Member Since: 2/13/2012
I used the Hofmann Ranch for the cocktail hour and reception for my wedding on November 30th. The drive out to the ranch from San Antonio as the sun began to set was amazing and being able to see the sun set out in the hill country, under the pavilion during cocktail hour was absolutely breathtaking. I love that the Grande Hall has two floors. It leaves room for people to take a break from dancing and sit and chat if they would like.The screened in patio was the perfect place for our photo booth and the outdoor patio and outdoor fireplace was the perfect place for a breath of fresh air while looking at the stars in the open sky out in the hill country. The one thing we said when we began planning was we didn't want something like a hotel because you sometimes feel trapped. If you want to take a break or a change in scenery, there isn't really anywhere to go. The Hofmann Ranch was the perfect setting and everything we dreamed of for our wedding!
Member Since: 9/6/2011
I recently had my wedding at the Grande Hall and it turned out to be everything I could have dreamed of. I knew I wanted a hill country wedding and the Grande Hall stuck out to me because there are so many different areas of use. When comparing prices of different site this venue gave a lot for the price. I used Gary for the catering from Castroville Cafe and he was absolutely amazing and reasonably priced! He took care of everything from food to running the day to the flower arrangement and table arrangements. My day was so care free and I would just enjoy my wedding day without having to stress. I would absolutely recommended them to anyone.
I had approximately 140 people. We had the ceremony under the pavilion, dinner in the hall (downstairs) and reception outside under the pavilion. Gary did the switch flawlessly and it was perfect! I got so many compliments from friends and family on how beautiful everything was.
Again this is an absolutely gorgeous venue for a great price. If you do choose this venue I highly recommend using Gary because he really knows how to make the place perfect!!
Member Since: 9/18/2011
All of the staff are extremely helpful and knowledgable. Using the Grande Hall made my wedding absolutely perfect.
Member Since: 4/15/2011
I had my wedding at the Hofmann Ranch January 7, 2012 and I am SO glad that I did. The wedding was gorgeous, the scenery was lovely, the hall was spectacular. It was so cozy and intimate. Charlotte and Hans are just as sweet as they can be and accommodating. The caterer Gary from Castroville Cafe is AMAZING. He made the wedding go smoothly and off without a hitch. I can not say enough great things about him and his work. You can definitely relax and trust that everything will be flawless and run smoothly with Gary in charge. You will definitely not regret having your big day at the Hofmann Ranch!
Member Since: 2/15/2011
I chose this place because I wanted to have a beautiful outdoor wedding and in case it rained the pravilion right next to it would be a great option. I feel in love with it the moment I saw it!
Our wedding day was perfect on November 22, 2011 from the weather, ceremony, food and music. Gary Carter, who is the caterer is great to work with and he helped me with arranging all the decorations inside and outside that I needed. His food is just awesome and I love the family style option much better than the buffet style in serving the food. I also opted not to have a wedding coordinator but Gary is so organized that I didn't need one. He helped set up a timeline of events and will keep you on schedule from start of dinner to cake cutting and toast. Our DJ, Brandon from Platinum DJ was also good with keeping a schedule so we had double the help! Loved the hen house where we got dressed. It is so wonderfully furnished and decorated so it was great when they took photos of my dress and the bridal party getting ready. Yes, there is a time limit to get everything out of the hen house after the ceremony but we had no problems at all.
Charolette was a joy and easy to work with. Charolette and Hans Hofmann really have a great place to host weddings and other events. I had so many compliments from family and friends. They also had a tv screen that we were able to have a slideshow play during the reception. Also you have to provide your own alcohol so we saved $$ going to H.E.B. I highly recommend this place to anyone. In fact I have cousin who may also be having there wedding there next year! We were truly blessed to find such a beautiful place to have our wedding that we will cherish forever!
Member Since: 1/28/2014
The venue is beautiful and you can tell they leave no detail unnoticed. I never had a worry when working with them and the Castroville Cafe which is a blessing because planning a wedding is very stressful. They were always so helpful and all the vendors they recommend are amazing. The night was truly perfect and not a thing went wrong. I was so blessed to get married here on November 9, 2013. Everything was so beautiful and I got marry the man of my dreams. That night we accidentally left several items including our card box. They held everything for us in a safe until we were able to pick it up almost 2 weeks later. Charlotte and her husband are such sweet people. This venue is beautiful and the owners are beautiful people which made it even better!!
