This magnificent Grade I listed Tudor hall was awarded first prize by the Campaign for the Protection of Royal England in 2014 and is a truly unique holiday home within the county. Built in 1478 by Sir James Hobart, Attorney General to Henry Vll, with oak beams a feature throughout, step inside the architectural grandeur that greets you on your arrival and unwind in style. Despite its size there is a warm and welcoming atmosphere that makes you feel immediately at home, with intimate sitting rooms, fireplaces and woodburners, an Aga in the 38’ kitchen/dining room and a Steck mini grand piano in the Music Room on the first floor. The luxurious bedrooms, all named after historical figures that have an association with Hales, ooze charm and character and are interspersed by magnificent bathrooms with roll top baths, marble washbasins and showers with rainfall heads - soak, sleep and indulge. The grounds and gardens are an outstanding feature of The Hall with manicured lawns, extensive topiary, cottage garden planting and are bordered on one side by a small moat. For those with an event to plan, there is also a stunning brick-built Tudor Great Barn, which is available for weddings, family gatherings or lavish weekends of your choice! Shop: 0.7 miles Pub: 1.9 miles
Drawing Room with comfortable seating, TV, Sky HD package, Wi-Fi, Blu-tooth music system and woodburner
Second Drawing Room/Library with comfortable seating and inglenook fireplace with open fire
Entrance Hall with flagstone floors and steps up to Boot Room and Cloakroom with wash hand basin and wc
Laundry Room with access to washing machine and tumble dryer
Dining Hall with flagstone floors, large fireplace with woodburner, heavy oak door to gardens
Kitchen/Dining Room an impressive 38’ long with refectory table and additional table that will seat 14+ guests, 4-oven AGA, electric built-in cooker, gas hob, microwave, American-style fridge/freezer, larder cupboard, two dishwashers, butlers sink, scullery sink, butcher’s block, window seats and door to gardens
Bedroom 1- Sir James Hobart with 3’ zip & link beds that can be made up as super-king or twin beds, please request on booking, exposed brick walls, countryside and garden views and oak floors
Family Bathroom 1 with a claw foot roll top bath, marble washbasin, bidet and wc
Bedroom 2 - Countess of Suffolk with a king-size bed, oak floors, feature fireplace, countryside and garden views
Walk-in Wet Room with fixed rainfall shower head, hand-held shower attachment, washbasin and wc
Bedroom 3 - Prudence with a 4’ double bed
Family Shower Room with large walk-in shower, with rainfall shower head, washbasin and wc
Music Room an impressive room, over 33’ long, with a Steck mini grand piano, card table and chairs and plenty of comfortable seating
Bedroom 4 - Lady Dionysia with an antique king-size brass bed with awnings, oak floors, countryside and garden views and En-Suite Bathroom with claw foot roll top bath, separate shower cubicle , marble washbasin and wc
Reading Landing 1 a cosy space with comfortable seating, countryside and garden views
Family Bathroom 2 with claw foot roll top bath, separate shower cubicle with rainfall shower and hand-held shower attachment, marble top washbasin, bidet and wc
Bedroom 5 - Sir Francis Bacon a light, bright room with king-size bed and coir flooring
Landing Sitting Room with wooden back settle and books and games
Bedroom 6 - Sir James Reid with views across the estate, a super-king size bed, coir flooring and En-Suite Bathroom with claw foot roll top bath, separate walk-in shower with rainfall head and hand-held shower attachment, marble top washbasin and wc
Please note there is an original oak connecting door from this En-suite to the En-suite for Bedroom 7, which is required to be left unlocked for fire safety reasons
Bedroom 7 - The Longe Room with super-king size bed, armoire, coir flooring and En-Suite Shower Room with large walk-in shower with rainfall head and hand-held shower attachment, marble top washbasin, bidet and wc
Reading Landing 2 a cosy space with comfortable seating and views across the meadows
Garden Rooms In The Grounds - These bedrooms have minimal self-catering facilities and are bookable only as additional bedrooms to the Hall and are available at £60 per room, per night, please request and pay on booking.
Bedroom 1 - Lady Marjorie with a king-size bed, mini fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and continental breakfast supplied to the fridges on request directly with the owners. En-Suite Shower Room with a large walk-in shower with rainfall shower and hand-held shower attachment, washbasin and wc.
Bedroom 2 - Thomas de Brotherton with a king-size bed, mini fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and continental breakfast supplied to the fridges on request directly with the owners. En-Suite Shower Room with a large walk-in shower with rainfall shower and hand-held shower attachment, washbasin and wc.
Garden: Extensive grounds and meadows that include including topiary, lawns, a small moat and numerous seating areas with tables and chairs and barbeque
Parking: Private parking for 4-6 cars, with additional parking nearby
Heating: Gas central heating, underfloor heating (in part), open fire and woodburner
Pets: Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, please see our booking information regarding pets
Also provided: Towels. Books and games. Hairdryers. Welcome hamper.
Notes: This is a non-smoking property. Some duvets and pillows are feather-filled. Mobile reception – good.
Security Deposit: A refundable security deposit of £1,000 is required in advance of your holiday, payable to Norfolk Cottages.
Housekeeping: Housekeeping services are provided twice a week on a Monday and Wednesday during your stay.
Events: On occasion the Great Barn is used for wedding events but guests are welcome to stay at Hales Hall if it is available. During these events the gardens are used for a short while for photography with the wedding party only. If you would like to book the Hall during an event in the Great Barn, a discount rate is available please contact Norfolk Country Cottages for full details.
Additional Properties: Hales Hall also has additional properties available, The Gatehouse (1751) sleeping 2 and The Cottage (1752) sleeping 5. All 3 properties can be booked together for exclusive use of the location, see listing 1764 for full details.
Set in unspoilt and gently undulating countryside, dotted with farms and woodland, this part of south Norfolk has much to offer the visitor. With walks from the Hall itself it is easy to escape everyday life for a while and immerse yourself in nature’s back yard and when you want to go further and explore, The Broads National Park and fantastic sandy east coast beaches are just a short drive away. For a more novel route to The Broads, take the Reedham Chain Ferry across the River Yare ; explore the waterways on foot or take to a kayak or canoe, bird watch on the way and don’t forget the picnic! This is great cycling country too, being such a flat landscape under Norfolk’s wide blue skies, there is a special calmness to this area that is unbeatable. The beaches on the east coast are not to be missed, sandy and long, they are great family playgrounds that are often underpopulated, even in the summer. For those who enjoy arts and culture with a bit of retail therapy thrown in, Norwich is a beautiful city to discover just 12 miles away and history buffs will enjoy a visit to Norwich Castle whilst here. Being a foodie county with a growing reputation there are some great pubs, restaurants, cafés and farm shops to find and if you want to just stay put you can even have vintage tea delivered to your door! There is something for everyone here in this lesser-known part of the county and it’s just waiting to be discovered.
- Sleeps 14
- 7 Bedrooms
- 9 Bathrooms
- 2 Pets welcome
- Private parking
- Bed linen included
- Towels included
- Open fire/woodburner
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- No smoking
- 23 miles from the coast
- 1.9 miles from nearest pub
- 0.7 mile from nearest shop