Melford Hall is a stately home in the village of Long Melford, Suffolk. Constructed mainly in the 16th century, it incorporates parts of a medieval building which had been in use since before 1065.
The hall, for centuries home to the titled Hyde Parker family, was first opened to the public in 1955. In 1960 ownership passed to the National Trust.
Among the visitors to this lovely old house were Queen Elizabeth I – and, some time after her, the writer Beatrix Potter. She was related to the family and was a frequent visitor from the 1890s onwards. Happily for us today, we can see a shawled model of Jemima Puddleduck in the house, as well as several original sketches and watercolour illustrations for her children's stories.
Oh... and don't forget the glorious displays of dahlias!
For sheep geeks - Herdwicks are a rare sight in Rosedale being native to the fells of the English Lake District where they were rescued from near extinction as a breed by the famous authoress Beatrix Potter.
The building above is the old railway stores and workshop at the eastern terminus of the Rosedale ironstone railway which was closed in 1926.