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Quintessential Elizabethan Country House, Heated Swimming Pool, Magical Gardens

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Property

Updated: 28-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 18
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Luxurious With A Relaxed Family Feel - Sleeps up to 18

Featured in The Sunday Times - August 2015 and The Independent - October 2013 as one of the 50 best British breaks. Featured in Good Housekeeping February 2016 "It's perfect for a family celebration"

Please see our website for more details and links to our 60 plus Trip Advisor reviews - theoldhall.net

Stunning Elizabethan country house set in 17 acres on the edge of a Norfolk conservation village. Spacious and luxurious with a relaxed family feel this proper country house is perfect for family holidays, parties, celebrations, get-togethers or just getting away from it all.

We offer The Old Hall on a self catering basis but can offer a full range of catering options ranging from a waitress served dinner cooked on site by a Michelin rated chef through to freshly cooked fish and chips to eat in the garden or around a roaring fire depending upon the season.

There are lots of things to see and do in the area but if you prefer to stay closer to home we can arrange a host of activities to suit all ages in our extensive grounds - archery, shooting, birds of prey, bush craft for kids, tennis lessons.

If you prefer to organise your own fun there is plenty to do both outside or in with woods to explore, dens to build and cupboards full of family games to suit all ages.

We have an outdoor heated swimming pool which is available from May until the end of September. There is tennis and croquet for the competitive or if you prefer to be pampered a Champneys trained beauty therapist can visit the house.

We sleep up to 18 in 8 bedrooms - ideally 14 adults and 4 children. Our bedrooms are arranged as follows:

3 very large super-king / doubles with en-suites, 2 with dressing rooms (which can accomodate 'put up beds')

2 doubles

2 twins - one of which can be a super-king

funky attic dorm sleeping 4 - full sized beds but more suited to children / teenagers

family bathroom plus extra loo

we are planning to install an additional family shower room in 2017

We also have two additional loos downstairs.

All beds have Egyptian cotton linen and we provide White Company shower gels and soaps.

We can provide travel cots and have 3 additional 'put up beds' available on request at an additional cost.

You enter the house through the original oak studded front door which leads to the Great Hall with a beautiful 17th Century oak inlaid fireplace. This is an incredibly atmospheric room especially when lit by candle light in the evening. Our main dining table is here.

There are 3 more reception rooms including the drawing room with an enormous 15th Century open fireplace, the paneled yellow sitting room with French windows leading to the croquet lawn and a very large sitting room overlooking the gardens with French windows leading to the terrace.

Additionally there is a small library and a housekeepers sitting room which has been turned into a children's chill out room with easy access to an enclosed courtyard.

The large country style kitchen has an electric 4 oven aga, seating for 6 and an extensive range of cookery books. In addition we have an electric hob and oven.

As you would expect there is a laundry room, a traditional pantry and a boot room.

Two staircases lead to the first floor. The master bedroom suite - with a super-king bed has spectacular views over the gardens and comprises both a shower room and a bathroom / dressing room.

There are two large additional bedrooms of historical interest - a double and a super-king - both with en-suite bathrooms along with a twin bedded room and a room containing an original 17th Century four poster bed.

On the third floor there is a double room with an original French bed, a bedroom than can either be a twin or a super-king, a family bathroom and an attic room with a children's dorm sleeping up to 4 - these are full sized beds with good quality mattresses but the decor is slightly funky and is really aimed at children / teenagers.

Also located in the attic is a home cinema with a sofa, bean bags, an extensive DVD library and of course popcorn!

Apologies but we are unable to accept stag or hen parties.

From November to February (excluding school holidays) we offer a reduced rate of £1,950 for groups of up to 10 guests for either a two or a three night stay including weekends.

For guests who are able to stay mid-week we offer a 2 or 3 mid-week stay at any time of the year for up to 10 guests which includes a chef cooked waitress served dinner for £2,250 (again excluding school holidays).

More Details

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Janine Price
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

About Janine Price

We moved to The Old Hall in 2000 with an eighteen month old, a nine month old and a chocolate lab. We set about restoring the house following the chaos caused by the previous owners who had 13 dogs in the kitchen, a barn owl in a dressing room and 2 monkeys living in a bedroom!

