An absolutely amazing place. We were a group of 10 adults, 5 children & a baby & there was more than enough room for us all. Well equipped, we cooked a roast dinner for all & sat round the huge dining room table. The children had a great time playing hide & seek & running round the garden, watch though as there are an open water feature & a pond. The house is lovely & warm & fire places in the sitting room & dining room for an open fire with some logs provided. Said to be haunted & enough squeaky floor boards & sloping floors to keep most under the duvets at night! The only down side was the long drive down to the hall needs maintenance, our car is reasonably high & even driven carefully it caught the underside, has had to be booked in to be checked.
We would rent Blo Norton again. It was a great venue for a wonderful three generation family holiday of eleven people covering a range of ages. Blo Norton Hall is a lovely old building with many historic details - sainted glass windows, etc. The hall had all the amenities needed with a fully equipped kitchen, there is plenty of space for children - fact that bedrooms nearly all have en suite facilities a great benefit. There are many things for families to do in the surrounding area. The gardens did not quite match the “exquisite” description on the web site.
Stayed for a weekend at Blo Norton Hall. Family enjoyed the setting, clay pigeon shooting in the back field and large dining table. Hall very old and a little tired but it added to the charm.
Our family from all over UK met at Blo Norton Hall for the most brilliant birthday weekend. The accommodation is fantastic, it is unlike anywhere any of us have ever stayed before. Comfy beds, huge bathrooms, open fires downstairs, a great kitchen and so much space both inside and outside. If there are a lot of you wanting a really special and quirky place to stay - stay here at Blo Norton Hall - you won't be disappointed.
Blo Norton is a small picturesque village on the Norfolk - Suffolk border. The neighbouring hamlet of Thelnetham sports a great pub, The White Horse, where the Adnams ale is well worth trying. Naturalists can spend happy hours hunting marsh orchids and adders on the fen dividing Blo Norton from Thelnetham. Local farms sell fresh produce and the area has a number of fruit farms.
The Hall is stunning. A beautiful moated Manor House built in the early Tudor period. There were sixteen in our party so eight bedrooms were needed. We had the master bedroom with the wood panelled walls, the four poster bed and the ghost. The bedrooms are massive and the old fashioned en suite bathrooms with claw feet baths and modern showers are as big as many people's sitting rooms.
We were celebrating a number of significant birthdays and anniversaries so we held a large dinner for twenty people around the massive oak table In the dining room. Good food, wine, full evening dress, candles...Downton Abbey eat your heart out.
Our holiday was an amazing, one- off, never to be forgotten experience, which made many lovely memories for all of us. We enjoyed it all so much and even the ghost was happy to join in.
3 nights/4days stay and as a family of 19 had a lovely weekend, we would recommend staying there 2.5 hours from London.
You are given all the information you need about the area before you arrive so you can plan your time, they recommended caterers, places where we could eat out and we you used Emma Biggs for a celebration dinner and the food and the service was excellent.
We'll stay again.
Our group of 7 family friends (age 2-45) just spent a brilliant long weekend at the Blo Norton property (renting the hall AND two barns). The hall is grand, charming, quirky and comfortable with numerous large spaces for groups to congregate. The barns are fabulously converted with modern kitchens and cozy interiors. Suggest you can plan on four families sleeping in the hall, two in the largest barn and 1 in the small barn.
Sue McGrath (property manager) and Karen (the housekeeper) patiently answered all of my questions prior to arrival. Check in was easy and we conveniently arranged a Sainsbury's delivery to arrive shortly after we did.
Our group spent Saturday morning exploring the extensive grounds. These included open lawns at the barns (not apparent on outdated google map satellite images), the wooded drive and landscaped gardens at the hall and a meadow behind the hall. Some of us ran a local park run or visited Wyken Vineyards' farmer's market and gardens (highly recommended) where we collected eggs, fresh asparagus, breads and artisanal treats for the weekend. We walked to the White Horse in Thelnetham for lunch, which handled our large group expertly and served outstanding food. Our dinners were catered by Emma Biggs Catering (highly recommended). The kids sat down first to a family style/large dish dinner while the adults enjoyed canapes and a glass of champagne by the fire followed by a three-course meal. Superb!
Sunday, after a fry up in the well-equipped hall kitchen, we hosted Grey Goose archery (highly recommended) who set up targets for the children, and the parents enjoyed a quick go as well. We used the hall's two gas grills for a Sunday BBQ at the large,18-person table by the property's pond. Lawn games and walks on the grounds and around the village kept us entertained until Emma arrived again with another perfect dinner.
We were truly spoiled at Blo Norton and the kids are already begging to go back. Memories for a lifetime.