Butley Priory is tucked away in the forests and heath lands of Suffolk’s Heritage Coast lies one of East Anglia’s best kept secrets, an extraordinary and fantastic building called Butley Priory.
Originally an Augustinian Monastery (dating back to 1171) it now provides an incomparably atmospheric Wedding Venue, with superbly comfortable accommodation for 16.
Butley Priory is a privately owned family house, which means that the house and grounds are available on an exclusive use basis, giving you complete privacy and the feeling of being ‘at home’. The building has a fascinating history and there is no doubt that an air of serenity and peace from another age remains.
Butley Abbey, now known as Butley Priory, was a medieval monastic house near Butley in Suffolk, England. Apart from some mediaeval ruins, only the gatehouse still remains, which has been converted into a house.
The abbey was an Augustinian fraternity founded in 1171 by Ranulph de Glanville, Justiciar of Henry II and dissolved in 1538 as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Excavations in 1933 revealed that the site comprised a church, chapter house, dormitory, dormitory undercroft, reredorter, refectory, cellarage and store rooms.
The abbey gatehouse, now known as Butley Priory, is very well preserved and displays stone sculpted heraldic escutcheons of its many benefactors, similar to the surviving gatehouse of Kirkham Priory in Yorkshire. It was converted to residential use c.1734 and restored again in 1926 by E.D. Caroe. Constructed in two storeys of stone and knapped flint it contains a fine Georgian staircase and some Elizabethan panelling. It is a grade I listed building.