Brand Barn is a stunning barn conversion in the heart of the countryside halfway between Woodbridge and the sea. There are two other equally luxurious holiday barns next door - Sewell Barn, sleeping 2 and Vancouver Barn, sleeping 8, thus making accommodation for up to 18 - Vale Farm Barns.
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WOODBRIDGE 7 miles, ORFORD 12 miles, ALDEBURGH 23 miles
Style: Original Suffolk barn beautifully converted to create an open-plan barn conversion with galleried landing and large picture windows looking out over the woods and meadows.
Grounds: A terraced area with table and chairs, the barns are surrounded by a communal lawned area, beyond which is an area of grassland with woodland area and a number of open Suffolk barns with table tennis and bike storage etc.
Set in 3,000 acres of farm and heathland, two thirds of which is conservation land of meadow pasture, woodland and ancient heathland criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways in the heart of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Ideal for: Anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Set in 3,000 acres of farm, woods and meadowland in the heart of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Vale Farms Barns, including Brand Barn, are superbly situated for anyone who enjoys walking, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, and sailing. Sutton Hoo is just down the road and there are a number of other National Trust venues nearby including Orford Ness and Dunwich Heath.
Completely self-contained Brand Barn is extremely spacious and comfortably furnished so with 8 or even 18 you will be able to spread out. Great for a family re-union, a break with friends or a wedding group.
Eating and Drinking: There are a couple of pubs nearby, The Plough in Sutton and The Sorrel Horse in Shottisham (both around a 15 minute walk). Woodbridge (10 - 15 minutes by car) has a fantastic selection of coffee shops, restaurants and pubs including restaurants The Crown, The Riverside, The Galley and The Cross (vegetarian), and pubs The Angel, The Anchor and The King's Head - all are very good. Many of the shops sell excellent seasonal local produce and of course the fish is fresh every day (you are just a couple of miles from the sea). Do visit the village shop in Alderton if you are looking for good home-made take away meals, they also sell cakes and puddings, but it is worth ordering in advance when catering for large numbers.
The Pauls, owners of the Broxtead Estate and Vale Farm Barns also own the Suffolk Food Hall in Wherstead, near Ipswich - well worth a visit for local produce.
Children - well for my kids anyway this would be sheer paradise. Well away from the road, and surrounded by woodland, and meadows with horses and wildlife galore this is a wonderful area to explore on foot or with bicycles.
Horse riding and carriage driving can be arranged on the Broxtead Estate and with the coast just a couple of miles away, there are sailing lessons available in nearby Bawdsey Quay and just across the river at Felixstowe Ferry water skiing as well as the usual seaside pursuits.
For a really unusual treat during your stay, hire one of the two tipis on the Broxtead Estate - a fabulous special treat for teenagers. Prices from £80 per night. Call us or email email@example.com for more details. Please note wifi connection is, like the county, slow!
Packing tips: Beachwear and Wellington boots, walking shoes and binoculars, cyle wear and riding hat. Don't forget the bikes.
With underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, there is a large open plan sitting and dining room with entrance hall,
The hall and sitting room are separated by a large pew bench with storage below for games books and outdoor shoes. The sitting room has a wood burning stove, large picture windows overlooking the woodland and meadows in the distance, there are large leather and cloth sofas and chairs, coffee and occasional tables, lamps, and large sideboard, flat screen TV with freeview package, DVD and sound system - a lovely large, light room
The dining room table can seat up to 12 people and there is a large dresser with china and cutlery etc.
Exposed beams separate the kitchen from the dining area. The kitchen is fully fitted and includes electric hob and built in oven, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, microwave and sink
A corridor with hooks for coats etc leads to a ground floor cloakroom with w.c. and washbasin
Back to the hallway, from where a central staircase leads up to a galleried walkway on the first floor
The galleried landing separates the two sleeping areas, which makes the property ideal for two families
Master bedroom with king sized double bed, bedside tables and lamps, dressing table with drawers, wardrobe
The en suite shower room has a corner shower with double doors, heated towel rail, wash basin and w.c.
Single bedroom with 3ft bed, chest of drawers and hooks
Bunk bedroom with full sized bunks, futon type single bed (folds to create day time chair), chest of drawers and hooks,
Family bathroom with bath, wash basin, w.c. and heated towel rail
The second master bedroom has a large picture window overlooking the woods and surrounding meadows, a king sized double bed, bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe
The en suite shower room has a large corner shower with double doors, heated towel rail, wash basin and w.c.
There is a private south west facing terrace with table and chairs, beyond which is a large area of lawn which surrounds the three holiday properties of Vale Farm Barns. Beyond this are areas of grass and some farm barns where there is a table tennis table, etc. Another barn houses an old farm cart. A great area for the children to explore. This area is fenced and gated
A further barn contains the laundry with washing machines and tumble dryer etc
There is a large parking area
Centrally heated thoughout, a log burning stove, logs are provided, the ground floor has underfloor heating, the first floor radiators
Guests are asked to consider other holidaymakers and not smoke in the barn
Heating, electricity, bed linen and towels provided. Please bring your own beach towels
A limited broadband / wi fi service is provided. Internet reception can be patchy and the connection provided should NOT be relied on for work use and is unsuitable for games or downloading of films. Please bring connection cables as you may have to attach your laptop to the router. Excessive use of the internet will be charged at cost.
The Sutton Plough - tel. 01394 411785. Please note some rural pubs have closed down in recent months with little or no notice - so please do check the status if this is a criteria for your choice of property