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Follow in Beatrix Potter's footsteps at this beautiful family home
For almost five centuries the picturesque turrets of Melford Hall have dominated Long Melford's village green.
Devastated by fire in 1942, the house was nurtured back to life by the Hyde Parker family and it remains their much-loved family home to this day. Their interior decoration and furnishings chart changing tastes and fashions over two centuries.
The stories of family life at Melford - from visits by their relation Beatrix Potter with her menagerie of animals, through to children sliding down the grand staircase on trays - make this house more than just bricks and mortar.
Stephanie Hyde Parker's scrapbook
In November 1913 Stephanie Hyde Parker was given a red leather bound scrapbook by her parents. She used this to record the places she went and the people she met as she entered the world of a debutante.
Follow her steps in polite society as recounted in words and pictures in her scrapbook..
50 things to do before you're 11¾
An outdoor adventure is always around the next tree or hedge at Melford Hall. And our list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ will set you on your own adventure here. Walk barefoot on the lawn, or plant a seed to grow and eat a vegetable. Just ask the reception team for more help and pointers when you arrive.