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Otley Hall

Otley Hall is a stunningly beautiful 15th century medieval moated Hall. Still a family home, it is set in 10 acres of gardens in the tranquil Suffolk countryside, only 7 miles north of Ipswich. A Grade 1 listed building, Otley Hall is a perfect example of unspoiled late medieval architecture. Particularly impressive are the Great Hall, the Parlour and the 40 foot Galleried Kitchen. A wealth of notable features includes a cross or screens passage, richly carved beams, superb linenfold panelling, and 16th century wall paintings celebrating the marriage in 1559 of Robert Gosnold III and Ursula Naunton.The Gosnold family lived at Otley from 1401 for more than 250 years. 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 returned to found the Jamestown colony, the first English speaking settlement in America.

The Gardens

The Gardens at Otley Hall, with their exquisite blend of wild and cultivated terrain, provide a feast for the senses. They include parts of an important design by Francis Inigo Thomas (1866-1950)), featuring an H canal, nutteries, croquet lawn, rose garden and moat walk. In addition, there are historically accurate recreations designed by Sylvia Landsberg, author of The Medieval Garden. These include a knot garden that symbolises the Universe, its 25 beds representing the 25 civilisations. Conservation and nature play important roles at Otley. Particular care has been taken to encourage the growth of wild flowers and hedges, as well as preserve the habitats of native wildlife.General Information:

  • Lunches and refreshments available

  • Available for variety of functions and social events, please telephone.

  • Groups by appointment all year round for private guided tours of the Hall or Gardens

  • Otley Hall is the perfect setting in which to host dream wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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  • Directions

    Otley Hall is 8 miles from Ipswich and Woodbridge, off the B1079 in the village of Otley. Once in the village there are brown historic house signs to the Hall. Turn into Chapel Road at the Post Office/Village Stores. Follow Chapel Road for about 500 yards before turning left into Hall Lane. Otley Hall is 500 yards further on the left.

    Otley Hall Postcode for SatNav: IP6 9PA


    +44 (0)1473 890 264
    +44 (0)1473 890 803

    Hall Lane
    Nr. Ipswich
    IP6 9PA

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