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Branford House Mansion

Groton , CT
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1084 Shennecossett Road
Groton, CT 06340 US (map)

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860-405-9072

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A setting like no other… The Branford House Mansion on the Avery Point Campus of the University of Connecticut
Built in the 19th century and modeled after the famous Newport... Read more
A setting like no other… The Branford House Mansion on the Avery Point Campus of the University of Connecticut
Built in the 19th century and modeled after the famous Newport mansions, The Branford House offers an elegant location on the Connecticut shoreline that creates the perfect ambience for a memorable special event. An ideal setting for special moments, beneath a tent billowing with sea breezes as your guests look on and sailboats glide by.
A panoramic ocean view – Sailboats drifting by – Sparkling lawns…


All enjoyed from the patio of a majestic, turn-of-the-century mansion. With its regal entryway, Grand Ballroom and commanding oak-carved staircase, the Branford Mansion is the ideal setting for your special event. With its beautiful stone façade and warm, hand-carved wooden panel interiors, the Branford House Mansion hosts festive events and gala celebrations year-round. Mingle with guests on the sprawling stone veranda, relaxing during dining and dancing in the ballroom. Your family and friends will be charmed by it all – stone terraces, the great room’s two-story marble fireplace, rococo ceilings, a lawn that stretches to the Avery Point Lighthouse and waves breaking on the shore.
A style that’s yours alone


At the Branford House Mansion, you select the caterer, florist, music, linens, and color scheme – all the important elements that will make your event a unique expression of your personal style. The Grand Ballroom and East and West Wing rooms comfortably accommodate up to 200 guests for a full-course dinner or buffet. Our coordinator will work with your event planner to select the most appropriate floor plan and various facility details. For events hosting more than 200 guests, we suggest a tent on the lawn featuring spectacular water views. Should you choose a garden venue, cocktails can be served on the bluestone patio with a buffet-style dinner directly adjacent, perhaps beneath a billowing tent, giving you and your guests full oceanside views of stunning sunsets and moonlit waters. Located on the lower level, your caterer will find a full-service kitchen facility where the most elegant and scrumptious of culinary delights can be prepared.
Every detail perfectly planned
The Branford House Mansion offers the services of our experienced, on-site coordinator who will help you and your event planner make all the arrangements for your special day. We have a full list of caterers, florists, disc jockeys and bands, limousine services, tent rentals and many other products and services you may need. We can provide dining table and chairs for parties up to 200, as well as the use of our grand piano (professional pianists only, please). There are more than fifty hotels within seven miles of The Mansion, offering such amenities as pools, golf courses and spa services. Local attractions include historical Mystic Seaport and Aquarium, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, designer outlet shopping and more. Nearby, there are over a dozen churches, and religious ceremonies may also be held at The Mansion. Read less

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Lauren
Wedding:
1/7/2017
5.0/5.0
This is such a stunning site for a wedding. Katherine was very easy to work with--she was responsive and helpful and very accommodating. The house has everything you could hope for, from a great kitchen for the catering staff to a beautiful room for the bridal party to get dressed in, and the fireplaces are stunning. Plus, you can bring your own vendors/caterer in, which very few other sites in the area allow. This flexibility allowed us to have exactly the wedding we wanted. We had a wonderful winter wedding here and walking down the staircase to get married in front of the main fireplace was like something out of a fairytale. The views out to the ocean are stunning and you really feel as though you have stepped back in time. The woodwork is incredibly intricate too, which makes for exceptional photo opportunities. I could not be happier with the venue!
This is such a stunning site for a wedding. Katherine was very easy to work with--she was responsive and helpful and very Read more...
This is such a stunning site for a wedding. Katherine was very easy to work with--she was responsive and helpful and very accommodating. The house has everything you could hope for, from a great kitchen for the catering staff to a beautiful room for the bridal party to get dressed in, and the fireplaces are stunning. Plus, you can bring your own vendors/caterer in, which very few other sites in the area allow. This flexibility allowed us to have exactly the wedding we wanted. We had a wonderful winter wedding here and walking down the staircase to get married in front of the main fireplace was like something out of a fairytale. The views out to the ocean are stunning and you really feel as though you have stepped back in time. The woodwork is incredibly intricate too, which makes for exceptional photo opportunities. I could not be happier with the venue! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My wedding is 1/1/2016 and I have been working with the Branford House, and Katherine since last March. They have been nothing short of wonderful, flexible, nice and open. I cannot wait until my wedding and I will definitely write a review after ward. My friends and family said this was hands-down the best wedding - most elegant, most fun, gorgeous venue they had ever seen! I highly recommend it. The staff is amazing, friendly, low-key and flexible.
My wedding is 1/1/2016 and I have been working with the Branford House, and Katherine since last March. They have been Read more...
My wedding is 1/1/2016 and I have been working with the Branford House, and Katherine since last March. They have been nothing short of wonderful, flexible, nice and open. I cannot wait until my wedding and I will definitely write a review after ward. My friends and family said this was hands-down the best wedding - most elegant, most fun, gorgeous venue they had ever seen! I highly recommend it. The staff is amazing, friendly, low-key and flexible. Read less
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Kayla
Wedding:
7/25/2015
5.0/5.0
There was nothing like the views that the Branford House provided! The backdrop of the house and the water view made our wedding breath taking. What we enjoyed most about the Branford House was their flexibility. We could use any vendor we liked, and as the bride, we were able to get ready right at the house. Katherine was responsive, and helped us to find a spot for the huge tent we put out on the back lawn. We know it was a difficult task because there was construction going on, but she got it done!

