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Historic three story riverfront southern mansion built in 1927.  Over 5300 square foot home and all 5 acres are yours for the weekend!
250' wide waterfront property with amazing views of the mile wide Neuse River!!!
Private waterfront ceremony site that is perfectly suited for weddings with its own private beach.
The original "Carriage House" waterfront pavillion with a 1600 square foot space for weddings, receptions, and rehearsal dinners.  The Pavilion can be enclosed with white sides for weddings all year long!!
 
Rental of the entire home, unlike a Bed & Breakfast, you will not be sharing the home with other people during your stay
26x40 in ground private salt water pool! 
Bath towels and linens provided.
Full kitchen with coffee maker, refrigerator, stove, dishes and silverware
Formal Dining room that seats 8, but can be used for any purpose needed and the table can be moved if needed.
7 Queen beds, 2 sleeper sofas, sleeps up to 14 people
3 full baths on the second floor and a half bath on the first and third floor. 
Bath house outside with two bathrooms for wedding guests and for pool parties.
Cable TV/VCR/DVD
Wireless High Speed Internet Service
off street parking for up to 200 people!
Stainless Steel gas grill for the guests


Private room just for the Wedding Dress!!
Salon with two chairs for hair and make-up!!
 

(15) 60 inch round tables, (4) 6 foot rectangle tables (4) pub tables included

120 White chairs for the reception included

White benches for the ceremony that seat 120 people included


10% discount for active or retired military, school teacher, law enforcement, nurses and firefighters

​​​Frequently asked questions

"Can we bring our own beer, wine, and alcohol?"

Yes.  It is your private party and your mansion for the weekend, so you do not need any permits as long as there is a licensed bartender serving the alcohol.  Your caterer may provide the bartender or you may hire one.  We have a list of bartenders you can hire for around $400

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"How many people can sleep at Abilena?"
There are 7 queen beds and two futons for a total of up to 14 people.

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"Can we use the pool and hot tub?"
Yes, the pool is warm by April and stays nice until October.  The hot tub stays warm all year!

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"Can I bring my own caterer?"

Yes.  We offer a list below of preferred caterers but you may bring your own licensed caterer or prepare the food here yourself.  The preferred caterers have each catered receptions and rehearsal dinners here over the years and all do a wonderful job.


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"Can we bring a boat?"
Yes.  The river here is great for boating and a flat bottomed skiff or pontoon boat will come right up to our beach.  

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"Are there hotels close by?"

Yes.  There are plenty of local hotels close to Abilena. 

The Doubletree
The Bridgepoint
Comfort Suites
Springhill Suites Marriott


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"Does New Bern have an airport?"
Yes.  Abilena is only 2 miles from Craven Regional airport.  Delta and US Air fly into New Bern.


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"Are sheets and towels provided?"
Yes.  The beds are made when you arrive.  There are plenty of towels for the house, you should bring beach towels for the pool and river activities.


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"How do payments and deposits work?"
The deposit for any booking is $2000.  The balance is set up in a payment plan that works with each couples budget so that everything is paid before the wedding date.

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Wedding Package #3
                                    $12,500


Wednesday, Thursday,
Friday and Saturday night!

Includes Photography and $2500 in catering!!!

   Checking into Abilena on Wednesday allows two full days to decorate and set up for the wedding.  During that time, the pool, hot tub, kayaks, and game room will keep everyone entertained! The Bride and Groom each get their own room on the 2nd floor to get ready.  There is a private room just for the wedding dress!  Salon with two chairs for hair and Make-up.  Wedding and Reception on the grounds or in the Carriage House.  With this package your wedding party can stay in the mansion just like a vacation home!  Abilena sleeps up to 14 people!!



120 White Chairs are included
20 white benches for the ceremony seats 120 people
15 60inch round tables for the reception
4 72inch rectangle tables
4 pub tables
Arbor for the ceremony (choice of white or black)
Parking attendant and golf cart shuttle service for the wedding day
Abilena can be used  on the Friday night for the Wedding Rehearsal and Dinner.

This package includes a $2500 catering allowance that is based on a reception for up to 100 people


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Wedding Package #2

Check in Friday morning, check out Sunday at 1 pm!!

The Bride and Groom each get their own room on the 2nd floor to get ready.  There is a private room just for the wedding dress, and a salon with two chairs for hair and Make-up.  Wedding and Reception on the grounds or in the Carriage House. 

***With this package your wedding party can stay in the mansion just like a vacation home!  Abilena sleeps up to 14 people!!

*120 White Chairs are included
*20 white benches for the ceremony seats 100 people
*15 60inch round tables for the reception
*4 72inch rectangle tables
*4 pub tables
*Arbor for the ceremony (choice of white or black)
*Parking attendant and golf cart shuttle service for the wedding


*Photography of the Wedding and Reception by John Williams. (All images are given to the customer on high resolution thumb drives with copyright releases to all photography!)
 

 Package 2   $10,000


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Wedding Package #1 

Friday and Saturday!!


This package is great for couples that want to have the property for all day Friday, Saturday, and until 1 pm on Sunday afternoon! Check in is at 10am Friday morning.  The Bride and Bridesmaids and Groom and Groomsmen each get their own room to get ready.  There is a private room just for the wedding dress!  Salon with two chairs for hair and Make-up.  Wedding and Reception on the grounds or in the Carriage House.

Carriage House is included

120 White Chairs are included
20 white benches for the ceremony seats 100 people
15 60inch round tables for the reception
4 72inch rectangle tables
4 pub tables
Arbor for the ceremony (choice of white or black)
Parking attendant and golf cart shuttle service for the wedding day

Wedding Package #1   $7,900


Saturday Only Package  9 am-11pm $6,900

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John and Mary Ann Williams and his family own and operate the Abilena Plantation. He offers photography services as well.  Over a decade of wedding experience allows him to help the brides from the planning process to the departure from the wedding at the end of the night!

Abilena Plantation  


New Bern Wedding Venue