Is this the perfect rural getaway? 5 reasons to staycation at this Suffolk home
Lakeside views, endless countryside and a stunning home – if you’re dreaming of a secluded retreat, Nedging Hall ticks all the boxes.
They also provide a bespoke service, tailoring the itinerary of each stay to each individual group. “No request is too big – from dinner parties to hen dos, birthdays and murder mysteries, anything is possible,” says Charlie Buckle, owner and managing director of Nedging Hall, located 20 miles south of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Below, he outlines five reasons why this is a must-visit location for those in need of a getaway.
1. A stunning building
Reflecting the beauty of the surrounding estate, this Georgian style country house does not disappoint. “We’ve redecorated the building with a modern twist that offers a cleaner, fresher look whilst retaining the timber beams that characterise the building,” Charlie explains.
The hall offers 11 charming bedrooms, fashioned with neutral décor in a regal setting. “For larger groups, we have extra day beds available so everyone will be accommodated,” he adds.
2. Inclusive entertainment and facilities
The location features a heated, indoor, salt water pool without chlorinated chemicals - which is fantastic for your skin. The pool can be used all-year-round, keeping the doors closed during the colder months, opening them up when it's hotter.
“There is a tennis court on-site and the croquet lawn is right next to it, so there’s plenty of options to keep guests entertained during their stay. All the necessary equipment is on hand for them to use, so they don’t need to worry about bringing anything,” says Charlie.
“We’ve arranged clay pigeon shooting and golf matches out on the grass – whatever their hobbies or interests, we are more than happy to incorporate them into their trip, creating the best experience for them.”
The hall also has a traditional Billiard’s room, where guests can enjoy drinks, games and relax around one of the five fireplaces. A truly unique and charming way to spend an evening in Suffolk.
3. A variety of dining options
Whether it's a laid-back trip with summer picnics and casual dining or official dinner parties, their private host Lucie will be available for the duration of the stay to make the arrangements.
“The kitchen is one of my favourite parts of the house – chefs who have visited have been astounded by the facilities and space available,” says Charlie. “Our guests have free reign to use the kitchen as they wish – if they’d like to have food delivered from the supermarket, or for some meals to be prepared for their arrival, we’re more than happy to organise this.”
If, however, you’d like to do something more formal without the hassle, you can arrange for their in-house chef to prepare a lavish meal to impress your guests.
4. The estate is sustainably run
Besides boasting luxurious grounds and a gorgeous home to stay in, the estate is also run sustainably to protect the land and environment, making it the ideal location for walking during your stay. “130 hectares of woodland have been planted, which equates to roughly 250,000 trees, as well as 35 kilometres of hedges, which is an incredible achievement,” Charlie tells us.
“The hall also has its own vegetable, herb gardens and established orchard, where fresh produce is grown and is available for guests to use during their stay. The rest of the produce is used to stock our pubs on the estate.”
Nedging Hall have four solar panel sites to create sustainable energy which they use to power certain parts of the house. “We like to see ourselves as custodians of the land – by digging ponds, laying hedges and breeding rare species like our Suffolk Punch horses, we’re trying to give back to the estate as much as possible to help it flourish and develop,” he says.
5. It’s an easily accessible location
Nedging Hall is a mere 25-minute drive from Colchester, which is only an hour on the train from London, Liverpool Street Station. “But once you’re there, you never have to leave,” Charlie explains. “The best part of the hall is that everything is right at your disposal – from walks by the lake, playing sports and hosting parties to having a dip in the pool.”
Should you fancy venturing further, however, the local pub The Bildeston Crown is a short walk down the road. "The Lindsey Rose is a 10-minute drive and our very own Mauldons Brewery - the oldest brewery in Suffolk, is a 20-minute journey by car. We also have The Brewery Tap in Sudbury if you'd like to try some of our Mauldons beer in a pub setting. There is a wealth of fantastic restaurants that champion the best of Suffolk in the surrounding areas, so you’re spoilt for choice. ” he tells us.