Discover Kentwell Hall & Gardens
Kentwell Hall is a secluded and romantic estate set in Suffolk parkland with over 500 years of fascinating history and unexpected stories.
A stunning mellow redbrick house with two forward wings of the early 16th C, surrounded by a broad moat, built by the Clopton family with wealth from landowning. Its main features are its impressive, little-altered exterior elevations and its separate 15th C part half-timbered service building. The interior shows the changes of successive owners most notably of about 1800, most pronounced of 1826 and by the Phillips family since 1972.
Much-Loved Family Home
The Hall has been home to a succession of owners, with each having left something of their own mark. Let to a succession of tenants from 1888 to 1930, by 1970 it stood neglected and in need of much expenditure. It was bought by Patrick Phillips who, with his wife, Judith, embarked on a grand-scale restoration of the Hall and Gardens, while making it their family home. The owners give occasional fascinating and personal tours of the House.
The Gardens at Kentwell are like how many people may imagine an old-fashioned Country House Garden to be. The Gardens have evolved over five centuries with elements of all still visible. Dominated by the Hall, brick walls and the moats, and perhaps the largest stand of Cedar trees in England, with much topiary, large and small. With surprises for the visit, especially children, at nearly every turn, from the brick-paved Maze in the Courtyard to the huge, topiary Yew Castle. The Gardens are to strill around in an every changing environment, never far from water or interesting views of the House, punctuated by the unexpected; or to just sit back and dream, marvelling at the endless changing patterns of the wind or the fish on the waters of the Moats. Sometimes, events permitting, you can wander up to the Barns Sward with its timber-framed farm buildings and its old-fashioned farmyard feeling.
The Gardens are open to view regularly.
As you explore, you will see the exterior remains very much as the Tudor builders left it, but as you meander through the interior, you will see it now presents an exciting mix of periods with rare and fabulous pieces from fine paintings to period furniture.
Kentwell Hall represents Patrick and Judith’s ongoing and ever-changing lifetime journey. It is the story of their family and home, created from the restoration of an empty, near derelict and unloved shell to a treasured, unique and much-visited home for visitors to explore, learn and enjoy.
Join us to learn more about the history of the house and the stories of the people who made this the beautiful and fascinating place it is.
Enjoy our home as our guests.
Explore the house and gardens
A great day out for all the family any time of the year
As well as exploring the house, Kentwell's gardens have carpets of snowdrops in early spring followed by a mass of daffodils and cowslips. There are plentiful wild pyramid orchids to be found in summer, when the walled garden is a riot of colour and the rose garden flourishes. Best of all perhaps the delicate pink American pillar roses which adorn the moat walls.