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Historic Hales Hall opens its doors to holidaymakers

PUBLISHED: 11:09 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:09 06 July 2017

The Great Barn, Hales Hall

The Great Barn, Hales Hall

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Get the ‘Downton Abbey’ experience at a Norfolk mansion now open for holidays

Sumptuous interiors at Hales Hall Sumptuous interiors at Hales Hall

You can now see inside one of Norfolk’s most historic mansions - opening its doors for the first time to holidaymakers wishing to buy a luxury ‘Downtown Abbey’ experience.

Hales Hall, near Loddon, built in 1478 by Sir James Hobart and boasting the largest Tudor brick built barn in Britain, set in nine acres of gardens with a moat, has just been put on the holiday lettings market.

For up to £8,766 a week at peak times, you can live like a lord and lady of the manor in the Grade 1 Tudor hall built by Sir Hobart, who was Attorney General to King Henry VII. There is also an 184ft Great Barn, licensed for weddings, the Gatehouse and the Cottage- offering 13 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, catering for up to 25 people.

Inside the hall is dressed for luxury with a 38ft long kitchen/dining room, a mini grand piano in the first floor music room and bedrooms have been named after historical figures who have an association with Hales including Sir Francis Bacon and Sir James Reid.

Sumptuous interiors at Hales Hall Sumptuous interiors at Hales Hall

Lucy Downing, brand manager of Norfolk Country Cottages, the holiday lettings agent, said: “There has been a house on the site for over 1,000 years. At one time, it was one of the greatest houses in Norfolk and where, before Blickling Hall was built, it was the Hobart principal seat.”

Louis de Soissons, head of residential, Savills, Norwich, who sold Hales Hall earlier this year for around £2.85 million, said: “I think people are beginning to realise the huge commercial potential of some country houses which has until now been largely untapped.”

The new owner of Hales Hall said: “It also made sense to us to open up Hales Hall itself and invite guests to come and stay for holidays...as it is such a magical place – a perfect example of incredible medieval architecture surrounded by formal gardens and wild Norfolk meadows.”

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