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Stunning, moated 16th Century Manor House and 2 Beautifully restored Barns - Blo Norton Hall

People21
Bedrooms 9
Bathrooms7
Separate WC's2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

Description

Blo Norton Hall

The house is furnished throughout with antique furniture. Family portraits and other pictures line the grand oak staircase and reception rooms. The entrance hall leads into the Main Hall where access to the drawing room with the hi tech hi fi allowing piped music through out the ground floor and the Sitting room where one can relax watching Tv or just admire the gardens, the fireplaces are a real treat in the autumn to keep you cozy and warm. The large charismatic open plan kitchen is on the east of the entrance hall with direct access into the gardens. Small twin bedroom available for the less able.

The first floor corridor leads to six luxurious bedrooms with six bathrooms / shower rooms ( five en-suite).

The second floor provides outstanding views of the surrounding gardens and offers a further king sized bedroom with en-suite and a further large lounging area with TV and Ping Pong Table, ideal for the kids.

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About the property

Blo Norton Hall / Barns

An exquisite Elizabethan (Tudor) moated Manor House and 2 Beautifully restored and luxuriously equipped barns on the grounds of Blo Norton Hall,in the heart of Norfolk

Blo Norton Hall sleeping 21 in 9 bedrooms with en-suits with further accommodation sleeping 8 in Virgina Barn or 6 in Duleep Singh Barn . They are available all year round as a separate or joint rental with Blo Norton Hall.

The Main house is furnished throughout with antique furniture. Family portraits and other pictures line the grand oak staircase and reception rooms. The entrance hall leads into the Main Hall where access to the drawing room with the hi tech hi fi allowing piped music through out the ground floor and the Sitting room where one can relax watching Tv or just admire the gardens, the fireplaces are a real treat in the autumn to keep you cozy and warm. The large charismatic open plan kitchen is on the east of the entrance hall with direct access into the gardens. There is 1 small open pond and a larg pond surrounded by reeves, young children should be supervised whilst in the gardens as these are not fenced off, a wonderful walk into the woods the children can find swings to play on. The old library is now a twin room with a further single room off the TV lounge, although this is great for those less able there is no bathroom just 2 WCs at either end.

The first floor corridor leads to six luxurious bedrooms with six bathrooms / shower rooms ( five en-suite).

The second floor provides outstanding views of the surrounding gardens and offers a further king sized bedroom with en-suite and a further large lounging area with TV and Ping Pong Table, ideal for the kids.

Virginia Barn sleeping 8 in four bedrooms, 2 King size with ensuites, 1 twin and 1 small double bed with shared bathroom on the ground floor. A fantastic space with beamed high ceilings, great for entertaining friends and family, with open plan large kitchen. To the front you will find a patio to enjoy a bbq on those sunny days and to the rear a shared area laid to turf, ideal for the children to safely run and play.

Duleep Barn, is smaller but very cozy and still contains all the items you would expect in a well stocked house. With 2 bedrooms, a Kingsize Master bedroom with ensuite over looking beautiful farmland and a twin room, shared bathroom. There is available 2 single guest beds for use in the open plan lounge and kitchen. Private patio area with BBQ and shared garden to the rear.

Local Amenities: Redgrave & Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve

(IP22 2HX) Tel : 01379 688333. Fax : 01379 688333

Boundary Farm Riding Stables (IP22 2QP) Tel : 07908 223600

Place of Interest around 2 miles away.

Knettishall Heath Country Park (IP22 2TG) Tel: 0845 606 6067

Place of Interest around 4 miles away.

Bressingham Gardens (IP22 5XR) Tel: (44) 01379 686900

Banham Zoo (NR16 2ES) Tel: (44) 01953 887771

Place of Interest around 5 miles away.

Wyken Hall Vineyards (IP31 2DW) Tel: (44) 01359 252372

Place of Interest around 6 miles away.

Ancient House Museum, Thetford (IP24 1AA) Tel: (44) 01842 752599

Place of Interest around 10 miles away.

Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum (IP14 5PW) Tel : 01449 672670

Place of Interest around 13 miles away.

Wingfield College (IP21 5RB) Tel: 01206 769607

Grime's Graves (IP27 0TP) Tel: 01842 810656

Place of Interest around 14 miles away.

Bury Saint Edmunds Cathedral (IP32 7BW)) Tel: 01284 748720

Church of Saint Andrew, Wingfield (IP21 5RA) Tel: 01379 586609

Museum of East Anglian Life (IP14 2DF) Tel: 01449 612229

Theatre Royal, Bury Saint Edmunds (IP33 1QR) Tel: 01284 769505

01284 769505

Moyse's Hall Museum (IP33 3BU) Tel: 01284 706183

Nowton Park, Bury Saint Edmunds (IP29 5LX) Tel: 01284 763666

Place of Interest over 15 miles away.

