Kirstead Hall, Norwich, Norfolk
A fine Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor house circa 1560 of E-shaped plan with stepped Flemish gable ends, brickwork with attractive blue diaper decoration and pin-tiled roof, standing in four acres. The gardens are partly walled with an important Grade II* octagonal dovecote in the grounds. Next to the house stand two imposing Grade I-listed Tudor barns. The east end room was used by Edward Seago (1910-74) as his first studio and the honeysuckle over the porch was there in his time.
The dairy wing is used by the owners as an antique furniture restoration business and tours include a visit to see work in progress. Essentially a family house occupied by three generations exuding warmth and hospitality. Tours conducted by the owners include the house, dovecote and antique furniture restoration studio.
A small selection of antique and decorative items are available for purchase.
Tour includes ground floor of the house, dovecote and antique furniture restoration studio. Freedom of the gardens and grounds and visit to the Church of St. Margaret, Kirstead (located opposite the house) as an independent option.
A lovely afternoon, starting with the wonderful view of the house, a very warm welcome, interesting and informative talks and a super tea … A really interesting house with knowledgeable owners who made us very welcome ... A very interesting visit indeed – both the house and the workshop .... Could have sat and listened to the owners all day – a lovely home full of good spirit.
For people with sat nav or using Google Maps the postcode is NR15 1ER. From Norwich, take the A146 Lowestoft road from the bypass or inner ring road. Turn right onto the B1332 road, signposted Poringland/Bungay. Continue through Poringland to Brooke. At Brooke, just after the Post Office, turn left at the only crossroads, signposted Seething. Continue along the Street keeping to the right hand side of the ponds. Turning a sharp right bend, follow the signpost Seething. Proceed down a slight hill and up another. The driveway to the property is on the left, just before the zigzag sign on the left.
From Bungay and the south take the B1332 signposted to Norwich. Continue along Kirstead Green bypass. At the end of the bypass, and before arriving in Brooke, follow the sign on the right to Kirstead Church. Continue along the small road turning sharp left at the junction. Pass Kirstead Church on your right. At the T-junction go straight over into Hall Farm yard and approach the property through entrance on the left.
Tea/coffee/ soft drink. Fruited scones, cream and jam. Selection of cakes.
No photography inside the property. Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
Tour is on ground floor only.