2016-08-26 / LifeStyles

Chateau Mason opens for business

Couple spends four years completing renovations for wedding and event venue
BY ABBIE SOSSAMON
Lifestyles and Features Editor


Robert and Teresa Mason, owners of Chateau Mason, cut the ribbon at their grand opening on Aug. 21. The Masons spent four years renovating their home to turn it into an event venue. Robert and Teresa Mason, owners of Chateau Mason, cut the ribbon at their grand opening on Aug. 21. The Masons spent four years renovating their home to turn it into an event venue. When Robert and Teresa Mason began their search for a new home they never dreamed it would turn into the opening of an event venue.

The couple had been married nearly two years when they started looking for a bigger space to accommodate their blended family in 2012.

“I wanted a house for grandkids to be able to come to one day,” said Teresa Mason. “Robert wanted land and cows.”

Robert found the perfect house: 15 acres of land with plenty of room for cows (and grandchildren). Teresa fell in love with the house and immediately knew she wanted it to be more than just their home, but that plan did not involve cows. She began working towards the goal of it being an event and wedding venue since the day she moved in, but the house and land needed serious work before that goal could be achieved. The house was built in the 1970s and looked every bit of it.

“I saw it as my blank palette,” said Teresa.

A self-proclaimed crafter, designer and gardener, she and her husband were up for the hefty challenge. The two worked tirelessly updating room after room, with only little help from professionals for the duct work, concrete and landscaping.

Four years later, Teresa has accomplished her goal. After tearfully reading a note from the original owner that was discovered after removing wallpaper, Teresa and Robert cut the ribbon to “Chateau Mason” this past Sunday. The note wished the new owners much happiness and enjoyment of the home.

Chateau Mason is located off Exit 87 of I-85 in Gaffney. It offers a banquet room that can seat 50 or be used for food stations for larger parties (up to 250 guests), a dance floor, a catering prep room, two ceremony spaces to serve different sized weddings and a location for a 40’x60’ tent.

For brides having their ceremony at Chateau Mason, they have access to the upstairs bridal suite to get ready for their big day, as well as a room for the groom and groomsmen.

Teresa is a certified wedding planner with over 17 years of event planning experience through her job, and she also works closely with an event director with 20 years of experience. The planning is an extra expense, and brides are free to hire their own wedding planner.

The venue is not limited to weddings - Chateau Mason is open to those looking to host showers, luncheons, parties, fundraisers and meetings, as well as bridal consulting services, event design and event decor rentals.

The Masons also enjoy making wine and hope to one day be a winery in addition to the event venue. They currently have 75 grape vines of Chambourcin, Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc, which should be ready to produce wine in a couple of years.

Teresa plans to host classes at the venue this fall including a belly dance class, cooking class, chalk paint class and floral arrangement class.

For more information on Chateau Mason, visit www.chateaumason.com or call 864-300-3433.

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