Hintlesham Hall is a beautiful grade 1 listed building in
Suffolk dating back to the 1400s, with a breath-taking
Georgian front exterior and original features, was
restored and turned into a hotel by the famous chef,
restaurateur and food writer Robert Carrier. The
business was owned later by the hotelier and
broadcaster Ruth Watson. Hintlesham Hall is
extremely well placed for exploring Suffolk’s
delightfully unspoilt 16th century wool merchants’
villages, it’s pretty river estuaries and ‘Constable
Country’ and the coastal town of Aldeburgh, famous
for its music and food festivals, are within easy reach,
as are Lavenham, Long Melford and Woodbridge, with
their numerous antique shops.
From 1448, Hintlesham Manor, a single storey Tudor Hall,
was owned by Sir John Fortescue who used one of the
rooms as a local court. In 1454 the manor was purchased
by John Timperley.
In August 1720 the hall was bought by Richard Powys, a
Principal Clerk to The Treasury, and the Powys family lived
there for nearly 30 years, after which it was sold to the
lawyer Richard Lloyd, a solicitor-general, and passed down
through his descendants until the early 1900s.
In 1972 the hall was bought by chef Robert Carrier.
Kentwell is not only a stunning period house, but it is also a lived-in and much-loved family home with its
story beginning over 500 years ago.
Built originally by the Clopton family, local wealthy wool merchants, Kentwell Hall has been home to a
succession of owners, with each leaving their own mark. Kentwell has undergone several interior and exterior
restorations and changes but has retained its original essence as a Tudor home. Since 1970, it has been
owned by Patrick and Judith Philips. Together they have embarked on a grand-scale restoration of the Hall
and gardens. This is a useful base to explore Long Melford.
Hintlesham Hall restaurant