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, 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 20 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
Sleeping 12-14 guests in six bedrooms there is space in abundance. Three bedrooms have Emperor doubles, two of which can be prepared as twin beds if required. The master bedroom also has a private sitting room. The other three bedrooms welcome guests to a sound night’s sleep in king size beds. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Two Z Beds can be provided for children, if necessary at a cost of £50 each.
At a glance
- Sleeps 12
- 6 Bedrooms
- 6 Bathrooms
- 1 Pet allowed
- Open fire/woodburner
- Private parking
- 0.1 mile from pub
- WiFi available
- Bed linen provided
- Bath towels provided
- 0.1 mile from coast
- Equipped with a dishwasher
- Equipped with a freezer
- Games room
- Equipped with a high chair
- No smoking
- 0.1 mile from shop
- Equipped with a travel cot
- Equipped with a tumble dryer
- Equipped with a washing machine
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 - 10th December 2018
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' - 26th October 2018
Sad to be leaving - wonderful house, excellent venue for our annual friends gathering - Find memories.BBC Tour 2018 - 7th October 2018
We came 'en masse' to celebrate my Mothers 80th Birthday at the 'Great House'. What a wonderful house in a lovely location! Lots of room for us all and the Snooker room was a hit, as well as croquet on the lawn. Bedrooms are all lovely and really comfy and there are so many personal and interesting things everywhere, it makes it a home from home. We had a fantastic week and thank you for letting us stay in the Great House .The Lacey, Rouse & Cumberland Families - 7th September 2018
We loved the garden. Furniture good. Beds very comfortable. House very impressive.Mrs Deanna Taylor - 21st July 2018
We followed the previous family and agree with all their sentiments, bed, space, garden etc and also unbelievably good weather. A real treat for the family and a great way to celebrate a special birthday. We met the gardener Bob, a very pleasant man. I really wish I could take the garden home with me. Fondest RegardsThe Taylor Family, Berkshire - 17th July 2018
What a great house it is! We've had a wonderful time in this glorious house. Super comfy beds, plenty of space, gorgeous gardens - what more could we want. We also had wonderful sunshine for the entire weekend which was an added bonus. Many thanks for a wonderful time. With best wishes to those who follow us here xAnn Sergent & Family - 2nd July 2018
We celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday with the whole family together in this charming house. We had great fun playing snooker, table tennis and especially Kubb. I would highly recommend this house for a great stay in wonderful Orford Mrs lisa Crossley - 22nd June 2018
The perfect place for a 21st Birthday Celebrations with all the family. We had the most fun and fully utilised the games/activities. Some of us may take up Kubb professionally!Lisel, Graham, Freya, Henry, Emma, Dom, Callum, Sam & Fitore - 18th June 2018
Our 3rd visit to The Great House and I actually think it gets better each time! Meals out, dinners in. Crabbing in the harbour and games in the lounge, drinks in the pub, parties in the garden, long walks through the fens, table tennis and Kubb on the lawn. Whether you stay in or go out, the house and the beautiful village of Orford have so much to offer! Be sure to buy ice cream from the van in the car park near the harbour, salted caramel is highly recommended... We will always be grateful for the late nights, sunny days, cold beers & sun burn! Great memories in the Great House. Don't even get me started on the cloud like beds and thoughtful touches from the owners that make this a real home from home (I wish...), Thank you!Hattie & Will & Masie The Dog - 10th June 2018
And what a great house!! We have had a truly magical week in spite of the fact that we came to celebrate grumpy Grandpa's 80th Birthday! He was keen to go to the 80s & 90s disco in the village believing he is now qualified! We all went to Have-a gate Island even though we already 'avocet' at home! We went to Orford Castle and it wasn't 'awful' but we did end up in A&E. We were charmed by the Open Gardens day and the opportunity to meet your neighbours. Exciting garden residents include a grass snake, a Muntjac, two fighting cats and our own dog, Fudge. Very competitive Crabbing - 44 crabs in an hour - can you bait that? An Unforgettable week!Justin, Jemima, Richard, George, Holly, Harriet, Matilda, Jenny, Hazel & Annabel - 1st June 2018
Fabulous place! Perfect for multiple family groups (will be on my summer list for next year!). Amazing gardens and helpful hosts. Mrs Susan Percival-Simmon - 21st May 2018
The Great House has been a fabulous base for us during our 10 day stay in the U.K. Perfect for our group - the space was perfect. With the added bonus of a snooker table and beautiful gardens, all of us were happy. Orford is a beautiful village, friendly and welcoming. The village shop is well stocked, Kings head serves a good pint, quay side great for a walk and the Castle and its grounds provided interest.Coach Evern van Niekerk - 19th May 2018
Gorgeous family weekend for our Son's wedding. Couldn't have been a more perfect house, setting, weather, everything. Cameron - 22nd April 2018
Beautifully decorated, spacious yet cosy and comfortable, easily reachable and marvelously well equipped - this was the perfect setting for bringing together family & friends for a celebration. - 14th January 2018
What a wonderful house, fabulous location and beautifully decorated, a great place. 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
A thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing week in a stunning house. We've loved it! August 2017
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