LONG MELFORD, SUFFOLK
Kentwell Hall is one of England's finest Tudor houses, developed in stages between about 1500 and 1578. To reach Kentwell you will drive nearly a mile along an avenue of lime trees. The house has a full moat, and is reached by two original bridges. The Hall is a very much lived-in and loved family home, something it has been for centuries. An ongoing and non-stop restoration project is in place to bring the house and gardens back to their original form. The project includes the creation of a rare breeds farm with horses, sheep, cattle and donkeys. The gardens are completely organic and include a ha-ha, a wildlife pond, a walled garden with a lavender maze and more than 60 varieties of apple and pear trees. There are many special events throughout the year, which are detailed on the Hall's website.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- First floor of Hall not accessible
- Facilities: Wheelchair ramps & wheelchairs for loan
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Oct. Feb-Mar & Dec on selected days. Check website for details.
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About The area
Suffolk is Constable country, where the county’s crumbling, time-ravaged coastline spreads itself under wide skies to convey a wonderful sense of remoteness and solitude. Highly evocative and atmospheric, this is where rivers wind lazily to the sea and notorious 18th-century smugglers hid from the excise men. John Constable immortalised these expansive flatlands in his paintings in the 18th century, and his artwork raises the region’s profile to this day.
Walking is one of Suffolk’s most popular recreational activities. It may be flat but the county has much to discover on foot – not least the isolated Heritage Coast, which can be accessed via the Suffolk Coast Path. Southwold, with its distinctive, white-walled lighthouse standing sentinel above the town and its colourful beach huts and attractive pier features on many a promotional brochure. Much of Suffolk’s coastal heathland is protected as a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and shelters several rare creatures including the adder, the heath butterfly and the nightjar. In addition to walking, there is a good choice of cycling routes but for something less demanding, visit some of Suffolk’s charming old towns, with streets of handsome, period buildings and picturesque, timber-framed houses.
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