Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
The house dates back to 1385 but was much re-built in the 1500s. Whilst much of the original furniture was sold over the centuries, current owners have scoured the auction houses and employed craftsmen to re-create furniture in keeping with its Tudor origins.
Children of all ages will enjoy a visit to Kentwell. There is something for every age in the house but if the weather is fine then leave lots of time to wander round the gardens and park. There are walled garden, moats, shrubberies, a Ha Ha and a dovecote. Children will particularly enjoy the rare breeds farm which is especially attractive to little ones in the spring when they can see the young sheep, cattle and pigs, but there are also great Suffolk Punch horses and rare cattle.
Do keep an eye out for the events at Kentwell, again a favourite with young visitors. Tudor lords and ladies parade along the paths near the moat whilst Tudor servants and labourers go about their 16th century chores. It is fun but you learn a lot.
Kentwell is often used as a film set – Toad’s House in the latest production of Wind in the Willows is just one example
- Long Melford