Our children are now at school in North Norfolk and we've moved to be closer. As we also have a house in Corfu which we rent out to guests it seemed the natural thing to offer this house too - see listing 411698 or www.annalena-corfu.com

Janine Price purchased this chateau / country house in 1990

Why Janine Price chose South Norfolk

One of the very special things about The Old Hall is that it has remained largely unchanged since it was built in 1625 and we knew that it offered the canvas to create a wonderful family home.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

This is a genuinely historic house oozing original features - the lands were part of the divorce settlement from Henry VIII to Ann of Cleves and The Old Hall was reputedly considered as a home by both Prince Edward and Madonna - yet it is relaxed, friendly and, as it always has, really comes to life when full of people.

It is a warm and friendly house and offers a fantastic backdrop for a celebration or get together.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Very impressive house, which was ideal for our family weekend away with ages ranging from 3 to 70s. Lovely bedrooms and bathrooms. Kids especially enjoyed sleeping in the loft room with pull down screen to watch movies! Extensive and very well kept grounds to explore. We made good use of the lovely outside space, including tennis courts, croquet on the lawn and the fire pit where the children enjoyed toasting marshmallows. Would highly recommend The Old Hall.
Mar 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Very impressive house, which was ideal for our family weekend away with ages ranging from 3 to 70s. Lovely bedrooms and bathrooms. Kids especially enjoyed sleeping in the loft room with pull down screen to watch movies! Extensive and very well kept grounds to explore. We made good use of the lovely outside space, including tennis courts, croquet on the lawn and the fire pit where the children enjoyed toasting marshmallows. Would highly recommend The Old Hall.
Mar 2016
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8 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

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Could have been amazing!

  • 3 of 5

Fantastic house, beautiful mix of period character and modern touches. Lovely eye for detail, well thought-out for large groups, though difficult for those in the top floor bedroom with all the single beds to access a bathroom easily late at night. We were told not to touch the heating and, used to renting houses, followed instructions. However, there was a problem with the heating and our party spent most of the stay in the kitchen, as the warmest room. Then the Aga started sending out noxious fumes, and someone had to be called in to turn it off. The pool was empty, as it was October, but tennis was fun. Highlights were the fish and chip van, gorgeous embroideries, library, the gardens, plentiful hot water (until the power cut, and hunt for the third fuse box not mentioned in the Information booklet). We were mostly unlucky to have had these problems, but the house itself was wonderful, very well-equipped and a magical setting.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review relates to a stay booked by Susan from the US and Joanne, the reviewer, was a guest. We were truly sorry that Susan and her family did not enjoy their stay at The Old Hall. We have been welcoming guests for 4 years and Susan’s stay does not reflect the general experience as is shown by our other reviews. In Autumn / Winter our heating is programmed to come on at 6am and go off at midnight with guests able to adjust the temperature in the house using the thermostat – the house is warm and cosy when guests arrive and we ask that no other adjustments are made to either the heating system or to the aga. Susan had guests coming and going from the house and unfortunately one of her guests did adjust the central heating and in the process turned the main central heating system OFF which of course meant that the house became cold, for some reason no one notified either myself or our housekeeper of this until the evening before they were leaving. When Susan called me I identified the problem immediately and within 5 minutes the heating was back on and working as it had been programmed to do. There was a problem with the aga on the final evening – probably because the temperature had been turned up too high – but within an hour we had an aga engineer at the house who confirmed that the smell from the aga was not normal but it was not noxious or poisonous in any way however because one of the guests had a lung complaint we decided to turn it off leaving the guests with the electric cooker to cook supper. We have since converted the oil fired aga to electric so this problem will not re-occur. Susan and her guests clearly struggled with their stay at The Old Hall and when she left the house she did so leaving all the doors unlocked. I was very sad to receive this review as we put our hearts and souls into making sure that guests have the most fabulous time at The Old Hall however this e-mail from the guests who stayed this weekend made me smile again : “I would just like to sincerely thank you for an absolutely amazing stay in your beautiful house. I can't even describe the feeling we all had as we entered one by one throughout the day. Everyone was stunned by the charm, decor and space on offer - it was truly overwhelming. We were very sad to leave yesterday, as you can imagine. I bet all your guests do say that after their stay, but in all honesty the only thing on the entire groups minds, was "when are we booking again"?”
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5

Stunning, welcoming, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The owners of The Old Hall rent their absolutely adorable house out to groups but the personal touch is akin to staying in a boutique hotel.

