East Texas Wedding Venue & Events Center – Arabella Manor – Longview, Texas

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Arabella Manor is the name of a new meeting venue planned for Texas 300 about a mile north of the Longview city limits.

Ground has been broken at 10161 Texas 300 with completion anticipated for early December, according to Teresa Crisler She is partners in the project with executive chef and caterer Linda Lawless and local builder Tom Davis Arabella Manor will be situated on a 10-acre site with the first phase consisting of 6,000-square-foot building with a patio area.

Crisler said the venue should provide the ideal setting for a variety of functions from weddings and receptions to business meetings, banquets, quinceaneras, charity events, parties and other special occasions. Depending upon the type of seating, the location can seat more than 300 inside with optional space possible with outdoor seating under a tent.

Owners plan to also hold events open to the pubic with one of the first of those special events scheduled to be a bridal show in mid-January featuring designs from Lillies and Lace. Other types of special events open to the public may include New Year’s Eve celebrations, Valentine’s parties and events for other occasions such as Mother’s Day, Crisler said.

Arabella Manor also will feature a full-service catering kitchen where Lawless can work with groups to provide custom-planned catering menus for a variety of budgets and ranging from hors d’ oeuvres to complete dinners. The kitchen also will be available for groups wanting to use outside caterers, she said.

Crisler described the venue as being a upscale option for events on a similar scale to The Villa in Tyler. Future plans include development of a garden area, construction of a gazebo and a chapel area.

Kerrie Medlin will be handling sales and scheduling for Arabella Manor with bookings for events scheduled in December being taken. For more information, call (903) 746-5461,

Posted: Sunday, July 25, 2010 7:52 am | Updated: 2:02 pm, Sun Jul 25, 2010.

By Mike Elswick melswick@news-journal.com