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|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, 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 outdoor pool (unheated), 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 shower gel and soap.
|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 an 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 June 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