Ridiculously comfortable beds with heavenly duvets. Weekend stay toiletries, freshly cut flowers and treats. Up to date films and games for kids. They have everything you could possibly need - this is one well-stocked kitchen, pantry, utility room - and in a 17th century house and landscaped grounds we all fell head-over-heels in love with.

One of the loveliest places we have ever stayed, the pictures are beautiful yet don't do it justice. The Old Hall made a special weekend all the more so.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Girls weekend at the old hall.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the old hall, we couldn't quite believe it was ours for the weekend when we first pulled up, especially when we spotted the peacocks on the lawn!

The house and grounds are steeped in history and character, just beautiful, but the owners have cleverly balanced the traditional living spaces with very comfortable and modernised bedrooms & bathrooms. The kitchen was very well equipped and soon became the main hang out for our group and with multiple living areas, there was so much room to socialise as a group, or take some time to yourself.

Feeding the hens, geese and peacocks was a great addition, and I can imagine it being a great focal point for a family trip.

The information we were given prior to the trip was fantastic, and we were welcomed by the lovely housekeeper Katy, with cupcakes and champagne!

I would thoroughly recommend the house & plan to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Truly amazing weekend

  • 5 of 5

I hired the Old Hall for my 50th birthday celebration. This wonderful property is one of those places you just fall in love with. When I first saw it, I just knew it would make the perfect setting for what I had in mind - spending the weekend with 12 of our friends and family. I could not have chosen a better location. The first thing everybody noticed was of course the sheer beauty of this wonderful house, all the tasteful detail and period charm, all those amazing rooms to be discovered and explored. The next thing was a sense of being at home - it felt like "our" house within no time, not like a rented property, and in the end nobody wanted to leave. We loved the resident poultry!

Janine the owner made the whole experience as easy as can be, making sure everything ran smoothly from the first booking enquiry through to our departure, she was helpful, really quick to respond and efficient in dealing with any queries I had. She provided lots of tips and ideas of what to do while staying, as well as anything one might need to know about the house.

We just stayed at the house most of the time (it was a very cold weekend, snow on Saturday!) and enjoyed the different sitting rooms and open fireplaces. We did archery with Mark (who was recommended by Janine) and this was a lot of fun for everybody despite the snow. We had some brilliant catering done by Bespoke, who provided a top service and food.

A truly amazing weekend that we all will remember for a long time to come. I am already thinking about coming back for a Summer Party....

Can't recommend enough.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic stay - cannot be faulted!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a weekend to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary with a group of friends. The house is beautiful, keeping a sense of period and history in the decor, but all the necessary home comforts and mod cons. The photos do not do it justice. The owner greeted us on our arrival and made us very welcome. Everything you could need is available. Cosy kitchen with everything required for the preparation of a feast or an informal breakfast. Comfy beds, fluffy towels, 4 sitting rooms, well stocked library, log fires, wifi, coffee machine, peacocks, candle-lit dining hall, board games and champagne - what more could you ask for? Well, the weather could have been better - we think the gardens are amazing but not easy to see under a covering of snow.

We will definitely be trying to think of an excuse to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Top Notch Venue For A Birthday Celebration

  • 5 of 5

This venue is top-notch. We spent four days with family and friends a birthday celebration in this amazing old house and we could not have chosen better. We would go again.

The house is furnished in well thought-out tasteful traditional style with antique and modern quirky artefacts and every corner has an interest, delightful books, magazines and flowers.

The open fires were stunning and very welcoming on the cold days. The bedrooms were sublime with every comfort, the attention to detail was superb.

Much thought has gone into providing a beautifully equipped home from the kitchen to the garden.

The children had the time of their lives, their bedrooms were exciting, the playroom fulfilled their every need and the huge garden provided excitement for every age group. There was garden entertainment for adults too, we enjoyed the archery as it was too cold for the pool and tennis did not appeal.

The house is beautifully situated and photos do not do justice to its stunning rooms and beautiful location.

The owners and the nearby housekeeper were totally charming and explained everything in great detail, we had no problems at all, just a stay to remember in one of Britain's loveliest houses.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

One of the very special things about The Old Hall is that it has remained largely unchanged since it was built in 1625 and we knew that it offered the canvas to create a wonderful family home.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Norwich at 12 Miles Nearest Barpub : Newton Flotman or Stoke Holy Cross at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : Dunston Hall at 4 Kilometres Nearest Train : Norwich at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Newton Flotman or Stoke Holy Cross at 2 Miles Nearest Beach : Southwold at 30 Miles Car: recommended

We are located 8 miles south of Norwich in a pretty conservation village with easy access to the historic city of Norwich.

