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Our Team

Bruisyard Hall is a family-run business focused on ensuring our guests have wonderful experiences at this historic and beautiful country house. Our friendly and capable team will make sure you are well looked after.

robert & Teresa Rous

When Teresa and Robert Rous inherited Bruisyard Hall from Robert’s father in the mid-80s, they had a shared love of the fascinating history of this former nunnery, farm and stately home, and a great desire to return it to its former glory. Now they want people to come and enjoy the splendour of this property for many years to come.

“This house loves people, and people love this house. It’s a very happy place, steeped in history and we only have single groups in at any time. We really want visitors to feel at home here, in this unique setting from a different age.”

 
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serena beDdoes

Events Manager

Serena is an expert on weddings, having worked in the industry since she was 13! She earned pocket money doing any jobs she could at wedding events. Happily, now the majority of Serena's time is spent organising and planning couples’ dream weddings at Bruisyard Hall. Couples love working with Serena because she’s a safe pair of hands. Super-organised, full of ideas and extremely reassuring, Serena will make sure everything goes without a hitch.

Serena is also our (self-appointed) Head Canape Taster. She adds: “Tasting the delicious food and helping our chef plan the menus is a definite perk of the job!”

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Laura gell

Events Manager

Laura has been here since the beginning - and was the first Bruisyard Hall employee after renovations were completed! Although previously Laura has organised weddings her main focus and responsibilities now are managing the other events at Bruisyard Hall and Barn including private parties, charity galas, conferences, corporate away days, yoga retreats, photography courses, Christmas parties and more.

Laura had her wedding reception at Bruisyard in 2015! She explains: ‘I just couldn't bring myself to go elsewhere. I have complete faith in everything we do and nowhere else lived up to expectations. It was a magical day and the team really did me proud.’ 

LEE GRIFFIN

Head Chef

Lee loves cooking great, fresh, seasonal food for the biggest day of someone's life. Lee has been at Bruisyard since 2013. He loves the buzz of helping the dedicated team to make the day the best possible experience. When prepping for a big day Lee can often be heard singing along to various tunes in the kitchen!

He says: “I love the diversity of the food requested for the different weddings and events – it’s not unusual to cover a variety of different cuisines. One month I catered Nigerian, Turkish and Italian menus. It’s brilliant. I love it!”

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nikki mountain

Operations Manager

Nikki spends more time at Bruisyard Hall than she does her own home. Nikki takes great pride in the appearance of Bruisyard Hall and her attention to detail ensures everything is in keeping with our 5-star rating. Nikki is a firm believer in marriage – having got married at 17 after knowing her husband for 2 months they are still madly in love 23 years later!

Nikki explains: “I really enjoy meeting different people, welcoming guests at check in and hearing about their stay on check out. I love Bruisyard Hall. I love looking after it and making sure it’s looking great and running smoothly.”