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Late medieval manor, with C18 additions, adjacent to outer bailey of ruined Norman castle, destroyed 1173.
The manor of Haughley was one of the foremost in England, previous lords included Henry II and Mary Tudor (present owner is the current lord). Notable features include the priest hole in a chimney, two bricked up tunnels and manorial documents on display. There is also a three-acre garden with a walled kitchen garden.
Go on a tour that will include the cellar, ground floor, first floor and brief look at the attic, followed, after tea, by a tour of the gardens. Of particular note are the owners’ collections of fans, antique weaponry and militaria.
1.5 - 2 hours.
£17.00 per person.
Afternoon tea comprising tea/coffee, homemade scones and cake. Lunch for groups by arrangement.
Ground floor only; gravel paths; main staircase has a handrail to the left all the way up; the stairs are wide and not particularly steep.
No photography in the house, no stilettos, dogs or smoking.
Invitation to Stay
The three guest bedrooms are in the oldest part of the house and comprise two double and one twin room (which has two double beds), all en-suite, with TV and tea making facilities if desired. We have a stair lift if required. We are a non smoking household.
Pre-dinner drinks can be taken in either the oak panelled drawing room or the attractive sitting room. Dinner is served in the elegant dining room.
We now offer free wifi.
The garden is some three acres, during the shooting season pheasants use it as a refuge and can often be seen looking through the French windows! There is an old croquet lawn which guests are free to use. There are many and varied walks available from the house.
Haughley House's history and features
Haughley House is a late medieval manor house with later additions, built just outside the outer bailey of the castle (only the foundations and the large moat remain) in the conservation area of the village of Haughley, which is listed by English Heritage as a site of National importance. The house has a priest hole in one of the chimneys and two passages (now sealed off) one of which leads to the church and it is the true centre of the Manor (Manorial Courts are still held) containing the original manorial records dating back to 1321 in the reign of Edward the Second. We also hold the survey book for Mary Tudor when the Manor passed into her ownership in 1554.
Among the other Lords were Ralph de Broc who murdered Thomas a’Beckett in Canterbury Cathedral and Thomas Tyrell who murdered the Princes in the Tower. Jeffrey Bowden is the present Lord.