Interested in booking with us?
Please have a look at the information provided here and enquire by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 01491 680221. We prefer emails if possible. We are very happy to accept site visits – do email in and arrange with us a time for your visit.
Types of bookings
We can host the following types of bookings:
course and retreat weekends in the house (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon) – we favour groups with a focus on education and/or awareness-raising in a wide range of areas
mid-week course/retreat/conference residential stays
whole-venue wedding/celebration weekends including the use of the house, the campsite, the Barn, the lawns and the Barn kitchen
whole-venue festival weekends including the use of the house, the campsite, the Barn, the lawns and the Barn kitchen
camping weekends for groups of 30 to 100 on the main campsite
camping weekends for groups up to 30 in our smaller Orchard campsite
main campsite festival/wedding/celebration weekends for groups up to 250 in number or up to 499 in number
main campsite (+ Barn) festival weekends for groups up to 250 in number or up to 499 in number
weekday film location use of parts of the main house (part-Jacobean, part-Georgian, part-Edwardian), the Barn (17th Century), other outbuildings, the formal gardens with summer house, the Georgian walled garden, the woods and the fields on the estate
Guests staying in the house are welcomed into our home sharing the community spaces and meals with residents.
For more information on what we can offer for each type of booking and our availability for each, please read on directly below and also look at rooms and spaces further down this page.
Detailed info and availability
Course and retreat weekends
We can host these throughout the year; we generally offer the Drawing Room as a practice/learning/conference space (though the Study and the Library are also available for booking), the Dining Room, the Inner Hall and all 15 guest rooms; organisers have the option to hold all the guest rooms for the time of their booking, for them to book out to their clients; we can accommodate around 26 guests if people are willing to share guest rooms.
2018 weekend house-retreat booking availability:
14 – 16 December 2018
2019 weekend house-retreat booking availability:
4 – 6 January
6 – 8 September (provisionally booked)
22 – 24 November (provisionally booked)
New weekends can become available for booking at any time, so please check back here for updates on availability.
Mid-week course/retreat/conference stays
We can host mid-week stays in the house by special arrangement.
Whole-venue wedding/celebration or festival weekends
We can host weddings, large celebrations and festivals over the warmer months of the year. Over a whole weekend from the Friday morning to Sunday evening, we offer the main house (including the public rooms and all the guest rooms, with 35 bed spaces), the Barn, the lawns around the house, the Barn kitchen, and the main campsite. Amplified music is possible on these events.
2019 weekend whole-venue booking availability:
19th – 21st July (whole venue only)
Main campsite festival/wedding/celebration weekends
We can host weddings, celebrations and festivals for up to 250 people on the main campsite and also festivals of up to 499 people in total, again on the main campsite. Amplified music and access to the main house is not possible on these events.
2019 weekend campsite festival/wedding/celebration booking availability:
30th May – 1st June
14th – 16th June
Main campsite (+ Barn) festival weekends
We can host festivals, not weddings, in the campsite AND the Barn over a whole weekend from the Friday morning to Sunday evening.
Camping weekends (large groups)
We can host large groups, of between 30 and 100 people, on the main campsite.
Camping weekends (small groups)
We can host smaller groups, of between 10 and 30 people, in the Orchard campsite.
Rooms, spaces, and facilities
The Drawing Room
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 or 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 up to 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 but is not suitable for yoga.
The Dining Room
The Dining Room at around 500 sq ft can seat up to 27 people for self service meals and is also used for serving teas and coffee, cakes and biscuits. Donations are requested for extra drinks.
The Inner Hall is a comfortable informal area for relaxation with sofas, a grand piano and doors leading out onto the terrace.
Courses requiring more space than the Drawing room provides can use Ipsden Village Hall. This is about a fifteen-minutes walk from Braziers through beautiful countryside. The Village Hall is well heated, with tea- and coffee-making facilities and a piano. The floor is wooden and is suitable for yoga courses. Courses using the Village Hall can have tea and coffee there, rather than coming back to Braziers. All meals, however, are taken at Braziers.
There are 15 bedrooms available, but Braziers can sleep around 26 if people are prepared to share rooms. Nearly all rooms have wash-handbasins and one is en-suite. There are two bathrooms with baths, three bathrooms with showers and three 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.
We have a very large, beautiful, sheltered main 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 wood-burning showers in the camp fields.
We have a beautiful and ancient Barn (that can accommodate up to 100 people) available for hire for festival weekends using the camp-site and as part of a whole-venue booking. There is also a bonfire area behind the barn.
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. Vegetarian meals are the usual but most special diets can be catered for, if one week’s notice is given.
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, though flexibility on timings is possible:
Breakfast : 08.30 – 09.30
Coffee : 11.00 – 11.30
Lunch : 13.00 – 14.00
Tea : 16.00 – 16.30
Dinner : 19.00 – 20.00
Tea, herbal teas (some from our garden) and coffee can be obtained in the Dining Room at any time during the day and evening. There is also a tea-making kitchenette on the first floor.
For courses in the house, 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. For camping, we charge per person for small groups. For larger groups, we have a flat-rate fee system; the same is the case with festival and wedding bookings.
In the months of January, February, and the first half of December, pricing for a group (minimum 12 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 12 or more, we include a teaching space free of any additional charge. For groups of 17 or more, we offer one free single accommodation space with meals for the organiser.
Flip charts can be included in the hire charge. A 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 on email@example.com or by phone on 01491 680221.
Conditions of Hire
We ask for a non-returnable deposit to secure a booking, plus a completed and returned booking agreement. We also ask that the balance is paid before the start date. If some delegates on a course fail to attend and give less than a week’s notice, we reserve the right to charge 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 allow ourselves the option of treating 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 your group 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 slippery, visitors should take particular care when walking in areas outside the main house. Please observe the Countryside Code. Our ‘Guest Information’ must be provided by organisers to all participants.