6. Oxburgh Hall
Built around 1482 by Sir Edmund Bedingfield, the spectacular Oxburgh Hall has been the home of the Bedingfield family ever since.
Although always intended as a family home, the Hall has a fortress-like appearance, sitting in the middle of a square moat about 75 metres long on each side and with a grand, fortified gatehouse. Inside the building is a priest-hole, built in the sixteenth by the Catholic Bedingfields to provide a hiding place for any clergy on the premises when the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I’s henchmen came calling. The hole is hidden beneath a concealed trapdoor and, unlike most priest-holes, is open to visitors.
Oxburgh also provides plenty for lovers of the great outdoors: the grounds include a walled garden, parterre, meadows and extensive woodland.