This Grade II listed country mansion and its companion High Barn have been lovingly restored to their elegant regency origins by the Bloom family, which has just celebrated seven decades there. Surrounded by 17 acres of world famous gardens, often seen on TV, there is something for everyone through the seasons.
The tour of the Hall begins in the splendid entrance hall with its impressive staircase, creating a warm welcome for guests. The large reception hall leads through to beautifully decorated drawing and dining rooms, the grand staircase leading to the seven spacious and tastefully furnished bedrooms. The tour includes all these rooms together with kitchen and former dairy. The Hall has been completely refurbished recently with central heating, re-wiring and plumbing and visitors will learn what can be done to refurnish and revitalise such a house on a tight budget.
The gardens range from the colourful island borders encircling the front of the house, laid out by founder Alan Bloom, to Foggy Bottom gardens developed by Alan’s son Adrian here you will find wide curving walks and great drifts or ‘rivers’ of perennials and grasses. Visitors may picnic in the picnic area situated between the house and the Steam Museum. This and the steam engines are under Trustee ownership and may also be visited (separately) payable on entry. There are two small cafes within the garden centre and museum. Visitors are welcome to stay longer in the gardens after the tour if they wish.
Tours are usually conducted by members of the family and/or the garden curator. They begin with the Barn and an introduction to the gardens followed by a tour of the House. Tea with cake and scones are included in the 2-2 ½ hour visit.
Price per visitor
Directions and address
Bressingham Hall, Adrian Bloom and Matt, Foggy Bottom, Bressingham, Norfolk.
Bressingham Hall lies on the A1066, three miles going west from Diss or 15 miles going east from Thetford. The Hall is immediately next to the Steam Museum and Garden Centre but please follow the signs which say Bressingham Hall and High Barn Only and then park in the car park adjoining the High Barn.
(If you are coming from Thetford and reach to the Garden Centre/Steam Museum you have gone too far. Coming from Diss the drive you want is immediately after the Garden Centre).
Tea with scones and cake.
In general the disabled access to the Hall is poor, with no disabled toilet and several steps even on the ground floor. Grass paths allow access of wheelchairs in the gardens.
No photography in the house, no dogs (including in the gardens) and no stilettos.