Hintlesham Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk
Sections of the Hall date back to the mid C15. Façade built by Richard Powys c.1720 conceals Grade I, C-shape Elizabethan mansion of which chimney breasts remain.
The principal suite, built c.1690, has a Carolean undercut plaster ceiling 'among the best of late C17 anywhere in East Anglia' (Pevsner). Red Cross wartime hospital. Famous cookery school, restaurant and hotel (both Robert Carrier and Ruth Watson were owners).
Visitors will see all ground and first floor public rooms and, subject to availability, certain historically relevant bedrooms over three floors. There is no lift. Visitors are welcome to spend personal time in either the Hall or the grounds following their tour if they wish.
Tours include lunch. Hall decorated for Christmas in November and December.
The tour was good value for money. There’s a lot of very interesting information about the Hall from its beginnings right up to the present day ... We enjoyed it very much - from the moment we arrived and coffee was being served to the very interesting tour with Jess ... delicious lunch in beautiful surroundings with very attentive staff in the dining room. Couldn't fault it.
Travelling north-east on the A12, proceed towards Ipswich town centre at the A12/A14 interchange roundabout. Turn left at the second set of traffic lights onto the A1071. Continue over the next roundabout and you will enter Hintlesham village after about two miles. The entrance to the Hall is just past the church on the right-hand side. Travelling south-east on the A14, take the Great Blakenham exit (B1113) and turn right towards Sproughton. Continue straight on and through Sproughton. At the next roundabout turn right onto the A1071 and enter Hintlesham as above.
|Price||£40.00 inc lunch|
Tours with lunch include coffee/tea on arrival, a two-course lunch and tea/coffee.
Flat shoes advised. No pets on tours. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Ground floor only but not advised for a tour due to many small steps at ground floor level and uneven floorings. No access to upper floors. Ramp in through front door. Gravel paths. No lift.