Bradfield Woods National Nature Reserve (IP30 0AL) Tel: 01449 737996

West Stow Country Park (IP28 6HF) Tel: 01284 728718

Stonham Barns Craft Centre (IP14 6AP) Tel: 01449 711755

Newmarket Racecourse (CB8 0TG)

Box Office / Tickets: 0844 579 3010

All other enquiries: 0844 579 3010

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About Us

Sue McGrath
Peachtree services ltd
2 Upper Tachbrook Street
SW1V 1SH London
Ebury Management Ltd, 2946492
VAT Reg No461539932

Property Manager
Sue McGrath
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
12 December, 2017

About Sue McGrath

Hi my name is Sue MCgrath and I have been managing Blo Norton Hall since my boss Mr Lorimer purchased in 2009 where he refurbished and brought it to life. With such a beautiful property my job is very easy, we love to rent it out so you and your families can enjoy the house for the many different events you would like to hold with a large group of people. Its great for Anniversary celebrations, catching up with old friends, Wedding receptions as you can put a marque up in the garden, families with children of all ages as they love hunting around in the gardens playing hide n seek and finding the secret play area in the woods. My staff and I also love to stay here as well as work here, its a very special place.

Sue McGrath purchased this house in 2009

Why Sue McGrath chose Bury Saint Edmunds

Blo Norton Hall is not modern, does not have great Wi-FI, you cant get a phone signal, the furniture is antique and the floors uneven but what it lacks in Hotel sophistication it makes up for with character and it has bundles of it! I love it for its quirkiness and when children arrive their faces light up, for they see how great hide and seek is going to be. Its very special to me and I am sure it will become to you, some of our guests have been returning year after year, it grows on you.

What makes this house unique

The house is a coming together and a celebration of family events, you find yourselves talking because we do not have Hi tech equipment or X boxes, the phones don't work very well so you find communication becomes key, even the kids join in! We are not one of these places who hike up all the bank holiday rates, we have 3 rates and pass the discounts on to everyone, so you pay a low rate Jan - July, that's right no increase for Easter or May bank holidays, there's a summer rate and of course Christmas and New year. We believe that everyone should benefit especially those with young children. We hope you enjoy as much as I and my staff enjoy working and maintaining it.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much for letting us hire beautiful Blo Norton Hall. we have all had a lovely weekend and the weather was so good to us till Monday- but we were going by then so it did not matter so much. We hired Emma to cater for us on Saturday night and that was wonderful-everyone enjoyed it even out picky little ones! Thank you
Aug 2014
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Notes

Please note Enquiries made on Owners Direct the price advertised is NOT including VAT which is charged on top of at 20%. Home Away Quotes ARE including the VAT. Home Away and Owners Direct are now charging a Service Fee to all guests booking and paying with Credit card, if you wish not to incur a service fee, we can take payments byCard or bank transfer obviously paying by card has its own benefits.


Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bury Saint Edmunds in St Edmundsbury District

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 21 ...
  • Max. adults: 21
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Sunday departures anytime before 5.30pm. Details will be confirmed when final payment has been made
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathrooms and ensuites have recently been renovated and updated to luxury standard with power showers.
Bedrooms:
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 21
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Four Poster Double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Four poster Queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , Double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed , Double
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Four Poster Queen - guest bed available
    Bedroom 5 - 3 Single Bed , Triple
    Bedroom 9 - 1 Single Bed , Ground floor off of TV room
    Bedroom 8 - 2 Single Bed , Twin Room - Ground floor off of Kitchen
  • All double bedrooms and four poster rooms are large enough to accommodate a cot/travel cot and some have an additional Single bed or guest bed should your group not wish to share a bed. Great for Corporate companies.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 1 bicycles
  • 18 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
Notes:
A max of 2 dogs are allowed a fee of £25 per week per dog. Entrance doors are wide enough to accommodate wheelchair access, however, there is no lift/ramp facility inside the house to extend wheelchair access.

Reviews

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Blo Norton Hall
average rating of 4.78125 based on 35 reviews
5

Excellent property for a large group/family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a week's holiday at Blo Norton Hall for a family celebration (our party aged from 5yrs to 80yrs old). This is our second stay at the house, although the previous occasion was for a long weekend with friends and children. The house is huge and the photos don't sell the property enough. With the exception of the two smaller bedrooms on the ground floor, all the bedrooms are very big and all with their own bathrooms. The house is of course rustic, given it's age, but it is lovely, clean and comfortable and was perfect for our holiday. We had plenty of room to spread out and it was more than adequate for our party of 11 adults and 2 children. Everyone we dealt with from booking to check-in were helpful and quick to respond. There are lovely things to see in the area. We had a caterer in one evening to cook and serve a special celebratory meal and I cannot recommend her highly enough - Avril from Chef2dine4. The meal was amazing and she was very accommodating - it was as good as going out for a restaurant meal without the hassle of having to leave the house.

I would highly recommend Blo Norton Hall to any other visitors considering a stay in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A stunning property! Perfect for our first NCT weekend away!

