. Located about a mile from Center in the Square, the home is an oasis that families can transform to fit their needs on a day when all of the details matter.Those who plan to stay at Bent Oaks Manor have their choice of a 1,200 square foot artist’s loft (which is often used as a bridal suite or a honeymoon suite due to its nestled location in the home), the original carriage house (perfect for a groom’s suite), and four additional bedrooms. Between festivities, these rooms are also rented out throughout the year via Airbnb.
When it comes to celebrations, Meredith says all outside vendors are welcome, and there are no requirements as far as catering and food. Three fully-stocked kitchens throughout the property allow guests to save money where they need to and still have the experience of their dreams.
“You can do it all yourself or you can hire someone. It’s kind of a DIY in that you can make the space however you want,” she says. “Although we currently do not offer a wedding planning service, we do provide linens and have items on-hand that guests may use for food displays including cake stands and bowls.”
Meredith works diligently to give life back to Bent Oaks Manor by including the community as much as possible. The home will be part of the Southwest Parlor Tour later this year, and she is always willing to open the doors between events.
“I just love showing it off,” she adds. “I’ve put my heart and soul into this. Even if you’re not going to rent it, give me a call and I’ll give you a tour!”
*Bent Oaks Manor will host an Open House on Sunday, June 30 from 2-5pm. For more information on planning your visit, go to www.bentoaksmanor.com.
Hayleigh is a freelance writer, independent author, and writing consultant. In 2017, she published her first novel. She spends a lot of time traveling and exploring new regions for inspiration, but Roanoke will always be her home. www.hayleighworgan.com