Hidden away in a truly rural location in south Norfolk, just a couple of miles from the Broads, the delightful country gardens and formal grounds of Hales Hall are surrounded by gentle undulating farmland and woods. Reaching Hales Hall across the ancient Hales Common, the visitor will be stunned by the layout and quality of the buildings.
This truly magnificent Grade I listed property has been nationally recognised and was awarded first prize by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England in 2014. A unique holiday home, Hales Hall was built in 1478 by Sir James Hobart, and is a superb example of a moated Tudor hall house. With oak beams a feature throughout; the house displays architectural grandeur. Beyond the house is a stunning Tudor Great Barn, which can also be made available for weddings, family gatherings or lavish weekends of your choice!
The house, its outbuildings and wonderful gardens have been completely renovated over the past few years, en-suite bathrooms added to most bedrooms, the old kitchens converted into a spacious kitchen breakfast room, a perfect space in which a large party of friends and family can enjoy a long weekend or longer holiday together.
On the door step to the Broads BECCLES & BUNGAY are within 5 miles, NORWICH 13 miles, SOUTHWOLD and the SUFFOLK COAST 17 miles, CAMBRIDGE 70 miles, DISS (main line station with regular trains to London and Norwich) 17 miles
For anyone with an interest in history or simply a desire to enjoy a splendid gathering of friends and family in sumptuous surroundings Hales Hall will provide the perfect venue.
Whilst Hales Hall in south Norfolk has been beautifully and sympathetically upgraded over half a millennium, there remains much evidence of its original design. In the time of the Anglo-Saxons Hales Hall would have had a large living room reaching up to the rafters with central open hearth, where the lord of the manor and his servants would have eaten, entertained and slept. Now there are three floors, the 2nd floor having four spacious bedrooms and en suite bathrooms with withdrawing rooms at either end, a sitting room with a selection of books and games at the head of the central staircase.
The 1st floor has a further three bedrooms again each with access to its own bathroom or en suite and a large library / music room with baby grand piano.
The ground floor contains the remaining public rooms with a very large kitchen dining room at one end, beside which is a small chapel (now used as a games room). The formal dining room has a table for around 10 and a lovely fireplace. The utility room, boot room and cloakroom can be accesses from the spacious hall, beyond which is the drawing room and sitting room, one with a large flat screen TV, the other with a lovely open fire, high back chairs and sofas where people can relax and chat.
For readers of Wolf Hall, you will know that houses like Hales Hall were built with an eye to entertaining. Sir James Hobart created the current Hales Hall on the site of an older building. Appointed as Attorney General by Henry VII in 1486, his house had to reflect his status and be of a size and quality fit to entertain the king who made regular tours of the country visiting his courtiers and officers. Brick built with a timber-frame, with wattle and daub infill, you can still view part of the ancient ceiling in the hall of The Cottage.
The grounds are extensive with manicured lawns, elegant topiary, a broad yew avenue with charming private seating area and acres of lawns on which to enjoy croquet and other outdoor games. A moat divides the garden from the surrounding fields to one side, tall hedging and brick walls separate Hales Hall from the common.
- Sleeps 14
- 7 Bedrooms
- 9 Bathrooms
- 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
- WiFi available
- Saturday changeover
- Open fire/woodburner
- Bed linen provided
- Towels provided
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- No smoking
- Nearest shop 0.7 mile
- Nearest pub 1.9 miles
- 23 miles from the coast
Drawing Room with comfortable seating, TV, Sky HD package, Wi-Fi, Blu-tooth music system and woodburner
Second Drawing Room/Library with comfortable seating and inglenook fireplace with open fire
Entrance Hall with flagstone floors and steps up to Boot Room and Cloakroom with wash hand basin and wc
Laundry Room with access to washing machine and tumble dryer
Dining Hall with flagstone floors, large fireplace with woodburner, heavy oak door to gardens
Kitchen/Dining Room an impressive 38’ long with refectory table and additional table that will seat 14+ guests, 4-oven AGA, electric built-in cooker, gas hob, microwave, American-style fridge/freezer, larder cupboard, two dishwashers, butlers sink, scullery sink, butcher’s block, window seats and door to gardens
Bedroom 1- Sir James Hobart with 3’ zip & link beds that can be made up as super-king or twin beds (please request on booking), exposed brick walls, countryside and garden views and oak floors
Family Bathroom 1 with a claw foot roll top bath, marble washbasin, bidet and wc
Bedroom 2 - Countess of Suffolk with a king-size bed, oak floors, feature fireplace, countryside and garden views
Walk-in Wet Room with fixed rainfall shower head, hand-held shower attachment, washbasin and wc
