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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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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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Seth
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.9/5.0
We had our wedding at the Branford House 9/21/13 and it was terrific! The venue is absolutely beautiful and we ended up with a late-summer afternoon wedding on the lawn as the sun set and sail boats quietly coasted in the water. My wife went to school in Newport, RI and wanted the Newport feel without making our guests stay in hotels for Newport prices. The Branford House has all of the beauty and elegance that you would see in Newport at a much more reasonable price.

The price of the venue has gone up slightly but is still pretty reasonable relative to other options. You have to pay to use their wooden chairs if you decide that you'd rather use those instead of the free plastic ones. Given how expensive the venue was and that they already owned the chairs, this extra charge was a little surprising. Also, if you decide that you wish to use the lawn (say you want to do a big tent on the grounds) there is another charge for that.

We did the ceremony outside with the dancing under a tent on the patio and the meals inside which was terrific. The venue is so beautiful it is nice to be able to use as much of the space as possible which we felt like we were able to do. The only complaint we have about the facility is the bathrooms - they are okay and certainly functional but not terribly nice. The staff actually did some decorating for us ahead of time which was very nice of them.

Overall would absolutely recommend the Branford House - you and your guests will without question have a day that you will never forget.

One last item of note, if you are going to have your wedding at the Branford House, make sure you get a good photographer. There is such beautiful architectural detail that having a great photographer is really worth the cost (we hired Joshua Behan and the pictures are terrific).
We had our wedding at the Branford House 9/21/13 and it was terrific! The venue is absolutely beautiful and we ended up Read more...
We had our wedding at the Branford House 9/21/13 and it was terrific! The venue is absolutely beautiful and we ended up with a late-summer afternoon wedding on the lawn as the sun set and sail boats quietly coasted in the water. My wife went to school in Newport, RI and wanted the Newport feel without making our guests stay in hotels for Newport prices. The Branford House has all of the beauty and elegance that you would see in Newport at a much more reasonable price.

The price of the venue has gone up slightly but is still pretty reasonable relative to other options. You have to pay to use their wooden chairs if you decide that you'd rather use those instead of the free plastic ones. Given how expensive the venue was and that they already owned the chairs, this extra charge was a little surprising. Also, if you decide that you wish to use the lawn (say you want to do a big tent on the grounds) there is another charge for that.

We did the ceremony outside with the dancing under a tent on the patio and the meals inside which was terrific. The venue is so beautiful it is nice to be able to use as much of the space as possible which we felt like we were able to do. The only complaint we have about the facility is the bathrooms - they are okay and certainly functional but not terribly nice. The staff actually did some decorating for us ahead of time which was very nice of them.

Overall would absolutely recommend the Branford House - you and your guests will without question have a day that you will never forget.

One last item of note, if you are going to have your wedding at the Branford House, make sure you get a good photographer. There is such beautiful architectural detail that having a great photographer is really worth the cost (we hired Joshua Behan and the pictures are terrific). Read less
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Lori
Wedding:
12/2/2006
4.9/5.0
Absolutely Beautiful!!
Absolutely Beautiful!!
Absolutely Beautiful!! Read less
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Joy
Wedding:
9/28/2014
4.8/5.0
This is such beautiful venue. All our guests were absolutely blown away by the interior and Katherine is so professional and helpful. If you are thinking of getting married in a mansion in New England, this is the best choice for you. The A/C is an added (and wonderful) modern addition to this gorgeous setting.
This is such beautiful venue. All our guests were absolutely blown away by the interior and Katherine is so professional Read more...
This is such beautiful venue. All our guests were absolutely blown away by the interior and Katherine is so professional and helpful. If you are thinking of getting married in a mansion in New England, this is the best choice for you. The A/C is an added (and wonderful) modern addition to this gorgeous setting. Read less
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Kimi
Wedding:
8/9/2014
4.8/5.0
This venue is stunning. You're guaranteed to get beautiful photos on this site. I worked with Katherine who is responsive and kind and easy to work with. Our wedding was one of kind with the space and decor. Everyone loved the Branford house and all it's grandness. Definitely fit for royalty. We booked a little over a year early and was able to get the 2nd Saturday in August. So I would suggest booking early because this venue will not be available its too breath taking. Our guests were impressed by the venue and the great detail in the woodwork inside is it's own artwork. You can dress this venue to the max or you can leave it as is and it will stand on it's own. Love love love this venue!
This venue is stunning. You're guaranteed to get beautiful photos on this site. I worked with Katherine who is responsive Read more...
This venue is stunning. You're guaranteed to get beautiful photos on this site. I worked with Katherine who is responsive and kind and easy to work with. Our wedding was one of kind with the space and decor. Everyone loved the Branford house and all it's grandness. Definitely fit for royalty. We booked a little over a year early and was able to get the 2nd Saturday in August. So I would suggest booking early because this venue will not be available its too breath taking. Our guests were impressed by the venue and the great detail in the woodwork inside is it's own artwork. You can dress this venue to the max or you can leave it as is and it will stand on it's own. Love love love this venue! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/28/2014
4.8/5.0
When it came time to find a venue, my husband and I knew we wanted to get married on a place on the water. We found the Branford house and loved how we could bring in our own vendors, rather than have them pre-determined for us. It really gave us the flexibility and creativity to make our wedding our own. The venue is well kept, and the view is just breathtaking. We couldn't imagine our wedding anywhere else. During the planning process Katherine answered all of our questions and was accommodating when it came to organizing our various vendors for the day of. She was sure to contact us after our wedding regarding some items we forgot to bring back with us to ensure we got them back. We booked the venue two years in advance and found responsiveness to emails/phone calls to not always be immediate. However, as the date became closer responsiveness greatly increased and was never a real issue!
When it came time to find a venue, my husband and I knew we wanted to get married on a place on the water. We found the Read more...
When it came time to find a venue, my husband and I knew we wanted to get married on a place on the water. We found the Branford house and loved how we could bring in our own vendors, rather than have them pre-determined for us. It really gave us the flexibility and creativity to make our wedding our own. The venue is well kept, and the view is just breathtaking. We couldn't imagine our wedding anywhere else. During the planning process Katherine answered all of our questions and was accommodating when it came to organizing our various vendors for the day of. She was sure to contact us after our wedding regarding some items we forgot to bring back with us to ensure we got them back. We booked the venue two years in advance and found responsiveness to emails/phone calls to not always be immediate. However, as the date became closer responsiveness greatly increased and was never a real issue! Read less
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