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Pleasantdale Chateau: A Historic Gem in West Orange

by Olivia Fisher
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The Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange is steeped in historic charm and surrounded by lush greenery and captures the imagination and hearts of all who visit. While the Chateau is known for its weddings, it provides almost anything one can imagine for a special occasion. Read on to learn about Pleasandale Chateau’s testament to history, elegance, and grandeur and the unforgettable experiences this venue provides.

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In 1912, Charles Walter Nichols of New York City purchased farmland in New Jersey in what is now West Orange. His 40-acre estate became known as Pleasantdale Farms. Nicholas often frequented Europe developing a fondness and appreciation for the architecture of Northern France and Southern England. When he returned home, he decided to construct a home on his West Orange property inspired by the beauty he saw across the pond. He contacted architect Augustus N. Allen to construct the home and tasked Augustus E. Furlong with the landscaping. The home was completed in 1933 and is located at 757 Eagle Rock Avenue in West Orange.

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In 1959, when Nicholas passed away, the home was left to the board of directors for his company as an exclusive corporate training retreat. In 1994, the Knowles family acquired the estate, now tucked into the Pleasantdale section of suburban West Orange. This family of restaurateurs took up the mantle of preserving and maintaining the rich history and beauty of the estate.

Weddings + Events

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The Pleasantdale Chateau provides guests with a variety of events. Its specialty is weddings. The spot provides outdoor to indoor, and everything in between like helicopter flights, multi-day weddings, and overnight accommodations. Pleasantdale Chateau also provides services for high-profile, celebrity weddings, same-sex couples, and cultural weddings.

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The helicopter rides arrive and depart from Pleasantdale Chateau’s heliport, which is located on-site. These trips can bring guests to one of three heliports in Manhattan as well as several New Jersey area airports. guests can get up close views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, the Watchung Mountains, and more of New Jersey and New York City’s landscape.

The Pleasantdale Chateau has 30 rooms on site. These rooms are unique and luxurious offering a full private bathroom, in-room coffee machines, fine linen, and more. The character of the rooms resemble those from a historic French chateau offering that charm Nichols envisioned.

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In addition to weddings, the Pleasantdale Chateau hosts Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, and Quinceaneras.

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Aside from weddings and birthday celebrations, the Pleasantdale Chateau can host corporate events like team-building workshops, industry summits, conferences, and holiday parties. From ballroom to boardroom, the Chateau has a conference center with a variety of rooms that allow for large-scale conference and industry events with small break-out rooms. Pleasantdale Chateau’s private 40 acres also provide picturesque outdoor space for these events that allow for downtime and respite during corporate and industry events.

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