Wyken Hall is a half-timbered medieval manor house with multiple gables, banks of octagonal brick chimneys and an almost indefinable roof line. The garden is a plant-lover’s dream, its mood changing from restrained to wild in areas that blend seamlessly into the surrounding meadows and woodland of the Suffolk countryside. Wyken Hall is also famous for its wines, and a woodland walk takes you to the south-facing vineyard. It was planted in 1988 and now produces award-winning wines. The house is private, but you are free to wander around the garden. You will see low, clipped diamond-shaped box hedges, sculptural topiary pyramids and cubes, all planted as focal points. There are lawns and a rose garden planted with a collection of old-fashioned blooms. A lake offers a different environment again. Rocking chairs and benches are dotted around, allowing you to relax in this most perfumed and peaceful of gardens.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-1 Oct, Sun-Fri 2-6
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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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