Merrell Estate & Gardens is a gorgeous property nestled in the heart of the Crystal Coast with grand spaces, expansive greens and a Southern stately charm. It is a popular destination for weddings and events of all sizes with a variety of unique spaces that flow together to accommodate any celebration or gathering – from an elegant ballroom, to a vast portico for covered outdoor seating or dancing, to a broad lawn infused with native flora, and more.
Beyond its beautiful venues, Merrell Estate & Gardens also offers award-winning food and beverage fare. As part of the 81 Hospitality Group owned by Clarke and Liza Merrell (including Morehead City’s acclaimed Circa 81, Dank Burrito and Beaufort Olive Oil Co.) Merrell Estate & Gardens continues their hallmarks of first-class hospitality and fresh, seasonal chef-driven food. With over a decade of experience, the 81 Hospitality team brings together the creativity, tools and talent to craft any flavors and experiences that fulfill your dream celebration – from tasteful canapés and small plates, to rustic and intimate hearth-fired dinners, to grand, elegant banquets.


  • Beautiful Garden
  • Crystal Coast
  • Elegant Ballroom
  • Reception Venue
  • Southern Charm
  • Wedding Venue