Something About Us

Park Hall is home to Trish & David Ford where together they look after the estate including the 400 acre arable farm, the clay shooting school, the gardens & lakes and the Romantic Garden Suites & Cottages.

Avid conservationists and nature lovers they ensure the wildlife they are privileged to share their home with are protected and well cared for. Peacocks can be seen wandering the beautiful gardens, rare breed chickens roam freely too, rescue donkeys graze in the paddock and barn owls can be seen quartering the wild flower meadows.

Together they all live here in the picturesque village of St. Osyth, named so after the daughter of the first Christian King of East Anglia.

Park Hall History

Long associated with royalty the 14th century Park Hall was formerly the home of Abbot John of London when it was an important monastery. King Henry III in 1268 granted monks a license to hunt hare and fox in the grounds where Park Hall is now situated and two stone urns proudly stand on four foot high pedestals at the entrance, commissioned by Henry VIII during one of his visits to St. Osyth.

Rare medieval paintings, dating back to the 14th Century, were discovered in The Monk’s Room in Park Hall and were dated by the National Gallery in London where they underwent extensive scientific testing. One of the artworks, painted on a wooden frame, shows the Virgin Mary seated on an elaborate throne surrounded by Latin Prayers. The artist is unknown, but it is believed he worked for King Richard II at the Royal Court.

The panel of The Virgin Mary, which is currently on display at the Colchester Museum, is among the earliest surviving English paintings of the Middle Ages and is considered a precious document illuminating the techniques of the medieval artist.

Two further medieval paintings remain in The Monk’s Room preserved behind false walls, along with a medieval window. It is believed Abbot John of London commissioned the full size paintings when he celebrated his promotion to Abbot. He was granted by the Royal Court the Court artists to decorate his private chapel and quarters, now The Monk’s Room and The Abbot’s Room, at Park Hall.

Records show that in 1387 King Richard II had the Abbot thrown into prison because he had hunted and slain deer, in particular a rare white stag, in the Royal Park without the King’s permission. Today a 17th century oil on oak panel of a monk with his hands clasped in prayer can be seen in The Monk’s Room and a medieval oak carving of vines and a wine barrel can be seen in The Abbot’s Room.

At the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539 Thomas Cromwell acquired the Priory estate but following his execution King Henry VIII installed Sir Thomas Darcy, later Lord Darcy, as resident. However the estate was actually granted to Princess Mary Tudor who previously had been granted the Royal Parks.

When King Henry VIII visited St. Osyth he commissioned William Tyler to construct two stone urns. They stand proudly today on four foot high stone pedestals either side of the entrance to Park Hall.

Today Park Hall creates the perfect place for romance and to say  “I love you”.

Quality Assured

Winners of many awards including the National Guest Accommodation, National Holiday Cottage of The Year, Essex Tourism Best Guest Accommodation and graded 5 Stars Gold for their standard of accommodation you can be assured your stay at Park Hall will be a special one.

What The Papers Say

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

“We tested the Best – Park Hall Country House, St. Osyth well deserved of their 5 star rating and gold award”

THE SUNDAY TIMES – TRAVEL MAGAZINE

100 finest places to stay in England – Park Hall, St. Osyth – “So vast is this estate, monks were granted a Royal licence to hunt hare and fox here in the 17th century. But now at Park Hall, crackling open fires and home cooked breakfasts straight from the Aga create a style of country living that the monks could only have dreamt of.”

INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER

“For more accessible romance the top of the range of properties, especially for honeymoon couples is Park Hall Country House & Cottages.”

THE OBSERVER

“One of the great places to stay – why not check them out? ”

THE INDEPENDENT

The Top 10 Best British B & B’s

“Not only is Park Hall a 14th century former monastery, it’s a 600 estate set in beautiful countryside. The hall is peppered with original oak beams and open fires, and there are spa treatments available too. There are a number of luxurious suites available designed for romance and relaxation.”

Enjoy your stay at Park Hall

Park Hall, Park Chase, St. Osyth, Essex CO16 8HG Tel: 01255 820922 email: trish@parkhall.info