South Elmham Hall is a beautiful Grade I listed farmhouse and former medieval palace. It’s just a gentle walk down the garden path away from Bateman’s Barn and from 'Grace', our amazing little licensed garden wedding space. And it’s the very real and mellow place we call home.
Why not be our guests? We’d like to invite you and your wedding party to come and stay.
Accommodation at South Elmham Hall
We’ve dedicated part of our home to share as a convenient and relaxing bed and breakfast.
There are five simply elegant double en-suite rooms. Together, they make up the whole of the first floor and are exclusively available for your wedding party.
Each room is individually decorated, furnished with family pieces and has lovely views of the grounds and private gardens. Part of the palace’s original Great Hall, many of the bedrooms have ancient beams, beautiful stone fireplaces or archways and even medieval wall-paintings (including in the bathroom!) . The largest guest room also has a four-poster bed, making it a firm favourite as the honeymoon suite.
"Thank you for letting us use your beautiful home to get ready for our wedding. It certainly reduced the pre-wedding stress! But best of all was being able to get away and freshen up ready for evening…”
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Staying at South Elmham Hall is totally up to you. Our offer is there for your comfort and convenience and comes without any obligation.
Our approach is always relaxed and informal, maybe even a little different from other places as we like to see guests being at home in their rooms here, just as our family would when they come and stay.
All our rooms are the same price, offered on a B&B basis and based on two people sharing. Our sliding scale of rates reflects discounts for additional nights and there is a discount on the standard room rate for block bookings of all five rooms for the night of your wedding day. See our guest accommodation price list here »
Breakfast is usually served in Bateman's Barn (see below), but if you are staying on the eve of your wedding, a picnic-style breakfast will be left in the hall way upstairs for you to enjoy at your leisure, amidst all your wedding preparations.
You are most welcome to reserve all five of the bedrooms at South Elmham Hall when you book the barn for your wedding celebrations. Alternatively, your guests can book them individually with us.
Need to know - Staying at South Elmham Hall
There’s no getting away from it - South Elmham Hall is a scheduled ancient monument. Its history is its essence, but that sometimes manifests itself in rather quirky and - by modern standards – inconvenient ways.
It’s important to note that all our guest rooms are reached by steep, high stairs. Needless to say, we have no lift (sorry). Some flooring is uneven in places and what’s more, the fabric of the time-honoured building and especially some of its unique elements like the early wall-paintings can be fragile.
We respectfully ask you to bear these factors in mind at the time of making reservations. We also regret that for these reasons, we do not feel able to welcome children or pets.
Glamping on the island & additional local places to stay
For small-scale summer weddings only, we are pleased to offer one night 'glamping' stays (overnighting in luxurious bell tents) for up to 20 people in our grounds on request. Breakfast is provided and there is access to loos and sinks, but we regret that our facilities do not include showers.
We are also always pleased to share a list of local accommodation providers to support you and your guests with a range of choices.
Time for a second wedding breakfast perhaps?
Whether you stay in South Elmham Hall or are glamping in the grounds, breakfast on the morning following your wedding is included and is served in the barn at a time to suit you. Feel free to potter across in your dressing gown even – you’ll still be the only people on your South Elmham island!
Breakfast will be everything you’d expect from a full English farmhouse breakfast and more besides- our own eggs, home-grown tomato, local bacon, sausage and mushrooms; fresh fruit salad and cereals plus fruit juice, tea and coffee. And if you still have room after all that, there’ll be pastries and homemade jam too.
Think friends not staying at South Elmham Hall or glamping on the island will be jealous? Why not invite them along as well? You can welcome up to 30 guests to join you for breakfast in the barn. Such a feast is simply a great way to extend the celebrations with wedding breakfast no.2.
And to make a complete morning of it, what could be better than a leisurely walk together through the farm’s ancient landscapes to see the magical ruins of South Elmham Minster?