Bride and groom on the lawn of the Branford House at sunset

Celebrations Begin Here

Built in the 19th century and modeled after the famous Newport mansions, the Branford House at UConn Avery Point offers an elegant location on the Connecticut shoreline that creates the perfect ambiance for a memorable special event. It's an ideal setting for special moments.

Enjoy a panoramic ocean view with sailboats drifting by and a sparkling lawn – all enjoyed from the patio of our majestic, turn-of-the-century mansion or from beneath a tent billowing from the sea breeze. With its regal entryway, grand architecture, and commanding oak-carved staircase, the Branford House is the ideal setting for your special event. With its beautiful stone façade and warm, hand-carved wooden panel interiors, the Branford House hosts festive events and gala celebrations year-round. Mingle with guests on the sprawling stone veranda and enjoy 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.

The Branford House at UConn Avery Point with a beautiful blue sky.