The Old Hall
Manor House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 16
If you are looking for a proper country house with oak panelling, leaded light windows and fantastic gardens you have found it - you can see more photographs on our website www.theoldhall.net. Featured in The Independent as one of the 50 best British breaks (October 13) - we were in the luxury section along with Chewton Glen and Le Manoir.
As soon as you enter the atmospheric Great Hall you know that you have arrived at a very special place - the perfect backdrop for family parties, celebrations and get-togethers. Grade Two* listed with a plethora of original details and features; leaded light windows, Jacobean fireplaces, decorative plaster ceilings and an abundance of oak beams and panelling. This family owned house has been updated for modern living without losing it's atmosphere and authenticity.
Sleeping up to 12 adults and 4 children The Old Hall is offered an an exclusive basis for holidays or long week-end breaks and whilst offered on self catering basis we can provide highly rated caterers ranging from a formal dinner with a private chef and waitresses service to fish and chips cooked in the garden.
We have 6 bedrooms, 3 are ensuite, plus we have a funky children's dorm in the attic sleeping up to 4 children.
Set in 17 acres with a private pool, tennis court, croquet lawn and woodlands you can escape from the world and focus on simple pleasures. The gardens are a stunning feature and contain spectacular yew hedges, topiary and what remains of the old moat.
Children have the freedom to run around and explore with a sense of adventure - escaping to the tree house or building a den in the woods when they need a break from adults or if you need a break from them! If you have older children we can organise camping in the grounds in bell tents.
There is wildlife in abundance here - muntjac and occasionally other deer, foxes, hares, rabbits, owls, green woodpeckers and house martins nesting in the eaves. Badgers and otters have been spotted in the village. In addition we have our own hens, geese and peacocks.
There's lots to see and do for all ages making use of the extensive grounds or you can just simply relax. We can organise a range of activities on your behalf - tennis lessons, shooting, archery, bushcraft, canoeing to name but a few. There are extensive walks right from the door. If you'd rather be pampered we can arrange for a Champney's trained therapist to visit you here.
If you want to travel further afield we can point you in the right direction to explore the best that Norfolk and Suffolk have to offer whether that's the stunning North Norfolk coast or Southwold, Walberswick and the Suffolk coast, the Norfolk Broads, historic houses and museums, local breweries or magical childen's attractions such as Bewilderwood, Banham Zoo and The Dinosuar Adventure Park.
Our own dogs love it here and we are very happy to welcome yours by prior arrangement and will even provide them with treats.
|Size||Sleeps up to 16, 6 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Norwich or Stansted, Nearest railway: Norwich 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 16|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
You enter the house through the original oak studded front door which leads to the Great Hall with a beautiful 17th Century oak inlaid fireplace. This is an incredibly atmosheric room especially when lit by candle light in the evening. Our main dining table is here.
There are 3 more reception rooms including the drawing room with an enormous 15th Century open fireplace, the panelled Queen Anne sitting room with French windows leading to the croquet lawn and a large Garden Room overlooking the formal gardens with French windows leading to the terrace.
Additionally there is a small library and a housekeepers sitting room which has been turned into a children's chill out room with easy access to an enclosed courtyard.
The large country style kitchen has a 4 oven Aga, seating for 6 and an extensive range of cookery books.
As you would expect there is a laundry room, a traditional pantry and a boot room.
Two staircases lead to the first floor. The master bedroom suite - with a super-king bed has spectacular views over the formal gardens and comprises both a shower room and a bathroom / dressing room.
There are two large additional bedrooms of historical interest - a double and a super-king - both with en-suite bathrooms along with a twin bedded room and a room containing an original 17th Century four poster bed which, in todays world, really ought to be classed a small a double.
On the third floor there is a double room with a family bathroom and an attic room with a children's dorm with four single beds - these are full sized singles with good mattresses but the room is more suitable for children / teenagers.
Also located in the attic is a home cinema with chaises, bean bags, an extensive DVD library and of course popcorn!
All beds have Egyptian cotton linen and we provide White Company soap and shower gel.
|Further details outdoors|
Set in 17 acres the gardens and grounds provide a delightful private setting for the house with formal gardens, spacious lawns, paddocks and woodland. There is a heated outdoor pool - with changing rooms and a hard tennis court.
