- 7 BR
- Sleeps 14
- from £ /wk
This dramatic medieval estate in Norfolk was built in 1478, but was recently restored and converted into a boutique rental and venue for luxury events. Set in formal gardens and surrounded by wild meadows, this – the main house – accommodates up to 14 guests, making it a wonderful vacation home rental in England for large groups. For even larger groups, there are two additional properties on the estate which can also be rented.
The stately Hales Hall, just outside of Loddon in Norfolk, is what remains of a Tudor mansion built in 1478 by Sir James Hobart, Attorney General to Henry VII. Unsurprisingly, it’s a lavish affair.
In addition to the three residences on the estate (the main six-bedroom Hall, as well as the Gatehouse and the Cottage), the nine-acre grounds have sweeping lawns, a mixed orchard, copious topiary, numerous seating areas and barbecues, a small moat, and the Great Barn – which at 184ft is the largest brick-built Tudor barn in England. Making it a pretty unique vacation home rental.
The main house is a great space for entertaining. The ground floor has an entrance hall, two drawing rooms and a dining hall. The first floor has a music room with a mini grand piano, card table and TV, as well as a reading landing and four bedrooms. The second floor has three additional bedrooms.
It’s a home meant to be savoured and is easily a destination in itself. We love the faithful restoration, with exposed brick walls, oak floors and claw-foot roll-top baths. But we also love the attention to creature comforts; each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with modern amenities like rainfall showers and walk-in wet rooms.
The Hall sleeps 14 guests, but the whole property, combining Hales Hall, the Gatehouse and the Cottage, sleeps up to 25.
The property has gas central heating, underfloor heating, open fires and woodburners, washing machine and tumble dryer. Welcome trays, towels, hairdryers, books and games are provided. There is Wifi, as well as a Blu-tooth music system and TVs with Sky Basic package. There is private parking for up to 12 cars.
The property is great for weddings, parties and other events. Top chefs and party planners available. If you are planning a large event, ask about the Tudor Great Barn.
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||3 super kings (2 convertible to 2 twins), 3 kings, 1 double,|
|Kitchen||38ft kitchen and dining room, with four oven AGA, built-in electric cooker, gas hob, larder cupboard, two dishwashers, American-style fridge/freezer, refectory table and chairs|
|Accommodate||Sleeps 14, but can be combined with two other properties on the estate, sleeping a total of 25 guests|
|Pet friendly||Two well-behaved dogs are welcome, with notice.|
|Rates||Rates start at £2,491 for three nights or £3,322 per week in low season - please see rate table for further details.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|View||Extensive gardens and meadows|
The property is non-smoking. Some duvets and pillows are feather-filled.
Check in: 4pm
Check out: 10am
Security deposit: £1,000
Cancellation policy: If you are forced to cancel your holiday you must inform BoutiqueHomes 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 BoutiqueHomes 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