Visiting Coltishall Hall, Coltishall, Norfolk, England: sedate, former manor house dating from circa 1700
A gracious, sought after, property
This graceful structure, Coltishall Hall. dating from circa 1700, underwent two, major projects of restoration in the 19th century. These occurred in 1830 and again in 1871, when the edifice's sedate, gabled frontage was built.
There are two main storeys to the U-shaped building, with third storey windows also built into the front gables.
Formerly the Hall was surrounded by extensive parkland. The property passed to many different owners, including more than one family of the clergy in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
During World War Two, many country properties were taken over by the authorities for the benefit of the war effort, and Coltishall Hall was in turn occupied 'for the duration' by the Royal Army Medical Corps. After reverting to civilian occupation after World War Two, Coltishall Hall was used as a nursing home.
Having also served as an hotel — well placed to serve visitors to the nearby Norfolk Broads (1) — , the property has been converted into a series of condominiums, for which further refurbishment was carried out.
I myself had passed this fine property many times, but had not until more recently been aware of its such varied history.
Coltishall forms part of the Broadland District, near Norwich. Coltishall Hall is situated at 43 Wroxham Road, Coltishall, Norfolk, England.
February 11, 2013
(1) The Broads are a series of lakes and navigable waterways popular with boaters, fishing enthusiasts, ornithologists and others.
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In Coltishall itself, other noted buildings include the 13th century parish church of St John the Baptist, the former Rectory Road Chapel (now Bethesda Gospel Hall) and a number of houses with interesting, old gables; Coltishall Staithe (denoting a landing stage) attracts many boaters; the former Royal Air Force Coltishall airbase has some decommissioned airframes on display at the former entrance.
Norwich (distance: 14 kilometres) among the numerous visitor attractions are: Norwich Cathedral; Bishop Bridge; Pull's Ferry; Cow Tower; Norwich Castle; Norwich City Hall; the Guildhall; Elm Hill; and many others.
How to get there: United Airlines flies to London Heathrow Airport, where car rental is available. Norwich is served by rail from London Liverpool Street Station. Norwich is 233 kilometers from Heathrow Airport. Some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. You are advised to consult with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.
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