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We wanted to return to our home town to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with friends and family. We met with Tiffany who owns the Purple Iris with her husband Chef Daniel Harshbarger and made our arrangements. Tiffany and the staff were outstanding and I...feel like I have added a bunch of new friends. The arrangements were beautiful, the mansion is spectacular and the food was fantastic. Our 50th anniversary is now one great memory thanks to the Purple Iris.More
Stop what your doing and go check out this venue if you are planning a wedding..after searching many venues we found this gem right by our house. From our initial meeting to the wedding day everything was perfect! Amazing faculty, staff and food! So...many of our guests left saying it was the best wedding they ever attended. If your not getting married treat yourself to dinner at the restaurant. Best kept secret in Martinsburg!More
I host an adult birthday party at The Purple Iris every year on December 19th. Our group of eight to fifteen orders off of the menu, so we share nibbles around the table. We come back year after year because of a combination of things:...The food, the ambiance, Tiffany (YAY!!), and great service. Did I mention the food??? Stellar!!! Very nice wine list...not extensive...but balanced and there are some jewels to be found!More
My daughter and her fiance chose The Purple Iris for their wedding venue. The wedding was attended by about 100 close friends and family. The Purple Iris sits back from a busy street (Winchester Avenue) and once you get back to the mansion area you...forget and get caught up in the serene setting. Many guests commented how nice the location was and also commented about the mix of the stately looking main house among other more modern buildings. The food (prime rib and chicken) were fantastic and even the glazed carrots were very tasty. It is hard to make carrots tasty. Everything from the ceremony, cocktail hour and dancing were on point. The staff was helpful when needed but left us alone and gave us space. It was almost like we took over their place for the weekend. Great times that will last a lifetime.More
The Purple Iris normally does a great job of presentation and quality food. Only on one of several occasions have I been disappointed. It was an on-premise catered affair. There was not enough food and the staff was not prepared to answer questions or solve...problems. Otherwise, good praise.More
Tiffany and the staff at Purple Iris made the day great. Excellent service. Good food. Beautiful atmosphere. We had a MHS Cheer banquets there - Theme Cheer Prom and it was perfect the girls were all dressed to th nines and the place looked beautiful....Helpful friendly staff. Easy to work with great experience all around. Truely made the end of the year banquet one of the best we've had. Thank you Tiffany Dan and staff. Well see you next year!!More
This was the setting of my daughter’s wedding. You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.
The venue is beautiful for an outside wedding. The inside of the house is beautiful. The prices are high, but you should get what you...pay for...
1. They book every night so you get NO rehearsal unless it’s 9AM...guest from out of time and those employed are not here or working.
2. Don’t tell them you have guest staying locally or they will insist and insist your groomsmen get dressed at one of the hotels where they are staying....seriously, drive in a car with tux so it’s wrinkled for pictures.
3. Venue can’t be decorated until mid-morning, day of wedding, oh, and that’s as they clean up from the previous wedding.
4. Previous wedding clean-up still incomplete as of 4pm on day of wedding.
5. Can’t have sides of tent put down until after 3pm regardless of wind and wedding time as there is no staff.
6. Cake will be butchered so have someone else cut it as you’ll get it dumped in a box in a pile.
7. If you have 120 guests, the food will be cold! If you say you can accommodate over 200, then you should be able to prepare food accordingly so it is hot when served.
8. The staff they do have must have a quitting time of 10:30 as they started stripping tables as the wedding was still going on and took drinks from tables that were just made because the guests were dancing.
9. Lady in charge tells you too bad, bar is closed, we can get you some water at 10:31.
Do yourself a HUGE favor....DO NOT BOOK AN EVENT HERE!!More
Located in the HartWood Mansion and grounds south of Martinsburg, WV, this venue combines first rate ambience with outstanding food and even has several suites for overnight or longer stays. The owners spent years of loving effort in creating a welcoming, friendly environment and wonderful...food presentations. Their efforts to maintain and enhance this Neo-Georgian Revival Style 10,000 plus square foot mansion [with 17 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds including flowing trees, woodlands, and gardens] merit equal recognition.
We have enjoyed Purple Iris restaurant offerings for about 20 years and stayed in a beautiful fireplace equipped suite several times. We really enjoy the relaxed yet elegant atmosphere and delicious food.
Our New Year 2018 celebration prompted this review. We dined in the ‘white pavilion’, often the site of wedding receptions. Food on the overflowing buffet included soups, hot and cold seafood [my favorite crab cakes, shrimp and so on] salad assortments, side dishes ranging from various potato preparations to green beans with almonds, prime rib beef, cheeses and crackers as well as a desert assortment [chocolate mousse parfait, cakes, cheese cake and crème brûlée] and other accompaniments. Throughout the dinner, attentive wait staff cleared used dishes and refilled drinks. An additional grace note, guitar music performed live by a talented artist further enhanced our experience.
We will continue to make the Purple Iris our special event locale even though it now means several hours on the road to get there.More