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Magical Historic House located in the Suffolk Countryside

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 0 - 4 nights


About the property

Exclusively yours set in 8 acres with 8 bedrooms and just two hours from London

AMAZING HISTORIC COUNTRY HOUSE -2 hours from London on the East Anglian Coast. Butley Priory is the extraordinarily beautiful and atmospheric home of Francie and her two daughters Bess and Jayna.

Butley Priory was once part of a 12C Augustian Priory set in 8 acres of private parkland in the Suffolk countryside. We are surrounded by forest walks and marshlands, and only a few miles to the nearest beach. Between the coastal town of Aldeburgh and the popular town of Woodbridge, Butley Priory is the perfect country escape to relax and unwind in the company of your favourite people.

Cook for yourselves in our big Aga kitchen, or once you are booked we can put you in touch with our great caterers The Kitchen at Butley Priory who can meet your every need!

There are many gorgeous pubs and sea food restaurants in the area, castles to visit, wild windswept beaches, antique shops, farm shops and walks.

The house sleeps 15 guests in total, laid out over 2 floors. There are two very large family rooms (large double bed and single day bed), four double bedrooms, and two single bedrooms. Five of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities, and on the top floor there is a family bathroom.

Amenities: Melton train station, 3 miles. Direct train to London Liverpool St. (1.5 hour journey time)

log fires




Washing machine

Tumble dryer


Dogs allowed



Tuned Piano

On offer are many lovely walks, beaches, forests, good pubs, castles, sea food restaurants, log fires and fresh air!

I live in the cottage next door to the big house, so I usually like to meet the guests and show them around on arrival, and I am available should they need me. If I am away, one of my team will fill this role.

You need a car ! . .

or a horse?

Melton Station is only 10 mins away, and there is a connection in Ipswich to Liverpool Street, 2 hours.

We ask for a minimum of a two night stay in Autumn/Winter and during Spring/Summer we ask for a minimum of a 4 night stay.

We sometimes do consider 1 night bookings on weekdays.


We are happy to host weddings and parties!

Any party for more than 15 people is classed as an 'Event' and an additional Venue Hire charge will be applicable. The Great Hall and Drawing Room are both licensed for civil ceremonies and dining/parties can be held in the house all year round or for those looking for more of a festival vibe there is the option of putting your own marquee on the front lawn. Amplified music is permitted for events and we offer a fully licensed bar. We also have public liability insurance as well as a valid premises licence.

NB: The house is perfect for an event but whilst we want you to have a good time parties of more than 15 guests are not permitted on a self catering basis.

To give you an idea of our prices, we have outlined them from our brochure below. Please bear in mind that these do not include accommodation. We are happy to offer a reduced accommodation price to bridal parties of £1140 per night weekends, or £900 midweek (inc VAT). The wedding itself would be booked via our sister company Butley Priory Ltd.

The House wedding prices below offer the exclusive hire of the Priory for your special day,

plus a delicious wedding breakfast prepared by The Kitchen. The prices include;

Exclusive use of the Drawing Room, Great Hall and Grounds

A Bridal Suite for getting ready on your special day

Our Wedding Coordinator to assist with your plans and be there on the day

A Licensed ceremony room

A Three Course Wedding Breakfast

All Banqueting Furniture and Table Linen

Licensed fully staffed Bar for the evening

Capacity for up to 95 guests in total for the evening reception 45 Guest High Season (May-Oct) Low Season (Nov-Apr)

Friday or Saturday £5,000 and £4,500

Sunday - Thursday £4,000 and £3,500

60 Guest(URL HIDDEN)High Season (May-Oct) Low Season (Nov-Apr)

Friday or Saturday £6,500 and £5,500

Sunday - Thursday £5,500 and £5,000

Full Drinks Package: £19 per guest or Corkage Option: £9.95 per guest

Additional Guests: £75

Late Check-out : £200

Canapes: from £5 per guest

Evening Food: from £4.50 per guest

All prices are subject to VAT at the current rate

Butley Priory is perfect for those looking for a festival-style wedding set in the beautiful Suffolk

countryside with the added advantage of having an on-site licensed ceremony room for up to 85

people. We recommend three fabulous marquee hire companies who can handle all preparations

for the set-up of the marquee to help you create truly bespoke wedding experience.

The below hire price includes;

Exclusive use of the Drawing Room, Great Hall and Grounds

Hire of the Front Lawn for your Marquee site

A Bridal Suite for getting ready for your special day

Our Wedding Coordinator to assist with your plans and be there on the day

A Licensed ceremony room

Waivered Corkage fee

Freedom for you to select your own catering company*

Up to 200 Guests

Friday, Saturday or Sunday £5,000

Monday-Thursday £3,500

All Prices listed are subject to VAT | Pricing does not include marquee hire

*All selected suppliers to be approved by Butley Priory

You will have access to the whole house and some of the grounds. Including

8 Bedrooms

4 Doubles

2 Family room (1 double, 1 single)

2 Singles

3 En-suites

5 Bathrooms (and additional toilets)

Towels and Linen provided



Log Fires in both reception rooms



Fridge and Freezer

Highchairs available on request

Dogs allowed

Local amenities

Groceries delivered

Ample parking

More Details

Frances Shelley
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
December 27, 2017

About Frances Shelley

Welcome to my family home! I have lived at Butley Priory for over 30 years and raised my two daughters here. I'm kept busy with my work as a composer of modern piano music and you can see my work at if you'd like to know more. My daughters are also in the music industry and the natural acoustics of the house mean we are partial to playing together and with friends when they are visiting. I now reside in the cottage next door so the house can be enjoyed by others for weddings, parties, location shoots and self catering lets.

Why Frances Shelley chose Woodbridge

The house is one of a kind and offers dining under the vaulted ceiling of the great hall, individually styled bedrooms and plenty of nearby walks. Atmosphere is guaranteed!

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Everything us unique about this house!


Woodbridge Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Ground floor cloakroom with 2 toilets - toilet
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Mary Rose Room - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , with shower en suite
    Moroccan Room - 1 double , with bath en suite
    Yellow Room - 1 queen , with shower en suite
    West Wing - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , with sink and shared en suite with monks cell bedroom
    Monks Cell - 1 twin/ single , shared en suite with west wing
    Deck Room (top floor) - 1 twin/ single , shared bathroom
    Blue Room (top floor) - 1 double , shared bathroom
    Pink Room (top floor) - 1 double , shared bathroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $403.99
Cleaning fee $269.32

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.