Earls Hall is a place that allows you to be yourself. It’s very warm, cosy and both child and pet friendly. There are three sitting rooms to spread out in, one a book-lined telly room, one positively gracious with piano and wood burning stove (all wood provided), and one serving as a games room.
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).
An electric range cooker with two ovens is at the centre of the light and spacious kitchen, where there is a double sink and 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, 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.
Some of the décor is classic 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, a twin room, a bunk room accommodating four children 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 20 people can be accommodated. There are three bathrooms, and an additional two downstairs loos with basins.
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, a full size table tennis table and 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 would be possible to host a small conference 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 here is parking for 4 or at most 5 cars near the house.