Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.
Comprising a Georgian ‘wing’ of grand parish entertainment rooms featuring a ‘choir gallery’, the library/study where Dr Broome worked on translations of the Odyssey for his friend Alexander Pope, and older servants’ areas lovingly and gently restored, the Old Vicarage is a suitable partner to the world-famous Eye church, one of Suffolk’s finest medieval buildings.
Like many old vicarages, the one in Eye tells the story of its community, with wings of the house dating from 1480 to the 1730s, and the former medieval presbytery remodelled in Victorian times into servants’ kitchens, by the WW2 American air force into separate buildings, and by the present owners into a magazine-featured conservatory-kitchen. The house is set in extensive grounds, the original kitchen gardens have been restored as working gardens and the Victorian glass houses re-imagined as a family kitchen.
The present owner work in the film and theatre industries as well as in historical non-fiction publishing, so the house furnishings include unusual 18th century and some family portraiture, antiques and vintage furniture, includling stage and films props such as the bed from the film Shakespeare in Love!
GROUND FLOOR ‘parish entertainment rooms’ plus some bedrooms. Gardens, including kitchen garden plus the restored servants’ areas (butlers pantry, kitchens, 18thcentiry bread oven!!) - tour of church by special arrangement also – donation to church – depending on times (world famous 15th century painted rood screen etc).
The house has two drives – one, shared with the church, takes visitors in past the Elizabethan Guild Hall through the churchyard, and this is the preferred entry – the original ‘front door’ of the house. However there is also parking on the other side, the Hoxne Road drive.
Eye is dominated by its castle and church. Once you have found the church, you are right by our gates. The house is not visible from the road.
Cake and tea/coffee.
‘It’s the perfect literary rectory – the history of Suffolk in one building’