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Orpheus | Historic Luxury Manor | Beccles, Suffolk-Norfolk Border

Orpheus

Beccles, Suffolk, UK

Loafing in the purlieus of Suffolk is a south-facing home so ornate that even royal hearts would beat a little faster under its hipped-slate bonnet. Fantasy pokes a portal into the real world at Orpheus, a 17th century estate - complete with a pool, modern gym, lavish spa, and high-spec home cinema - that totes the tune of Greek mythology into leafy Beccles. The secret's out: this luxury historic manor by The Broads is where off-duty A-listers go to let loose.

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Introduction

Built between 1806 and 1808 for Thomas Charles Scott, a high society gent whose artist granddaughter went on to marry a fruit dealer within the manor, Orpheus is a fully renovated masterpiece thatís been a summer house and cabinet hideaway for many a model and minister. These days, Orpheus is a thing of Rococoan dreams, with pastoral tapestries, hand-knotted rugs, a state-of-the-art home cinema, and a pool that could be lifted from Como. In a blend of 21st-century newfangledom and Georgian savoir-vivre, this is a place that glows gold under all-day sun, where off-kilter tradition trumps modernity.

Inside

A music entrepreneur and an interior designer walked into a paragon of Palladian virtue and the rest, they say, is history. What came next was a revival of philharmonic proportions; think empire garland chandeliers won at Sothebyís, a bespoke Swedish fireplace, and the same palatial bathtubs you would find in Buckingham Palaceís bedchambers. As the young'uns set about their make-believe soirees, the grown-ups will gather around one of the earliest Imperial tables, putting the world to rights with coupes of Champagne. All this, wrapped on all sides by depictions of the gods and heroes of antiquity.

Outside

At the end of a mile-long driveway, past a 300-year-old oak tree and scallop fountain, Orpheus sits in noble seclusion close to the fine sands and eateries of coveted Southwold. With lashings of royal flavour, the grounds of this luxury historic manor were made for the footloose and fancy-free: think sun-drenched garden party meets Hollywood retreat. Spend dawn beetling with the dogs over five foliate acres, dipping under jasmine arches and old English roses. Then, after lunch on the lawn, lounge by the Lombardian pool in the gild of golden hour with nothing but jewel-toned negronis and salted olives to get to.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 14 guests
    From £14,995 per week, £11,250 per short break
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are seven bedrooms at this luxury manor: five are en suites (two of which share access to a Jack-and-Jill bathroom), and two share access to a family shower room, each with hotel-grade high water pressure. There is a ground-floor WC. Please note: there is a cottage adjacent to the manor that is occupied on occasion, if you require use of the cottage for your own staff please enquire as to availability with the Homestay Specialist team.
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  • FeaturesOutdoor heated swimming pool (May - September), home cinema with Dolby Atmos sound system, sauna, steam room, and gym
  • PetsOne small/medium well-behaved dog on prior request
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available, but there are no stairgates.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample off-road parking for fourteen cars. The well-equipped kitchen includes a Lacanche range, a Miele double oven, double fridge-freezer, two wine fridges, and pantry with cold slab floor, and there is a separate utility/boot room. The garden is not enclosed, and neither the lake nor the pool are fenced, so please exercise due diligence if you are travelling with children or dogs. There are external CCTV cameras which can be turned off on request.
  • Homestay includesA luxury welcome hamper including fresh pastries and local fruit jam, iPad, superfast broadband served by Starlink, Smart TVs with Netflix and Amazon Prime, Sonos speakers, Lutron lighting system, Weber gas barbecue, Le Chameau welly boots from sizes 6-11, books and board games, luxury bed linens, towels, and bathrobes, and logs and kindling to get you started.House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • Eco-friendlyGround sourced heating, air source heat pumps, solar panels, filtered water plumbed throughout.
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Gather in the Imperial dining room under the glint of an antique chandelier
The Green Room embodies the colour palette of the Suffolk countryside
The lounge tapestries are based on the FÍtes Galantes of Antoine Watteau

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Beccles

Hugging Britain´s largest protected wetland, Beccles takes its place on the Suffolk-Norfolk border in a flurry of sickle-shaped streets and 18th-century Dutch gables. Find delicatessens piled high with goat’s cheese and rhubarb puree, and even an American pancake-flipping old dairy.

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Beccles

Getting there

  • On the Map The manor is set between Beccles and Southwold on the Suffolk-Norfolk border, about ten miles from the coast and on the boundary of The Broads, which is home to more than a quarter of Britain's rarest animals and plants.
  • By Car The manor is around 40 minutes from Norwich, two hours from Cambridge, and two-and-a-half hours from London.
  • By Train Beccles Train Station is ten minutes away by car. There are regular trains from London Liverpool Street via Ipswich with Greater Anglia Railways, with a journey time of two-and-a-half hours.
  • By Air London Stansted and London Southend are both less than two hours away by car, and major London airports are less than three hours by car. Norwich Airport is less than one hour by car.

From the owner

“With four-metre-high ceilings, grand spaces of equally large proportions, and original decorative fireplaces in each room, for us, Orpheus was love at first sight. Surrounded by 360 degrees of natural beauty and tranquillity, every day here is like a year-long escape away from the world: it´s hard to put into words how magical and soul-resetting the estate is.”

From the owner

We acquired the manor in a state of disrepair. In a meticulous renovation and refurbishment, we reinstated every room to its former Georgian glory, sourcing the finest wall coverings, replacing every floorboard, re-wiring and plumbing throughout, and installing bathrooms by Catch Pole & Rye. We even installed a luxe Dolby Atmos cinema with the same technical specification as Leicester Square.

The manor has a fascinating history of its own. During the 2008 financial crisis, in what is now our dining room, the then Prime Minister held a critical cabinet meeting and made a decision that effectively saved the banking system from total collapse. The estate was also once owned by an A-list celebrity and photographer who hosted wild hedonistic parties, and many musicians, aristocrats, billionaires, ex-spies, and even one of the worldís first supermodels have stayed here. Itís Britain's best-kept secret for those who want to escape when the bustle of city living becomes too much.

Sitting poolside in the morning sun with freshly ground coffee, walking for miles and stopping to see the horses, taking a sundown sauna followed by a bath, and sipping bubbles in the living room are our favourite ways to spend time here. Now, we are so happy to share our home with you and wish you a wonderful and restful stay.

Steve & Evi

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Beccles with an insiderís perspective.

Thorington Theatre, Southwold

To Do

Thorington Theatre, Southwold

At this unique amphitheatre set within the woodlands of Suffolk, you´ll discover a seasonal programme of world-class dramas, stand-up comedies, and musical performances, from The Odyssey to Doctor Dolittle.

Two Magpies Bakery, Beccles

To Eat

Two Magpies Bakery, Beccles

A favourite spot for a cup of coffee, this bakery makes incredible bread, cakes, and pastries, all perfect for a take-away treat. With frittatas and mushroom tarragon toasties on the menu, there´s a handful of dining space available inside, too.

Sole Bay Fish Company

To Eat

Sole Bay Fish Company

This casual (but legendary) waterside spot dates back more than 25 years and is a firm favourite with the locals. While it serves up some of the best lobster and chips in the country, you´ll also find oysters and fried cod tacos amongst their offering.

Southwold Flower Company

To Do

Southwold Flower Company

Plan a sweetly-scented day out with a difference at a flower arranging workshop, using the best of British blooms to create your own unique displays; from everlasting wreaths to delicate hand-tied bouquets.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see whatís on offer for your bespoke escape.

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