Stowlangtoft Estate lies in the village of Stowlangtoft, 9 miles east of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The name ‘Stowlangtoft’ is derived from the original name for the village, ‘Stow’, and the name of a family – Langetot – who lived here from the time of William I, until the latter end of King John’s reign or start of Henry III.
Stowlangtoft Estate itself comprises about 1000 acres of beautiful parkland, woodland and arable land, and has been worked by the Catchpole family and their ancestors since the 1930s. The centrepiece of the Estate is the magnificent Stowlangtoft Hall, with records of a Hall existing on the site since the 1700s; the current Hall was built in 1859. The Hall has had an interesting and varied history, with Royal visitors in the late 1800s, evacuees in the Second World War, and is currently being used as a nursing home.
The Catchpole family has carried out a significant amount of renovation in the past decade to revitalise the fantastic buildings of the Estate and to bring them into use again. The Stowlangtoft Hall Courtyard renovation project has seen the development of the former stables and grooms’ accommodation into two cottages, six apartments and three holiday cottages. In addition to this, the family has worked hard to preserve the beauty of the Estate through a number of conservation projects, including the planting of hedgerows; working with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust to reintroduce rare Grey Partridges into the wild; and the construction of a new reservoir and conservation area, with help from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The Estate is going from strength to strength. Come and join us to help us in our efforts to revitalise the countryside and traditional country pursuits.