As you can probably imagine, knives to a true chef are like a collection of brushes to a fine artist or a chisel set to a sculptor. Without the perfect tools, your ultimate goal is only that much harder if not impossible to achieve. Recently, I asked Willowdale Estate’s own chef Ben Lightbody to elaborate on his knives, as I wanted to know where all of these incredible shapes, colors and designs came from. Chef Ben’s collection looks almost museum-worthy, but what I found the most amazing of all is that he loves and uses each and every one of them when the application is just right. (more…)


REAL EVENT: 3rd Annual Bluegrass & BBQ

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Last week Willowdale hosted our third annual Bluegrass & BBQ event – a guest favorite and part of our annual Signature Events Series complete with entertainment, a savory menu and perfect summer weather! The Ipswich Ale Beer Truck was parked out back right next to the tent and served a variety of ales straight from the tap! (more…)


What You Should Know Before You Go

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We get to meet lots of couple that have JUST gotten engaged and are excited about finding the perfect location to celebrate! I can tell you from experience that many of these couples aren’t sure what they need to know before they start the search for a venue – so we thought it would be helpful to share THREE things you should know before you go on your first site tour! (more…)


Holiday Parties at Willowdale Estate

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Although it’s only July, now is the time to start reserving a space for this years holiday party – perhaps you need to plan a corporate party for your employees, a family reunion or annual event. Our European influenced architecture and charming field stone siding create an unique place to celebrate any event. (more…)


Suite Moments

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Getting ready in our suites is treat for our wedding clients who have a ceremony at Willowdale Estate. In the two hours before the ceremony the wedding party gathers to get ready, and relax, start documenting the day through photos, and sometimes even exchange gifts before the processional begins. We love these behind-the-scenes photos showing what happens before they walk down the aisle and I think you will too!

The wedding suite at Willowdale Estate - an events venue north of Boston Massachusetts (more…)