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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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Amanda
Wedding:
7/17/2016
4.6/5.0
Overall, it was a beautiful location. The view is spectacular and there is air conditioning inside! The guests loved being able to walk outside and talk on the patio after dinner, get drinks at the outside bar, or dance with the dj. There were many options for every guest at the wedding to be satisfied. The outdoor area is perfect for appetizers and cocktail hour, too. Guests could spread out without feeling confined to small spaces. The only negative is that there are 3 separate rooms inside which kind of separates people from each other. We had a little over 100 people so we spread people out between the main room and the room to the left of the main room. The room to the right was designated for dancing and the bar was just outside that room. We didn't have to break down tables and it worked out perfectly! You can make it work depending on your needs.
Overall, it was a beautiful location. The view is spectacular and there is air conditioning inside! The guests loved being Read more...
Overall, it was a beautiful location. The view is spectacular and there is air conditioning inside! The guests loved being able to walk outside and talk on the patio after dinner, get drinks at the outside bar, or dance with the dj. There were many options for every guest at the wedding to be satisfied. The outdoor area is perfect for appetizers and cocktail hour, too. Guests could spread out without feeling confined to small spaces. The only negative is that there are 3 separate rooms inside which kind of separates people from each other. We had a little over 100 people so we spread people out between the main room and the room to the left of the main room. The room to the right was designated for dancing and the bar was just outside that room. We didn't have to break down tables and it worked out perfectly! You can make it work depending on your needs. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/2/2016
4.6/5.0
A great option for us and our wedding! We had about 75 people, and the tables were tight in the main room, so 75 was a good number. It was also a little difficult to get dancing going in the side room because the rooms are split and the dancing room got hot fast with only twenty people, but that being said, everyone said it was one of the most beautiful weddings they'd been to. The grounds were beautiful, it was open, people came and went, and it had a great, elegant but laid-back feel that we wanted. We had a pizza truck out front (Branford was great about flexibility and letting us use our own caterers to create our vision and feel for the night) and Cloud Nine salad bar and bar. So many people loved the outside parts of the venue that many people milled about outside, enjoyed the view and the ocean breeze. The photos were exceptional; there were so many photo opportunities that it was hard to narrow down our options to favorites. The on-site coordinator was helpful and incredibly kind. We loved the intricacy of the interior and the wood work.
A great option for us and our wedding! We had about 75 people, and the tables were tight in the main room, so 75 was a Read more...
A great option for us and our wedding! We had about 75 people, and the tables were tight in the main room, so 75 was a good number. It was also a little difficult to get dancing going in the side room because the rooms are split and the dancing room got hot fast with only twenty people, but that being said, everyone said it was one of the most beautiful weddings they'd been to. The grounds were beautiful, it was open, people came and went, and it had a great, elegant but laid-back feel that we wanted. We had a pizza truck out front (Branford was great about flexibility and letting us use our own caterers to create our vision and feel for the night) and Cloud Nine salad bar and bar. So many people loved the outside parts of the venue that many people milled about outside, enjoyed the view and the ocean breeze. The photos were exceptional; there were so many photo opportunities that it was hard to narrow down our options to favorites. The on-site coordinator was helpful and incredibly kind. We loved the intricacy of the interior and the wood work. Read less
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Jerrica
Wedding:
5/22/2016
3.4/5.0
This place went with our Fairy-tale, Ocean-Side theme wedding perfectly! This venue is absolutely beautiful, and the ocean-side views are amazing is you are so lucky to have the weather cooperate for you to have your wedding outdoors on the lawn. We were lucky and the weather was absolutely perfect! This venue does have it's challenges, as it's a broken up space and not an open ballroom type setting. With keeping our guest list to right around 100 people we were able to work with the space, having the guests eat in the center ballroom, dancing in the West Room and Food Service Stations in the East Room. Realistically, this venue can really only comfortably accommodate weddings up to 100 people, any more than this and it's tight and challenging. If you have a wedding larger than 100, I would recommend renting the tent out on the lawn. I also discovered when interviewing caterers for this venue, that most DO NOT WANT to do a seated, plated dinner at this location. Because they kitchen is in the basement, they said it was very challenging. So if you're heart is set on a seated, plated dinner, this is probably not the best venue, unless you do the tent. The venue does absolutely nothing for you, except provide a person to be on hand to have the place open, direct traffic and close the place up at the end. The people on hand were very friendly. However, one frustration I did have was getting a response from the venue coordinator. At first she was very quick to return my calls, but after all my money had been paid, it seemed as though I was no longer important and many calls and emails were not returned quickly, if at all. The bridal party got ready on site, but it is good to note that no mirrors were provided and it was a good thing we had thought to bring our own. It would have been also good to bring some lamps, as the lighting was very poor. We are still very happy that we found this place to have the wedding, even with it's challenges it was awesome.