Member Since: 5/12/2011
If you're looking for a touch of elegance in a country setting, look no further than the Grande Hall at Hofmann Ranch. The entire Hofmann family will take care of you from the time you walk in for the first tour, to the time you exit after your reception. We received several compliments about the venue - the setting, the lighting, the patio, the staff, the landscaping - I could go on and on. When you book with Hofmann, explore your catering options available to you, but I highly recommend going with Gary Carter and the Castroville Cafe. Gary knows the venue and the owners and this makes the reception flow flawlessly. The only drawbacks - and this just takes forethought and planning - 1. make sure your video that you plan on playing during the reception is in DVD format and not a powerpoint. Get it to them EARLY to test it out. Also, 2. if you are planning on cocktail hour inside and dinner outside, make sure your DJ plans on having music playing in both places or 3. make sure that you have communicated with Hofmann about having an iPod or some other medium for music ready to go.
Member Since: 10/3/2011
The Grande Hall at Hofmann Ranch is a beautiful venue and I could not have dreamed of a better place to be married.
From the first day we went to scout out where we'd tie the knot, to the end of the reception, The Hofmann's were extremely helpful and pleasant to work with. Even when a cold front comes to Texas in the middle of May and we had to make a last minute decision to move the dinner from the pavilion to inside - the transition was flawless. The property is beautiful, the Hen House is so convenient for the bridesmaids to get ready and the layout of the hall, the patio and pavilion makes for a perfect wedding venue.
Member Since: 3/3/2008
The Grande Hall at Hofmann Ranch was the setting for my perfect wedding. It has the comfort of a country wedding but definitely had an elegant flare. The grounds are filled with several different beautiful blooming plants that give you stunning scenery and photo backgrounds. I can't say enough good things about the ranch and the staff. The whole process was efficient and completely stress free.
Thank you Hofmann's for everything!
Member Since: 1/25/2012
We chose The Grande Hall at Hofmann Ranch because we wanted an outdoor wedding & if there would be any rain, the actual hall would serve as "plan b". As soon as we saw it, we fell in love with the place. It had everything we were looking for. The Hofmann's, Charlotte, Hans & Cindy were amazing & very helpful. Cindy would even reply to my late night emails whenever I had a worry or concern. We loved working with them & we enjoyed every minute of it! Everyone loved the place and were curious on how we found it, through The Knot. All our guests were just in awe of the beauty of our venue & how spacious it was.
The Hen House was perfect for the Bridesmaids, mothers of the bride & groom & of course the Bride get ready.
Everything turned out perfect, it was our dream come true! The image I had in my mind of how our wedding would be was all that and much much more!
Member Since: 12/19/2011
I had my wedding reception at Hofmann Ranch and everything was great. It went smoothly and everyone had a great time. The caterer Gary knew just how to make a wedding perfect and customized it to what we wanted. The owners Charlotte and Hans were also ready to help with anything we needed. It was totally worth the money spent!
Member Since: 11/26/2010
Nothing Short of Amazing!!! We recently got married at the Hofmann Ranch and could not have imagined it any other way!
First of all, the whole planning process with them was easy and stress free. Charlotte was a joy to work with and her daughter Cindy helped out at the end and made sure the day of that everything was running smoothly. They let us visit the ranch several times to take pictures and ask questions. We received so many compliments on how beautiful the ranch was and how much our guests loved just being there and how comfortable they felt.
Everything is set up just perfect. My 7 girls+ some and I prepped in the Hen House in the back of the venue, which was cozy and rustic with plenty of room. We took our decorations the night before to them at rehearsal, that we had purchased and prepared.
They have a Caterer that you have to use if you book with them, which I was weary of at first because I wanted choices, but we could not have had the wedding of our dreams without him. Gary, the caterer, is absolutely a GEM! He ran our rehearsal and was in contact with me from day one. He runs a café in Castroville also so he was not always available the minute I called him, but he was swift to get back to me. He was delightful and professional and went ABOVE AND BEYOND!
He set up all the décor and put his own twist on things, in my style. He was more like my wedding coordinator. It was amazing how he was able to fill things in and even make necessary changes and still completely do what I wanted!! He is creative and has a brilliant sense of style! The food was phenomenal; the service was impeccable; the flow of the venue was perfect; the landscaping was divine! I just cannot stop raving about how happy we are with them and how wonderful and special they made this day for us! I highly recommend them! It may be a bit of a drive, but it is well worth it!
Another advantage of Gary, my DJ was a no show and had contacted another DJ to fill in, but he did not know anything about what songs to play or what to do. Gary informed me, then listened to me, and then took charge and made it happen. He saved the musical aspect of the wedding and saved me a TON of stress!!
