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Review of Melford Hall

Melford Hall
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Fabulous National Trust Tudor Hall - a lovely walk, a beautiful house and pretty gardens - worth a visit.

Thank Katie B
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Here is a Country Mansion that is also a full time family home. You get to see the way that they have lived here for a very long time, the history, the furnishings and pictures which unlike most which seem to universally shown a dark oil painting of a strangely shaped woman in a giant dress who looks the same wherever you go, these are photographs of the family and hence vastly more interesting.

The grounds are lovely, easy parking, a small but excellent tea room and a little shop of memories to buy.

Do visit the nearby Church just opposite at the top of the village green as it is beautiful.

Long Melford is a good place and reflects the lovely Suffolk countryside to the full.

Thank HoratioQBirdbath
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Long Melford is dominated by the church, almshouses and, across the green, the Hall which is very plain externally and apparently suffered from fires in the 19c causing much of ghe interior to be destroyed apart from the lovely library and staircase. These and the hallway form much of what is to see, though the displays are enlarged by the usual NT pseudo family life set-up. Though the (Hyde) Parkers were notable in history for the association with Nelson, and later Beatrix Potter, this house does not really have a lot to see. If you are short of time, the church is much more spectacular and interesting. And free.

2  Thank UKandFrance
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We loved it although it was a bit cold it was very sunny for our kids to do the Easter egg hunt! The guides were very helpful and full of great useful information!!

1  Thank 70sammy70
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We visited on a cold, wet, and windy day in April. The walk from the car to the house is short, but it was cold enough for us to huddle round the welcome log fire when we entered.

The house is very similar in layout and size to nearby Kentwell Hall, and has the same family-occupied feeling. Having said that I do personally think that the family here got a very good deal indeed from the National Trust - the family lives in the old, hence more historic, part of the house; visitors see the largely rebuilt part that was burned down in 1941 by some careless military officers.

Elsewhere people have complained about the custodians. I cannot disagree more - they were always friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, good-humoured, and cheerful. The public parts of the house can seem a bit thinly furnished and decorated, with some rooms feeling a bit sparse. If insufficient artifacts from the house are available, then maybe it is worth displaying more from the area and from the families that have owned the house.

Do keep an eye out for the very unflattering portraits of some female members of the historic family, they will make you smile!

In summary, this house doesn't quite know what it is trying to be. A little more thought and work from the National Trust would no doubt remedy this.

2  Thank jujutu
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