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A fine Tudor-Jacobean mansion standing in extensive parkland, Somerleyton Hall is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain.
Outside there’s a walled garden containing an ornate glasshouse and a yew hedge maze. The more informal area of the 12-acre garden features rhododendrons, azaleas and a fine collection of specimen trees.
The Crossley family have owned Somerleyton since 1863, and it is their collection of paintings, silverware, fine china, furniture and memorabilia that is currently on display. Among the star works of art are Joseph Wright of Derby’s Academy by Lamplight, two naval scenes by Clarkson Stanfield – The Seige of San Sebastian and The Towing of the Victory – Buck and Fawns by the famous Victorian animal painter, Edwin Landseer, and works by Simone Cantarini, Ferdinand Bol and Richard Ansdell.
Guided tours of the Hall lasting 45 minutes are available between 11.30am and 3.30pm. The tea room serves refreshments, sandwiches and Suffolk cream teas and there’s a gift shop. More substantial meals can be had at the Duke’s Head pub on the estate. All areas of the Hall open to the public are wheelchair accessible.