"The kitchen was great, 3 ovens on Christmas morning made cooking for 15 so much easier, also 2 dishwashers plus lots of cooking utensils, couldn't have been set up better. What more can I say, it was a perfect holiday accommodation and we will recommend it to friends and family."
"As a backdrop for our Christmas celebration, Henstead Hall was five star! 'The cream on our mince pies'"
"An awesome family New Year's celebration. Huge house but cosy too! Thanks for a great stay, Happy New Year"
"What a fantastic weekend for my sister's 50th birthday!! Big gorgeous house with a lovely kitchen, beautiful walks, dinners, dancing and celebrating great memories to treasure! Can't wait to return to Henstead Hall - much love."
"What an incredible place! The impression we got as soon as we opened the front door was amazing, and the wow factor carried on the further into the house we got. There was so much space, the bedrooms were beautifully decorated and the emperor beds were so comfortable with lovely linen. Plenty of bathrooms for all of us. The children especially loved exploring the house and playing hide and seek in the house and garden; and the snooker table was a real hit! The kitchen was really homely, well equipped and comfortable - 2 dishwashers and fridge freezers was a genius idea! "
You know you’re somewhere special as you turn into the sweeping drive with double fronted façade ahead of you and front door flanked by Doric columns. The imposing entrance hall has an elegant library to one side and beautiful big bedroom to the other. Along the south wing you’ll find the massive ballroom with floor to ceiling windows opening onto the flag stone terrace, a fantastic entertaining room; and the oak panelled billiard room leading to the covered sun-room. All five bedrooms spread over the first floor are superbly decorated and furnished, three grand bedrooms with emperor beds as well as a charming double and twin with two luxurious bathrooms and a second shower room.
The West Wing of Henstead Hall has extensive grounds wrapped around three sides sides, approached by a long driveway banked by lawned gardens, with a flag stone terrace – great for long lazy lunches with ample space for the young ones to run around. The small village of Henstead is less than seven miles from the picturesque vibrant seaside town of Southwold; with a railway station, independent shops, restaurants, pubs and supermarkets in the busy market town of Beccles just seven miles away.
Guests are welcomed into a large entrance hall at the heart of Henstead Hall with sweeping staircase leading to a long corridor and continuing up to the first floor. The dining room and ground floor bedroom sit to either side of the front door; there’s a convenient cloakroom/alcove off the hall; utility room then the kitchen/dining room sits at the back with ballroom and billiard rooms off the corridor with a door to the garden. The majority of the ground floor is carpeted with tiled floor in the kitchen/dining room.
The chef in the family is sure to enjoy preparing meals in this smart split level kitchen/dining which is extremely well equipped for entertaining.
At the top of the room units run in a U shape with central area containing two dishwashers, a double butlers sink and three bar stools, nicely dividing the space. Additional equipment includes a Professional Rangemaster with conventional oven, fan oven, five induction cooking zones and a bread proving/storage drawer and there’s an additional built in oven/grill and microwave for larger parties. There are two large Bosch fridges with two three drawer freezers beneath them and additional storage in a pantry, as well as many units and a couple of dressers which are also stacked with ample crockery, cutlery and glassware for groups of 14 guests.
The dining area is great for casual meals with two sturdy tables give ample space for all guests and 16 dining chairs. There’s also a wide screen TV on the dresser and deep shuttered sash windows make this a lovely place to be throughout the day with designer lights when darkness falls.
Sitting at the front of Henstead Hall, this elegant room exudes sophistication for formal dinners around a huge antique table which easily seats 18 places. With bookcases on either side of the ornate fireplace stacked with reading material to enjoy and a couple of occasional tables with more chairs. If you're celebrating or simply looking to enjoy wonderful food in the company of your friends and family in this charming room, Best of Suffolk can suggest some great local caterers to help you relax and enjoy the occasion.
Extra storage for your belongings with a washing machine too.
Well located for use during the day, and for guests sleeping in the ground floor bedroom. Shower cubicle, WC, wash basin and heated towel rail.
Ground Floor Bedroom
A palatial room, with high ceilings, original fireplace and seating in the bay window to the front of the house. Furnished with a huge emperor bed, bedside tables, enormous gilded mirror and ample storage in built in wardrobes, shelves, a low draw unit at the bottom of the bed and additional three-drawer dresser.
