Cottage By The Bay

★★★★☆
  • 97 Piscataqua Rd

    Dover, NH 03820

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  • 603-742-9701

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The setting is beautiful and it is one of the more affordable places to have a reception. But.....you get what you pay for. The owner is a horrid woman who takes all the fun out of planning a wedding. Every step of the way she made

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★★★★★

The setting is beautiful and it is one of the more affordable places to have a reception. But.....you get what you pay for. The owner is a horrid woman who takes all the fun out of planning a wedding. Every step of the way she made

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I would NEVER recommend the Cottage by the Bay. The gazebo needed a good coat of paint & the bushes needed to be thinned out. When we arrived with our grandaughters wedding gown, the carpet looked like it hadn't been vacuumed in weeks!!

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★★★★★

I would NEVER recommend the Cottage by the Bay. The gazebo needed a good coat of paint & the bushes needed to be thinned out. When we arrived with our grandaughters wedding gown, the carpet looked like it hadn't been vacuumed in weeks!!

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Having been a staff member many different events at this facility, I felt I need to comment on the last review of and "attendee" who claims its "not worth it".

The Events here are prearranged by the person hosting the party. There is not a "planner" that is provided, that is at the descretion of the host.
There are no "cocktail" waitresses at cottage by the bay...so I suspect a spilled drink was soley by a patron that was deliver a drink to a fellow party goer.

As far as an "incident with a pregnant woman and baby"- again...this is a buffet style...there is not a "table service at most events..so again I believe this may be fabricated. In all of my years at this facility...there has never been such an incident.

The number of bartenders is soley dependent on the hosts descretion. One is provided and and included. sometimes, hosts choose to not provide a second bartender to "slow down" the consumption of alcohol.

It sounds to my like this reviewer has other issues...I'm also curious as to how they are able to determine pricing as there is no charge for a guest. It is soley a function facility not a restaurant.

Unfortunately, anyone can write whatever they like on the internet. This sounds like someone who tried to bring there own drinks into a licensed facility and was told they could not do that
Do take the time to talk to the folks at this hidden jewel of facility, it would be a shame to miss out on such a great place.

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★★★★★

Having been a staff member many different events at this facility, I felt I need to comment on the last review of and "attendee" who claims its "not worth it".

The Events here are prearranged by the person hosting the party. There is not a "planner" that is provided, that is at the descretion of the host.
There are no "cocktail" waitresses at cottage by the bay...so I suspect a spilled drink was soley by a patron that was deliver a drink to a fellow party goer.

As far as an "incident with a pregnant woman and baby"- again...this is a buffet style...there is not a "table service at most events..so again I believe this may be fabricated. In all of my years at this facility...there has never been such an incident.

The number of bartenders is soley dependent on the hosts descretion. One is provided and and included. sometimes, hosts choose to not provide a second bartender to "slow down" the consumption of alcohol.

It sounds to my like this reviewer has other issues...I'm also curious as to how they are able to determine pricing as there is no charge for a guest. It is soley a function facility not a restaurant.

Unfortunately, anyone can write whatever they like on the internet. This sounds like someone who tried to bring there own drinks into a licensed facility and was told they could not do that
Do take the time to talk to the folks at this hidden jewel of facility, it would be a shame to miss out on such a great place.

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My friend had her wedding there 4 years ago, so when I got married it was one of the places that I went to check out. The prices were much more affordable then the other venues that I checked out and based on my experience at my friends wedding I decided to have my wedding there. I am so glad I did. The ceremony was so beautiful up at the gazebo and it is included in the facility charge and the reception was so much fun. The DJ that was recommended did a great job and the food was so good. It felt so comfortable and my guest couldn't stop raving about the good time they had. There was a bit of a line at the bar but I could have had a second bartender at an additional cost ( one is included) but that was my choice and noone seemed to care, we were having too much fun The staff was very helpful...so glad I had my wedding there..thank you cottage by the bay

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★★★★★

My friend had her wedding there 4 years ago, so when I got married it was one of the places that I went to check out. The prices were much more affordable then the other venues that I checked out and based on my experience at my friends wedding I decided to have my wedding there. I am so glad I did. The ceremony was so beautiful up at the gazebo and it is included in the facility charge and the reception was so much fun. The DJ that was recommended did a great job and the food was so good. It felt so comfortable and my guest couldn't stop raving about the good time they had. There was a bit of a line at the bar but I could have had a second bartender at an additional cost ( one is included) but that was my choice and noone seemed to care, we were having too much fun The staff was very helpful...so glad I had my wedding there..thank you cottage by the bay

