Somerleyton Hall and Gardens
Published date: July 2020
Not in Norfolk, but so close to the border and such a beautiful place to visit, we had to include it!
This magnificent hall in the wilds of East Anglia is considered one of the finest Victorian stately homes in the country. This finely preserved mansion has many attractions including a grand staircase hall, a vestibule, library and ballroom and many exquisite antiques, collectables and furnishings. The surrounding gardens, covering an area of 12 acres, including its famous maze are open along with parts of the house from Easter through to September.
Visitors can view many fine portraits of the Crossley family spanning the generations, splendid tapestries, a wonderful silver dining room service and famous polar bears. Learn about the hall’s history as an expert team of guides provide informative and interesting tours around the parts of the property that are open to the public. Today Somerleyton Hall is very much a family home and visitors can get a real sense of this as they take a tour around this beautiful property.
Planted in 1846, Somerleyton Hall has one of the finest yew hedge mazes in Britain. The route out is around 800 yards from the centre if you take the correct path first time, however most visitors find it takes much longer to solve the maze and travel considerable further than just 800 yards! The gardens have many highlights, including the Nesfield Parterre to the west of the hall that was restored by Norfolk’s finest landscape architect and historian George Carter. The White Garden is set within the footprint of the former winter garden, a small part of which survives and was designed by George Carter and Verity Hanson Smith. The arboretum showcases fine specimen trees which have been underplanted with rifts of bulbs to add colour and interest throughout the seasons.
Take a walk around the historic parkland taking in magnificent views of the park. The ancient lime avenue dates from the 1790s and ancient oaks from the 1600s are dotted around the park. There are cattle, wild ponies and deer roaming freely, feeding off the natural vegetation.
Somerleyton Hall’s tearoom is a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a morning coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea. Using locally sourced produce wherever possible, sample their homemade soups, sausage rolls, freshly bakes scones, cakes and more.
To find out more about Somerleyton Hall and Gardens, including opening times, admission costs and events, please visit their website.