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This Grade I-listed moated hall is steeped in history

Town & Country UK logo Town & Country UK 20/03/2019 Ellen Peirson-Hagger
a small clock tower in the middle of a forest: Otley Hall, a ten-bedroom moated property close to Ipswich, offers an exceptional interior, stunning formal gardens, and a history including Francis Bacon and Cardinal Wolsey. © Chris Rawlings Otley Hall, a ten-bedroom moated property close to Ipswich, offers an exceptional interior, stunning formal gardens, and a history including Francis Bacon and Cardinal Wolsey.

THE PROPERTY: Dating from around 1500, Otley Hall is one of only a few Grade I-listed houses in Suffolk still under private ownership. The Gosnold family, who tenanted the land in the area in 1401, were educated lawyers with links to Cardinal Wolsey, the 17th Earl of Oxford (who some regard as the author of Shakespeare’s plays) and Francis Bacon. Today, the property offers 10 bedrooms, formal Tudor-style gardens and a tennis court.

a house with bushes in front of a brick building: Otley Hall, Ipswich © Chris Rawlings Otley Hall, Ipswich

THE LOCATION: In the heart of the quiet Suffolk countryside, Otley Hall offers almost 10 acres of land. Its grounds have been included in lists of the top gardens to visit in the UK, and are based on the designs of the Edwardian landscape gardener Francis Inigo Thomas.

a small clock tower in the middle of a lush green field: Otley Hall, Ipswich © Chris Rawlings Otley Hall, Ipswich Among its notable features are a herber, an orchard, a nuttery, a formal croquet lawn, a rose garden, a vine tunnel and woodland. The village of Otley has a post office, village shop, doctor’s surgery and primary school, and just seven miles south of the property lies the town of Ipswich.

a close up of a lush green field: Otley Hall, Ipswich, maze © Chris Rawlings Otley Hall, Ipswich, maze

THE INTERIOR: Arranged over three floors, Otley Hall offers exposed timbers, moulded beams and exceptional oak panelling. As well as 10 bedrooms, the property includes six bathrooms, four living areas and additional staff accommodation.

Away from the main house, there is a separate conference and corporate hospitality centre, two thatched summer houses, a pavilion and a barn.

a living room filled with furniture and a fireplace: Otley Hall living room © Chris Rawlings Otley Hall living room a bedroom with a large bed in a room: Otley Hall bedroom © Chris Rawlings Otley Hall bedroom

WHY WE LOVE IT: Fascinating historical stories can be found in every aspect of the building, from the Great Hall, where it is thought that Bartholomew Gosnold planned his Jamestown expedition, to the panelling in the Linenfold Parlour, which is reputed to have come from Cardinal Wolsey’s chambers at Hampton Court Palace, and the Tudor nails in Robert Gosnold I’s bedroom, from which silk tapestries were once suspended.

a close up of a garden: Otley Hall gardens © Chris Rawlings Otley Hall gardens

BUY IT NOW: £2,500,000 with Savills

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