Bedroom 3 - Prudence with a 4’ double bed, bedside table and lamp
Family Shower Room with large walk-in shower, with rainfall shower head, washbasin and wc
Music Room an impressive room, over 33’ long, with a Steck mini grand piano, card table and chairs and plenty of comfortable seating
Bedroom 4 - Lady Dionysia with an antique king-size brass bed with awnings, oak floors, countryside and garden views and En-Suite Bathroom with claw foot roll top bath, separate shower cubicle , marble washbasin and wc
Reading Landing 1 a cosy space with comfortable seating, bookcase, desk, countryside and garden views
Family Bathroom 2 with claw foot roll top bath, separate shower cubicle with rainfall shower and hand-held shower attachment, marble top washbasin, bidet and wc
Bedroom 5 - Sir Francis Bacon a light, bright room with king-size bed and coir flooring
Landing Sitting Room with wooden back settle and books and games
Bedroom 6 - Sir James Reid with views across the estate, a super-king size bed, coir flooring and En-Suite Bathroom with claw foot roll top bath, separate walk-in shower with rainfall head and hand-held shower attachment, marble top washbasin and wc
Please note there is an original oak connecting door from this En-suite to the En-suite for Bedroom 7, which is required to be left unlocked for fire safety reasons
Bedroom 7 - The Longe Room with super-king size bed, armoire, coir flooring and En-Suite Shower Room with large walk-in shower with rainfall head and hand-held shower attachment, marble top washbasin, bidet and wc
Reading Landing 2 a cosy space with sofa, easy chair, book and views across the meadows
Garden Rooms In The Grounds
Bedroom 1 - Lady Marjorie with a king-size bed, mini fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and continental breakfast supplied to the fridges on request directly with the owners. En-Suite Shower Room with a large walk-in shower with rainfall shower and hand-held shower attachment, washbasin and wc.
Bedroom 2 - Thomas de Brotherton with a king-size bed, mini fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and continental breakfast supplied to the fridges on request directly with the owners. En-Suite Shower Room with a large walk-in shower with rainfall shower and hand-held shower attachment, washbasin and wc.
These bedrooms have minimal self-catering facilities and are bookable only as additional bedrooms to the Hall and are available at £60 per room, per night, please request and pay on booking.
Garden: Extensive grounds and meadows that include including topiary, lawns, a small moat and numerous seating areas with tables and chairs and barbeque
Parking: Private parking for 4-6 cars, with additional parking nearby
Heating: Gas central heating, underfloor heating (in part), open fire and woodburner
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, please see our booking information regarding pets
Also provided: Towels. Books and games. Hairdryers. Welcome hamper.
Notes: This is a non-smoking property. Some duvets and pillows are feather-filled. Mobile reception – good.
Security Deposit: A refundable security deposit of £1,000 is required two weeks prior to the start of your holiday, payable to Norfolk Country Cottages
Housekeeping: Housekeeping services are provided 3 times during a 7 night stay and once during a short break at a cost of £45+ VAT per day, payable to the owner two weeks prior to the start of your holiday
Events: On occasion the Great Barn is used for wedding events but guests are welcome to stay at Hales Hall if it is available. During these events the gardens are used for a short while for photography with the wedding party only. If you would like to book the Hall during an event in the Great Barn, a discount rate is available please contact Big House Holidays for full details.
Additional Properties: Hales Hall also has additional properties available, The Gatehouse, sleeping 2 and The Cottage, sleeping 5. All 3 properties can be booked together for exclusive use of the location, see ..... for full details.
Set in unspoilt and gently undulating countryside, dotted with farms and woodland, this part of south Norfolk has much to offer the visitor. With walks from tHales Hall itself, it is easy to escape everyday life for a while and immerse yourself in the history and environment of Tudor Times. Once you have explored the lovely house and its grounds a trip to The Broads National Park and fantastic sandy Suffolk coast beaches are just a short drive away. For a more novel route to The Broads, take the Reedham Chain Ferry across the River Yare ; explore the waterways on foot or take to a kayak or canoe, or enjoy a day's bird watching. Ideal cycling country where you can enjoy the wide East Anglian skies and rolling countryside. The beaches on the east coast are delightful, sandy and long. Visit Southwold for a traditional family day out (a stroll on the Pier, time on the beach, lovely local restaurants and shops). For those who enjoy the arts, history and culture with a bit of retail therapy thrown in, Norwich is a beautiful city to discover (12 miles). There are some great pubs, restaurants, cafés and farm shops near by and if you want to just stay put you can even have vintage tea delivered to your door!
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