Since we live out of town (about 5 hours South) Gary and Charlotte gave me many recommendations on who to use for certain details and they were very helpful. We dealt with almost everything with them over the phone and they were very clear and understood what we wanted/needed. The Hofmann Ranch is simply perfect to say the least!
Member Since: 6/7/2012
Charlotte and Hans were wonderful. Despite some unintended glitches (broken water pipe, for example) the wedding and reception were both fabulous! The venue is beautiful, although a little remote (would definitely consider an earlier wedding start, since many of the guests left before we planned to end the reception due to long drive home)
Member Since: 5/11/2010
Our wedding was on March 17, 2012!! the venue was the one and only venue in which i looked into for our wedding. It was so beautiful! We used all three parts to their facility: the hall, the patio, and the covered patio area. It was so beautiful the scenery was wonderful with the flowers blooming!!! I am so happy to have found this place. Charlotte & Hans Hofmann are such wonderful and down to earth people. They ensure that you have everything that you need and just watch from the sidelines to ensure that your wedding runs smoothly. The venue is a working ranch, but we still had for our guest who were children to enjoy them selves. I would truly recommend this venue to someone who would like to feel like a princess!!!!
Member Since: 8/11/2011
This place is amazing. I had an outdoor wedding, the perfect place to host a party for several hundred people in style! The best part of utilizing the Hofmann Ranch is the natural beuty of the venue and the caterer that provides services for the venue. Gary Carter (owner of Castroville Cafe and caterer) and his services are worth every penny, he takes care of everything and everyone. Charolette and Hans Hofmann are professional and considerate business owners. They make sure things run smoothly and elegantly.
Member Since: 1/4/2012
I recently had my wedding at the Grande Hall at the Hofmann Ranch. It was a beautiful affair, but buyer beware, although the venue is perfect, the owner, Mrs. Hofmann is a very difficult to work with. Although the venue says they accommodate 600, if you want all of your guests in one place (either the hall, pavilion, or patio), 200 is more appropriate. My wedding had about 200 people in the hall, and it was VERY crowded. I can’t imagine if there were 600! This is a great place for the bride who doesn’t want to plan or worry about anything, but let Gary and Mrs. Hofmann do everything. However, if you have a special vision for your wedding, it is very difficult to convey and execute with Mrs. Hofmann. She is an older lady who prefers to do weddings EXACTLY like every other wedding she does. If you want to do something “different,” she is not accommodating, and is slightly rude about it. She should realize that each bride does NOT want her wedding like other brides. Each wants to be unique and different in her own way. This is not the case at this venue. My mother and I had to fight with Mrs. Hofmann for every little thing which was extremely stressful. Mrs. Hofmann has a “henhouse” for the bridal party to get ready in – however, we were told we had to be out of there an hour AFTER our ceremony started – it was a nightmare! Here I was about to walk down the aisle with my dad, worrying about packing up!! The bride and her party also should have a spot at a venue where they can have a restful moment and relax. I asked Mrs. Hofmann where I was supposed to put my things and she acted like it was no problem for me to put my things in my getaway car – so every time I needed to take a breather, I had to go out to my car! I asked her where to put my makeup bag (every bride needs to reapply lipstick!), and she said to put my purse on the head table – yeah right!! Instead, my MOH had to “hide” my purse in the kitchen which we had to get out every time I needed to refresh. This was a PAIN. The henhouse (which we PAID for) should have been available to the bride and her party throughout the venue. Although we did have some time for a rehearsal dinner, when my guests showed up 30 minutes early (which is normal), the gate was locked and it was a hassle for them to get Mrs. Hofmann to open it up for them because she was so rude about them being early. Many of my bridal party members tried to stay inside the hall beforehand because it was freezing cold outside. Mrs. Hofmann had another “bride” she was consulting with and was extremely rude when my MOH asked if they could stay inside until everyone arrived. When I arrived, Mrs. Hofmann immediately accosted me and told me I HAD to get the rehearsal started immediately, despite the fact that I hadn’t seen many of these people in many years. It was very awkward and weird because we were also waiting for my dad to show up. She still insisted we start rehearsing without him! Later, I was told by my vendors that on the day of the wedding, Mrs. Hofmann was very rude and acted as though they were barging in on her venue. This was their job to set up! She was overlooking their shoulders and telling one of my designer friends how dare she take down the hall’s ornaments on her Christmas trees – we were told we could decorate the trees however we wanted! I wish I could write more but I have run out of space. Good luck with Mrs. Hofmann!!
