Birdsall House sits majestically in an open valley, set against the Northwest edge of the Wolds, half an hour east of York. This historic house was originally built in the mid sixteenth century following the dissolutions of the Monasteries by Henry VIII. Since its Tudor beginnings the house has undergone various alterations and extensions, including work by the celebrated Victorian architect Anthony Salvin, a pupil of John Nash. Although Birdsall House is not generally open to the public we do offer our beautiful and elegant state rooms as a private and spectacular venue. We are experienced event planners and can organise weddings, private dinners, concerts, clay pigeon shooting or we can help with any special occasion events you are planning.
Weddings and Events
Within the house, our beautifully decorated reception and function rooms are available for corporate events, civil ceremonies, receptions and dining and there are also several gorgeous spots for marquees in the gardens. Whatever the scale of the wedding or event you are planning, whether it is sit down dinner for 250 people or a more intimate al fresco lunch for 20 of your closest friends we will be very happy to talk through the options and create a stunning bespoke event for you. Grand yet intimate, the house and grounds at Birdsall abound with wonderful photo opportunities – perfect for making your day one to remember. If you would like to know more about having your event or wedding at Birdsall House please go to www.birdsallhouseweddings.co.
Private guided tours
We arrange private guided art tours around Birdsall House for interested and specialist groups. Our wonderful collection of antique furniture and paintings are unique and include works collected by the Willoughby family over the past 700 years. We have an unbroken line of family portraits from 1570 and a collection of furniture that can rival the best English Country Houses. The art and antiques tell stories of the lives and fashions of successive generations of the Willoughby family over more than 500 years. There have been some pioneering members of the Willoughby family; Hugh Willoughby, who died in 1553 trying to find the North East Passage Trade Route over to the Far East, Francis Willoughby (1635 – 1672), a Naturalist and founder member of the Royal Society who identified and catalogued hundreds of species of plants and animals 200 years before Darwin, and Nesbit Willoughby (1777–1849) who is remembered as one of the most reckless characters in British naval history, partially due to him being knighted twice and court martialed four times. He is supposedly one of the characters on which the Hownblower novels are based. These family members, and many more, have collected items and stories which help create the rich tapestry of the Birdsall House antiques and furniture collections, as well as tales for the family history archives.
Birdsall House, and around us on the Birdsall Estate, also holds many opportunities for filming. Within the house we have a large range of rooms that give this location many different views and options for film makers. Whether you are looking for formal state rooms, ‘below stairs’ rooms, blocks reminiscent of Edinburgh tenements or used/disused farm steading, we have a huge amount of stunning and timeless rural scenery. With no views of modern towns Birdsall offers a flexible and timeless location.
If you would like more information about hosting your wedding, events, tours or filming opportunities at Birdsall House please contact Cara Willoughby on firstname.lastname@example.org or click through to our new weddings website; www.birdsallhouseweddings.co.