The Setting

The Bruisyard Estate is a wonderful venue for a Wedding Weekend or other event. The country house is set at the heart of the Estate, in beautiful, informal and varied 700 acre grounds. It has accommodation for 28, is licensed for weddings and with event capacity for up to 140 seated guests in the Barn, or for 24 seated in the Hall’s elegant dining room. The food is chef-prepared in consultation or an advisory capacity, serving the best regional, seasonal produce.

Bruisyard Hall at its oldest dates back over 700 years, incorporating the fourteenth-century remains of a nunnery. The rest of this beautiful house is early C17, with an impressive fascia onto a gravelled sweep of drive, and three storeys including the converted attics. The Barn meanwhile, provides a really practical multi-use event space in a pretty black-panelled traditional barn: a beamed dining hall that seats up to 140, separate galleried medieval hall licensed for wedding ceremonies, a courtyard with seating and a few of the venue’s 14 bedrooms (easier to access for some guests). Light floods in through large windows, some of which open straight out into the grounds.

The location of the estate is glorious: tucked away in wonderful Suffolk countryside, accessed along country lanes, seemingly completely removed from the hustle and bustle of 21st century life. It’s about ten minutes away from the A12, and just over that to Saxmundham railway station – from which trains take around two hours to London via Ipswich.

The Vibe

The Bruisyard Estate promises guests time to treasure and time for pleasure.

What shines out from Bruisyard is its ambience: it’s rich in history and, following an extensive refurbishment, beautifully decorated, comfortably furnished and the perfect country home for a couple and their guests for a glorious Wedding Weekend. It’s privately owned by a longstanding Suffolk family, but for the duration of your stay – it’s yours.

Bruisyard is full of texture, interest and warmth, somewhere to properly relax, whether that’s over a prolonged breakfast in the Hall’s large domestic kitchen, a Sunday barbeque with garden games, hide-and-seek in the Hall’s long corridors, or in the flurry and excitement of preparations for and celebrations of the wedding itself.

Guests are plunged into greenery, with a sense of being at peace and not a house to be seen in the surrounding countryside. They had better pack their swimming costumes and bring money for an ice-cream (or winter hot chocolate), as the upmarket coastal resorts of Aldeburgh and Southwold are only 25 and 35 minutes away; respectively.

The service level is high, and can be adapted to your requirements. Whether you want the small team at Bruisyard to sort out every detail of your stay, making it a fully catered and concierged experience, or to cater for yourself and plan your own time, you’ll find yourself at home. The Estate team’s policy is to be adaptable, to listen and advise as required, and to ensure that the break meets everyone’s requirements.

The Bruisyard Estate is the kind of place that lends itself just as well to a jumble of wellies, dogs, beach kit and Land Rovers outside the door, as it does to black tie, exquisite gowns, flickering candles, cocktails and lavish floral displays.