The Old Barn, Chelsworth

Chelsworth, Bury and the Wool Towns

  • 4 Star
  • An absolutely stunning barn conversion, perfect for a big house holiday getaway. Bang in the middle of the beautiful old village of Chelsworth, midway between the wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford, this wonderful self-catering property is an architectural dream. Delightful contrasts throughout, its traditional beams and brickwork highlight its utterly contemporary interior.

You can book this property from:

  • £2,004 per week
  • £286 per night
  • 4 Star


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 2 king/super-king beds
  • 1 single bed
  • 3 single Zip&Link beds
  • 1 sofa bed


  • 5 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Wet room
  • Bath
  • Shower

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Countryside views


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • Family friendly
  • Travel cot


  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Pony trekking/horse riding


  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor bath/shower room
  • Wet room

Important - Please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 7:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am


In the beautiful village of Chelsworth, famous for its outstanding gardens and ancient houses, many built in and before the 17th century, this stunning and unusual barn conversion is packed full of delightful contrasts; an ancient shell, an utterly contemporary interior, comfortable and homely with a delightful industrial finish. Set within delightful countryside it has a remote feel yet is within a 3-minute walk of the delightful village and its excellent pub, The Peacock. As featured in The Times 'Best holiday houses for groups in Britain in 2018'.

Built on the side of the valley, the barn takes advantage of the contours of the hill and the creation of several sunken garden areas to give garden access to three of the four floors of this magnificent barn. Double doors lead from the drive to the entrance area, which gives access to a cloakroom, laundry room and storage cupboards. Long sloping corridors with stairs lead up into the enormous open plan living area with spacious and well fitted kitchen, dining for 14 or more guests and large and luxurious sitting room with sofas and chairs and large Smart TV, double doors open on to the terrace. A further corridor leads to the ground floor bedroom and en suite bathroom and stairs to the lower ground floor where there is an enormous bedroom with large sitting area and en suite bathroom. Upstairs on the 1st floor there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom with a further set of stairs leading to the second floor master bedroom, it's en suite bathroom and dressing room. There are wonderful views of the surrounding meadows and fields from the majority of windows.

NB: Guests are asked to be advised that the main staircase within the property has no hand-rail and is open to one side. Guests are therefore asked to be advised to watch children and any who may be unsteady on their feet. Please feel free to view the stairs within the 3D Walk-through tour above. 

The Old Barn is approached by a byway - with fields either side. 5 bar gates open into the large drive with ample parking for six cars. A large terrace with table and chairs and barbecue opens from the living room. The Old Barn, Chelsworth is surrounded by large areas of lawn. The garden is very private, separated from the surrounding fields and meadows by hedging. Shop: 4.8 miles, Pub: 350 yards.

Why we love this property
A one of a kind, modern barn conversion, The Old Barn certainly has the WOW factor - ideal for memorable escapes with family and friends.  

Laundry/Boot Room: Large storage cupboards containing a washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge/freezer, pantry and utility sink. A hidden door conceals a cloakroom with w.c. and sink (3 steps down). 10 steps from either side of the laundry/boot room lead to the Living/Dining/Kitchen area. 
Open Plan Room with Kitchen area: with stylish stainless steel units, oven and 5 ring gas hob, dishwasher, wine fridge and espresso machine. A small breakfast table seats up to 4 people. Dining area: with table and chairs for 12, large floor to ceiling glass doors lead out to the garden. Sitting area: with soft seating for 12, large Smart TV, Freesat and DVD player. A sound system with sound bar is also available. 
Bedroom 1: with Superking bed and built in storage. French doors lead out to a small balcony with field views. Ensuite bathroom: with bath and overhead rainfall shower, hand held shower attachment, w.c., basin and heated towel rail. Please note that there is no door to the ensuite. 

Family Bathroom: with Bath and hand held shower, w.c., basin and heated towel rail. 
Bedroom 2: with zip and link superking or twin beds and hanging rail. 
Bedroom 3: with zip and link superking or twin beds and writing desk. A chest of drawers can be found on the landing. 
Bedroom 4: with single bed. 

Cloakroom: with w.c. and basin. 
Bedroom 5: with superking bed and built in wardrobe. Ensuite shower room: with walk in wet room style shower. Please note that there is no door to the ensuite. 

