Exceptional Grade I Listed moated hall of considerable international and historical importance set within delightful gardens & grounds.
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.
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.
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.
Mains water and electricity. Private drainage. Borehole supplies water to the moat.
Agents Note: Legal opinion suggests that the Otley Hall Events demonstrate a clear commercial use, sufficient for the property to justify a mixed use classification for stamp duty purposes and a considerable saving of tax payable. A future purchaser will be responsible for seeking their own legal advice on this matter. Items regarded as fixtures and fittings, including carpets and curtains, garden statuary and Otley Hall events equipment, are initially excluded from the sale, although, these, together with various items of period furniture, may be available by separate negotiation.
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A magical, historical house in a truly unique setting.Mark Oliver