Thank you Katherine!
There was nothing like the views that the Branford House provided! The backdrop of the house and the water view made our Read more...
There was nothing like the views that the Branford House provided! The backdrop of the house and the water view made our wedding breath taking. What we enjoyed most about the Branford House was their flexibility. We could use any vendor we liked, and as the bride, we were able to get ready right at the house. Katherine was responsive, and helped us to find a spot for the huge tent we put out on the back lawn. We know it was a difficult task because there was construction going on, but she got it done!

Thank you Katherine! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding at the Branford House Mansion on 7/17/15 and it was absolutely perfect. Everyone loved the venue and kept saying how beautiful it was. The best thing is that the place looks so good on its own that expensive/elaborate decorations are not needed :) Katherine and the day of coordinator were wonderful to work with and kept everything running smoothly. Katherine always got back to us quickly with answers to any questions we had and was very helpful when we decided last minute to put a tent up on the patio. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for an indoor/outdoor venue with a beautiful view of the ocean!!
We had our wedding at the Branford House Mansion on 7/17/15 and it was absolutely perfect. Everyone loved the venue and Read more...
We had our wedding at the Branford House Mansion on 7/17/15 and it was absolutely perfect. Everyone loved the venue and kept saying how beautiful it was. The best thing is that the place looks so good on its own that expensive/elaborate decorations are not needed :) Katherine and the day of coordinator were wonderful to work with and kept everything running smoothly. Katherine always got back to us quickly with answers to any questions we had and was very helpful when we decided last minute to put a tent up on the patio. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for an indoor/outdoor venue with a beautiful view of the ocean!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Kathleen was very helpful, easy to get ahold of, and very accommodating for the many times I went with a vendor to look at the space to help map out where we're setting everything up. Beautiful place and outside area.
Kathleen was very helpful, easy to get ahold of, and very accommodating for the many times I went with a vendor to look at Read more...
Kathleen was very helpful, easy to get ahold of, and very accommodating for the many times I went with a vendor to look at the space to help map out where we're setting everything up. Beautiful place and outside area. Read less
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Cheryl
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Beautiful setting, gorgeous building, wonderful House Manager & staff. Even better, proceeds go to the mansion upkeep & to local campus programs, which we loved. Very little decoration needed to make the interior & exterior presentable & "wedding ready". Outside patio stones are a bit uneven, but it is a very old house so that is not unlikely. Our guests enjoyed admiring the amazing architecture & strolling around to take in the serene ocean view. Despite being on grounds opened to the public, our event at The Branford House Mansion felt very private. Our event had a really nice, flexible timeframe to mold to our wedding day's needs & Katherine was lovely to work with. A little tricky for some guests to get to, but an overall convenient location for those craving pics of oceanside nuptuals (like we were). Unique, Philanthropic & Unforgettable. Our wedding there was all I had imagined & more. Guests are stillreeling over the place! I would certainly recommend this venue for those looking to have a unique wedding experience some place other than a banquet hall.
Beautiful setting, gorgeous building, wonderful House Manager & staff. Even better, proceeds go to the mansion upkeep & to Read more...
Beautiful setting, gorgeous building, wonderful House Manager & staff. Even better, proceeds go to the mansion upkeep & to local campus programs, which we loved. Very little decoration needed to make the interior & exterior presentable & "wedding ready". Outside patio stones are a bit uneven, but it is a very old house so that is not unlikely. Our guests enjoyed admiring the amazing architecture & strolling around to take in the serene ocean view. Despite being on grounds opened to the public, our event at The Branford House Mansion felt very private. Our event had a really nice, flexible timeframe to mold to our wedding day's needs & Katherine was lovely to work with. A little tricky for some guests to get to, but an overall convenient location for those craving pics of oceanside nuptuals (like we were). Unique, Philanthropic & Unforgettable. Our wedding there was all I had imagined & more. Guests are stillreeling over the place! I would certainly recommend this venue for those looking to have a unique wedding experience some place other than a banquet hall. Read less
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Maureen
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Kathryn Pollard, Director of The Branford House at Avery Point, UCONN, Groton, CT - the most helpful persons I have ever dealt with while planning an event. She was easy to get along with, flexible, accommodating and just plain nice. In fact, Kathryn went out of her way to connect me with the bride and groom who were renting the location for the next day to see if we could share the tent - once up and once down rather than the tent company having to come in and out twice - saved both us and the wedding party for the next day a lot of money! Compared to another similar location also owned by the State of Connecticut, and also located right on Long Island Sound - we absolutely hit the jackpot with The Branford House.

