We welcome enquiries from groups wishing to hire Braziers as a venue for residential events or courses and we favour groups with a focus on education and/or awareness-raising in a wide range of areas.
Course participants are welcomed into our home sharing the community spaces and meals with residents.
The Drawing Room at around 500 sq ft will accommodate approx 45 if used as a lecture hall or 25 if used for group work, up to 18 for yoga or t’ai chi. The doors open onto a large level terrace that leads onto a lawn.
The Study at around 200 sq ft will accommodate up to 12 if used for group work or 8 for yoga. It seats up to 14 and also opens onto the terrace.
The Library at around 250 sq ft will accommodate around 10 -12 if used for group work and is not suitable for yoga.
The Dining Room at around 500 sq ft can seat up to 35 people for self service meals and is also used for serving organic teas and coffee. Donations are requested for extra drinks.
The Inner Hall is a comfortable informal area for relaxation with a big log fire when it’s cold, the Grand Piano and doors to the terrace.
Courses requiring more space than the drawing room provides can use Ipsden Village Hall. This is about ten minutes walk down hill from the College through beautiful local scenery. The Village Hall was recently refurbished and is well heated with tea and coffee making facilities and a piano. The floor is wooden and is suitable for yoga and dance courses. Courses using the Village Hall can have tea and coffee there, rather than coming back to the College. All meals, however, are taken at Braziers.
There are 15 bedrooms available, but Braziers can sleep up to 27 if people are prepared to share rooms. Nearly all rooms have wash-handbasins and one is en-suite (supplement applies). There are two baths, three showers and two toilets on the first floor. There are two toilets on the ground floor. Breakfast is served in the Dining Room. We use only environmentally friendly cleaning products and soap and ask our visitors to use environmentally friendly soaps and shampoos which are also available for sale.
Food and Alcohol
We pride ourselves on a high standard of home-cooked food. A good deal of the produce for the table is grown on Braziers’ estate or bought from local farms and wholesalers. As far as possible, our food is organic, GM free and seasonal. Most special diets can be catered for if one week’s notice is given and vegetarian meals are the usual. Home-reared organic meat (pork or lamb) meals can be ordered in advance for an extra charge of £5 per head.
We do not have a bar but moderate drinkers are very welcome to bring their own alcohol on site.
Meal-times are normally as follows:
Breakfast : 08.30 – 09.00
Coffee : 11.00 – 11.30
Lunch : 13.00 – 14.00
Tea : 16.00 – 16.30
Dinner : 18.30 – 19.00
Organic, Fairtrade tea, herbal teas (some from our garden) and fresh ground organic, Fairtrade coffee can be obtained in the Dining Room at any time (for a donation in the pot – min 50p). There is also a tea-making room on the first floor.
We have a very large, beautiful, sheltered 15-acre campsite. We currently do not take individual camping bookings, only group bookings. It is possible either to be wholly self-supporting or to camp but take meals in the house. If you think this might be suitable for your group, or for some members of your course, please mention it when you contact us. There are composting toilets and outdoor woodburning showers in the camp fields.
We have a beautiful ancient Barn (80-150 people) available for hire for weekend, day or session-use which can accommodate events such as barn dances, wedding parties, music gigs, celebrations, arts and crafts workshops, exhibitions and performances. There is also a large bonfire area behind the barns.
The cost per head will depend on how long the course is going to be and the catering, services and accommodation you want, and also on the time of year.
In the months of January, February, March and December, pricing for a group (minimum 11 people) in the main house from Friday supper to Sunday lunch is slightly lower than our standard price for the rest of the year.
We offer the option of shared or single accommodation throughout the year. For groups of 11 or more we include a teaching space free of any additional charge.
Flip charts can be included in the hire charge. A CD player, TV, data projector and DVD player can also be available on request – please check.
We are always happy to give you a quote on the type of course you would like to run at Braziers. Please contact us by email or by phone on 01491 680221.
We currently accept a maximum of 4 weddings or hand fastings per year, for up to 100 guests; we prefer to offer wedding parties to people with a link to or interest in Braziers and its philosophies. We are now taking bookings for 2018 and beyond. The cost for all-inclusive site use of the House, the Barn and the camping field is available on request; please note that catering, if requested, is charged separately. We can also consider weddings with more than 100 guests, but this has to be negotiated by separate agreement.
Conditions of Hire
We ask for a non-returnable deposit of £300 for a course booking to secure the booking, plus a completed and returned booking agreement. We also ask that the balance is paid before the start date. If some delegates on the course fail to attend and give less than a week’s notice, they will be charged as if they had attended. Payment is by cheque or bank transfer only. When a course deposit has been paid to us but no booking agreement returned, then we treat the deposit payment as the organiser’s agreement to the terms and conditions in the booking agreement.
Your organisation will be held responsible for any breakages or damage caused by tutors or delegates and a charge may be made.
Course members are very welcome to explore Braziers’ estate, but do so at their own risk. Some pathways may be uneven and visitors should take particular care when walking in areas outside the main house. Please observe the Country Code. Our ‘Guest Information’ must be provided by organisers to all participants.
Over the past few years the following organisations have used Braziers for their events:
The Conspiracy Group
Ethical Properties Company
Food ethics Council
Forest School Camps
Holy Brook School (Reading)
The Institute for Development of Human Potential
International Association for Religious Freedom
Mountain RiverTai Chi
Reading Buddhist Centre
Re-Vitalise tai chi & Yoga Retreats
Reading LETS (Local exchange trading system)
Sacred Arts Camp
Singing for Larks
Spirit Release Foundation
Thames Valley University
Transition Towns Network
The Working Company (teaching the Work of Byron Katie)