After a lovely morning flying owls at Lavenham Falconry, we wanted to make the most of our child free day. At the recommendation of the guys at the falconry centre we headed to Kentwell Hall. We had never visited before and it sounded amazing. We were not let down and I only wish we had taken L with us as he would have loved it, it is so child friendly!
There is a lovely large car park. A very cute gift shop.
The bathrooms were really clean and the baby changing facilities were great.
There is a fabulous cafe where I had a delicious slice of quiche with salad and husb had a sausage roll. We then went back for cake. There was plenty of choice and when we were visiting they were kittens, which were incredibly cute and running round the barns.
Whilst you can’t bring picnics into the grounds, they have got a nice picnic area near the carpark that you can use should you wish.
The gardens are vast and there is so much to see. It’s far more than just gardens if I’m honest.
There is the Heffalump Trail that I followed as if I were a child, it was very exciting! It also meant we walked past the Oak Circle and through the paddocks. It explored the woodland and ended by some of the interesting buildings they have like the Hovel, the Alehouse, Great Barn and Cart Lodge.
Great avenues take you through more paddocks to the rest of the grounds.
There is also a storybook trail that we dipped in and out of whilst exploring other areas of the gardens. This starts at a very pretty Dovecote and winds passed some huge and very well trimmed yews, through a more wooded area and past an alchemists hut which came complete with a witch, then you can go round to the back of the gardens which are quite wild.
There is a lovely wildflower meadow, a circle of yews and a castle made of yew which is fabulous to explore. You’ll even happen upon a fabulously preserved ice house that you can go into.
There are more formal gardens near to the house, with a fish pond that is a must see. The walled gardens are so lovely and opposite the pied piper topiary is fantastic. I loved the sunken garden as well.
The house is moated which is a treat in itself, they were doing a bit of restoration work when we visited which was incredibly interesting to see.
As part of the house is still occupied you can’t see it all, but so much was open that doesn’t matter at. You are guided on a walk through the house and get to see the kitchens, halls, more modern games rooms, bedrooms and attics. There is plenty to read and I was glad to have been able to really look at the house without L as he doesn’t tend to let me read the information and look at what I want!
Outside the house in the courtyard is a little maze which is fun and to the side are some lovely lawns with a giant carved tree and so many roses the air is thick with their scent.
To the back of the house, but still with the moat is a camera obscura which was fun and the old dairy and brewhouse to explore.
There is also a Rare Breeds farm, with the animals dotted around the property. We found one of the goats just wandering happily by himself miles from any other animals!!
There are also pigs, horses, cows, chickens, sheep and poitou donkeys, which I happen to have a soft spot for.
Most the animals are together near the Tudor Stables and Cottage and Dog Kennel Moat, a rather literal name.
After you’ve explored most of this area it leads you naturally into some woodland where you find a bronze foundry and pottery kiln.
Oh and of course there was a Peacock guarding the front lawns, it seemed only fitting.
Opening Times & Prices
|Online||At the gate|
|Child (5 – 15yrs)||£8.91||£9.90|
For full details of times and prices please visit their website, these are only a snapshot.
We had a fabulous time and it was lovely to actually get to look round somewhere at our leisure, without having to bow to the whims of a small child.
That being said I really, really wish we had taken him with us.
It is such a fabulous property with so much to see and do. We spent around 4 hours there, we could have spent longer, we left because my feet were starting to ache!
I loved the variety of things to see and do and the ticket price is more than fair. It’s worth every penny.
We will certainly look to return for a day this summer with the boy.