This place went with our Fairy-tale, Ocean-Side theme wedding perfectly! This venue is absolutely beautiful, and the Read more...
This place went with our Fairy-tale, Ocean-Side theme wedding perfectly! This venue is absolutely beautiful, and the ocean-side views are amazing is you are so lucky to have the weather cooperate for you to have your wedding outdoors on the lawn. We were lucky and the weather was absolutely perfect! This venue does have it's challenges, as it's a broken up space and not an open ballroom type setting. With keeping our guest list to right around 100 people we were able to work with the space, having the guests eat in the center ballroom, dancing in the West Room and Food Service Stations in the East Room. Realistically, this venue can really only comfortably accommodate weddings up to 100 people, any more than this and it's tight and challenging. If you have a wedding larger than 100, I would recommend renting the tent out on the lawn. I also discovered when interviewing caterers for this venue, that most DO NOT WANT to do a seated, plated dinner at this location. Because they kitchen is in the basement, they said it was very challenging. So if you're heart is set on a seated, plated dinner, this is probably not the best venue, unless you do the tent. The venue does absolutely nothing for you, except provide a person to be on hand to have the place open, direct traffic and close the place up at the end. The people on hand were very friendly. However, one frustration I did have was getting a response from the venue coordinator. At first she was very quick to return my calls, but after all my money had been paid, it seemed as though I was no longer important and many calls and emails were not returned quickly, if at all. The bridal party got ready on site, but it is good to note that no mirrors were provided and it was a good thing we had thought to bring our own. It would have been also good to bring some lamps, as the lighting was very poor. We are still very happy that we found this place to have the wedding, even with it's challenges it was awesome. Read less
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SonjaS
Wedding:
4/23/2016
4.8/5.0
We had our wedding at the Branford house on Saturday, 4/23. The venue is spectacular - beautiful stone mansion on the water with a gorgeous lawn and stone patio. The inside is also amazing, with ornate wood walls, huge fireplaces, super tall ceilings and chandeliers. Since the venue itself is so beautiful, you really don't need to do much in terms of decoration and you can still have a beautiful wedding! The venue also allows you to bring in all your own vendors - a blessing and a curse. Blessing because you can choose anything you want and find cheaper options. Curse because it's a lot of work! But I think well worth it in the end because the even will truly be "you".
Katherine was great to work with and very responsive. Either Katherine or her assistant will be at the venue with you the day of the wedding, which was nice to help organize. There's a great room to get ready in for the bride & her maids off the side of the venue. I really enjoyed getting ready there because you can keep an eye on the set up while getting glammed up and hanging out with your maids.
The price for this insanely beautiful wedding is really low. We got lucky and got a Saturday right before the rates went up for Spring/Summer/Fall. I would definitely recommend this venue if you're looking to really personalize your wedding and make it your own.
We had our wedding at the Branford house on Saturday, 4/23. The venue is spectacular - beautiful stone mansion on the Read more...
We had our wedding at the Branford house on Saturday, 4/23. The venue is spectacular - beautiful stone mansion on the water with a gorgeous lawn and stone patio. The inside is also amazing, with ornate wood walls, huge fireplaces, super tall ceilings and chandeliers. Since the venue itself is so beautiful, you really don't need to do much in terms of decoration and you can still have a beautiful wedding! The venue also allows you to bring in all your own vendors - a blessing and a curse. Blessing because you can choose anything you want and find cheaper options. Curse because it's a lot of work! But I think well worth it in the end because the even will truly be "you".
Katherine was great to work with and very responsive. Either Katherine or her assistant will be at the venue with you the day of the wedding, which was nice to help organize. There's a great room to get ready in for the bride & her maids off the side of the venue. I really enjoyed getting ready there because you can keep an eye on the set up while getting glammed up and hanging out with your maids.
The price for this insanely beautiful wedding is really low. We got lucky and got a Saturday right before the rates went up for Spring/Summer/Fall. I would definitely recommend this venue if you're looking to really personalize your wedding and make it your own. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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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Nicki
Wedding:
8/22/2015
4.8/5.0
We had our wedding at the Branford House in August and it was everything we could have asked for and more! It it an absolutely beautiful setting. It's natural wood, fireplaces and beauty make planning and decorating quite easy.