Member Since: 4/28/2009
Well at first the owners, well specifically I mean Charlotte, was very hospitable. I mean she is trying to sell the place isn't she! Well my husband and I came to see the hall with my parents who she was very rude to, but she did however cater more to my opinions and needs. They have very strict rules which I understand is to preserve such a beautiful venue, but the restrictions got a little ridiculous later on. I had asked if I could take my bridal portraits there, and Charlotte just said that when I get a date set to call and schedule a time. Well I am from the area but live out of town and the only day my photographer and I could do it was a Monday. When I called she gave me all sorts of attitude saying that was their (and I must mentioned not advertised) "day off". She did however let us schedule that day. Even my photographers mentioned that they don't like working with the ranch specifically because of her. The wedding was hard to cram into a five hour window which was all we had for the $$$ we paid for it. We only had an hour for rehearsal which had to be scheduled at noon on the Friday before because they scheduled a wedding there the night before mine. This was a big inconvenience for my wedding party since half of them are in school and the other half have jobs. The day of the wedding was fine up until the reception. I love that they have a place, the "hen house", where you can get ready, but you HAVE to get ALL of your stuff out before the reception starts. This left everyone in a bind to hurry after pictures to get all their things out. The caterer was very helpful in organizing everything and the food was great, overpriced, but great! Everything in fact was great until the reception started winding down. We only had five hours for the ceremony and reception which left the entire event ending at 10 PM. Well the caterer and Charlotte began cleaning the hall at about 9:15. I'm not talking taking up plates and empty glasses, but straight up taking down decorations and putting away chairs. They came by and took away glasses people were still drinking out of but had left on their table while they went out to dance. They even went so far as to be outright verbally rude to my wedding party. There was a point when Charlotte even started vacuuming! One of our groomsmen's mother went over a asked her to shut it off since everyone was trying to talk to us. Yeah we were all out by 10 but not because we all wanted to be. We had an hour after the reception to clean which was made clear prior to everything, but they made us feel like we needed to get the heck out. Even my father, the kind man he is, was pissed that they were rushing us out. We paid good money to be there and had already dealt with their time unbearable restrictions but then they wouldn't even let us finish our reception. The place was beautiful, but there is definitely an ugly side to every aspect of the "Grande" hall. The people who work here and cater to this place give off the initial feeling of hospitality, but that quickly wears off. If they don't like dealing with bride's and the needs of a wedding then they should just shut the operation down. My wedding was as simple as it could be, but they made it seem like a big inconvenience to them. I am glad I am only getting married once because I would never dream of booking here again. I'm not only writing this to vent a little of my anger, but it is also the request of my husband who insisted we spread the word.
Member Since: 10/17/2010
My Husband and I absolutely loved the place. They say you can't possibly have everything go perfect.... well we did!!!
Member Since: 4/21/2010
We had our wedding at the Hofmann Ranch in September, and it was absolutely beautiful. I can't even count how many compliments we have received about what a gorgeous venue we had! Gary (the caterer) is wonderful to work with, and the food was absolutely delicious! Charlotte and Hans, the owners, are very nice. My only advice is to ask lots of questions, because there are many rules that are meant to protect the Hall, which is totally understandable. Most venues have a list of rules or a contract so that you know up front, but we didn't get one so we just found out things along the way. Everything turned out fine, and if I had it to do over again I would definitely still use the Grande Hall! Our wedding turned out beautifully, with a lot of credit due to the team at the Hofmann Ranch!
Member Since: 12/30/2009
The Grande Hall at Hofmann Ranch was where I held my ceremony and reception. Before our wedding Charlotte, the owner, was great. On the day of I felt rushed to get all of my stuff out of the Hen House (bridal preparation house) because I was told that I would have up to an hour after our event to get everything out before it was locked up. Instead my mom was told that the stuff needed to come out immediately before the reception had even began. So people had to scramble over to gather everything up. Everything else was great. Gary (Catroville Cafe), the designated caterer for this venue, kept everything running smooth. Thank you.
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Country Elegance in the Texas Hill Country
Highlights of the Grande Hall include a double oak staircase,the patio's wonderful brickwork and the Pavilion's lavish chandeliers and wood columns.The Hofmanns gave the utmost attention to detail when designing the ranch and will provide the same level of service for your occasion
- Price Range: $$$
- Outdoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Indoor Ceremony Area: Yes
- Outdoor Reception Area: Yes
- On the Water: No
- Tented Area: No
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Onsite Catering: No
- Outside Caterers Allowed: No
- Kosher Available: Yes
- Liquor License: No
- Onsite Overnight Accommodations: No
- Onsite Parking: Yes
- Valet Parking: No
- Onsite Wedding Consultant: Yes
- Liability Insurance: No
- Site Fee: No
- Capacity: More than 400
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Unusual/Alternative