A Big House in the Country, Yours for a day
Thurning Hall, North Norfolk, licensed for wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships & baby naming ceremonies.
Thurning Hall is a beautiful 18th century Georgian country mansion house with classical elegance and bohemian spirit. Approached by a woodland drive, the house is set within 14 acres of a hazy mix of informal secret walled rose gardens, woodland and grass parkland leading to a small lake.
Lost in North Norfolk, Thurning Hall has been licensed for ceremonies since 1996. Nestled in the heart of the countryside, only 10 miles from the coast and 12 from Norwich, it is perfectly placed to enjoy all that Norfolk has to offer. The grand old house has been in private ownership of the current family since 1947 and is now the family home of Lara & George Lacey. Together with their 3 children they provide a warm and welcoming experience to all who choose Thurning for their special day. As well as being a family home Thurning has wowed and entertained guests for over 20 years. The ‘dry hire’ policy of the venue is perfect for couples and organisers who wish to control every aspect of their wedding or event.
Meet the Laceys
The youngest daughter of Pauline Harrold, a land owners daughter and the original founder of weddings here at Thurning.
Lara was raised at Thurning from the late 1970’s and can most certainly say Thurning is set within her soul. Raised amongst an eclectic mix of farming and film, with a creative background and upbringing, her career would always lead towards a theatrical path. Having completed a degree in theatre during the late 1990’s it was Thurning who pulled at the heart which meant she came back home. Her mother introduced civil ceremonies in 1995 with the first wedding taking place in 1996. The rise and popularity of the house as a wedding venue gave them both the confidence and knowledge to grow what they had begun. Now finally having full control of the hospitality since her mother Pauline’s reluctant retirement Lara is excited and ambitious about the future. Lara has 3 children with husband George who all enjoy the freedom the house and gardens offer.
Lara is the first port of call when contacting Thurning. She is the face behind all the hosting and styling and garden designing. She’s passionate to help you create your special day just as you imagined.
George is one of 4 children raised here in North Norfolk. A man of many interests (mainly Norwich City) his perhaps non-chosen career of historical-house-owner has lead him to become one of a few men with the knowledge and skills of restoration building. The dying art has lead to his determination to strive to save our heritage buildings. He often gives advice to those acquiring a listed building but when not helping building clients, more often than not he spends most of his days restoring Thurning. Having spent an entire year restoring the former servants garret from the ground up, he has managed to save and uncover some interesting features.
George is the face behind all things material and mechanical. From creating by hand beautiful, double garden swings to ceremony seating, George is the host who strives to keep you happy with your every practical wish.
“…a genteel modern built Brick House, pleasantly situated at Thurning, in Norfolk; consisting of a neat Vestibule and Stair-Case, two good Parlours, wainscotted, small Study, six Bed-chambers, Closets, Servants Garret, Kitchen, and all convenient Offices necessary for a small Family. – There is a very good Six-stall’d Stable, with a roomy Hay-chamber, Coach-house, Dogs-kennels, with a Granary over the same, small Garden, spacious Court Yard, Plantations, handsome Waters, well stocked with Carp and Tench; contiguous to the House are 5 acres of rich Meadow and Pasture Land to be lett with the same,”
– Norfolk Chronicle 1782
Thurning Hall was built by the Elwin family around 1720 before it changed hands to the Gay family.
During the 2nd world war the house was requisitioned by the home office and housed up to 40 land girls. The house was bought by local farmer G.W Harrold in 1947 and remains within the family.
Thurning has many credits in television and editorial such as Ruth Rendal writing as Barbara Vine for BBC’s A Fatal Inversion. BBC’s George Eliot’s A Mill on the Floss. You magazine, Red magazine, Boden, Laura Ashley, Bridal features and The Cotswold Company.