The Grange Country House Hotel was built in 1895 for Col. Henry John Blagrave and was widely known at that time as Thurston House. The Colonel employed local people as his staff, with the gardener taking residence in the cottage at the bottom of the drive. Maids & Butlers had separate living quarters.
The estate was sold four years later to become a gentlemens club. Edward William Chance, J.P, owned several gentlemens clubs in Yorkshire, Hurlingham and London. The Grange Country House remained that way until the outbreak of World War II where it became a make-shift hospital after Rougham Hall was bombed. The British Royal Air Force camped on the grounds and the United States Army visited regularly.
During the final years of the War, The Grange Country House changed hands many times. Reputed owners who followed were Arthur Stewart Hinton and Nigel Harold Scott Hambro, a local banker who built and later moved into Grange View (the bungalow between Barton Road and The Grange Country House Hotel). Hambro then sold the house to Thake and Schofield, a husband and wife team. They then sold The Grange Country House to Mr. Berden who turned the house into bedsit flats. Mr. Berden left the house in 1971 in a derelict state. Two-and-a-half years later the Wagstaff family bought The Grange Country House and converted it into a hotel and extended the property.
The Wagstaff family sold The Grange Country House Hotel thirty-three years later to Mr. and Mrs. Khurana, who have been working hard to take The Grange Country House Hotel to the next stage of development with the intention of restoring the country house to its former glory, whilst at the same time accommodating all modern requirements.
The Grange Country House Hotel as you see it today, following the long driveway from the quiet country road, is a stunning Tudor-style country house set in truly spectacular landscaped gardens in the heart of the countryside.
The Grange Country House Hotel is truly a hidden gem of Suffolk.