The Great House

Orford, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

  • 4 Star Gold
  • This property can be found on Niche Retreats
  • Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Awards Finalist 2020 for Self-Catering Accommodation Of The Year. Perfectly located within a couple of minutes walk of the shops, pubs, castle and quay at Orford.

You can book this property from:

  • £3290 per week
  • £470 per night
  • 4 Star Gold
  • This property can be found on Niche Retreats

Description

Special Offer: Available at reduced pricing for 8 people using four of the six bedrooms only during off-peak times.  Please specify your preference at time of booking.  Please call for further details.

One of the most important houses and gardens situated in the heart of Orford. The Great House, built in the early 1800s, is a Grade II listed property. With views of both the castle and the coast, the house is believed to have been built as a shooting lodge for the Sudbourne estate and was restored in 2017. The Great house is now superbly finished throughout.  The house retains many of its original features and offers two large and comfortable reception rooms, a Billiard room, a large kitchen with breakfast room and a dining room which seats up to 20 guests. Each of the six bedrooms has access to its own ensuite bathroom.

The elegant formal and informal gardens are an important adjunct to the house and can be enjoyed and accessed from the hall, sitting room and the breakfast room. From the breakfast room. From the breakfast room is a spacious patio area with table and chairs and barbecue which leads out to the surrounding garden (around 1.5 acres) which includes a wonderful old orchard, and an expansive and charmingly planted lawned area with Croquet, Table Tennis or Kubb. Pub: 200 yards, Shop: 200 yards. 

GROUND FLOOR
Drawing Room: a large open fireplace, three sofas, armchairs, occasional tables and lamps, sound system with a selection of the owners cd's which guests are welcome to use.
Sitting Room: with sofas and armchairs, a large 49” flat screened TV showing Netflix and Freeview, corner cupboard and books and log burning stove. The stereo system also links here from the drawing room so music can be enjoyed throughout. A door leads out to the garden.
Dining Room: includes a table seating up to 15 guests and has sideboards and serving tables. There are tablecloths available as well as a full formal dining set.
Kitchen/Diner: includes dressers, occasional tables and a breakfast table seating 8 - 10. Bi-fold doors lead out to the barbecue terrace and garden beyond. The kitchen includes a 4 oven Blue electric AGA, large LG s/steel fridge freezer with ice maker, Britannia 6 hob gas range cooker, Kitchenaid Nespresso coffee machine (a starter pack of pods are provided), breakfast bar, butler sink, Magimix food processor and ample cooking equipment.  There are 2 dishwashers.
Utility Room: with a microwave, 'dog' shower, sink, washing machine and tumble dryer, bottle fridge and further freezer. A small supply of frozen meals are stored in the freezer just in case guests arrive late and hungry.
Billiard Room: full-sized snooker table, desk and chair, board games and card tables, desk with access for guests laptops and a printer. There is also an iPod with iPod dock and guests are welcome to browse the music and enjoy. 

FIRST FLOOR
Bedroom 1: a zip and link Emperor bed, large chest of drawers, chaise longue, arm chairs, wardrobe, dressing table and chair. Ensuite bathroom: with large walk in shower, double ended roll top bath with hand held shower, heated towel rail,wc and shave point. A spacious sitting room with sofas and chaise longue, books, TV and a great selection of children's games and toys.
Bedroom 2: includes an Emperor bed, chest of drawers, arm chair, wardrobe, dressing table and chair. Ensuite Shower Room: with large shower with both rain and hand held shower, wash basin, w.c., heated towel rail and shave point. 
Bedroom 3: a king sized sleigh bed, corner wardrobe, table and chair, wash basin. Ensuite Shower Room: large walk in shower with both rain and hand held showers, w.c., heated towel rail and shave point. 
Bedroom 4: an Emperor bed, chest of drawers, arm chair, wardrobe, dressing table and chair. Ensuite Shower Room: with large shower with both rain and hand held shower, wash basin, heated towel rail and shave point. The w.c. is located in its own room off the bedroom.
Bedroom 5: has a king sized sleigh bed, corner wardrobe, table and chair. Ensuite bathroom: with roll-top bath with hand held shower, wash basin, w.c., radiator, towel rail and shave point.
Bedroom 6: An antique French Emperor sized bed which can be converted into 2 large single beds, dressing table and chair, large armoire, easy chair. Ensuite Shower Room: with large walk in shower with rain and hand held shower, basin, w.c., heated towel rail and shave point.  In the corner of this room is an open staircase leading down to the lobby off the kitchen and breakfast room.

Garden: There is a large lawned garden with croquet overlooked by a large terrace with seating for all the visitors, barbecue, outside table tennis. A gate leads to the orchard where there is a variety of ancient apple and other fruit trees. Here too, an outdoor table tennis table is set on the patio. The owners have built a small self contained lodge in the corner of the garden which shares the main gate into the property for pedestrian access only.
Parking: A drive to the left leads to a parking area with space for at least 6 cars.
Heating: Air source heat pump. 
Notes: WiFi, bed linen and towels. 