This magnificent room, with high ceilings, antique mirrors and handsome fireplace, has been suitably furnished with large sofas and chairs so guests to relax with plenty of room for kids to play too. The painted wooden floor is covered with rugs; there’s a 55” flat screen TV on an antique dresser and grand piano for your amusement. Floor to ceiling sash windows can be opened so you can walk out onto the south facing patio and lawn beyond.
Many an hour will be spent in this exceptional oak panneled room with atrium and chandeliers above the full-size billiard table to ensure the light’s good at any time of the day or evening. Chairs and two sofas allow spectators to enjoy the game and a door opens onto the sun-room.
Overlooking the patio and lawn, this peaceful covered area is perfect for afternoon tea in the sun (or for smokers), with wicker chairs and table.
Carpeted stairs rise to a half landing with stairs rising to the left (south) where there’s the Front bedroom and shower room, then more stairs to the Woodland bedroom and en-suite.
A galleried landing to the right (north) gives access to three bedrooms with one bathroom and the flat, which can be booked with the house to give accommodation for 16 guests. Please use this link to book including the flat: http://www.bestofsuffolk.co.uk/properties/henstead-hall-with-apartment-2/
Church View Bedroom
The emperor size bed (6’6”) has pride of place in this massive high ceilinged bedroom with far reaching views over the drive to the countryside. A giant mahogany armoire gives ample storage and there’s a sofa and bedside tables.
Jack and Jill Bathroom
A corridor leads from the gold bedroom to this wonderful big bathroom, which can be used as the en-suite for the gold bedroom and/or the twin on the other side. A claw foot bath takes centre stage with a double shower cubicle with rain and hand showers for those who prefer to shower; WC, wash basin in a vanity unit, heated towel rail and windows giving plenty of natural light.
Ideal for families, with easy access through the bathroom; or with more privacy for a couple with separate access off the landing. There are twin beds, bedside units, additional drawers and lots of hanging space in wardrobes along a private corridor to the landing.
This pretty bedroom with view of the fields, has a wrought iron double bed with bedside tables, a free-standing wardrobe, chest of drawers and dressing table with stool and mirror.
Another gorgeous bedroom, with big bay windows over the lawn and an enormous emperor bed with bedside tables. A full-size single day bed sits at one side, ideal for a child or simply a place chill with a book, and there’s a large mahogany mirrored wardrobe.
Just across the corridor from the front bedroom, with corner shower, WC, wash basin and window giving natural light. This shower room is also relatively close to the double bedroom.
Wake to the birdsong in this grand bedroom overlooking the garden and woodland beyond. The emperor bed dominates the room with bedside units, a large wardrobe plus dresser and dressing table.
This luxurious bathroom has a decadent double ended slipper claw foot bath, double shower cubicle with rain and hand showers, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and window overlooking the garden. There’s a door to the corridor as well as into the Woodland bedroom, so this bathroom can easily be used by guests in the double or Church View bedrooms.
The West Wing of Henstead Hall, approached by a long driveway banked by lawned gardens, has extensive grounds wrapped around three sides and the east wing of the house at the back completely shielded by high fencing. A south-facing flagstone terrace is furnished with outdoor furniture so you can make the most of indoor/outdoor living and enjoy long lazy lunches and BBQs. There’s easy access through huge floor to ceiling windows in the ballroom, the ground floor corridor, billiard room and the covered sun-room. A large lawn (great for ball games) with a few well-established trees slopes up the neighbouring woodland and, for those looking for a truly relaxing break. For a touch of added luxury and fun why not hire a hot tub for your stay through Suffolk Hot Tubs (www.suffolkhottubs.co.uk). The sweeping drive and parking area to the side of the house has ample space for six/seven cars.
All prices include 100% cotton bed linen, towels, heating and electricity, plus a welcome hamper to help you get your break off to a relaxing start.
This self-catering country house is equipped with central heating and appliances include TVs in the kitchen and ballroom, Wifi and iPod docking station. The kitchen is extremely well equipped with a Professional Rangemaster with conventional oven, fan oven, five induction-cooking zones and a bread proving/storage drawer and there’s an additional built in oven/grill and microwave for larger parties. There are two large Bosch fridges with two three drawer freezers in the kitchen and a washing machine in the utility room.
Two travel cots and two high chairs are available from the property owners on request at the time of booking.