The Great House

Orford, Suffolk Countryside

  • 4 Star Gold
  • Norfolk & Suffolk Tourism Awards Finalist 2020 for Self-Catering Accommodation Of The Year. Perfectly located within a couple of minutes walk of the shops, pubs, castle and quay at Orford.

You can book this property from:

  • £3290 per week
  • £470 per night
  • 4 Star Gold


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 4 king/super-king beds
  • 2 single Zip&Link beds


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Range/Aga
  • Freezer


  • 6 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Shower

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room


  • Family friendly
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair


  • Garden, courtyard or patio
  • Private parking

Nearby activities

  • Walking

Important - please note

House Rules

  • No more than 1 pet
  • Check in: 4.00 pm
  • Check out: 10.00 am


That rarity when a fine, fine house opens its doors to guests. One of Orford’s most important homes is a standout holiday house beckoning you to wander through its rooms and gardens savouring its grandeur.

Stately Suffolk

Stately, yet absolutely not stuffy, The Great House is as it says on the tin - one of Orford’s great houses. At more than 200 years old its 2017 refurbishment restored the former glory of this architecturally historical gem while piling in all the trappings of 21st century luxury living. This Grade II listed home has retained many of its original standout features and welcomes you to repose and entertain in much the way its original residents may well have done. Thoughts to have been built as a shooting lodge for the nearby Sudbourne Estate, no expense was spared then, or now. For some added glamour, luxury yacht charters are available by arrangement.

There are two heavenly comfortable sitting rooms, a formal dining room for up to 15 guests, and a Billiard room for those post dinner party antics. The kitchen and breakfast room have a country rustic feel ensuring a relaxed feel and plentiful room to spread the weekend’s papers and coffee cups. Wander out onto the terrace from here and the beginnings of 1.5 acres of elegant and informal gardens - bring the croquet set, won’t you. Look up and across for unrivalled views of both Orford Castle and the nearby coastline. Orford town, all its history as well as its modern artisan producers like the sinful Pump Street Bakery, are on your doorstep.

Depending how large your entourage, this could be the perfect large group retreat for extensive broods, or one, two or three families holidaying together.

Bedrooms and bathrooms

The Great House sleeps 12 guests in 6 bedrooms, the 4 largest bedrooms with Emperor beds, 2 of which are zip and link beds which make into Austrian twins, the remaining bedrooms have king sized double beds - do remember to state which configuration of beds you would prefer well before the start of your holiday. 

Please Note: The property is a family home and is not suitable for parties. There is a security deposit of £1,000 payable on this property that will be returned within 10 days of your stay.  The owners have built a small self contained annexe in the corner of the garden which shares the main gate into the property for pedestrian access only.


Fantastic house with so much character, also blessed with perfect weather, bright & cold. Will be back to Orford. Thanks so much!

The G,

Great place for a Birthday Celebration, lovely area, lots to see, fantastic house.

Judith & G,

Philips 70th - What a perfect weekend in a gorgeous house. Sunny all weekend but pouring when we left. Boast trip on Lady Florence for brunch was amazing. Supper catered for on Saturday evening was a real treat. The beds were comfy and the whole house was perfect for all of us. We will be back! Thank you one and all!

Lesley M,

What a fabulous house! We've had a thoroughly enjoyable week, made by this superb home, with every possible facility, including the Billiard Table. Orford is a delightful village and we managed to take advantage of almost every eatterie. The weather has been kind to us and we've managed some lovely walks, including the Nature Reserve, a must see. This would also be a fabulous place to hunker down in the winter, surrounded by more books than it would be possible to read! Hopefully we will be back again one day soon.

Previous Customer,

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful house. We came here for a family gathering and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Orford is a lovely setting and we had plenty of fun walking, eating and drinking in the village. The garden was als brilliant for the kids! Many thanks

Danielle & Family,

A perfect house for a family holiday. We've enjoyed the space and the beautiful garden. We have been blessed with sunny weather and had lots of fun playing games provided, something for all. We have eaten fabulous oysters at Butley Oysterage and loved smoke fish and pates. Many thanks

Judith S,

A Great Weekend. Great House...Great 90th Birthday Celebration....Great food courtesy of Country Cuisine...Great photos courtesy of Tony Pick...Great garden.....Crap weather...well you can't have it all...all of the time.

Chris B,

A lovely family gathering for our Pauline's 70th Birthday weekend. An ideal house for the Bowyer Family. The location of the house was just perfect with convenient walks from the house around the village and to the River, calling on at the pub on route. It was a bright cold December weekend and we appreciated the warm and cosy ambiance of the house. The staff at the Jolly Sailor looked after us well for our fish n chip lunch and we enjoyed all other meals here. A most relaxing weekend for everyone, so much more enjoyable than staying in a Hotel.

The Bowyer Family,

Fantastic house, wonderfully happy time here with friends and family celebrating a big 50th Birthday, couldn't have been more enjoyable. Comfortable, convivial and gloriously decadent! Chic! Weather was fabulous too! Love the 'Orford II'

Past Customer,

Sad to be leaving - wonderful house, excellent venue for our annual friends gathering - Find memories.

BBC Tour 2,

What a wonderful house, fabulous location and beautifully decorated, a great place. August 2017

A thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing week in a stunning house. We've loved it! August 2017

What a wonderful place to spend our Mothers 80th Birthday. Having holidayed to Orford for 32 years and walked past the "Great House", how amazing to actually stay here. Fab paintings as well. Thank you. December 2017