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Out & About: Melford Hall

Melford hall looks like it's straight out of the pages of World of Interiors. It's a 16th century stately home in the village of Long Melford, Suffolk, England. The hall was first opened to the public in 1955 by Ulla, Lady Hyde Parker. In 1960 it passed into the care of the National Trust. One of the most notable things abut the house was how light and airy the rooms are, compared to many other opulent stately homes which tend to have quite dark rooms. This could be due to the fact that the family still live on one of the wings, and one of the wings of the hall was gutted by fire in February 1942. It was rebuilt after World War II, retaining the external Tudor brickwork with 1950s interior design.

Beatrix Potter, one of my favourite childhood authors, was a cousin of the family and was a frequent visitor to the hall from the 1890s onwards. There are many of her sketches to see in the house too as part of a display.


The Gardens

The back of the house

The enviable flower boarders

The I loved this building. Situated at the entrance of the long driveway up this hexagonal building had great views from every window. Each window was wonderfully large letting in lots of light into the room.

I love the colour of this door and its huge fanlight (it you can call a window of that size one?!)

Inside was fabulously light with detailed cornicing and wooden panelling even though it was only a small garden room not even attached to the house.

Of course i had to do a bit of posing by the beautifully textures solid wooded door!


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