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Venues in Chapel Hill, NC,
(919) 397-1377

About Us


As an unconfined, completely outdoor and tented facility, we are able to host gorgeous and safe events! Please email to discuss how we can accomodate the FALL 2021 event you've been dreaming of!

Old Lystra Inn is a historic wedding venue located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Couples will experience a 1890’s renovated farmhouse nestled under towering oak trees on this 10-acre property. They pride themselves on their flexibility and allowing your unique vision to come to life. Old Lystra Inn promises to let your creativity and innovative ideas flourish.

Facilities and Capacity
Couples can accommodate up to 176 guests at this vintage-style venue. They offer two beautiful outdoor options on their spacious estate. You can say your “I do’s” under gorgeous oak trees, and then dance the night away under the stars. If you prefer some coverage, Old Lystra Inn will provide a 40-foot by 80-foot tent for your ceremony or reception.

Services Offered
This full-service wedding venue allows each couple's exclusive use of their property for 14 hours the day of their celebration. There are private bridal and groom’s suites where you can start your day, complete with refreshing beverages. A hair and makeup studio is also available for you and your bridal party, and they'll provide light snacks for the ladies. For your ceremony, they'll provide white wooden chairs, and for your reception your guests can sit on cross-back oak wooden chairs. Round tables are also included, along with assistance setting up and cleaning up. Additional services include:

  • All-inclusive packages
  • Parking with attendant
  • Outside vendors
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Outside alcohol
  • Rehearsal time
  • Bridal portrait time

This one-of-a-kind inn was owned by Pulitzer prize winner, Paul Green. Now, it’s run by Beth and Tony Pendola, who have been married for over 30 years. They felt that they had to compromise on their wedding day, because they couldn't find a venue that let them do exactly what they wanted. Since then, they’ve vowed to be a location where couples can make their special day everything they dreamed it to be.

Kelsey M.

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  • The Old Lystra Inn, Ashley, and the Pendola family are just lovely! Not only was the venue breathtaking, but it provided the best space for us and our guests to play and celebrate — HUGE cathedral tent, outdoor restrooms, double lawn space, patio, and bonfire area. We had the time of our lives and so did our guests! We would 100% recommend this place and people to help host your most special day!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


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    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite, Chairs, Clean Up, Parking, Set Up, Tables

    Describe your venue

    Historic Building, Inn/B&B

    What kind of settings are available?

    Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Shower, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Accommodations, All Inclusive Packages, Clean Up, Get Ready Rooms, Outside Vendors, Set Up

    What transportation and access is available?

    Parking, Wheelchair Access

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