Suffolk’s most historic homes, and where to find them
Occupying a rather impressive position in the annals of history, Suffolk is home to some pretty impressive houses. With many of them being open to the public, we thought it was high time that we assembled a guide to some of the best ones to check out when staying at one of our Barns or Barges to rent in Suffolk. Allowing you to step back in time and immerse yourself in some breathtaking architecture, we’re confident that you’ll have a memorable time visiting any or all of these properties.
Little Hall, Lavenham:
As one of the oldest timber framed buildings that you’re likely to ever come across, the Little Hall in Lavenham was originally constructed in the 1390s for the Causton family. Enlarged and redesigned in the 15th century, this property opens its doors for public viewings that are made upon request. A veritable time machine, its seven rooms transport guests right back to the Middle Ages and make for a decidedly good excuse to visit the picturesque village in which it is situated.
Kentwell Hall, Long Melford:
Ask just about any Suffolkian which of the historic houses are most worth visiting, and you’ll likely discover that Kentwell Hall is the first one that comes to mind. This is no small surprise when you consider how this Manor House, which has been continually occupied for over 500 years, offers guests the opportunity to enjoy its sprawling gardens as well as hosting a variety of events throughout the year.
Melford Hall, Long Melford:
A neighbour to the previous property on this list, Melford Hall is a mellow brick mansion which is over two centuries old. Also occupied, it serves as something of a tapestry, revealing elements of its rich history and equally impressive present through the furnishings and features contained within its walls. A teller of stories, the house was previously visited by Queen Elizabeth I back in 1578 and suffered significant damage during the Second World War. Beautifully restored, today’s visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens as well as the banqueting house which serves up a range of delectable meals.
Ickworth House and Gardens, Bury St Edmunds:
If you like your historic homes with some splendid walking routes to go with them, you’ll be sure to find everything you’re looking for at Ickworth House. Crowned by an iconic rotunda, this property is every bit the treasure chest, with Georgian silver, paintings by Old Masters, and even some Regency era furnishings to feast your eyes on when paying a visit. Perhaps its most unique feature, however, are the Italianate Gardens which provide an incredible backdrop for an afternoon stroll.
To discover all of these historic homes, as well as many other fantastic sites and attractions in Suffolk, be sure to take a look at the current availability of our Barns and Barges for rent. We’re sure that they’ll provide you with exactly the kind of retreat you’ll have prepared yourself for when visiting such esteemable properties.