10 bedroom detached house for sale

Hall Lane, Otley, Ipswich, IP6

Guide Price £2,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Exquisite moated hall steeped in history set in wonderful gardens
  • Oak panelled drawing room with moulded beams
  • Exceptional panelling in the linenfold parlour
  • study & minstrel's gallery
  • Staff flat
  • Separate conference & corporate hospitality centre
  • Formal Tudor style gardens, 2 thatched summer houses, pavilion & barn
  • Triple garage, swimming pool & tennis court

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Exceptional Grade I Listed moated hall of considerable
international and historical importance set within
delightful gardens & grounds. About 9.5 acres

Location

Otley Hall lies in the heart of the Suffolk countryside about 7 miles to the north of Ipswich, off a quiet country lane. The delightful village of Otley has a post office, village store, doctors surgery and primary school. The house is located in a particularly sought after area of countryside surrounded by charming and historic villages including Framsden, Helmingham and Earl Soham. The house is within easy access of Debenham, Framlingham, Woodbridge and Ipswich, which have a wide range of recreational, shopping and diverse private and state educational facilities. The Suffolk Heritage Coastline is also within easy access. The Aldeburgh Music Festival is held each year at the Snape Maltings which is also in the vicinity. From Ipswich there are regular train services to London’s Liverpool Street Station, the journey taking approximately 65 minutes. Otley was voted 'village of the year' in 2012.

Description

Otley Hall is one of the few Grade I listed houses in Suffolk still in private ownership. The hall is timber framed with brick infill and some colour wash render under a tiled roof. The accommodation is arranged over three floors with a wealth of exposed timbers and exceptional oak panelling. The Great Hall has fine oak panelling and moulded beams and it is thought that Bartholomew Gosnold planned his famous Jamestown expedition in this room. The exceptional panelling in the Linenfold Parlour is reputed to have come from Cardinal Wolsey’s chambers at Hampton Court Palace. In addition within Robert Gosnold’s I’s bedroom there are Tudor nails from which silk tapestries were once suspended.

OUTSIDE
The gardens and grounds of Otley Hall are of particular note and have been listed in the Independent’s Top 50 Best British Gardens to visit. The gardens are both formal and informal and provide a wonderful setting for the house. The layout blends artfully between the herber, orchard, a nuttery, formal croquet lawn, rose garden, vine tunnel and woodland. Enjoy the tranquillity of the knot garden, labyrinth or sit atop The Mount which offers views across the surrounding Suffolk countryside. Two sides of the hall are moated and an H-shaped canal has been created to the original design of Francis Inigo Thomas from part of a third side of moat and stew pond. The gardens offer a sense of the continuous nature and development of gardening spanning nearly eight centuries. There are peacocks both Indian blue and white along with a whole host of wildlife including ducks, moorhens, green woodpeckers, herons as well as rudd, carp and crayfish in the H-canal and many other fish in the moat. There are two thatched summerhouses and a dovecote overlooking the croquet lawn to the north of the Hall and a pavilion and barn to the south-west of the Hall.

Conference Centre
The conference centre, situated to the south-west of the hall, has recently undergone a significant extension. It is an L-shaped building comprising a long reception room/cafe, catering kitchen, bar area and numerous cloakrooms. Otley Hall has become a unique venue for celebratory events, weddings and retreat days. It is a small but profitable business which can be continued or not as the purchaser wishes.

Swimming pool and tennis court
There is a secluded swimming pool area surrounded by trees plus a recently refurbished tennis court, pavilion, triple garage, gardeners sheds, large barn and thatched summerhouse.

Services
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Borehole supplies water to the moat.

Agents Note: The property may qualify as mixed use.

Historical Note:
The site of Otley Hall was settled in the 12th century and the present house dates from circa 1500. The Gosnold family owned or tenanted the land in the area in 1401 and were living in Otley in around 1440, although they built much of what you see today during the 16th century. The Gosnolds were educated and well connected lawyers with links to Cardinal Wolsey, the Earl of Essex, the Earl of Southampton, the 17th Earl of Oxford and Francis Bacon. Robert Gosnold III was secretary and Master of Requests to the Earl of Essex from 1599 to 1601. Colonel Robert Gosnold VI fought through three sieges during the Civil War and was reputed to have seen Charles I leave Oxford in disguise one midnight.

In 1588 the ‘Plahouse wing’ was added and was used as an occasional theatre. This may have been inspired by one of the Gosnold’s cousins Edward de Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, who some regard as the author of Shakespeare’s plays. Some believe that The Tempest was based on Bartholomew Gosnold’s voyage to the New World in 1602. In the course of this voyage Bartholomew Gosnold named Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, but failed to establish a settlement. On his return to England, he started planning another voyage. Much of the planning and recruitment of settlers is reputed to have been done in the Great Hall at Otley Hall. In 1606, in command of the Godspeed and with two other vessels, he left England and in 1607 was the prime mover in establishing a settlement known today as Jamestown, Virginia. Bartholomew Gosnold died in 1607 and Otley Hall was sold by the Gosnold family in 1674. In 1910 it was sold to Dorothy Sherston who employed the Edwardian architect Morley Horder to refurbish the hall and Francis Inigo Thomas, the famous Edwardian landscape gardener, to design a formal garden.

Square Footage: 12,715 sq ft
Acreage: 9.55 Acres

Directions

From London take the A11 until the A12 and then follow this road around Chelmsford and Colchester until it joins the A14 on the southern outskirts of Ipswich. Join the A14 towards Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds and after about 9 miles follow signs on to the A140 (Norwich Road). After about ¼ mile turn right on to the B1078 Coddenham Road. Pass through Coddenham and Ashbocking and at the T-junction turn left on to the B1079 road to Otley. Turn right and then left after about ½ mile into Hall Lane. The entrance to Otley Hall will be seen after a further ½ mile on the left hand side. Otley Hall is signed with brown historic house signs from the village of Otley.


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  • Melton (6.2 mi)
  • Woodbridge (6.3 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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