Otley Hall

Still a family home, this beautiful 16th century moated hall is set in 10 acres of gardens in the tranquil Suffolk countryside. A Grade I listed building, the house is a perfect example of unspoiled late medieval architecture. Particularly impressive are the Great Hall and Linenfold Parlour, both of which look out onto the Rose Garden. According to Farrer (Old Suffolk Houses, Vol. 6), these two rooms are unequalled in Suffolk. Notable features include a cross or screens passage, richly carved beams, superb linenfold panelling and 16th-century wall paintings celebrating the marriage in 1559 of Robert Gosnold III and Ursula Naunton. Outside, the lofty chimneys, herringbone brickwork and vineleaf pargetting give a tantalising glimpse of a glorious past. Otley Hall garden was placed sixth in a poll by The Independent in the "Top 50 Best British Gardens to Visit".

Tour 11⁄2 hours, £14, including tea or coffee and cakes.

Location: near Ipswich, Suffolk


Tour Dates 2014
April Tue 22, 2.30 pm
May Wed 14, 2.30 pm
June Thu 19, 2.30 pm
July Thu 10, 2.30 pm
July Tue 29, 2.30 pm
Aug Thu 14, 2.30 pm
Sept Fri 12, 2.30 pm

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