Earls Hall is a place that allows you to be yourself. It’s stately and quietly imposing, whilst remaining warm, cosy and both child and pet friendly. There are three living rooms to spread out in — one a book-lined with a large flat screened TV, one positively gracious with piano and wood burning stove (all wood provided), and one in the annexe that has enough space for a small group to do yoga in.
The dining room with stove and family portraits, is a hospitable place for a big sit-down dinner (the table can seat 16, or can be expanded to accommodate more).
A state of the art electric range cooker with two ovens is at the centre of the light, modern and spacious kitchen, where there is a double sink, dishwasher and masses of sociable work space for cooks.
The lovingly maintained large, peaceful grounds offer a stream, orchard, vegetable garden and many mature trees, not forgetting a ceramic pizza oven that is always a hit with the kids. And with short breaks starting at just £1000, what more could a group of up to twenty ask for?
The house is especially welcoming for family groups, business gatherings and health retreats, but is not in any way a party venue, owing to limitations on parking and the sensitivity to noise of the neighbours over the road.
The décor is stylish and modern with a tiny smattering of English eccentric, evidence of the various tastes of the owner’s father’s four wives, each of whom originated from a different continent. There are three double bedrooms, two twin rooms and a family bedroom with two double beds. In addition, two of the three sitting rooms have double sofa beds, so a multi-generation group of 18 people (plus babies) can be accommodated. There are three bathrooms, and an additional two downstairs loos with basins. For Covid times the house can be split into two completely independent units, allowing two groups of 6 to be accommodated.
The kitchen is modern and well equipped, with plenty of fridge and freezer space. There is also a handy utility room with washing machines, drying racks and tumble driers. Bed linen and towels are provided and beds will be made up.
You are welcome to harvest the organically grown fruit and vegetables from the garden when in season. There is always something good available. If anyone says they are bored, there are 100s of videos, DVDs and games to choose from and strong wireless broadband. There are hammocks, croquet and badminton sets, and assorted bikes provided. A network of quiet country lanes, ideal for cycling, surrounds the house.
It is possible to host a small conference or a health retreat here as there are plenty of comfortable meeting areas.
Located within the bounds of the village of Cockfield in the heart of Suffolk, with just a farmhouse and a couple of converted barns on the other side of the road, Earls Hall enjoys rural tranquillity. It is nevertheless accessible by public transport, with a bus service that runs to within a seven minute walk from the house. The bus service in turn serves railway stations at Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury, offering convenient links to Cambridge, Stansted Airport, 40 miles away, and London and beyond. Stowmarket Station is a little further from the house, but offers a direct and regular service to London Liverpool Street or Norwich.
The house is about 1 1/2 hours' drive from London up the M11/A14. Please note that there is only parking for 4, or at most 5, cars near the house.