Pros: Beautiful wedding without breaking the bank

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We had our wedding here a few weeks ago and this place is actually very nice and they do a nice job with the set up. I would however not recommend it if you are expecting to do deal with good business people. I found the owners to be overly punitive (for example: 1) They withheld a $100 down payment from my in-laws because one of the groomsmen unknowingly brought a six pack of beer with him, the in-laws had no idea this went on until they lost their deposit and 2) They also took away an open beer from my dad because he ordered it a few minutes after the open bar ceased and they made him go to the parking lot to get his wallet to pay for a $4 beer....FYI, I put down for over $1,500 of open bar, apparently they can't spot my dad one $4 beer). I found this lack of business sense on their part to be rather unsettling and really unpleasant to deal with. Overall, the place is nice but if you are expecting to have a rather stress-free wedding I would not recommend this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had our wedding here a few weeks ago and this place is actually very nice and they do a nice job with the set up. I would however not recommend it if you are expecting to do deal with good business people. I found the owners to be overly punitive (for example: 1) They withheld a $100 down payment from my in-laws because one of the groomsmen unknowingly brought a six pack of beer with him, the in-laws had no idea this went on until they lost their deposit and 2) They also took away an open beer from my dad because he ordered it a few minutes after the open bar ceased and they made him go to the parking lot to get his wallet to pay for a $4 beer....FYI, I put down for over $1,500 of open bar, apparently they can't spot my dad one $4 beer). I found this lack of business sense on their part to be rather unsettling and really unpleasant to deal with. Overall, the place is nice but if you are expecting to have a rather stress-free wedding I would not recommend this place.

Pros: Nice views and nice hall

Cons: Unfriendly and Unprofessional owner

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I disagree with the last review. I had my wedding there and I know the facility can only hold up to 180 with dancing inside so if the last review had 200 she may have been some where else.. The bride and groom pay $50.00 per hour for additional bartenders one is included. As to acholic beverages spilt on a women and he baby ..... there staff doesn't provide table service of bar items so that may have been a guest delivering drinks .... As to the bathrooms us the plungers that's in every stall I saw them when I was there. The facility is extremely clean and the food is home made... I hate it when facilities get reviews they don't deserve... I had a great time and they made my function fantasic Thank you Susan and your staff for everything

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★★★★★

I disagree with the last review. I had my wedding there and I know the facility can only hold up to 180 with dancing inside so if the last review had 200 she may have been some where else.. The bride and groom pay $50.00 per hour for additional bartenders one is included. As to acholic beverages spilt on a women and he baby ..... there staff doesn't provide table service of bar items so that may have been a guest delivering drinks .... As to the bathrooms us the plungers that's in every stall I saw them when I was there. The facility is extremely clean and the food is home made... I hate it when facilities get reviews they don't deserve... I had a great time and they made my function fantasic Thank you Susan and your staff for everything

Pros: Staff--- Food

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I recently attended a wedding here, and this place disappointed me tremendously.
There was seemingly no one in charge of the event, and they were grossly understaffed.
The few staff that they had on hand were not helpful at all, and were very unprofessional.
Alcohlic drinks were spilled and on a pregnant woman and her infant, as well as dishes broken at that same table.
They did not replace drinks or the woman's plate.
There was one bartender on duty for almost 200 people, so some people waited in the drink line for over an hour.
The only available restroom for women was located in a main hallway and only had two toilets, both of which overflowed during the wedding I was at.
The food was average at best and extremely overpriced. Powdered mashed potatoes were served from a tiny scooper and there was no butter or gravy offered for them. 'Vegetables' consisted of 3 baby carrots and one piece of broccoli.
If you are considering having a function here, please take my advice and don't bother!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I recently attended a wedding here, and this place disappointed me tremendously.
There was seemingly no one in charge of the event, and they were grossly understaffed.
The few staff that they had on hand were not helpful at all, and were very unprofessional.
Alcohlic drinks were spilled and on a pregnant woman and her infant, as well as dishes broken at that same table.
They did not replace drinks or the woman's plate.
There was one bartender on duty for almost 200 people, so some people waited in the drink line for over an hour.
The only available restroom for women was located in a main hallway and only had two toilets, both of which overflowed during the wedding I was at.
The food was average at best and extremely overpriced. Powdered mashed potatoes were served from a tiny scooper and there was no butter or gravy offered for them. 'Vegetables' consisted of 3 baby carrots and one piece of broccoli.
If you are considering having a function here, please take my advice and don't bother!!

Pros: Prime Rib was ok

Cons: see list below

 

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