Beautiful location, beautiful bride, great day! Thank you, Kathryn!
Kathryn Pollard, Director of The Branford House at Avery Point, UCONN, Groton, CT - the most helpful persons I have ever Read more...
Kathryn Pollard, Director of The Branford House at Avery Point, UCONN, Groton, CT - the most helpful persons I have ever dealt with while planning an event. She was easy to get along with, flexible, accommodating and just plain nice. In fact, Kathryn went out of her way to connect me with the bride and groom who were renting the location for the next day to see if we could share the tent - once up and once down rather than the tent company having to come in and out twice - saved both us and the wedding party for the next day a lot of money! Compared to another similar location also owned by the State of Connecticut, and also located right on Long Island Sound - we absolutely hit the jackpot with The Branford House.

Beautiful location, beautiful bride, great day! Thank you, Kathryn! Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We knew this was the place for us the moment we walked into the main room! The Branford House is a beautiful venue, and perfect for our unique day! Like most of the mansions, there were some restrictions on decorations and expectations on the time that we would be in and the time we'd be out, but they were more than reasonable and we never ran into any issues. It was a huge help having a caterer that had worked the venue, as the kitchen is in the basement so when making our seating arrangement, I knew in advance where there would be extra traffic coming in and out. The layout was also perfect for us - we had 125 guests, and the house is divided into three rooms. We were able to fit everyone in the main room and one of the wings, giving us another room empty for the dancing, which was perfect! With a few flowers and a couple of candles, our event was in the most beautiful of settings!
We knew this was the place for us the moment we walked into the main room! The Branford House is a beautiful venue, and Read more...
We knew this was the place for us the moment we walked into the main room! The Branford House is a beautiful venue, and perfect for our unique day! Like most of the mansions, there were some restrictions on decorations and expectations on the time that we would be in and the time we'd be out, but they were more than reasonable and we never ran into any issues. It was a huge help having a caterer that had worked the venue, as the kitchen is in the basement so when making our seating arrangement, I knew in advance where there would be extra traffic coming in and out. The layout was also perfect for us - we had 125 guests, and the house is divided into three rooms. We were able to fit everyone in the main room and one of the wings, giving us another room empty for the dancing, which was perfect! With a few flowers and a couple of candles, our event was in the most beautiful of settings! Read less
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calizack
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
AMAZING LOCATION!!!!!! I was blown away the first visit out there. The wedding was beautiful and the guests were blown away by the location. All Around great day!
AMAZING LOCATION!!!!!! I was blown away the first visit out there. The wedding was beautiful and the guests were blown Read more...
AMAZING LOCATION!!!!!! I was blown away the first visit out there. The wedding was beautiful and the guests were blown away by the location. All Around great day! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
The Branford House is a magical setting for your wedding or celebration. Katherine, the manager, is amazingly helpful and wonderful too.
The Branford House is a magical setting for your wedding or celebration. Katherine, the manager, is amazingly helpful and Read more...
The Branford House is a magical setting for your wedding or celebration. Katherine, the manager, is amazingly helpful and wonderful too. Read less
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