Hoveton Hall, Norwich, Norfolk
The Hoveton Hall Estate covers 620 acres of parkland, gardens, woodland, arable and grazing agricultural land and a fine Regency hall built between 1809-1812 of gault brick with a slate roof whose design is attributed to Humphry Repton and his son John Adey Repton. Humphry Repton was known as the last great English landscape designer of the eighteenth century and often regarded as the successor to Capability Brown.
The Hall was built by Christobella Burroughes (née Negus) and her husband James, although it was later extended to the north, possibly by Geoffrey Buxton, to provide further accommodation and servants’ quarters. It has been owned by the Buxton family since 1946 and handed down through the generations. In late 2013, it was passed on to Harry and Rachel Buxton and their four children by Harry’s parents, Andrew and Barbara Buxton, who restored and improved the gardens, woodlands and parkland into what you see today. Hoveton Hall is a lived-in family home and is never empty or idle.
The Hall is well-known for its gardens, including the walled “Spider Garden”, so named after the wrought-iron spider’s web design gate made in 1936 by Eric Stevenson of Wroxham and the old kitchen garden, a one-acre former Victorian walled kitchen garden which now also includes lawns and herbaceous borders, while still providing fruit, vegetables and herbs for the house. There is also a clematis walk, an orchard, a woodland walk, the magnolia garden, as well as two lakes, the arboretum, the Grade II-listed glasshouse and the 18th century, Grade II-listed ice well.
Tour of main reception rooms with the owner. Visitors are then welcome to spend time in the gardens, where they can see the glasshouse, lake, walled gardens and woods.
Snowdrop tour with lunch in February. May and June tours include display of azaleas and rhododendrons.
I just wanted to thank you both very much indeed for a lovely visit last Tuesday. Everyone has commented on how much they enjoyed the afternoon so we are very grateful to you for giving us such an interesting tour of the house, delicious tea and delightful gardens in which to wander. We had perfect weather too! I know many of us will be making a return visit to see the gardens again and appreciate the beautiful setting for the sculptures.
From Norwich: From the Inner Ring Road A147 at the St Crispins roundabout, take the A1151 Sprowston Road. Stay on the A1151, leaving the city through Sprowston and Rackheath before going through Wroxham. Leave Wroxham on the A1151 heading towards Hoveton. Go straight over the double mini roundabout staying on the A1151, which becomes Stalham Road. After approximately 1 mile, go straight on at the crossroads (St Peters Lane on your left and Long Lane on your right). After around a quarter of a mile take the next left turn (unnamed track next to the gatehouse) and follow the long drive right up to the Hall.
|Price||£17.00. Snowdrop tour with lunch £20.00|
Snowdrop tour includes light lunch and mulled wine. Afternoon tours include tea with home-made cakes and biscuits.
No photography in the house, no dogs, no stilettos. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Two steps leading to the front door with another step leading into the house. The main reception rooms have no further steps but there are three steps to access a downstairs loo and the library. The garden is extensive and sloping but areas around house are easily accessible.