As a county steeped in history and heritage, it’s little wonder that The Suffolk Coast has more than its fair share of stunning historic houses, estates and halls to boast of. We've put together our top picks for you to explore...
1. Somerleyton Hall
The sleepy little village of Somerleyton which nestles on the Norfolk and Suffolk border is home to Somerleyton Hall.
Visitors to Somerleyton Hall can expect an enchanting trip back in time, enjoying the finely preserved experience of a Tudor period mansion and beautiful surrounding gardens.
You’ll discover a wealth of hidden history here, for the Somerleyton estate has been home to powerful figures going back almost 900 years. The estate stayed in the Crossley family across the 20th and into the 21st century and is currently run by Hugh Crossley, the 4th Baron Somerleyton.
It is one of the few stately homes in which the Lord and Lady and their family are still in residence!
If Somerleyton Hall seems vaguely familiar to you, it’s because it has been the location of many a TV costume drama and featured several times on the popular ‘Lovejoy’ series during the 1990’s.
2. Bruisyard Hall
Tucked away in the gorgeous countryside of Saxmundham is the 700 acres of estate that makes up the historical and stunning Bruisyard Hall. Dating back as far as 1354, Bruisyard Hall has been owned by the Rous family for an impressive 400 years and has traditional elegance and history etched into its walls. Many of the Hall's original features still remain intact, featuring oak staircases and beams throughout, whilst both the interior and exterior of the Hall has been very well-maintained over the many years.
Today this stunning Hall can accommodate up to 20 people for luxury holidays and short breaks. What’s more Bruisyard Hall is the perfect location for that special wedding day – from small and intimate weddings, to larger ceremonies and receptions, this lovely venue has the space to make your wedding day exactly as you envisage it.
3. Henham Estate
Henham Hall and estate which is a short drive from the quintessentially English seaside town of Southwold, was originally built in the Tudor period, then rebuilt in 1773 after a drunken butler dropped a candle in the cellars, razing it to the ground!
Today, the Henham Estate is probably one of The Suffolk Coast’s best known historic houses…
Home to the hugely successful, annual Latitude Festival since 2006 and traditional events including Henham Steam Rally the venue now welcomes more than 100,000 visitors a year!
4. Glemham Hall
The beautiful Glemham Hall which is located between Woodbridge and Saxmundham is another fabulous venue for weddings, garden parties, photo shoots and filming.
Run by the Cobbold family since 1923, the hall and estate, built circa 1560 by the de Glemham Family was structurally changed at a later date giving it more of a Georgian façade. Join one of the house tours and explore both the hall and the beautifully manicured gardens.
5. Heveningham Hall
Last, but by no means least, in our selection of historic halls and Houses is none other than the grade I listed Heveningham Hall not far from the market town of Halesworth. Built around 1778, the hall and grounds were bought in 1994 by Foxtons-founder Jon Hunt and his wife for use as a family home. The Hunts have carried out extensive work to restore the building and return the grounds to the original Capability Brown designs.
Heveningham Hall has recently become a hub for the local community by hosting a Country Fair (raising money for local charities), Christmas Markets and a magnificent annual firework display!