The lovely village of Somerleyton is a fantastic place to visit if you want to enjoy a peaceful day out under the summer sunshine, while discovering about the local history. The village can be found just a short distance to the northeast of our Norfolk Holiday Lodges but due to the village sitting on the opposite side of the River Waveney, it’s actually within the county of Suffolk. It is considered to be a Model Village due to the industrial type layout and high quality of the houses that can be found around the village green, which were once owned by the Somerleyton Estate but have since been bought by other private owners. The village green is a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic in the summer months and there is also a children’s play area here, should you wish to bring the little ones along for a day out here. There is also a seven-acre playing field, a bowls club and a multi-purpose sports court that’s perfect for games such as football, tennis and basketball. The village also includes a local shop & post office, which are combined in one building that boasts a beautiful and traditional thatched roof.
If you’re starting to feel a little bit peckish after your mini adventure then head on over to Slug Lane where you will find the Dukes Head Pub & Restaurants that’s very popular with the locals and tourists due to it’s superb selection of drinks and delicious freshly made food. This lovely pub is the perfect place to get yourself re-energised ready for a visit to the grounds of Somerleyton Hall and Gardens, a area you are sure to be very impressed by.
Somerleyton Hall & Gardens
A short distance to the north of Somerleyton Village is where you will find the Somerleyton Estate, which is home to the impressive Somerleyton Hall and it’s beautiful surrounding gardens. The hall was constructed in 1204 but at the time of it’s original construction, it looked nothing like the impressive piece of architecture that it does today. This is because since then it has undergone two major restorations that changed it from a simple manor house to the impressive Anglo-Italian hall that stands there today. The first renovation took place in 1604 by John Wentworth, who gave it a typical Tudor-Jacobean style. Samual Morton Peto, who extended and restyled the hall from 1843 until 1850, did the second and final major restoration. Although the hall is still privately owned, it is open to the public, giving you the chance to enjoy everything that the hall and the grounds have to offer. Within the extensive walled garden you will find a selection of trees that include Tulip Trees, Eucalyptus Gunii, London Plane and Giant Redwood. Among these are numerous glass and iron greenhouses, as well as one of the most impressive yew hedge mazes in the country, which was planted by William Nestfield in 1846. The maze is quite a challenge, so why not try it for yourself and see if you can make it to the centre without getting lost!
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