Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.

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Overview

The eclectic collection at Belchamp Hall tells the story of the Raymond family who have owned the house and surrounding estate since 1611.

The present red-brick Queen Anne mansion was built in 1710 on the site of the previous Tudor house. Bay windows forming powdering chambers were added to the two principal bedrooms on the north and south of the house during the Georgian era, when hair powdering and wigs were in fashion. There are many family portraits painted by the local artist Thomas Gainsborough, who was born in nearby Sudbury.

The house overlooks the fine 14th century parish church of St. Mary, with its famous medieval wall paintings. Outside, large lawns border the central drive with its circular sweep round an old sundial. To the right is a long raised terrace walk, planted with an avenue of  cherry trees. The south terrace leads to a small, early Victorian summer house, with a formal marble floor and early coloured glass windows depicting pastoral scenes, flowers and vegetables. Belchamp Hall featured as the fictional Felsham Hall in the BBC series ‘Lovejoy’.


Opening
Opening

Visit on an Invitation to View tour only.

Find Us
Find us

From London: Access the M11 from the North Circular (A406) or from the M25. Exit the M11 at junction 8 (Stanstead Airport). At the roundabout take the A120 (signposted to Colchester). Continue for approx. 20 miles over several roundabouts. At the A120 and the A131 junction Take the A131 to Sudbury. Continue along the A131 for approx. 3 miles until the AlOl7 (signposted Haverhill), which bears to the left - look out for this turning it's a small sign. Continue on the A1017 for approx. 6 miles. Continue through Sible Hedingham, turn right onto the B1058 to Castle Hedingham. Continue along the B1058 through Castle Hedingham. Now follow directions in paragraph 3.

From Cambridge/the North: Exit the M11 at junction 10. Head west on the A505 for approx. 4 miles. Turn left onto the A11. After approx. 1/2 mile turn right onto the A1307 towards Haverhill. After approx. 5 miles bear right at the roundabout onto the A1017 (Haverhill bypass). Follow this road to Sible Hedingham for approx. 19 miles. At Sible Hedingham turn left onto the B1058 to Castle Hedingham. Continue along the B1058 through Castle Hedingham. After approx. 2 miles turn left to Gestingthorpe - again look out for this turning, there's a small red post box on the left side of the road. Now follow directions in paragraph 3.

After approx. 2 miles turn left to Gestingthorpe - again look out for this turning, there's a small red post box on the left side of the road. Go through Gestingthorpe and at the village green continue straight over the crossroads to Belchamp Walter (approx. 2 miles). Before reaching Belchamp Walter the road bears off to the left up Chapel Hill - don't follow this, instead continue straight on to Belchamp Walter. Turn right at the crossroads in the centre of Belchamp Walter (by the village pond) and continue down the hill for approx. 1 mile. At the bottom of the hill take the right hand fork which leads directly to the church of St Mary the Virgin and Belchamp Hall.

Admission
Admission

All 2019 tours are £18 per person, with a discount for Historic Houses members.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Tour Overview

See the original family portraits by Thomas Gainsborough and the relics captured in the battle against the Spanish Armada. You'll encounter the organ gifted to the Raymond family by famous C18th composer George Frideric Handel and will learn about the Raymond family’s connections to 18th century India.

Tour duration

1.5 hours

Tour prices

£20.00 per person

Refreshments

Tea or coffee and cakes.

Access notes

Ground floor tour only. Doors wide enough for wheelchairs. Gravel driveway and paths.

 

Weddings

We specialise in intimate weddings for up to 50 people. Each wedding is bespoke to the clients details, and through detailed discussions our staff can assist you in creating your special day. Belchamp Hall is yours exclusively & we are flexible with wedding times.

Enjoy an intimate wedding of your choice. With the exclusivity and privacy a private estate offers, your party would have exclusive use of the grounds and Belchamp Hall on your wedding day. View our Prices & Packages page for further information on the venue hire costs.

Celebrate after your ceremony with champagne and canapés which can be provided either by us (catering prices and options by separate negotiation) or perhaps a full afternoon tea service should you prefer.


Accommodation

CONTEMPORARY & CLASSY

Lovejoy’s Mill

An amazing place and perfect to relax and unwind in complete peace and tranquility. A superb artistic conversion of a Water Mill, Lovejoys Mill is a very special treat for a lucky couple.

