A Grade 1 listed house of red brick and English bond with blue patterned diaper.
The house was begun by Sir John Godsalve a Steward of Henry V111 incorporating elements of an earlier structure.
The front elevation is exceptionally well proportioned, pretty and the east end gable has settled at an attractive angle. The setting is beautiful and tranquil. Guests often linger in the colourful garden created entirely by Judy Murphy.
Until recently the owner’s daughter and family lived on the top floor however they often stay here. Essentially a family home exuding warmth and hospitality. Used for hosting Parish and other events for the local community.
Open for Invitation to View tours on the dates below:
- Friday 24th at 2.30pm
- Thursday 20th June at 2.30pm
- Tuesday 23rd July at 2.30pm
- Wednesday 7th August at 2.30pm
- Sunday 1st September at 2.30pm
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Also open to groups by prior arrangement. Please call 07464 474 537 or at 01946 690 823.
From Norwich take the B13342 to Bungay. At Brooke village crossroads turn left on to “The Street”, At ponds keep right and take the sharp right hand bend marked Seething. Pass cottages on left. Down an incline and up another, Turn left into drive just before the sharp bend sign. From Bungay take the sign Kirstead Church continue to keep Church on the right. At T junction go straight across into farm yard. through gap in hedge on left.
Car park on site
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
- Sir John Godsalve, a Steward of Henry VIII, owned the property and his chalk portrait was in the 2017 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
- Anti-witchcraft symbols and 18th-century graffiti can be seen at the hall. As can letters from Agatha Christie, a letter with a sketch by Field Marshall Alexander, samples of miniature honeymoon underwear and old photo albums illustrating early-20th century social history and fashion.
- An ancestress of Kirstead Hall was Mary Christian, the sister of mutineer Fletcher Christian, made famous by the mutiny on HMS Bounty. Christian and disaffected crewmen seized control of the ship from their captain, Lieutenant William Bligh, and set him and 18 loyalists adrift in the ship's open launch.
- Our family owned the Palgrave Murphy shipping company.
- Family albums from 1914 document battle sites, a photos of General French, King Manuel 11 of Portugal's signature, and the funeral service sheets of Field Marshal Alexander, Lord Wilson and Major General Dudley Johnson V.C.
- Toc H was founded under the aegis of our great uncle Edward van Cutsem, Town Major of Poperingue during World War 1.
- Our uncle was present at the signing of the German surrender in 1945 and also when Himmler committed suicide.
- The current owners father was sole survivor when his tank took a direct hit. "We had reached Pagan, city of a thousand temples, there was a violent explosion. I was lying on the ground surrounded by the debris of a shattered tank with which were intermingled various parts of human bodies. There was a single hand and a leg quite close....."
A fine Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor house circa 1560 of E-shaped plan with stepped Flemish gable ends, brickwork with attractive blue diaper decoration and pin-tiled roof, standing in four acres. The gardens are partly walled with an important Grade II* octagonal dovecote in the grounds. Next to the house stand two imposing Grade I-listed Tudor barns. The east end room was used by Edward Seago (1910-74) as his first studio and the honeysuckle over the porch was there in his time.
The dairy wing is used by the owners as an antique furniture restoration business and tours include a visit to see work in progress. Essentially a family house occupied by three generations exuding warmth and hospitality. Tours conducted by the owners include the house, dovecote and antique furniture restoration studio.
A small selection of antique and decorative items are available for purchase.