Please Note: The property is a family home and is not suitable for parties. No music to be played in the gardens. There is a security deposit of £1,000 payable on this property that will be returned within 10 days of your stay.

Orford is an attractive small town, dominated by the remains of a 12th Century castle keep - you may like to climb to the top to enjoy the panoramic views over the town and marshes. It is also famous for Orford Ness National Nature Reserve and Havergate Island, both a delight for ornithologists and nature lovers. Sailing and boat trips are available on the River Ore, with country walks in Rendlesham Forest. It is only nine miles from the beach at Aldeburgh, with the historic towns of Framlingham and Woodbridge and the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall also within easy reach.

'SY Eventually'

Experience an ocean going high performance luxury yacht for a half day or just for lunch.
Charter with a skipper' a one off yacht designed by the owner of The Great House.
Choose from a lunch out under power or a short at sea experience.

Eventually is a twin rudder powerful pilothouse sail boat with dual steering and a lifting keel offering Great House guests either an at sea sheltered sailing or a more gentle down to shingle street experience.
The boat is moored on the river Ore just off the Quay at Orford.
Available by prior arrangement.
At sea charters have to be timed to fit with the times of our high tides, with departures from the quay 3 hours before high water.

Choices:
1.  For those folk who do not want to sail at sea but would like to experience life on the water - A 2 hour Trip around Havergate Island under motor with snacks and drinks on board once moored.Champagne and light refreshments provided.
Maximum 7 persons.
Life jackets and a safety brief provided- delivery and collection to and from the yacht by the harbour masters launch.
£600

2. For the more adventurous types a 3 - 4 hour sail from the mooring in the Ore out to sea for an hour followed by lunch or tea,- experience navigation in and out of the river, trimming sails and steering the yacht.Champagne and light refreshments provided
Maximum 5 persons.
Life jackets and a safety brief provided- delivery to and from the yacht by the harbour masters launch.
£850

Weather dependant.
Tide timed.
Fully insured.
No children under 10.

Features

Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 4 king/super-king beds
  • 2 single Zip&Link beds (combine for king/super king)

Appliances

  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Range/Aga
  • Freezer

Bathrooms

  • 6 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Shower

Families

  • Family friendly
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair

Outdoors

  • Garden
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 0.1 miles
  • Shop 0.1 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room

Nearby activities

  • Walking

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 7:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am

Reviews

Fantastic house with so much character, also blessed with perfect weather, bright & cold. Will be back to Orford. Thanks so much!

The G,

Great place for a Birthday Celebration, lovely area, lots to see, fantastic house.

Judith & G,

Philips 70th - What a perfect weekend in a gorgeous house. Sunny all weekend but pouring when we left. Boast trip on Lady Florence for brunch was amazing. Supper catered for on Saturday evening was a real treat. The beds were comfy and the whole house was perfect for all of us. We will be back! Thank you one and all!

Lesley M,

What a fabulous house! We've had a thoroughly enjoyable week, made by this superb home, with every possible facility, including the Billiard Table. Orford is a delightful village and we managed to take advantage of almost every eatterie. The weather has been kind to us and we've managed some lovely walks, including the Nature Reserve, a must see. This would also be a fabulous place to hunker down in the winter, surrounded by more books than it would be possible to read! Hopefully we will be back again one day soon.

Previous Customer,

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful house. We came here for a family gathering and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Orford is a lovely setting and we had plenty of fun walking, eating and drinking in the village. The garden was als brilliant for the kids! Many thanks

Danielle & Family,

A perfect house for a family holiday. We've enjoyed the space and the beautiful garden. We have been blessed with sunny weather and had lots of fun playing games provided, something for all. We have eaten fabulous oysters at Butley Oysterage and loved smoke fish and pates. Many thanks

Judith S,

A Great Weekend. Great House...Great 90th Birthday Celebration....Great food courtesy of Country Cuisine...Great photos courtesy of Tony Pick...Great garden.....Crap weather...well you can't have it all...all of the time.

Chris B,

A lovely family gathering for our Pauline's 70th Birthday weekend. An ideal house for the Bowyer Family. The location of the house was just perfect with convenient walks from the house around the village and to the River, calling on at the pub on route. It was a bright cold December weekend and we appreciated the warm and cosy ambiance of the house. The staff at the Jolly Sailor looked after us well for our fish n chip lunch and we enjoyed all other meals here. A most relaxing weekend for everyone, so much more enjoyable than staying in a Hotel.

The Bowyer Family,

What a wonderful house, fabulous location and beautifully decorated, a great place. August 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing week in a stunning house. We've loved it! August 2017

What a wonderful place to spend our Mothers 80th Birthday. Having holidayed to Orford for 32 years and walked past the "Great House", how amazing to actually stay here. Fab paintings as well. Thank you. December 2017

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