Kentwell Hall - Long Melford
Kentwell Hall is one of England’s finest Tudor houses, developed in stages between about 1500 and 1578. To reach Kentwell you will drive 3/4 mile along an avenue of Lime trees. The house is fully moated and reached by two original bridges.
The house is not a stately home but a very much lived-in and loved family home, something it has been for over 500 years.
It is also a project - for 35 years now, a non-stop effort to save this beautiful house, re-create its gardens and form a traditional style farm with rare breeds, including the Suffolk Punch (horse), Norfolk Horn Sheep, Long Horn and British White Cattle and the Baudet du Poitou Donkey; less than 60 in the UK and 800 in the world.
The gardens at Kentwell Hall are a combination of ancient features, landscaping and planting. The gardens include the main front lawns with a HA HA and wildlife pond, The Walled Garden with a maze of Lavender and a wonderful range of Herbs and Potage, also has in excess of 60 different varieties of Apple and Pear trees.
One sight not to be missed is the ancient Yew trees with a modern hedge of ‘Pied Piper’ topiary.
Kentwell Hall is home to many special events throughout the year; Tudor re-enactment weeks, Kentwell through the Ages, Magical Weekends, Kentwell Hall's School of Sorcery and the award-winning ‘Scaresville’. Plus musical and outdoor shows.
A fantastic venue with so much to see and do and that all the family will enjoy.
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Enjoy afternoon tea or a delicious light lunch in our Stableyard Tearoom.
The Stableyard Tearoom serves a changing, seasonal menu with a focus on produce from the garden and meat from the farm. Plus, a range of cakes, muffins and sweet sensations to tempt you. Teas and lunches are available on house opening days and special event weekends.
When the House, Gardens and Farm are not open to the public, groups are welcome to book a private viewing or tour of the Manor with refreshments from our tearoom.
The Kentwell estate covers quite a large area. The carpark is in the avenue and visitors will need to walk 200metres to the main house with the farm, gardens and farm spread around the estate. We have wheelchairs available for use if people are infirm or unsteady walking and need to use one for the afternoon.
The majority of the Kentwell estate is fully wheelchair accessible in good weather. If it has been raining however the ground can get muddy. There are stairs to enter the main house and 14th Century moathouse, as well as internal stairs, and as a Grade I historic house we cannot put in permanent ramps and lifts, however we put in temporary ramps for wheelchair users to enter the ground floor of the main house.
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