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Glemham Hall Estate in Suffolk, owned by one of the county’s most prominent families, has gone on the market for £19m





One of Suffolk’s most notable estates – owned by a prominent family with links to brewing and football – has gone on the market for £19 million.

Glemham Hall Estate Little Glemham, is a Grade I listed mansion with seven main reception rooms, conservatory, twelve main bedrooms, five dressing rooms, nineteen attic rooms, kitchens, domestic offices and cellars.

It also features formal gardens, parkland and frontage to the River Alde, river meadows and woodland, arable farm with farmhouse and buildings, lodge cottage and six further cottages - set in around 1,763 acres.

Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker

The 500-year-old country estate, on the market with agents Strutt & Parker, is around seven miles from Aldeburgh and eight miles from Woodbridge. Ipswich is 14 miles away.

16th-Century Glemham Hall has been owned by the Cobbold family since the 1920s.

The family is known for its involvement in brewing and Ipswich Town FC.

Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker

The earliest reference to the Glemham family is of William de Glemham in 1228.

The family prospered under the Tudors and in the late sixteenth century Sir Henry Glemham built the present Glemham Hall, but following a loss of fortune the estate was purchased in 1708 by the North family (later Earls of Guilford).

The Hall was remodelled and enclosed formal gardens were created with oak and lime avenues to the north and south, both of which are still present today.

In 1791, Humphrey Repton was commissioned to make changes to the park including extended tree planting and demolition of a former manor house which stood in the park.

Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker

The Hall and park remained generally unchanged for the next century and in 1923 the Earl of Guilford sold the estate to Captain John Murray Cobbold of the Suffolk brewing family, and his wife Lady Blanche, daughter of the 9th Duke of Devonshire of Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.

Between them they created new gardens within the original eighteenth century walled and hedged enclosures but tragically Captain John was killed in the second world war, after which his widow Lady Blanche continued to reside in the Hall.

In 1987 the estate passed to her son Patrick and in 1994 the estate passed to his nephew Major Philip Hope Cobbold who was born in the Hall in 1943.

Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker

Major Philip attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own) until 1992.

He was Patron of Ipswich Town Football club and was High Sheriff of Suffolk for 2005/6.

In 2020, the estate was inherited by his son Thomas who lives in the Hall with his wife and family

Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker

According to agents, Strutt and Parker, the estate is receiving world-wide interest.

Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker
Glemham Hall, Suffolk. Picture: Strutt & Parker

The grounds have hosted events including the FolkEast music festival and the Classics at Glemham car show.

It is on the market for the first time in 101 years with a guide price of £19 million.