Bedroom 6: with superking, sofa bed, built in wardrobes and door to the garden. Circular spa bath - please note this is only divided from the bedroom by a curtain. Ensuite Cloakroom: with w.c. and basin. 

Garden: Just over an acre of garden, fully enclosed and surrounded by rolling fields. There is a barbecue, as well as a terrace with garden furniture. 
Parking: Private driveway with parking for at least 5 cars. 
Heating: Gas central heating with underfloor heating throughout. 
Other: WiFi, bed linen and towels provided. Charcoal for the BBQ is provided,  Guests are asked to be advised that the main staircase within the property has no hand-rail and is open to one side. Guests are therefore asked to be advised to watch children and any who may be unsteady on their feet. Please feel free to view the stairs within the 3D Walk-through tour above. 

Please Note:  No parties please due to the close proximity of neighbours and numbers not to be exceeded under any circumstances.

Situated on the north bank of the river Brett in one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Suffolk the village of Chelsworth, which has only around seventy properties, was first documented in 962. Almost unchanged in the last 200 years the village street is peppered with thatched, wattle and daub cottages and houses, its iconic bridge and well-known pub little changes from the outside.


Size: Sleeps up to 12 in 6 bedrooms

Nearest beach: 27 miles

Nearest amenities: 0.3 miles

Pets: 2 well behaved dogs welcome


The barn is entered at ground level where there is large hall space with big walk in cupboards to either side.  Cupboards include a washing machine, tumble dryer, large fridge freezer, pantry, storage cupboard, utility sink.  At the end of the hall, doors lead to a ground floor cloakroom with wash basin and w.c., and a boiler room with fuse boxes etc

Stairs on either side of the hall lead to the double storey barn which which has full height double doors leading the garden and gas central heating.  Lighting is provided by a number of pendant lamps, floor lights and uplighters

Large open plan drawing room with L shaped sofa, arms chairs and further sofa, large coffee table and large TV, doors to garden

Dining area with large adjustable table and 12 chairs, additional chairs available (dining table will seat up to 16, shelving with books and games

Kitchen with electric oven, large (6 ring) gas hob, dishwasher, drawer fridge, microwave, kettle, espresso machine toaster. 

A door leads from the sitting area to a second hall where there are further storage cupboards with extra tableware and glasses, games etc

To the left is a large bedroom with super king bed, bedside tables and lamps, easy chair and door leading to a private balcony with café table and chairs.  A further door leads to the en suite bathroom with shower, washbasin, w.c. and heated towel rail.

Stairs lead down to the lower ground floor (underfloor heating throughout) where there is a large room with large circular spa bath, behind which is a cloakroom with w.c. and washbasin. The spa room can be separated from the extended pod by curtains as and when .  A super king and a large and comfortable sofa bed. 

On the 1st floor, there are two bedrooms with super king / twin beds (please state preference before arrival) and a single bedroom, all have hanging space, bedside tables and lamps.  There is additional storage in the corridor.  There is a family bathroom with bath and hand held shower, w.c. washbasin and heated towel rail.

Stairs lead to the 2nd floor where there is a large master bedroom with far reaching views over the surrounding countryside.  En suite facilities include a walk in wet room shower and separate cloakroom with wash basin, w.c. and heated towel rail. There is a large walk in wardrobe with hanging space and shelving, room for cases and bags.

Please Note:  No parties please due to the close proximity of neighbours and numbers not to be exceeded under any circumstances.

General: TVs with Sky package, stereo system, WiFi

Luxuries: Outside table tennis  Utilities: fridge-freezer, oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer, wine fridge

Other: Bed linen and towels provided (not beach towels), travel cot (not cot linen), highchair

Outdoors: Old Barn has just over an acre of garden including a terrace, garden furniture, outdoor fire pit and barbecue. Parking: Private parking for at least 5 cars


The service we received has been excellent and we will be booking with Suffolk cottages again.

mr K P,

Old Barn is a wonderful place for a family get together ... the only sounds when you sit in the garden are sheep and birds!

Past Customer,

We very much enjoyed our stay at the old barn, it was well equipped and offered a great mix of old and new. the location was very remote and stunning countryside from every window. The welcome food items were much appreciated and a nice touch. All in all a fantastic place for our birthday celebration! would highly recommend it!

Past Customer,

Overall the Barn was fantastic, very high standard of cleanliness and very much a home from home, I would highly recommend the Barn to any large group especially for the great social kitchen/dining area.

E C,