We had our ceremony outside on the lawn, cocktail on the patio and the reception inside. Our wedding was "rustic chic" meets "nautical."

Katherine and her team were flexible with us - always let us pop in to take pictures and see the space. We could bring in any vendors that we wanted. She had worked with a lot of our vendors previously, which made coordination seamless.

They have a beautiful bridal suite that we used the entire day to get ready, store our things in etc.

There are so many nooks that we used for flowers, candles etc. The fireplaces are naturally extravagant and we enhanced them with plants and candles.

The grand piano is available for use and we used it for our guest book and favors.

People spent most of the evening outside on the water enjoying the weather and the view :)

I would highly recommend this venue based on its location, beauty and flexibility! Book in advance though, as they fill up quickly!
We had our wedding at the Branford House in August and it was everything we could have asked for and more! It it an Read more...
We had our wedding at the Branford House in August and it was everything we could have asked for and more! It it an absolutely beautiful setting. It's natural wood, fireplaces and beauty make planning and decorating quite easy.

We had our ceremony outside on the lawn, cocktail on the patio and the reception inside. Our wedding was "rustic chic" meets "nautical."

Katherine and her team were flexible with us - always let us pop in to take pictures and see the space. We could bring in any vendors that we wanted. She had worked with a lot of our vendors previously, which made coordination seamless.

They have a beautiful bridal suite that we used the entire day to get ready, store our things in etc.

There are so many nooks that we used for flowers, candles etc. The fireplaces are naturally extravagant and we enhanced them with plants and candles.

The grand piano is available for use and we used it for our guest book and favors.

People spent most of the evening outside on the water enjoying the weather and the view :)

I would highly recommend this venue based on its location, beauty and flexibility! Book in advance though, as they fill up quickly! 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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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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Jimmy
Wedding:
5/24/2015
3.8/5.0
The space was a bit tough to manage but we made it work and our wedding went very, very well. There was an incident with one of guests and they were very professional in their dealings with them and made sure not to make a scene. The grounds were beautiful and we were able to have our wedding on the lawn. There was a smooth transition when moving from the wedding to the reception and everyone was in awe of the beauty that was to found around every corner.
The space was a bit tough to manage but we made it work and our wedding went very, very well. There was an incident with Read more...
The space was a bit tough to manage but we made it work and our wedding went very, very well. There was an incident with one of guests and they were very professional in their dealings with them and made sure not to make a scene. The grounds were beautiful and we were able to have our wedding on the lawn. There was a smooth transition when moving from the wedding to the reception and everyone was in awe of the beauty that was to found around every corner. Read less
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