Crow’s Hall, Stowmarket, Suffolk
An avenue of double oaks leads to a mellow Tudor building with fine detailing, surrounded by a large, fish-filled moat with two outer moats. The site dates from the Anglo-Saxon period. The house has recently undergone an award-winning restoration. The adjoining barn, also 16th century and earlier, is one of the longest in the country, part of which is thought to have been an early court hall. Fine garden setting.
The garden with courtyard following 16th century footings, formal pool garden and knot garden, has all recently been designed by Xa Tollemache.
The tour begins with the exterior of house and barns, internal of part of the 16th century barn, more detail of the house exterior and gardens before group splitting into two groups for a tour of the house and tea.
Visiting Crow’s Hall was like coming to visit friends at home for tea
Crows Hall is situated approximately a mile east of the village of Debenham. From the A14, turn onto the A140 heading north towards Diss/Norwich. When approaching Earl Stonham (there is a speed camera and the limit is 30 mph), turn right onto the A1120 signposted Debenham, Pettaugh and Stonham Aspal Barns. Continue on this road until you reach Pettaugh, then turn left signposted Debenham. When approaching Debenham you will reach a T-junction. Turn left onto the B1077 heading into the village. After 100 yards, turn right, crossing the small river. The road bends to the right (Thorpe Lane). Two roads join on this bend (Kenton Road being the left). Continue straight up the unmarked road* between the two houses. This single track road leads to Crows Hall.
From Framlingham and east Suffolk, take A1120 through Earl Soham, continue west along straight road until just before road starts to bend, turn right at small cross roads to Debenham (the left turn is to Crettingham). This is Thorpe Lane. Continue until point where the road bends left just before the village and there are two right hand turns off it. The left of these right hand turns is Kenton Road, but take the right unmarked road*. *For the safety and privacy of your tour, Crow’s Hall will not be signed. Tel: 07860 921031 if lost.
Tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes.
No photography in house. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Barn, garden and ground floor of house.