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The Pennyman family's intimate 18th-century mansion
Home of the Pennyman family for nearly 400 years, this classic Georgian mansion, with its Victorian kitchen and laundry, attractive gardens and estate walks, provides lively resources for local schools and community groups, and a unique venue for wedding ceremonies and corporate events.
Experience the spirit of the intimate home of Colonel Jim Pennyman, the last of the Pennyman line, and his arts-loving wife Ruth, as well as the stylish legacy of the 18th-century character 'Wicked' Sir James Pennyman - so named because of his extravagant lifestyle and his gambling with the family fortune.
In addition to the usual sale of Christmas Trees from 30 November to 22 December daily from 10-4, the Hall itself will have limited opening on 7 and 8 December from 10am - 2.30pm. Enjoy the festive atmosphere of the decorated Entrance Hall, complete with a blazing fire, large Christmas Tree and our Christmas Ship.
Deliver your letter to Santa by hand
Deliver your family's Christmas letters to Santa in the Old Kitchen, There is no charge for your visit and no presents exchanged, but then you can get right into the spirit with seasonal refreshments purchased in our Tea Room - your last chance to enjoy Bernie's baking. Prebooked visits to Santa - call 01642 328906 (call Mon-Fri).
'Christmas Ship' tradition revived
While digitising diaries written by James Stovin Pennyman, the owner of Ormesby Hall from 1854-1896, we discovered that he made a 'Christmas Ship' in 1868. They had a Christmas Ship, fully rigged and painted, for a family party. Come into the Hall on 7 and 8 December to see this interesting Greek Christmas tradition recreated.