Set in 17 acres there are extensive walks and cycle rides from our door including access to Boudicca's Way.

We can point you in the right direction to explore the best beaches that Norfolk and Suffolk have to offer whether that's the stunning North Norfolk coast for wild walks and seal trips or Southwold, Walberswick and the Suffolk coast for upmarket seaside fun and boutique shopping. Southwold is 40 minutes away and a regular weekend haunt for us whilst Blakeney, Brancaster and the beautiful beach at Holkham are an hour away.

The Norfolk Broads are half an hour away and we can help you with boat rental - whether it's a simple day cruiser or something more luxurious.

There are a host of magical children’s attractions less than half an hour away including award winning Bewilderwood, Banham Zoo and The Dinosaur Adventure Park.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring
3 Mar 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£2,550
for 3 nights
From
£850
£4,500
 
 
Easter Holiday
7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£3,800
for 4 nights
From
£950
£4,950
 
 
Late Spring
21 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£2,700
for 3 nights
From
£900
£4,500
 
 
Early Summer
28 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£3,000
for 3 nights
From
£1,000
£4,500
 
 
Summer
26 May 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£3,300
for 3 nights
From
£1,100
£4,950
 
 
Summer
30 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£3,450
for 3 nights
From
£1,150
£5,250
 
 
High Summer
14 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
£4,350
for 3 nights
From
£1,450
£6,500
 
 
Late Summer
1 Sep 2017 - 2 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£3,300
for 3 nights
From
£1,100
£4,950
 
 
Autumn
3 Oct 2017 - 13 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£2,700
for 3 nights
From
£900
£4,500
 
 
Winter
14 Nov 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 3 nights
From
£750
 
 
Christmas 2017
18 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£7,450
for 7 nights
£7,450
 
 
New Year
29 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
£5,500
for 5 nights
From
£1,100
 
 
Winter 2018
4 Jan 2018 - 1 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 3 nights
From
£750
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £25
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,000

See more photographs and information at theoldhall.net

You will have sole use of The Old Hall and it’s grounds.

The minimum weekend stay from March to October is strictly 3 nights with additional nights at a reduced nightly rate. In the Winter period - excluding school holidays - we are happy to offer 2 night stays for £1,950.

For guests who are able to stay mid-week we offer a 2 or 3 mid-week stay for up to 10 guests which includes a chef cooked waitress served dinner for £2,250 (again excluding school holidays).

CARD PAYMENTS:

We are happy to accept payment via a card however please note that:
- we pass on the fees incurred in accepting card payments - these will be debited from your security deposit prior to us refunding this, assume this will be in the region of 2.5%
- our normal terms are a deposit of 40% with the balance payable 8 weeks before your stay, this can't be done via the card payment system so we have to take 50% at time of booking and 50% 8 weeks (55 days) before your stay

Please note that we are unable to accept stag or hen parties without prior approval from our insurers so if this is the purpose of your visit please advise.

We are not licensed for weddings however we may be able to help with other small events but these will be subject to separate commercial arrangements, all wedding related activity must be advised at time of booking please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Facilities

From the Owner

This is a genuinely historic house oozing original features - the lands were part of the divorce settlement from Henry VIII to Ann of Cleves and The Old Hall was reputedly considered as a home by both Prince Edward and Madonna - yet it is relaxed, friendly and, as it always has, really comes to life when full of people. It is a warm and friendly house and offers a fantastic backdrop for a celebration or get together.

Property Type

  • chateau / country house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Main Bedroom Shower - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Main Bedroom Bath - Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Attic Bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Batchelors Loo - Toilet

Bedrooms

  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Main Bedroom Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, en-suit shower, bath and dressing room
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, en-suite and dressing room
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, en-suite
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, could be super-king
  • Four Poster - 1 Double Bed, small double
  • Attic Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
  • Attic Kids Dorm - 4 Child Bed, 4 full sized single beds
  • Attic Twin - 2 Single Bed, can be arranged as a super-king if preferred

Outside

  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace

Meals

  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Notes:

  • Please note that the outdoor pool is seasonal and is usually open from mid May to the end of September, the pool is heated.

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