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Old High Hall

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Wickhambrook, near Newmarket, Suffolk
Grade 4 Star rating
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Unique, thatched cottage, heavily beamed, inglenook fireplace and open fires, ideal for couples and larger groups of family.

Once used as a hunting lodge, this 14th/15th-century, heavily beamed, thatched cottage with later additions is now a unique holiday home. Surrounded by open countryside this is a quintessential detached English country cottage. Internally Old High Hall provides spacious well-furnished accommodation with many antiques, and open fires in both the living room and dining room. Outside there is a terrace where guests may enjoy a glass of wine, and two acres of delightful gardens (including two fenced ponds). Old High Hall is perfect for couples or family holidays. The ancient village of Wickhambrook is made up of 11 greens which are believed to date back to Anglo Saxon times. With a village shop and local pubs it provides for everyday needs and is ideally located to explore the surrounding Suffolk towns and villages. Equidistant between the towns of Bury St. Edmunds and Newmarket, 8 miles, visitors can enjoy a day out at the races, a visit to the cathedral and abbey gardens or enjoy a play in the Georgian playhouse built in 1819. Also within easy driving distance are the picturesque villages of Lavenham and Long Melford and the town of Sudbury. There are several National Trust properties in the area including Ickworth House, 6 miles, and Kentwell Hall, 7 miles. Also less than half an hour’s drive is the city of Cambridge with its famous colleges, botanic gardens, museums and galleries. Horse riding and golf nearby. Shop ½ mile, pub 600 yards.

Large, beamed living room with open fire in brick fireplace with old bread oven and French doors. Large, beamed living/dining room with open fire inglenook fireplace and brick floor. Beamed fitted well-equipped kitchen with granite work surfaces and tiled floor. Utility. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Some areas of low ceiling on corridor. Two beamed double bedrooms; one with feature brick wall, one with en-suite bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment, bidet and toilet. Beamed bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment, bidet and toilet. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fires included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Garage (for 2 cars)
  • Parking (for 5 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking
  • NB: Two fenced ponds 50 yards

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  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Horse Riding Nearby
    Horse Riding Nearby
  • Thatched Roof
    Thatched Roof
  • Christmas Themed Cottage
    Christmas Themed Cottage
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • No Pets Allowed
    No Pets Allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Car Parking - On Site
    Car Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 20/03/2017
    Old High Hall has great character and obvious history, but could do with a little more tlc. Walk in showers, more space in the kitchen, enough chairs at the table to seat all 10 guests, and fires possible in all (not just some) lounge fireplaces - for the price, we had hoped for these. Beautiful gardens though, and a magnificent looking property from the outside.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 16/01/2017
    It was lovely to be welcomed by the caretaker and shown around the house. As we were staying only three days it was good to have logs provided for the open fire. The kitchen was well equipped and the main living room was very comfortable. We liked having an open fire and felt very comfortable. The downstairs bedroom was very cold and we would have liked a proper shower somewhere in the house. However, we enjoyed the historical features of the cottage and had plenty of space for our party. It was good value for money.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; The house contains 4 bathrooms, all of which have shower attachments, as described on the website. As previously noted and despite numerous attempts, we regret but are unable to install walk in showers or upright showers within the baths for this property as the floors are uneven and the ceilings are too low to install shower heads and glass shower cabinets or glass screens or bath panels, all of which are too high. Please rest assured that we have already explored these options on numerous occasions without success. As regards the ground floor bedroom, we note the concern. However, please note that there is a very large double radiator in that room, which is piping hot and the room is adjacent to the boiler, so it is not a question of providing adequate heating. The room however has numerous windows on 3 sides facing the garden, which may be a problem but these are covered with thick, lined, top quality handmade curtains. Thick duvets and extra blankets are naturally provided. We also have extra electric heaters available both in the utility room and garage for use by guests if necessary. There is really nothing further that owners can do to ameliorate the structure of this room, which forms part of the oldest part of this listed house and contains an Elizabethan window and cannot be altered in any way.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/01/2017
    Lovely cottage, we had a great time.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 28/11/2016
    Beautiful cottage but could have done with a proper deep clean. Cobwebs are acceptable in an old building but an old plate behind the tv isn't. Beds and towels really clean and fresh.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/11/2016
    We were made very welcome by Toni who had sorted the house out for our arrival. We found it well appointed and clean, and the house is full of character. We had a great weekend and are definitely thinking of returning in the summer so we can make the most of the garden. The only small downside was that the 3 tall men in our party (all over 6'2") had a competition as to who could bump their head the most on the beams :-)

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 30/10/2016
    Quaint and quirky and full of charm. Lovely period property with open fires and antique furniture . Would be stunning in the summer as there are extensive grounds. Needs showers in bathrooms and some work on carpets and flooring but really enjoyed our time there

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/06/2016
    A beautiful historic house in a lovely location with extensive gardens. Within easy access of Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and the coast. Was well heated for the awful June weather in East Anglia that we experienced. Badly needs a walk-in shower . Has a few dusty corners but our family had a lovely celebration there and enjoyed visiting old haunts. We had forgotten how beautiful Suffolk is.

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