Honoring the governor’s directive related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florence Elston Inn and Conference Center has temporarily suspended operations. We are currently booking events for spring of 2021. If you have questions or would like more information on facility rentals, please contact the director of hospitality at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-381-6448. Please check back with us for updates and opportunities to book your special event or celebration. We look forward to welcoming you to our facility as soon as it is safe to do so.
There are a wide variety of venues on campus that are appropriate for different events, including weddings, birthday parties, family reunions, meetings, conferences, and more. Rates are based on the number of hours reserved and required setup needed. For more information on our venues or to reserve a space, contact us at 434-381-6448.
Your event at the boathouse will be set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and one of our lovely lakes. It’s an idyllic spot for any occasion. It features both indoor and outdoor spaces and nearby parking. Capacity in the main room is 55, with an additional 20-25 in the smaller room.
Mary Helen Cochran Library
Originally constructed in 1929, the Mary Helen Cochran Library was renovated in 2009. Its reading room features tall ceilings and overlooking balconies. The Cochran Library is only available seasonally.
Built in 1963, Sweet Briar’s Memorial Chapel has been the site of many weddings. The chapel seats 300 guests and is a bright and airy space for your ceremony. A balcony features not only seating, but also a pipe organ.
Prothro Hall houses dining services at Sweet Briar. It has several dining rooms, which can be rented individually, or you can reserve the entire space.
Prothro Dining Room
Prothro Dining Room will seat 206 for a banquet. This room has tall ceilings and abundant natural light comes through the tall windows that overlook campus and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Josey Dining Room
The second largest space in Prothro, the Josey Dining Room seats 144 guests and is wired for audio-visual presentations.
Johnson Dining Room
Located adjacent to Prothro Dining Room, the Johnson Dining Room will seat 45 guests and can be used for audio-visual presentations.
Burnett Dining Room
Located adjacent to Prothro Dining Room, the Burnett Dining Room is an excellent space for a small meeting over a meal. It can seat 20.
Located just up the street from the conference center, the Vixen Den can be used for a banquet or a meeting and has room for 80 guests.
Located in our Fitness and Athletic Center, the Woods Classroom can seat 33 people.