Dennington has been the home of the Rous family since at least 1320 and they inherited Dennington Hall from the Phelips family in the mid 15th Century. Dennington Hall Farms is a family partnership created in 1974 when the partners were Major George Rous, Mrs Joyce Rous and Robert Rous, Major Rous had farmed Denningon since 1951 having had a career in the army. The Partnership is currently made up by Robert Rous, his wife Teresa and their daughter Laura Rous.
Farming in total about 3,800acres of heavy land, with 220 acres of woodland. Around 3,000 acres is family owned and the rest is contract farmed, cropping includes oil seed rape, winter wheat, spring beans, sugar beet. This is undertaken using modern equipment and the latest technology but in a 19th Century landscape, with great respect for the environment; some areas include wild bird, pollen and nectar mixes, bare fallow and grass. Because of such long-term family ownership, the landscape is little changed, there are relatively larger fields at Dennington Hall probably because it was a Deer Park in the Domesday Book.
The farm is also home to a small beef suckler herd. The estate comprises of 30 cottages, which are let. Dennington Hall Farms also have a small solar array and two woodchip boilers, one at Bruisyard Hall, fuelled from the farm's own woodland. The electricity and heat provided by these make all the estate buildings carbon neutral.
Dennington Hall Farms was recently awarded Best Large Farm and Best Conservation at The Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) Agricultural awards and previous winner of the FWAG Conservation award.
Bruisyard Hall is a 14th Century Manor House, which was inherited from the Hare family in 1611. Bruisyard Hall is much loved by the family and is currently used commercially for private stay lets, holidays, weddings and conferences. A total of 35 rooms over 3 floors, Bruisyard can sleep 24 guests in complete luxury and has been awarded 5 star status and a gold award from Visit England. The medieval barn, which once would have housed dairy cows, chickens and grain was completely renovated in 2011 to create a larger space for events, two further bedrooms and in house catering facilities. Bruisyard Hall has been a Conde Naste wedding venue of the year and past winner of SAA ‘Best Alternative Land Enterprise’ award.
Dennington Hall Farms aims to lead the way as a progressive and diversified large farm, whilst maintaining the landscape and conserving the environment. Bruisyard Hall endeavours to be the most luxurious wedding and private party venue, whilst keeping a sense of ‘home away from home’.