Top 10 CT Castles & Mansions
Comedian Jim Gaffigan jokingly describes a wedding as two kingdoms coming together in a glorious banquet where the bride can feel like a princess. Here at Wedding Reports we couldn’t agree more. What better way to encapsulate this idea than to find the picture perfect castle to hold your ceremony. We’ve gathered the most notable castles and mansions in Connecticut below.
Overlooking the Connecticut River is a historic castle that is sure to charm all that come to it. Based off the 16th century castles of Europe, Saint Clements Castle has a French Tudor style with sunken gardens and courtyards. Spoil your guests with all the lavish amenities that come with their wedding package.
Over in Middletown, there is a stately mansion that is perfect for a large wedding. With horse drawn carriages and tall pine trees surrounding the 103 acres of property you are sure to experience an elegant and intimate evening. Here’s what Natalie & Angelo had to say about their experience, “Thank you for making sure our wedding was everything we ever dreamed of, and then some! Our magical wedding reception at the Wadsworth Mansion will forever be remembered by us and our guests.”
Come to this romantic mansion in Brookfield for a magical celebration with friends and family. Much like some of these other venues, Fox Hill Inn only books one event per day so your ceremony will get all of the staff’s time and attention. A recent bride had this to say about the timeless venue, “I am so glad I chose Fox Hill for our reception. Not only is it gorgeous and classic, but it has the most amazing people on staff.”
For those looking for an outdoor setting this mansion comes with a gazebo and grape arbor. Complete with a Victorian Conservatory and acres of wooded parkland. The staff at Tarrywile are dedicated to creating a unique and memorable experience for you and your guests. Newly weds Amanda & Andy were grateful to have found such a lovely venue, “We loved Tarrywile. As soon as we took a tour, we knew it was the right place for us to get married…It snowed before the day of the wedding, and the mansion looked magical.”
Located in the East Rock Neighborhood is this impressive Georgian mansion. There are seven wood-burning stoves, crystal chandeliers, octagonal windows and a helpful staff that’s sure to fulfill all your needs. The Lawn Club was founded in 1891 and needless to say they bring professionalism and expertise to a whole new level. Even with its downtown location, parking is no problem with their off the street parking lot. The Lawn Club staff “aims to surprise and delight you and your guests.”
Also called Eolia, this seaside gem sits on over 230 acres of gardens and manicured lawns. Built by one of the richest families of their time, the Harkness’ made sure this summer home was inviting and a quiet place to retreat to. Every detail of this estate is unique and beautiful including its fountains, sculptures and entryways. Taking the party outside is easy with the tent that is next to the house. Come and experience the charm of Eolia.
For over 100 years The Branford House has been a historic home in Groton, CT. This mansion feels more like a castle with its regal lawns, seaside location, and its winding staircase made of Italian marble. With a fireplace in every room and one two story fireplace, you can rest assured that your guests will be happy and comfortable. There’s plenty of room for 200 guests with separate rooms for every stage of the evening, from dining to dancing. This coastal beauty is part of the University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus.
If you truly want to be taken back to a time of grace and beauty, you must consider booking your special day at Bill Miller’s Castle. Originally built as a barn this Branford home has expanded into the charming and iconic castle that it is today. The Ballroom alone has a three story stone fireplace and shimmering chandeliers. The property includes an Indoor Chapel and Ballroom and outdoor Gazebo and Trellis. Here’s what one bride had to say, “The staff were fantastic, the location was gorgeous and the food was amazing!! I can’t say enough kind words other than I had the most happiest day of my life at the Castle!”
At Lord Thompson Manor every couple will have their entire wedding weekend covered from the Reception Dinner, to the Wedding Reception, the Farewell Breakfast and every event in-between. You and your guests are welcomed to stay at the manor or in the Cottage House. The event planners pride themselves on creating a space where guests can feel like “participants throughout the evening rather than spectators at their tables.” Take a tour of this elegant manor and you’ll never want to leave.
Booking your wedding here would allow you the piece of mind and trust that every bride and groom need on their big day. Not only is the mansion known for its comfortable guest rooms but they are also recognized for having a gourmet restaurant with award-winning chefs. There’s no question your guests will walk away with satisfied appetites. Up in Woodstock you’ll find a quiet and peaceful experience on the secluded grounds.
There’s a common thread when looking at these impressive estates. They all have a way of melting away stress and transporting guests to a tranquil and long forgotten time. This is something that isn’t easy to find anywhere else. And let’s not forget that every castle needs a dedicated team of people working towards making your dream wedding a reality. Escape to the rich history of these mesmerizing castles and mansions of Connecticut!