An inner courtyard leads to the Thatched Pavillion, an informal garden room used for pool-side relaxing and entertaining. The pool is, at the moment, unheated - but that doesn't seem to discourage children or hardy adults!
The Spanish Garden, based on the Generalife gardens at the Alhambra, contains a wisteria clad pergola, water-rills, pools and a loggia with a sunset view to the church tower.
Beyond the Spanish Garden is our own grassy knoll with views across the countryside and it is our favourite spot for summertime fish and chips cooked to order by the visiting fish and chip van!
Please note the swimming pool is seasonal and is usually in use from May to October.
The East Anglia region
There's something very special about Norfolk - just ask Stephen Fry:
“I can’t ever imagine not returning to Norfolk,” he says. “There’s something about the place .... the coastline, people, atmosphere and Norfolkness of Norfolk is something that gets into your blood" and I have to agree.
Norfolk and Suffolk are a great destination at any time of year. Miles of unspoilt coastline - offering windswept beaches and seaside towns, internationally important nature reserves and amazing wildlife, picturesque villages, historic market towns, The Norfolk Broads and of course there is Norwich itself with great shopping, culture and entertainment.
Norwich is the most complete Medieval city in Britain with fascinating museums, a magnificent Norman cathedral and Roman Catholic cathedral, a Norman castle, ancient pubs, cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and a jumble of Medieval lanes.
Norwich was shortlisted to be the first UK City of Culture in 2013. Although not the winner for 2013, Norwich is still has plenty to offer you!
Saxlingham Nethergate is a beautiful village with a lovingly tended church which lies on a small green between The Old Hall and a parsonage built by Sir John Soane in 1784. Inside the church are rare examples of stained glass from the 13th to the 15th Centuries.
The village has an a thriving cricket club, a children's play ground and extensive wild flower meadows. The village is well known for it's Players and we recently hosted a magical production of A Mid-Summer Night's Dream in the garden.
There are extensive walks and cycle rides from our door.
We are located 8 miles south of Norwich in a conservation village with easy access to the historic city of Norwich, the Norfolk Broads and the Suffolk coast - our favourites are Southwold and Walberswick for upmarket seaside fun and boutique shopping, both are 40 minutes away. The North Norfolk coast with magnificent beaches and wildlife is an hour away.
The market town of Diss is approximately 12 miles away with a frequent rail service to London Liverpool Street with a journey time of 90 minutes. Drive time from London is 2 hours, Birmingham is 2.5 hours and Manchester 4 hours. Norwich International Airport is only a 20 minute drive from the house and has regular links to Amsterdam Schiphol via KLM as well as some UK destinations via FlyBe and Eastern Airways
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5 Jul 2014
"Ruby wedding celebration with friends."
Wonderful old house with splendid grounds and facilities, and very well equipped. In particular, we enjoyed the feeling of space, the beauty and comfort of the living rooms, wildlife, heated swimming pool and garden room. Bill the fish for fish and chips, cooked in his van outside the front door, and the recommended caterers for our formal dinner were a great success.
Very minor points for consideration - the croquet equipment could be improved and the BBQ could be supplemented to make it easier to cater for large groups.
2 Jul 2014
"A fantastic break"
The is by far the most amazing house & weekend away we have had for many years!! We stayed with 3 families and 8kids over the Easter w/e and there was still room for more friends.
The house itself was perfect, the kids loved the play room and all sleeping in the upstairs room. It also has a great cinema surround sound system for them to have 'movie nights'. The other bedrooms were all full of character and luxious. The summer house a great place entertaining although we just settled down in one of the rooms and enjoyed the open fires.
The grounds are stunning & enormous, the kids loved the tennis courts, playing cricket or croquet on the lawn, feeding the chickens, peacocks & avoiding the geese! Seeing wild deer roaming the gardens. We only discovered the secret tree house and horse swing on the last day which provided hours of enjoyment. We just need to go back in the summer when its hot enough to enjoy the swimming pool.
Janine also provided us with so many great additional extra's that we took full advantage of, which made the w/e extra special. We had one the local pubs/catering provide us with most fantastic roast dinner, with starters and desserts which worked out no more expensive they going to eat in a pub itself but the pleasure of not having to leave the house. We also had an amazing take away indian from Janine's contact at Ethnic Fusion which I also highly recommend. Finally we had someone come in on Easter sunday to do archery and rifle shooting we have kids as young as 3 having a go, which I think the adults ended up enjoying more than the kids!
