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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Hales Hall, Loddon, Norfolk

Under Offer £1,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6 bedrooms, 5 reception rooms
  • 2 separate cottages
  • Tudor Great Barn
  • Popular wedding venue
  • In all 9 acres (est).

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Hales Hall is situated in an unspoilt rural position approached over Hales Common and surrounded by gently undulating farmland and woodland.

Norwich the Cathedral city and regional centre of East Anglia is about 13 miles to the northwest and the Waveney Valley market towns of Beccles and Bungay are both 5 miles. Nearby the town of Loddon has good everyday shopping facilities and access to the south Broads network can be gained from the River Chet which flows into the River Yare. Southwold on the Suffolk Hertitage coast is about 17 miles. There are mainline railway stations at both Norwich (13 miles) and closer to London, Diss (17 miles) with regular trains to London Liverpool Street.


The Property
There has been a house on this site for upwards of a thousand years. The present house and barn were built by Sir James Hobart in 1478 and the house we see now is a surviving wing of this great Tudor house which was purchased by the current owners in 1971 and extensively restored since then. In fact, Hales Hall has only been on the market twice in the last 150 years.

Situated in the grounds to the south of the main house is the Great Barn, at 184 ft, the largest brick built Tudor barn in England. This has also been restored and was re-roofed in 1996. The barn has become a deservedly popular venue for weddings ( with current planning permission for up to 30 weddings per year and a significant income can be generated from this. (The planning permission includes a licence and permission is being sought to increase this from 30 weddings to 75 weddings per year - please contact the agents for further details of this and the income generated.) The owners have also enjoyed making the property available for charity fund raising and theatre/concert events.

Hales Hall is situated in extensive moated gardens and grounds containing some magnificent topiary which compliment the buildings and create a fine setting for this historic property.

Historical Note
The present house and Great Barn were built by Sir James Hobart after he purchased Hales Hall is 1478, the property then incorporated the 13th century hall of Sir Roger de Hales whose daughter Alice married Thomas de Brotherton, Earl of Norfolk and half brother of Edward II.

Sir James Hobart came from Monks Eleigh in Suffolk where his father's manor house still survives. He was a talented lawyer and judge and after 1485 became Henry VII's Attorney General, a post he held for 21 years. Sir James was a remarkably talented man and both he and his family were held in high regard. He paid for the repairs to the nave roof of Norwich Cathedral after a fire and helped compile the Statutes of Henry VII, the last book printed by William Caxton circa 1490. He died in 1517 and is buried in Norwich Cathedral. His youngest son Myles founded the line that built Blickling Hall, while the eldest son, Walter and his family remained staunch Catholics after Henry VIII's reformation and faced huge fines as recusants. By 1647 their great fortune had run out and the Hall, mortgaged to the hilt, was acquired by Henry Humberston, a local property speculator. He sold the estate to Dionysia, Lady Williamson, the widow of a Lord Mayor of London. Of immense wealth and a descendant of the de Hales family, Lady Williamson gave some £11,000 towards the rebuilding of St Pauls Cathedral and several other churches after the Great Fire of London in 1666. She has a fine alabaster tomb in Loddon Church.

The estate then passed to various landowners who lived elsewhere including the Earl of Roseberry and, from the mid 19th century the Crisps of nearby Kirby Cane Hall. From the 1730s onwards the house was let to farming tenants including for a while in the 19th century, the de Blundervilles, descendants of one of William the Conqueror's Norman barons.

The house is approached from the east via a gravelled drive lined by a mixed avenue of Maple, Oak, Chestnut and Copper Beech trees. The drive divides with a spur off to the left towards the Great Barn. The main drive leads through oak entrance gates and sweeps round to the south front of the house which overlooks the main formal gardens. The drive also divides and leads round to the Bothy Cottage and to the north of the house.

The gardens and grounds of Hales Hall are an outstanding feature and are arranged as follows. The main formal gardens lie to the south of the house and are extensively laid to lawn with a great variety of elaborately trimmed Yew and box topiary. There are various ornamental trees including Mulberry and Magnolia. The drive curves round and leads under the Gate House Lodge joining with the north drive where there is a further extensive area of lawn and an avenue of Beech trees with fine views over the surrounding meadow and farmland. Situated to the west of the formal gardens lies part of the original moat and there is a most attractive area of formal garden extending westwards from the Gate House Lodge lined by Yew hedging with box topiary and well stocked mixed herbaceous beds with a variety of old fashioned rambling roses. This leads down to a seating area bordered by the moat.

The Great Barn forms a splendid backdrop to the house to the north and is separated from the formal gardens and grounds by a fine red brick wall. To the north of the Great Barn there is an extensive gravelled parking area and an oak framed cloisters with stone paving. Situated to the northeast of the barn there is a range of single storey farm buildings divided into garaging and stores. Situated to the south of the Great Barn there is a further gravelled parking area which has been used for parking for the nursery business which has been run from the site for many years. There is a well stocked mixed orchard and an area of meadowland.

The whole area in all extends to 9 acres (est).

Mains water and electricity (3 phase). Private drainage. Oil fired central heating.

Agent's Note
1. A footpath/bridleway passes along the north and east boundary as shown marked by a dotted line on the site plan.
2. The shooting rights are not in hand.
3. The Kirby Cane Estate retain an historic right of access between points A and B on the plan. However a new farm access has been provided outside the boundaries of the property is now used instead.
4. The area to the west of the moat is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
5. Please note the additional planning permission to increase the number of weddings from 30 to 75 has not been granted.

Local Authority
South Norfolk District Council.

Fixtures and Fittings
All fixtures and fittings including fitted carpets and curtains are specifically excluded from the sale, but may be available in addition, subject to separate negotiation.

Strictly by appointment with Savills. If there is any point which is of particular importance to you, we invite you to discuss this with us, especially before you travel to view the property.

NB Floor plans prepared by ehouse are for guidance only. Savills do not accept any responsibility for their accuracy.

Important Notice
Savills, their clients and any joint agents give notice that:

1.They are not authorised to make or give any representations or warranties in relation to the property either here or elsewhere, either on their own behalf or on behalf of their client or otherwise. They assume no responsibility for any statement that may be made in these particulars. These particulars do not form part of any offer or contract and must not be relied upon as statements or representations of fact.

2.Any areas, measurements or distances are approximate. The text, photographs and plans are for guidance only and are not necessarily comprehensive. It should not be assumed that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation or other consents and Savills have not tested any services, equipment or facilities. Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise.


Main House
- entrance and staircase hall
- drawing room
- dining room
- sitting room
- morning room
- vaulted room
- kitchen
- utility room
- cloakroom/shower
- 6 bedrooms
- bathroom
- separate WC
- extensive attics

Porter's Lodge
- kitchen/breakfast room
- sitting room
- bedroom
- bathroom

Bothy Cottage
- sitting room
- kitchen
- 3 bedrooms
- Bathroom

Grade I listed Tudor Great Barn

in all 9 acres (est)


Leave Norwich on the A146 Beccles Road and after passing Loddon and the turning to Hales on the left, continue a short distance and turn right into a small slip road signposted Wash Lane also marked with a brown tourist sign to Hales Hall. After a short distance turn right again and this leads onto an unmade road which crosses over Hales Common at the end of which the drive to Hales Hall will be found. The post code for the property is NR14 6QW, however do not rely on Sat Nav which will take you to the wrong location. Co-ordinates for SatNav are 52.5102, 1.4900 or use the directions as above.

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14 October 2011


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