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The Old Hall – Home 234361 Manor House

  • 8 bedrooms
  • 18 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The Old Hall – Home 234361

  • Manor House
  • 8 bedrooms
  • sleeps 18
  •  min stay varies

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Manor House / 8 bedrooms / 7 bathrooms / sleeps 18

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


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, also featured In The Sunday Times and Good Housekeeping magazine, once again next to 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

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, also featured In The Sunday Times and Good Housekeeping magazine, once again next to 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.

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 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 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.

Location description from owner

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.

Saxlingham Nethergate

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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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • 2 Cots available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 2 Super King Beds, 3 Double Beds, 8 Single Beds, 2 Cots available
  • 1 Family bathroom, 3 En suites, 3 Toilets only


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private outdoor pool (heated)
  • Private tennis court
  • Private garden
  • Climbing frame
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
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About the owner

Janine P.
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12 May 2017
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Languages spoken: English

This Manor house has 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and sleeps 18. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 07 Jun 2012. Located in Norfolk, it has 67 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £4250 to £7450.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 12 May 2017.


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“Absolute dream house!!!”

Reviewed 20 Apr 2016

Best birthday I have ever had. The house is incredible - even better than the photos on the website. Janine was very friendly and accommodating, and there were so many beautiful personal touches. We opted for the beauty therapist who was brilliant, and Bill the Fish and Chip man who was hilarious and his food was absolutely delicious. We would definitely come back here again, can't rate it more highly! x

“Very impressive house with beautiful grounds”

Reviewed 11 Apr 2016

Very impressive house, which was ideal for our family weekend away with ages ranging from 3 to 70s. Lovely bedrooms and bathrooms. Kids especially enjoyed sleeping in the loft room with pull down screen to watch movies! Extensive and very well kept grounds to explore. We made good use of the lovely outside space, including tennis courts, croquet on the lawn and the fire pit where the children enjoyed toasting marshmallows. Would highly recommend The Old Hall.

“The perfect place to spend Christmas”

Reviewed 13 Jan 2016

From Grandmother and Great Aunt to the youngest Grandaughter The Old Hall provided the most perfect setting for a wonderful Christmas family gathering. We could not have been made to feel more welcome or more comfortable, with log fires burning, the tree beautifully decorated and delightful Christmas treats left for our enjoyment (Mum particularly enjoyed the ginger liqueur!) With 18 of us staying in total there was plenty of space for everyone.; it was a real pleasure all eating together by candlelight in the Great Hall. Moonlit walks in the garden, hide and seek around the hedges, practising our tennis skills and watching the birds kept us amused outside the house. Beyond Saxlingham we explored the lanes by bike whilst others ventured further afield to Norwich and the coast. Janine and her team went out of their way to make us feel like very welcome guests and have given us the most wonderful memories of a lovely family Christmas.

“The best vacation ever!”

Reviewed 11 Dec 2015

This house, and what it has to offer, is the most wonderful experience ever. Not only do you rent the house, but falconry, archery, shooting, and wonderful catering are offered. The owner is gracious and extremely helpful with our whole schedule. The house is historic, but renovated to make it warm and comfortable. I can not recommend a place higher. My husband and I, and our friend will talk about it forever.

“Fantastic 50th birthday celebration weekend in this atmospheric mansion”

Reviewed 30 Oct 2015

This was an amazing house to spend a long weekend with friends. In reality there was too much to fully enjoy in 3 days but what we did enjoy was memorable. We visited at the end of October so the open fires and warm, cosy, but functional, kitchen were really welcoming. We lit the fires every evening which, with the multitude of candles, made the house very atmospheric. We had 5 children who absolutely loved exploring the house's nooks and crannies. We took advantage of Bespoke for Saturday night dinner which added a special touch but we also really enjoyed cooking for our group; the house was very very well equipped for catering for a large group which made it enjoyable and a real event. We also used the grounds for our archery session one morning which was a great way to get fresh air after a rather indulgent dinner the night before! Overall a fantastic venue for a celebration weekend - thanks to Janine for your help.

“Perfect setting for a family celebration - something really special.”

Reviewed 12 Oct 2015

We booked The Old Hall for a special family celebration and couldn't be happier that we did - we left having had a wonderful stay. We cannot say how blown away we were as we drove in and saw this majestic house. Greeted by lovely Janine was a wonderful start to our stay, The house is beautiful and full of character, the rooms spacious and beautifully decorated, the grounds were just gorgeous - breathtakingly beautiful. With a heated pool and a superb sun room - it was an ideal setting to just relax and enjoy family time. It was lovely to see peacocks and chickens roaming around the garden. The facilities were perfect for a large group - all ages were catered for. The kids loved the kids room with a variety of games, books, DVD's. There was so much space to play - kids said it was the perfect house to play hide and seek. We all had such a superb time and I would recommend The Old Hall to families or groups seeking a special place to stay - you won't be disappointed.

“A very special experience”

Reviewed 23 Aug 2015

The house and its grounds are truly spectacular, but our weekend, celebrating a significant birthday with a group of our closest friends, was made particularly special by the excellent personal attention of the owner and her staff. During planning, Janine went out of her way to help us organise every detail to ensure the perfect occasion. On arrival we had a lovely welcome and introduction to the house and its facilities by the housekeeper. There were cupcakes and chilled champagne waiting for us in the kitchen! If you are looking for somewhere very special and want to be sure that it will be a success, Old Hall may well be the answer.

“Absolutely amazing!”

Reviewed 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!!

“Can't fault it - needs to seen to be believed!”

Reviewed 12 Jun 2015

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!

“A celebration we will always remember; a wonderful, magical place.”

Reviewed 5 Jun 2015

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

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