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

Other opening

Overview

The ‘outstanding individual house’ in east Suffolk (Bettley & Pevsner, 2015). Grade I, C16 moated hall, still a family home, a perfect example of unspoilt late medieval architecture.

According to Farrer (Old Suffolk Houses, Vol. 6), the impressive Great Hall and Linenfold Parlour, which look out onto the rose garden, are unequalled in Suffolk. A wealth of notable features includes a cross or screens passage, richly carved beams, most beautiful and complete linenfold panelling and remarkable 16th-century wall paintings celebrating the marriage in 1559 of Robert Gosnold III and Ursula Naunton.

Outside, the lofty chimneys, herringbone brickwork and vineleaf pargetting, magnificent today, give a tantalising glimpse of an even more glorious past. The ten acres of gardens, full of rich, dreamy atmosphere (Country Life, 2015) were placed sixth in 50 top British gardens in The Independent.

The Gosnolds lived here for over 230 years from 1440 first as tenants, then as owners. Bartholomew Gosnold (1571-1607) voyaged to the New World, where in 1602 he discovered Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, which he named after his infant daughter.  In 1607, 13 years before the Mayflower landed, he was the prime mover in the Virginia Company expedition that founded the Jamestown colony. This was the first permanent English-speaking settlement in America. It has been said that the two voyages were planned at the hearthside of Otley Hall. 

Visitors are welcome to wander in the gardens after the tour.


Opening
Opening

Visit by private tour only.

Find Us
Find us

Otley Hall is eight miles north of Ipswich off the B1079, in the village of Otley. Once in the village, turn into Chapel Road at the Village Store/Post Office, following the brown historic house signs. Continue for about half a mile before turning left into Hall Lane. Otley Hall is 500 yards along Hall Lane on the left. On arrival, please park in the signposted car park where your hosts will meet you.

Forthcoming Tours

7 Jul 2020
2PM - 5PM | £16.50

23 Jul 2020
2PM - 5PM | £16.50

21 Aug 2020
2PM - 5PM | £16.50

10 Sep 2020
2PM - 5PM | £16.50

22 Sep 2020
2PM - 5PM | £16.50

7 Oct 2020
2PM - 5PM | £16.50

10 Dec 2020
6PM - 9PM | £16.50

Tour Overview

Take a guided tour of the ground and first floor of the Otley Hall. Visitors are welcome to wander in the gardens after the tour.

Tour duration

2 - 2.5 hours

Tour prices

£16.50 per person.

Refreshments

Tea, coffee and a selection of home-made cakes. Christmas tour includes mulled wine and festive nibbles.

Access notes

One step up into Hall. Gravel and bark chipping pathways in grounds.

Restrictions

No commercial photography.


Opening
Opening

Visit by private tour only.

Find Us
Find us

Otley Hall is eight miles north of Ipswich off the B1079, in the village of Otley. Once in the village, turn into Chapel Road at the Village Store/Post Office, following the brown historic house signs. Continue for about half a mile before turning left into Hall Lane. Otley Hall is 500 yards along Hall Lane on the left. On arrival, please park in the signposted car park where your hosts will meet you.

Other opening