Hill House Hall

A luxury bed and breakfast Tel: 01394 383890

Welcome

Hill House offers a unique and luxurious experience; both guest rooms in the main house are medieval halls dating back to the 14th Century, making it the largest Medieval Wealden Hall in Suffolk.

The main house is brimming with historical features but we pride ourselves in offering not just a historic experience but also a highly professional service with lots of homely touches.

Breakfast is served in the medieval kitchen as it has been for centuries transporting you back to another time, a time of Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales.

We offer a wide choice of breakfasts, including lots of home made delights and locally sourced food.

Hill House has previously featured in the Sunday Times travel magazine as one of the top 100 hotels in the world, a rare honour.

In the event of enquiry please call 01394 38 38 90 or get in touch by email by clicking on contact us

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History

Hill House Hall is a double Wealden Hall dating from the 14th Century. There are many rare and original features, which make the house of considerable historical importance at county level. These include original beams and ships timbers, Tudor wall paintings in the main hall and open fireplaces now with wood burning stoves.

The front of the house, abutting the Market Hill, was built around 1380 and reflects the typical domestic layout of the middle ages.

To the right of the present front door which still occupies it’s original position, lay the medieval hall, which would have been open to it’s roof in the manner of a barn and heated by a an open hearth burning on the floor.

A ceiling was inserted into this space during the mid-16th Century, and a brick chimney was built against its back wall. A rare example of a Tudor merchant’s mark is carved into the centre of the fireplace lintel, which also retains traces of 16th or early 17th century floral painting.

In addition the house contains a second hall in the rear wing, which is linked to the main house by a cloister like passage that probably functioned as a Brew house or Bake house. It now very appropriately contains the current kitchen.

Both Bake houses and Wealden’s of this early period are rare survivals, and their combination here, together with fragments of early 17th Century wall paintings, makes Hill House something of a historical gem. (Leigh Alston M.A. (Oxon) Architectural Historian 2001)