The Old Hall
from £608 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:
from £608 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:
Manor House / 8 bedrooms / sleeps 18
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Manor House / 8 bedrooms / sleeps 18
If you are looking for a proper country house with oak panelling, log fires, leaded light windows and fantastic gardens you have found it - you can see more photographs on our website theoldhalldotnet. Featured in The Independent as one of the 50 best British breaks - we were in the luxury section along with Chewton Glen and Le Manoir.
Here's what a recent guest had to say - "What a staggering house it is. Thank you for providing the most perfect setting for the best weekend of my life. Friends travelled from as far as Toronto and Hong Kong to be here and it did not disappoint. Archery, fish and chips, long baths, swims, log fires, proper sleeps and the most wonderful of friends. I will never forget our Norfolk jaunt at The Old Hall."
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 18 - ideally maximum of 14 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 7 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 18, 8 bedrooms|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Norwich or Stansted, Nearest railway: Norwich 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|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||8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||King Beds (2), Double beds (3), Single beds (8), Cots (2), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 16|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|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. There is an additional electric cooker and hob.
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 as a small 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. There is also an additional room that can either be set up as a twin or a super-king.
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 toiletries.
|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 heated and can be fenced if required.
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 September.
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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17 Jun 2015
We booked 'The Old Hall' for my mum's 60th birthday celebrations and were bowled over! Although we expected the house and grounds to be lovely as we had seen photos, we were all blown away seeing them in the flesh. The house is huge but cosy and has loads of character as well as all the modern amenities you can think of. The grounds are sprawling with lots of different areas. The children loved running around and seeing the geese, peacock and chickens! The cinema room and swimming pool were also bit hits!! Janine was really friendly, helpful and welcoming. We really enjoyed the delicious chocolate cake and champagne that were left for us on arrival. We are going to find it very difficult to top for future big birthday celebrations so might have to pay another visit!!
12 Jun 2015
"Can't fault it - needs to seen to be believed!"
Stayed here over May Bank Holiday with 4 couples and 8 kids ranging from 1 to 6 years old. Beautiful house, aga oven, open wood burning fires, cinema room, amazing grounds, peacocks, heated pool, treehouse, camp fire, etc, etc... Won't hesitate to recommend this place and will certainly return in the future. Great base to explore Norflok too. Many thanks to Janine and Becs for a wonderful stay!
5 Jun 2015
"A celebration we will always remember; a wonderful, magical place."
This was a special gathering for a special birthday celebration, which exceeded all our expectations! We wanted sufficient space for our extended family group to relax and enjoy a long weekend break in their own way, as well as provide the setting for everyone to be together and we found it; the beautiful grounds, the relaxed feel of the summerhouse opening onto the patio by the pool meant that our outdoor eating was just perfect! We took advantage of recommended local caterers for a special meal and could not fault the food or service, for which the house provided the perfect stage. Our stay was wonderful and the attention to detail by Janine and her staff made it very special indeed. Highly recommended by Terri and Andy Jeffs
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!
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!
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!
2 Aug 2013
"A magical place to stay"
We stayed for a hen weekend at the Old Hall and had a fantastic time. The house is amazing, it has so much character and the small touches everywhere were so appreciated. The grounds are extensive and very beautiful. Janine couldn't have been more helpful from suggesting many ideas for us to make the most of the area to offering to take delivery of our (rather large) Waitrose delivery. We had a perfect weekend, including a visit from Bill the local fish and chip man, and were blessed with great weather meaning we could make use of the pool. All of us left the house planning excuses for our return... All in all, the house and the whole experience couldn't have been more perfect for our weekend. There were also lots of activities for kids around the house as well, so I imagine it would also make a perfect family getaway.
12 Jul 2013
"Bucolic utopia, just south of Norwich"
Janine and the team had the courage to accommodate a stag party at the Old Hall. It was an incredibly brave decision to entrust such a beautiful house to 12 men in need of a party, but we were absolutely delighted that she took the risk! We had a magnificent weekend and were looked after like princes (thanks too go to Bespoke Catering for all the delicious grub). The house, gardens and messuages positively drip with atmosphere and the house is full to the brim of mod cons, comfy beds and big, old-fashioned baths. All set against an ancient and charm-filled backdrop. There’s a pool, tennis court, croquet essentials and the most marvellous summerhouse, where we spent most of our sunny weekend languishing. I would recommend this house to anybody in need of a genuine escape in comfortable and bucolic surroundings. It’s like being in a PG Wodehouse novel.