Brinton Hall, Melton Constable, Norfolk
A 16th C house extended in 1822 in gault brick by the Brereton family. Award-winning work includes remodelling of the west front and extensive interior restoration including unbricking five Georgian windows. The fine oak staircase is reputed to have originated from Merton place, Horatio Nelson’s last residence. Three important Brereton portraits have been purchased and restored dating from 1660 to 1805. A Gurney /Brereton arrangement led to Brinton Hall becoming a county bank during the 1820s.
Outside the gardens have been planted for year-round interest, especially trees and shrubs. There is a woodland garden, snowdrop theatre, formal lawns leading to a ha-ha. The furthest lawn overlooks the parkland (now a county wildlife site), lake and woods. There is also an 18th century walled garden used for fruit, vegetable and cut flower growing, an apiary and an orchard planted with a wide variety of fruit trees.
Displays include fine stone age tools found in Brinton, photographs of important Brereton textiles, e g the Anna Margaretta bedhangings, Roman coins and materials consistent with a Roman villa, and the story of Nelson’s staircase. There are also several book illustrations, posters, photographs and paintings by Dick Bagnall-Oakeley, the owner’s late father.
Visitor enjoy a guided tour of the principal ground-floor and first-floor rooms. There follows a guided tour of the grounds, taking in the history of the landscape, overview of the village and church, plus a walk to the orchard and walled garden. (Proximity to the bees is avoided)
Snowdrop and house tour on 5 March includes lunch. Outdoor clothing and footwear needed.
Thank you so much for welcoming us to your beautiful home. It really is a lovely house, and there’s a feeling of friendliness and warmth about it. Thank you also for the delicious tea.
From the B1110 follow signs to Brinton between Thornage and Briningham. From the A148 take the road to Sharrington and then follow signs to Brinton. The Hall is in the centre of the village, opposite St Andrew’s church.
Please park on the church side of Stody Road, opposite the wrought iron entrance gates to the Hall.
Tea/coffee. Fresh home-made cakes, scones with local cream and home-made jam. Lunch with Snowdrop tour.
No dogs, no stilettos. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Ground floor only. Some steps. Gravel drive to the front door.