LONG MELFORD, Sudbury, CO10 9BA
Kentwell Hall is a moated red-brick Tudor country house with stunning gardens, woodland walks and a rare breeds farm. You approach the house along a mile-long lime-tree-lined driveway that culminates in a spectacular view of the property and its front courtyard. Restoration started here in 1971 and still continues today, with new features being added all the time. You can see the living areas of the house, such as the drawing room and the great hall, the kitchens, bakery and dairy. In the Domesday Book, the manor of Kentwell was valued at £4 and owned by Frodo, brother of the first Abbot of Bury St Edmund's. The manor of Kentwell has been sold several times during its long history. It remained in Frodo's family until it passed to a family that took the name of the manor itself - the de Kentwells. By 1250, it was in the hands of Henry III, who granted it to his half-brother, Sir William de Valence. The Hall was owned briefly by the 14th-century poet John Gower, and eventually came to Sir William Clopton through his mother Katharine Mylde in 1403. William's son, John (1423-97), seems to have been responsible for the earliest parts of the existing complex. One of the highlights of Kentwell Hall is its now legendary re-creations of everyday life in Tudor times. Actors and members of the public - you can apply to take part - dress in Tudor costumes and tell of their lives as members of the noble family, musicians, farm workers, dairymaids, blacksmiths, bakers or cooks. The hall also hosts 1940s Britain days. No visit to Kentwell would be complete without admiring the grounds. The rare-breeds farm is well worth a visit too.
Tel: 01787 310207
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Open Feb-Oct for special events & guided tours. Please contact estate office for opening times or refer to website
Average visit 4hrs
Dogs not allowed in grounds
Assist dogs allowed all areas.
First floor of Hall not accessible
Wheelchair ramps & wheelchairs for loan
Signed off A134, in Long Melford between Bury St Edmunds & Sudbury