Lovejoys Mill cottage Belchamp, Essex

BEAUTIFUL & LUXURIOUS

Lovejoys

This delightful cottage oozes character and charm. Lovejoy’s is part of a stable block dating from the 18th century, which has been converted into luxury holiday accommodation.

Lovejoys cottage Belchamp, Essex

MODERN ELEGANCE & ART

The Lovejoy Studio

The Lovejoy Studio is a bright and airy space, much like an artist’s studio, which is why it has been named as such. Featuring a spacious open-plan living/dining room with French doors, exposed beams and much more.

Lovejoys studio cottage Belchamp, Essex


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Corporate Functions at Belchamp Hall

Belchamp Hall is a haven of peace and tranquillity set within a 1500 acre country estate surrounded by the picturesque Suffolk countryside.

  • Private business and professional meetings

  • One day conferences and seminars

  • Corporate hospitality events

  • Product launches & Exhibitions

  • Training and team building activities

  • Open air events and training facilities

The Gallery

This versatile room looks across the gardens and can accommodate up to 70 delegates theatre style.

Outside events

We have extensive grounds for open air events and can accommodate marquees for up to 250 people. For training and team building activities we can offer extensive grounds and woodland including our off road track.

Exclusive use

Offering an exclusive package for all your business needs, contact Belchamp Hall for full details.


Opening
Opening

Visit on an Invitation to View tour only.

Find Us
Find us

From London: Access the M11 from the North Circular (A406) or from the M25. Exit the M11 at junction 8 (Stanstead Airport). At the roundabout take the A120 (signposted to Colchester). Continue for approx. 20 miles over several roundabouts. At the A120 and the A131 junction Take the A131 to Sudbury. Continue along the A131 for approx. 3 miles until the AlOl7 (signposted Haverhill), which bears to the left - look out for this turning it's a small sign. Continue on the A1017 for approx. 6 miles. Continue through Sible Hedingham, turn right onto the B1058 to Castle Hedingham. Continue along the B1058 through Castle Hedingham. Now follow directions in paragraph 3.

From Cambridge/the North: Exit the M11 at junction 10. Head west on the A505 for approx. 4 miles. Turn left onto the A11. After approx. 1/2 mile turn right onto the A1307 towards Haverhill. After approx. 5 miles bear right at the roundabout onto the A1017 (Haverhill bypass). Follow this road to Sible Hedingham for approx. 19 miles. At Sible Hedingham turn left onto the B1058 to Castle Hedingham. Continue along the B1058 through Castle Hedingham. After approx. 2 miles turn left to Gestingthorpe - again look out for this turning, there's a small red post box on the left side of the road. Now follow directions in paragraph 3.

After approx. 2 miles turn left to Gestingthorpe - again look out for this turning, there's a small red post box on the left side of the road. Go through Gestingthorpe and at the village green continue straight over the crossroads to Belchamp Walter (approx. 2 miles). Before reaching Belchamp Walter the road bears off to the left up Chapel Hill - don't follow this, instead continue straight on to Belchamp Walter. Turn right at the crossroads in the centre of Belchamp Walter (by the village pond) and continue down the hill for approx. 1 mile. At the bottom of the hill take the right hand fork which leads directly to the church of St Mary the Virgin and Belchamp Hall.

Admission
Admission

All 2019 tours are £18 per person, with a discount for Historic Houses members.

Other opening

Belchamp Hall offers private tours, weddings, accommodation and corporate hire. See Exclusive Use for more information.


Belchamp Hall's history and features

Belchamp Hall is a Queen Anne period house of rich red brick with a front nine bays wide and of two storeys, below a cornice and solid parapet.

The Hall and its’ grounds is registered under the Historic Buildings and Ancient Monuments Act 1953, within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens by English Heritage for its special historic interest. You can see the entry here on historicengland.org.uk.

  • The house & estate was bought by the first John Raymond in 1611

  • Interior wooden panelling from the Elizabethan / Jacobean era

  • Original portraits by the great Thomas Gainsborough

  • French Marble statue, originally sent by King Louis XVI

Find out more about their history here


Fun Facts

~ Family portraits by well-known artists hang on the walls. One by Cornelius Janssen depicts the first John Raymond who bought the house and estate from Sir John Wentworth in 1611. Elizabethan portraits of Sir William and Lady Harris, whose daughter Frances married Oliver Raymond, M.P. for Essex in the two Protectorate parliaments, hang each side of the door. Sir William commanded a ship in the battle against the Spanish Armada and relics which he captured then, including an iron Treasure Chest with its original huge key, are still in the house.