  • 5 of 5

Blo Norton Hall is an impressive period property full of charm. It made the perfect location for the first (of many, hopefully!) NCT weekend away! Plenty of space to accommodate 7 families; the children loved exploring the grounds as well as the hall. The huge, well stocked kitchen ensured that we were all fed and watered! Would definitely recommend Blo Norton Hall to others and hopefully we'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great historical property for a large family New Year gathering

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic large Manor House for celebrating New Year. We were a family of 18 with ages ranging from 2 to 80. Everyone had a great time over the holiday loving the very spacious rooms where although there were a lot of us there was lots of room for everyone. A very popular room was the table tennis room where some great tournaments took place. The kitchen is well equipped with a good sized fridge and plenty of freezer space and the dinning room is a real banqueting hall. It was fantastic having the supply of logs and kindling for the lovely open fires which really added to the atmosphere of the manor.

It is a lovely quirky property in a country setting with some great walks directly from the house.

Sue was most helpful at answering any questions that we had before arriving and the housekeeper went above and beyond looking after us even to the point of putting our shopping delivery away before we had arrived as it had been delivered earlier than we had planned. We would definitely recommend this property as a place to stay for a large party. Can't wait to re visit.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Blo Norton Hall, Christmas 2016

  • 5 of 5

We were a family party of 12 meeting for Christmas with an age range of 22 to 97. We had a magical week in this beautiful house. It was so peaceful, very warm and well equipped. A marvellous venue for a traditional family Christmas.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
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fabulous venue in the countryside for friends and family to gather

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful, historical, grand and quirky house - equipped with everything for entertaining, great supply of china, glasses, pots and pans etc etc even 2 cocktail shakers provided! Barns fab too - Hubby and I used to celebrate out 60ths and all our guests loved it. House was lovely and warm as were the Barns - right from booking, meeting Karen on arrival for showing us around and Malcolm who had to come out twice o/a electrics going haywire - but all in all a great venue with an autumn walk to great local pub The White Horse at Thelnetham to shake off the hangvers.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ruby Wedding House Party

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved this house! It was the perfect venue for a big family gathering, plus we entertained extra guests for lunch on the Sunday, along with a clay pigeon shoot in the meadow (run by Andrew Walne and his wife, who were excellent). The gardens are beautiful, with plenty of outdoor seating, though we brought extra chairs/gazebos for our lunch event.

The kitchen was amazingly well equipped, with plenty of fridge/freezer space (very important as we had a big Waitrose delivery for the lunch). Everywhere was clean and tidy yet very homely for a large house, and all our guests loved their bedrooms. The plan/layout of the rooms was a really helpful attachment to the notes about the house and area. We also loved the option of playing music (CDs) in one/two or all of the downstairs rooms. Our daughter had brought along an iPod but she didn't have the right connector, so check that if it's important. WiFi was patchy, but some found it better than others, and the house notes warn you about signal strength.

On the Saturday night we all walked to the local pub, the White Horse in Thelnetham, where we had booked the dining room. We had a brilliant meal, thanks to Peter the chef/owner, with excellent service and Veronica (owner) kindly arranged complimentary lifts back to the Hall. What a great little pub!

Malcolm (site handyman) was very helpful on the two occasions we visited to make notes on rooms/equipment, and Sue McGrath was a great point of contact for the many questions I had! On the day we left we met Karen, the housekeeper, who does an amazing job cleaning the house on turnaround days.

We have recommended Blo Norton to so many people, and gave our lunch guests 'guided tours' too! We hope to stay again some day, well worth it.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review on the house and our staff, I shall make sure they see this. Look forward to seeing you back again, dont forget to ask for your discount when you do, only time its not valid is Christmas and Easter Holidays. Best Wishes Sue McGrath _______________________________________________________________________ Many thanks for your kind comments relating to Blo Norton Hall. It is always helpful when we receive feedback even if it is not always complimentary – at least this gives us the opportunity to address issues as they arise. We are working on the addition of a tennis court and a swimming pool. Although outside the fabric of the house, this is quite an uphill battle with the planning authorities but we are hopeful that the court at least would be available next year. Please keep coming! Mark Lorimer – Owner. Sue and Blo Norton team.
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Location

Nearest Airport
73 Miles
Stanstead
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The White Horse, Thelnetham
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Diss
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The white Horse, Thelnetham
Car: necessary

The Village itself is surrounded by quiet lanes, ideal for walking, cycling and painting and is close to Redgrave and Lopham Fen. Blo Norton Hall is the perfect choice for a relaxed stay in the East Anglian Countryside.

Blo Norton is situated close to the picturesque Norfolk and Suffolk Borders making it ideal to explore all that both counties have to offer.

Blo Norton lies on the River Little Ouse which separates Suffolk from Norfolk.

The Hall reputedly provided the setting for Virginia Wolf’s short story The Journal of Miss Joan Martyn. In the story the main character, Rosamund Merridew, is a historian researching England's land-tenure system

Attractions and Places of interest close by:

Redgrave & Lopham Fen National Nature Reserve,

Boundary Farm Riding Stables,

Knettishall Heath Country Park,

Bressingham Gardens,

Banham Zoo,

Wyken Hall Vineyards.

Nearest Local Towns:

Diss/ Thetford

Garboldisham (0.5) m.

Photos

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