Haughley House, Stowmarket, Suffolk
Late medieval manor, with C18 additions, adjacent to outer bailey of ruined Norman castle, destroyed 1173. Manor of Haughley was one of the foremost in England, previous lords included Henry II and Mary Tudor (present owner is the current lord).
Features include priest hole in a chimney, two bricked up tunnels and manorial documents on display. Three-acre garden with walled kitchen garden.
Tour to include cellar, ground floor, first floor and brief look at the attic, followed, after tea, by a tour of the gardens. Of particular note are the owners’ collections of fans, antique weaponry and militaria, not forgetting a glimpse of some of the manorial records dating back to C14 including “stocktake” for Mary Tudor.
December tour includes house decorated for Christmas and festive tea.
I would like to thank you for making to-day’s visit to Haughley House so very enjoyable. We much appreciated the chance of seeing around your lovely home and garden and are full of admiration that you look after everything yourselves.
From the A14, take exit J49, drive through the village, take left fork at village green and Haughley House is 100 yards on the left
Afternoon tea comprising tea/coffee, homemade scones and cake. Festive Tea at Christmas. Lunch by arrangement for group visits.
No photography in the house, no stilettos, dogs or smoking. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Ground floor only; Gravel paths.