Enjoying the outdoors at Melford Hall

Enjoy a breath of fresh country air at Melford Hall, whether you enjoy a gentle stroll through the gardens or a brisk walk in the park. Discover the colours, scents and sights of the seasonal planting throughout the gardens, from bright blooms in spring, to the buzz of the colourful herbaceous borders in summer.

A stroll around the garden

The garden at Melford Hall is in two distinct parts on the north and west sides of the house. It is reached by walking down the driveway running alongside the northern moat, which is filled with daffodils and wildflowers in the spring.  

The West Garden is dominated by the Banqueting House built by Sir Thomas Savage to entertain his most favoured guests. At the other end of the garden, we have the crinkle-crankle wall originally built in 1739 and rebuilt after the gales of 1987. There are a number of specimen trees such as the Oriental plane or the Judas trees covered in pink blossom in late April and May. Additionally in the lawn is Lady Ulla’s pond which is being renovated and will be a reflecting pond. The pond provides a habitat for Great crested newts and other amphibians, which we're carefully managing to ensure they can thrive. 

The herbaceous borders by the west wall are at their most splendid in the months of June to August, although the 100 year old wisteria will be showing off in May. 

The Judas Tree in full bloom in Melford Hall's gardens
The Judas Tree in full bloom in Melford Hall's gardens
The Judas Tree in full bloom in Melford Hall's gardens
Banqueting House in summer
Banqueting House in summer
Banqueting House in summer

In the North East corner we have ‘Lord Somerset’s residence’, a quiet woodland corner planted with a variety of shade loving plants. The woodland supports a variety of wildlife and is a favourite spot to look for insects or catch a glimpse of our smaller garden birds.   

Your gaze will also be attracted to the avenue of yew trees running from the banqueting house down to a large, planted urn. Down in the moat you will find espaliered fruit trees soaking up the sun with a border of irises which will give a flamboyant display in late spring. 

Purple irises in the gardens at Melford Hall
Purple irises in the gardens at Melford Hall
Purple irises in the gardens at Melford Hall

After exploring the garden the North lawn is an ideal place to relax on a sunny day, enjoying a cup of tea and a view of the wider estate and parkland where cattle and sheep graze. 

Melford Hall with sheep in foreground
Sheep in foreground with Melford Hall in background
Melford Hall with sheep in foreground

A walk in the Park

Melford Hall is surrounded by a deer park created by Sir John Savage in 1613. This short walk will enable you to take in the splendours of this picturesque park. You can obtain a map from Visitor Welcome which will guide you from the start at the Northern end of the car park.
As you walk up the hill you will have views of the North and East facades of this much-loved home which has been standing here for close to 500 years. 


At the top of the hill you will see two local landmarks which many villagers view as the sign that they have arrived home. On your right will be the Cedar of Lebanon which stands proud and dominant in the landscape. As you turn left along the fence line you will see the tower of the 15th century church, which contains one of the finest collections of medieval stained glass in the country. 
 

Holy Trinity Church Long Melford, as seen from Melford Green
Holy Trinity Church Long Melford as seen from Melford Green
Holy Trinity Church Long Melford, as seen from Melford Green
The Suffolk countryside
Countryside around Melford Hall in Suffolk
The Suffolk countryside