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Branford House




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

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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.

Contact the House Manager at Branford House to make an appointment