My Suffolk - Major Philip Hope-Cobbold

Major Philip Hope-Cobbold is the owner of Glemham Hall, an Elizabethan stately home with a 300-acre estate at Glemham, one of Suffolk’s most familiar landmarks especially for visitors en route to the coast.  He tells us about his Suffolk

You were born at Glemham Hall – what’s it like to live there?

I am very lucky to have been born at Glemham, exactly nine months to the day after my parents marriage during WWII and with my father away on active service. I now live here with my wife Raewyn, from New Zealand, in what is a wonderful home, although challenging and a bit chilly in winter, especially for a Kiwi! I started life during the war here, then moved to Holland from 1946 - 1949, then back to the hall for a short while before moving with my divorced mother to Framlingham and then Easton. In the meantime I served for 30 years in the Army with the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (now The Light Dragoons stationed in Norfolk).

Your family has a long association with Ipswich Town Football Club – are you still a regular visitor/supporter?

I still do attend as many home games as possible, in my capacity as Patron of the Club and someone who has been brought up supporting ITFC.

What are your earliest memories of football at Ipswich?

Going to a match with my Uncle, Johnny Cobbold, in 1950

How well did you know Sir Bobby Robson?

I met him several times with my uncles Johnny and Patrick and then again in the late 1990s and early 2000s when we chatted away about the past. Although I was away at school I also met Sir Alf Ramsey on a couple of occasions.

Where were you when England won the World Cup in 1966? 

Serving with the British Army of the Rhine in Paderborn where we all got very excited and intoxicated!

Besides football are there any other sports that you are keen on?

I still enjoy tennis and in my youth rackets, squash, rugger and cricket.

Are you a patron of the arts in Suffolk?

Raewyn is a natural artist and she has stimulated my interest in art: we hold art classes here.  I enjoy the theatre, especially The Durham Castle Theatre Company who will be in their 14th annual appearance here in 2013, performing a Shakespearean classic in aid of The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and The Suffolk Foundation. 

What is it about Suffolk that makes it a very special place to live?

Very simply, the people, countryside and coast – all wonderful and very special.

What are your hobbies?

Looking after the house and taking people on guided tours! Field sports are also very important to me with stalking and game shooting bringing a lot of visitors to the estate from far and wide. I also enjoy the flora and fauna of the Suffolk countryside. 

Do you eat out and where would you choose to go?

Not very often as Raewyn is a very good cook. If we do go out it’s probably The Crown or Golden Key at Snape, or The Marlesford Farm Café.

Adnam’s or Greene King?       

Tolly Cobbold when it was around! Nowadays, I keep going on red wine and Raewyn loves Aspall Cyder.

What’s it like to own a busy stately home?

It is a huge responsibility but fun. All the events and especially weddings that take place in and around the house keeps us on our toes and in touch with lots of people who help us to enjoy our surroundings while still maintaining our private quality of life.

Have you got a favourite place to walk?

We love walking around the estate especially in the Alde Valley or going further afield to Orford, Iken or Staverton Woods.

Where would you take guests who had never been to the county before?

Snape Maltings both for the Aldeburgh Festival & Proms and the shops, Framlingham Castle, Saxmundham Museum and The Leiston Long Shop Museum, and of course to the coast. For the young we take them to Easton Farm Park.