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Green-fingered delights at Helmingham Hall

If there's a more spectacular, private family home in England than Helmingham Hall, we'll eat our hat. Located Near the Suffolk village of Helmingham, the Grade I listed late medieval and Tudor-style mansion was inside a moat 60ft wide, and can be reached only by two working drawbridges - which have been pulled up every night since 1510. Although the house itself is not open to the public, its equally spectacular gardens are.

Helmingham Hall: a stroll through history

The owners of Helmingham Hall are rightly proud of their semi-formal gardens, and claim that a walk through them can relax and ease the stresses of even the most troubled mind. Extensive borders, a rose garden and a parterre (symmetrical patterned plant beds connected by paths) are among the highlights, while beyond the gardens lie parklands occupied by red and fallow deer.

Teas, treasures and more at Helmingham Hall

While at Helmingham Hall, refresh yourself via a visit to its tea rooms, which serve a variety of snacks as well as lunch and vintage afternoon teas. Check out the hall's website for details of the events that take place there - including plant fairs and artisan markets throughout the year. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Helmingham Hall? Try Travelodge Ipswich Beacon Hill Hotel, Travelodge Ipswich Hotel or Travelodge Ipswich Stowmarket Hotel.