- 1 BR
- Sleeps 2
- from £ /wk
This Grade I-listed Tudor gatehouse, nestled in the Norfolk countryside, makes the perfect setting for a romantic hideaway. Part of an estate that was built in 1478 by Henry VII’s attorney general, it’s steeped in history and surrounded in nine-acre gardens with sweeping lawns, topiary, orchards and even a small moat. This is a great vacation home rental in England for a couple but, if you need something larger, the whole estate is also available for rent.
A charming little house set in the grounds of a large Norfolk estate, the Gatehouse at Hales Hall checks all the boxes when it comes to romantic, historical homes – and it’s very affordable too.
Built in Tudor times and recently restored with careful attention to historical detail, it also has some lovely modern additions. The upstairs bedroom has oak floors and wooden beams, as well as an antique four-poster bed and freestanding roll-top bath set under a chandelier on a raised dais.
Follow the spiralling wooden staircase down to the ground floor, and you’ll find a large kitchen with a modern range cooker and American-style fridge-freezer – as well as a tiled rainfall shower room with underfloor heating. The living room is built around a large open fireplace, and windows offer beautiful views of the estate’s grounds.
The Gatehouse sleeps two guests, but is part of a larger estate that accommodates around 25.
The living room has a TV with Sky HD package and Wifi. The kitchen has a Locanche range cooker, dishwasher, microwave and fridge-freezer. There is gas central heating. Welcome trays, hairdryers, towels, books and games are provided. The garden has numerous seating areas with barbecues, and there is private parking for up to 12 cars.
The property is great for weddings, parties and other events. Top chefs and party planners are available. If you’re planning a large event, ask about the Great Barn, which at 184ft, is the largest brick-built Tudor barn in England.
Hales Hall is located just south of the small market town of Loddon, and about 15 miles southeast of Norwich. The property is surrounded by unspoilt countryside, farms and woodland, and is just a short drive from the Broads National Park and spectacular (often unpopulated) sandy beaches. Southwold, on the Suffolk Heritage Coast, is about 17 miles away.
For a novel route to the Broads, the owners suggest taking the Reedham Chain Ferry across the River Yare. Explore the waterways on foot or take to a kayak or canoe. This is also a great region for exploring by bike.
For arts and culture (or retail therapy), the cathedral city of Norwich is within easy reach. And the region has a growing reputation for food – with great pubs and restaurants, cafes and farm shops. The market towns of Beccles and Bungay are both 5 miles away. The nearest shop is 0.7 miles away, and the nearest pub 1.9 miles.
Loddon, Norfolk, England, UK. Nearest airport: Norwich (c. 15 miles).
BEST TIME TO VISIT: The garden is beautiful in summer, countryside walks and fireside comfort, meadows and woodland bursting into life in the spring, and local produce at its best in the autumn.
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|Bed Type||1 king|
|Accommodate||Sleeps 2 guests but the entire estate sleeps around 25.|
|Rates||Rates start at £413 for 3 nights and £511 for 7 nights in low season. See rate table for further details.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|View||Gardens and moat, avenue of yew trees|
The house is non-smoking.
Some duvets and pillows are feather-filled.
Check in: 4pm
Check out: 10am
Security deposit: £250
Cancellation policy: If you are forced to cancel your holiday you must inform Boutique Homes as soon as possible. The day we receive your notice to cancel is the date on which we will cancel your booking with the owner. Depending on your reason for cancellation, you may, at our discretion, receive a refund of all money you have paid to us for your booking less the booking fee (if applicable), any credit-card charges, and a handling charge of £60. In all other cases, you will remain liable for full payment unless we are able to re-let all or part of the period booked, in which case Boutique Homes will consider a refund, less the booking fee (if applicable), any credit-card charges, and a handling charge of £90.
Dates for 2018
|3 nights total||7 nights total|
25 to 31 May
13 July to 30 August
21 December to 4 January 2019
30 March to 19 April
18 to 24 May
1 June to 12 July
31 August to 20 September
19 to 25 October
5 January to 29 March
20 April to 17 May
21 September to 18 October
26 October to 20 December