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Butley Priory

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fairytale 14 century monastery
Address: Butley Priory Near Woodbridge Suffolk
Telephone: 01394 450 046
Website: click here
Location: IP12 3NR - click here for a map
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Originally built as part of a 14C Augustinian monastery, and later much loved by Mary Tudor, the house has often been called 'the most romantic house in England' and has appeared regularly in the leading interior decorating publications as well as featuring in several television programmes and films.

At weekends, guests are asked to take all three bedrooms for two nights in addition to the hire of the downstairs rooms, to ensure total privacy. For bedroom details and rates please see the accommodation pages.

Guests arrive (sometimes in horse driven carriages!) up the sweeping drive to the awe-inspiring entrance. At night flaming torches flank the driveway.

Civil Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Ceremonies are held in the GREAT HALL for which we are licensed for up to 90 people. Afterwards canapés and drinks are served on the South Terrace (or if inclement in the Great Hall). The Priory abounds with photo opportunities and photographs can be taken either inside or in the garden or meadow.The price quoted entitles guests to use the house for up to 2 hours.

Wedding Receptions:


The panelled Drawing Room with its delicate pink brick vaulting and swathes of faded damask curtains provides a serene and elegant setting for the Ceremony and is licenced for a Marriage Ceremony of up to 50 people. A log fire will be blazing to bring cheer to a dull day and candlelit Ceremonies are popular in the winter. After the Ceremony a Champagne reception is normally held either in the adjacent Great Hall, or, weather permitting on the lawn. The Wedding Breakfast is held, seated around circular tables, under the soaring stone arches of the Great Hall. A pianist or jazz trio at the grand piano often accompany the celebrations.


We are licensed for up to 90 people to attend a Marriage Ceremony in the Great Hall. After the Marriage, a Champagne Reception is held either inside or on the South Lawn, while photography is taking place. The Wedding Breakfast is served in our beautiful Marquee, situated on the Croquet Lawn. Here further guests may join the party where 120 people can be seated. The setting is unique in its tranquillity and privacy, with only lawns and woodlands as far as the eye can see; the ornate façade of the Priory itself provides a fabulous floodlit backdrop to the festivities.

NB: It is recommended that wherever possible Wedding Parties taking place at weekends take our three state bedrooms for two nights. This ensures complete privacy, Accommodation is charged separately see Accommodation page. Parties not wishing to take accommodation are invited to discuss options with our Wedding Planner.

Ample parking is available in the grounds.
Please e mail or telephone for prices for all our wedding services, and
availability. (Tel 01394 450 046) e

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