Far from the madding crowds, The Property is reached by crossing the ancient Hales common, just a couple of miles from Loddon and the Norfolk Broads. With delightful formal gardens, a moat beyond which lies open countryside small country mansion, The Property is a perfect example of a Tudor Hall House.
This truly magnificent Grade I listed property has been nationally recognised and was awarded first prize by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England in 2014. A unique holiday home, The Property was built in 1478 by Sir James Hobart, and is a superb example of a moated Tudor hall house. With oak beams a feature throughout; the house displays architectural grandeur. Beyond the house is a stunning Tudor Great Barn, which can also be made available for weddings, family gatherings or lavish weekends of your choice!
The house, its outbuildings and wonderful gardens have been completely renovated over the past few years, en-suite bathrooms added to most bedrooms, the old kitchens converted into a spacious kitchen breakfast room, a perfect space in which a large party of friends and family can enjoy a long weekend or longer holiday together.
On the door step to the Broads BECCLES & BUNGAY are within 5 miles, NORWICH 13 miles, SOUTHWOLD and the SUFFOLK COAST 17 miles, CAMBRIDGE 70 miles, DISS (main line station with regular trains to London and Norwich) 17 miles
For anyone with an interest in history or simply a desire to enjoy a splendid gathering of friends and family in sumptuous surroundings The Property will provide the perfect venue.
Whilst The Property in south Norfolk has been beautifully and sympathetically upgraded over half a millennium, there remains much evidence of its original design. In the time of the Anglo-Saxons The Property would have had a large living room reaching up to the rafters with central open hearth, where the lord of the manor and his servants would have eaten, entertained and slept. Now there are three floors, the 2nd floor having four spacious bedrooms and en suite bathrooms with withdrawing rooms at either end, a sitting room with a selection of books and games at the head of the central staircase.
The 1st floor has a further three bedrooms again each with access to its own bathroom or en suite and a large library / music room with baby grand piano.
The ground floor contains the remaining public rooms with a very large kitchen dining room at one end, beside which is a small chapel (now used as a games room). The formal dining room has a table for around 10 and a lovely fireplace. The utility room, boot room and cloakroom can be accesses from the spacious hall, beyond which is the drawing room and sitting room, one with a large flat screen TV, the other with a lovely open fire, high back chairs and sofas where people can relax and chat.
For readers of Wolf Hall, you will know that houses like The Property were built with an eye to entertaining. Sir James Hobart created the current The Property on the site of an older building. Appointed as Attorney General by Henry VII in 1486, his house had to reflect his status and be of a size and quality fit to entertain the king who made regular tours of the country visiting his courtiers and officers. Brick built with a timber-frame, with wattle and daub infill, you can still view part of the ancient ceiling in the hall of The Cottage.
The grounds are extensive with manicured lawns, elegant topiary, a broad yew avenue with charming private seating area and acres of lawns on which to enjoy croquet and other outdoor games. A moat divides the garden from the surrounding fields to one side, tall hedging and brick walls separate The Property from the common.