This fascinating house with its striking twin towers to either side of the entrance hall, gables, roof-line turrets and tall chimney stacks, almost has the over-all appearance of a castle rather than a domestic domain. It was begun in 1482, by Sir Edward Bedingfeld prior to the ending of the Wars of the Roses, and the family live here to this day.
The house handed down through generations shows signs of change in accordance with passing building fashion and the taste of its various owners. Rooms left untouched are the oldest interiors of the property. These are the King's and Queen's chambers in the gatehouse tower which although lavishly furnished in the style of the 17th-century, have not been touched since the 15th-century. These are linked by an intricate spiral staircase which is a masterpiece of the brick-layers art. A later alteration was the addition of an exterior corridor to the courtyard in 1880.
Rooms on show are Sir Richard's Saloon of 1778, and other rooms richly decorated in the Victorian Gothic style. The house has ornate ceilings attributed to Pugin, as is the library fireplace.
There is an accessible Priests Hole, and a Catholic chapel in the grounds is also thought to be the work of Pugin.
In the house visitors can see outstanding embroidery work by Mary Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick Hall, and superb Spanish embossed leather is hung to both staircases.
Oxburgh Hall is surrounded by attractive gardens, there is a French parterre, walled kitchen garden, an orchard, and delightful spring and autumn woodland walks.
The house, with its wide medieval moat and great gatehouse is immensely appealing, and gives visitors a taste of what life was like in a 15th-century house built on a grand scale for a lavish comfortable lifestyle. It has been cherished by generation of the family, who strive to update it with additional showpieces.
There is a licensed restaurant, tea-room and shop. Children being taken to the restaurant are thoughtfully provided with paper and pencils for drawing, and facilities are provided for babies.
Oxburgh Hall is open to the public from the end of March to the end of October.
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