5 May 2014
Just returned from a long weekend spent in this magnificent house.Everything was perfect, including the weather! There can be few owners of such wonderful historic houses who trust guests to respect a… More
29 Mar 2014
"Magnificent Birthday Weekend"
I have recently returned from the most amazing birthday weekend in this wonderful house.To say I was not looking forward to my BIG birthday was an understatement! Unbeknown to me my family booked this… More
10 Feb 2014
Not being able to decide on a venue for Christmas, we opted to bring our family together on neutral soil. Out of all the places we looked at, ranging from the Scottish Highlands to the French coast, w… More
4 Jan 2014
"Fabulous second stay"
Over a year ago we first hired the Old Hall and had such a fantastic experience, we booked it again for the following year. We weren't disappointed. It's a fabulous house, with beautiful gar… More
23 Oct 2013
"Absolutely fantastic house, we didn't want to leave"
The Old Hall looks both big and beautiful in the pictures online, but there are no pictures to demonstrate just how incredible this house is in real life!
There is so much space and the house is well equipped with enough, beds, chairs, cutlery, crockery etc. for everyone (not to mention rooms!).
We are a mixed group ageing 25-30 and we had a brilliant time at the house. There is so much to do in the house, including tennis, DVDs and games as well as lots to do nearby if you have a car.
Janine and Katy (the housekeeper) were so welcoming and accommodating.
During our stay, we had a meal provided by Ethnic Fusion which I strongly recommend. The food was brilliant and the service impeccable.
I could go on about how great it was, but instead, you should go and see for yourself!
3 Oct 2013
"A privilege to have experienced a weekend in this wonderful house"
Sixteen family and friends celebrated my 40th birthday at The Old Hall, age range from 4 months to 60+ years and we ALL had a wonderful time! The house and grounds are truly amazing. The kids (and big… More
6 Sep 2013
"A superb venue for the family 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations"
I am very pleased to write a review regarding the Old Hall which was booked for a 60th Wedding Anniversary this August for a family of 14 with ages ranging from 12 to 80+, and with a further 5 arriving for day 2. Expectations were high, in line with the information provided, and I am delighted to say that my expectations were exceeded.
From the first glimpse of this beautiful, generously-proportioned house, I knew it would be a winner. The accommodation was perfect, from the eye catching entrance hall, to the attractive wood-panelled dining room; the well-equipped, homely kitchen: the many parlours and snugs here, and the fun nooks and grannies, there. and then on to the tastefully-appointed bedrooms, all, yes, all, just oozed comfort, quaintness and charm.
Additionally, the grounds were superb, with the extensive lawns, fabulous trees, swimming pool, tennis courts, orchard, topiary and surprises like - peacocks, chickens and rabbits pottering happily about quite unperturbed by our presence.
Ms Price, Janine, was asked to suggest some activities for our stay and did mastermind an amazing river trip on The Broads, with champagne and delicious refreshments, an excellent celebratory evening meal, using the in-house caterers, a buffet meal on our second day followed by an archery session employing an first-rate coach who inspired both the young and not young to take part, and then to cap it all a further meal that evening. We were delighted with the attention we received; Janine certainly has an eye for detail and did everything in her her power to ensure that our stay would be the huge success it was.
I have no hesitation in unreservedly recommending the Old Hall as a most delightful venue.
Angela Magliocco 5 September 2013
29 Aug 2013
We stayed at The Old Hall in early August for my friend's hen party and I can honestly say we were all overwhelmed! From the initial booking Janine could not have been more helpful and on hand with any questions, and Katy the housekeeper was so welcoming. From the many little touches to the stunning beauty of the house and the grounds, it was a weekend we will never forget! The pictures of the house don't do it justice – every room has its own character and there is so much living space – plenty for 14 excited hens! We were lucky with the weather which meant we could make use of the beautiful pool and bbq too. We also booked, on recommendation from Janine, a Champney's trained beauty therapist, Yolande, to visit us at the house during the day – she worked so hard all day to fit all of our treatments in.
I thoroughly recommend the house to anyone – we didn't want to leave and will definitely be going back!
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