Earsham Hall, Nr Bungay, Suffolk
This large, authentic Queen Anne house with medieval origins is home to an enthusiastic extended family and a haunting of ghosts. ‘Butcher’ Cumberland visited and Sir John Soane made improvements; survived years as a boys’ school.
The owner suggests you should arrive early to get the most from your trip by visiting the furniture showrooms in the oldest parts of the house before the tour. There is home-made lunch on offer in the tearooms of the main courtyard (make sure you book on 01986 483267), which is where visitors are served afternoon tea at the end of the tour.
Ground floor, original kitchen, gardens and working areas. Photographic archive of the house and people who lived there in 19th century and when it was a school from 1948 to 1973. Everything presented by Annabel Stretton-Derham the current owner.
December tour (£30) includes two-course candlelit supper with tea/coffee and nibbles on arrival.
Our visit was made all the more special by Annabel’s obvious enthusiasm for sharing the history of the house ... the hospitality provided was excellent ... Annabel, your talk about the house and its previous inhabitants was so interesting and informative, you made everything come alive ... The afternoon tea was incredible – overall great value.
From Norwich on the B1332 take the turning on your right, directly after The Mermaid pub. Stay on this road for a couple of miles and Earsham Hall is on your right. From the A143 follow the brown tourist signs, after passing Harleston or Bungay (depending on direction) and follow to Earsham Hall. (Do not go into Earsham village, Earsham Hall is to the north of the A143.)
Tea or coffee and a nibble on arrival and a full afternoon tea at the end. For the candlelit tour: tea or coffee and a nibble on arrival, then a two-course supper at the end of the tour.
Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Wheelchairs can be carried up front steps and then all on one level inside. Gravel pathways outside with uneven ground.