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Thorington Hall

nr Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk

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Thorington Hall is a vast seventeenth-century farmhouse with elements dating back to the 1500s and a back drop of stunning Suffolk countryside, timelessly evoked in Constable's landscapes. Inside the large, bright rooms are informally furnished and conceal modern facilities, yet retain the grandeur of powerful landowners who once farmed almost 1400 acres surrounding the Hall.

The Hall is set within a gated entrance, with private grounds; there is a large rambling garden, which is wild in parts, with a small apple orchard, stables, and a former tennis court, which is currently being brought back in to use as a multi-use play area for tennis/football/cricket games.

If you are looking for a striking house with masses of space, inside and out, for large family holidays or relaxed get-togethers with friends then this is truly it.

Thorington Lodge, attached but self contained, can be let with the Hall if required.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
lobby, cloak room, shower room, East staircase, farmhouse kitchen with Aga range cooker, large utility room, snug with double sofa bed and wood burning stove, dining room with wood burner, twin bedroom (can be a 6' double on request). West staircase and unique 1500s cellar.
First floor
bathroom with slipper bath and separate shower, large sitting room, three bedrooms (a double with 6' bed and en-suite shower room, a double with 6' bed, a double with 5' bed and en-suite shower room)
Other floor
Second floor: From West staircase: two bedrooms (1 twin bedded room which can be a 6' double on request, 1 twin), shower room. From East Staircase: two bedrooms (1 twin bedroom and 1 twin bedroom which can be a 6' double on request).
Visitor notes

Heating: LPG gas central heating.

Telephone: Incoming & outgoing calls, operated on an honesty payment basis.

Parking: Private parking for eight cars.

Garden: Private enclosed garden on three sides of the house. The front garden is formal while the side and rear gardens are rambling orchard. At the rear is a grass tennis court, not match standard but perfect for a fun knock about.

Accessibility: Due to the age of the property floors are uneven, there are varying levels and steps throughout. Staircases have narrow irregular treads and wider than standard balustrades so care must be taken. Attic rooms have sloping ceilings with restricted head heights and sloping floors.

Please note: Preservation restrictions dictate heating level limitations in the west wing of the building to protect the timber structure.

The East staircase bannister rails are at wider spacing than new regulations - children should be supervised. The twin rooms on the second floor are not recommended for younger children due to the uneven stairs.

Logs/Charcoal/Barbecue: A charcoal barbecue is provided for you use.

Fuel for the wood burners is provided free of charge.

Outdoor storage: Lockable storage for bicycles and equipment is provided within the grounds.

Cottage details
16 + 2
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open Fire / Stove
  • Railway Nearby
  • Quirky
  • Celebration Collection
  • Cot/Highchair
  • Dishwasher
  • Sofa/folding bed
  • Freezer
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Doublebed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • WiFi
  • DVD
  • Fridge


Things to see and do nearby

East Anglia, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire
A view of Blakeney Point landscape, showing the estuary south of the point © Joe Cornish

The ancient kingdom of East Anglia has preserved much of its unspoilt character, rural landscape, architecture and traditions with attractions ranging from the University city of Cambridge and the Cathedral city of Ely, to glorious, often deserted, sandy beaches, lots of seaside fun, outdoor pursuits and the unspoilt waterways of The Broads. National Trust places in East Anglia are equally varied, ranging from the magnificent Blickling Hall in Norfolk, the impressive rotunda at Ickworth, near Bury St. Edmunds, the elegant Anglesey Abbey, to the dramatic coastline at Dunwich Heath, with its neighbouring RSPB sanctuary and the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site at Sutton Hoo.

Cottage location
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place to visit
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  • Flatford
  • Cycling
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird watching.
National Trust places to visit
Thorington Hall
Thorington Hall Rambling Suffolk farmhouse built around 1600
Flatford: Bridge Cottage
Flatford: Bridge Cottage Beautiful 16th-century thatched cottage by the River Stour
Bourne Mill
Bourne Mill Picturesque watermill with working waterwheel
Lavenham Guildhall
Lavenham Guildhall Tudor building in the heart of the remarkably preserved medieval village of Lavenham
Melford Hall
Melford Hall Follow in Beatrix Potter's footsteps at this beautiful Tudor family home
Paycocke's House and Garden Fine late Gothic merchant's house

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • November 2015
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    Thorington Hall was beautifully decorated. We staying at the end of October. It is a large property and we were worried that it may be cold but we needn't have worried. It was so warm that we had to turn off the radiators in some of the bedrooms. The curtains, bedding, carpets and furniture are of a high quality. We were celebrating my husbands 50th birthday and at max we were a party of 24 and hired the Lodge next door for 3 nights. This was a great option.

  • Instone
    • October 2015
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    Sufficient space and eating equipment for our large party not to feel constrained.

  • Hyde
    • October 2015
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    The setting was just perfect for us, with long walks out from the house, we were very fortunate to have beautiful weather too. The house itself was stunning and one of the things that impressed us a lot was the amount of equipment in the kitchen and the quality too. All the rooms were immaculate and there was not a thing to find fault with. As there were quite a lot of us we found that there were plenty of relaxing seating as well as the superb dining table, which was perfect for us. I would definitely recommend this house to anyone, it is a perfect party house for a large family/friends. We were actually celebrating a joint 80th birthday and we all had a fabulous time, so thank you . The only thing we found was that there was only one small tea pot.

  • Dr. Adele Munday
    • October 2015
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    Fabulous large property, ideal for a family / friend gathering. We have stayed in most of your big properties and I think this was the largest with a fantastic dining room, lounge and outside space. It's nice to also have the option of a larger group by incorporating the lodge next door (we didn't do it but would consider in future). We love your fabulous properties in great locations and always look to book large group gatherings through NT. We hope you'll be adding more big properties to your portfolio, but also highly rate your smaller properties for more intimate family holidays. Well done NT cottages. Would prefer DOG free properties, often people who bring their dogs do not respect the houses or cottages they are in.

  • Hilary Riley
    • September 2015
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    Standard of accommodation was excellent - clean, homely (even though the house was massive!), warm, extremely well equipped.

  • David Cooper
    • September 2015
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    We needed a large property for a family party and this was ideal. The Hall was wonderful and so well furnished everyone had a fantastic relaxing time.

    • July 2015
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    House was great perfect for our needs for Family gathering. Great kitchen facilities and plenty of chine and glass. Good indoor and outdoor seating

  • Anonymous
    • July 2015
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    lots of rooms for the kids to explore. Gorgeous big slipper bath. Lots of champagne glasses. 2 dishwashers. Great for parties. lovely furnishings. Lovely village and pubs nearby. Some bedrooms not close to bathrooms -recommended for kids or dressing gowns. was quite close to road. Didn't really bother us overall though because everything else was so great

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
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