The Suffolk Countryside Specialists

The Old Barn, Chelsworth

Chelsworth - Bury and the Wool Towns

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 and the Suffolk coast at Aldeburgh, this wonderful self-catering property is an architectural dream - The Modern House meets the Ancient Barn!  Delightful contrasts throughout, its traditional beams and brickwork highlight its utterly contemporary interior, comfortable and homely the property yet includes a modern industrial finish.  Set within delightful countryside it is both utterly remote and within a 3-minute walk of the delightful village and its excellent pub, The Peacock. 
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Well-behaved pets allowed
  • Parking
  • WiFi available
£1765 - £2780 per week *


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 an 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'

Lavenham 4.5 miles, Long Melford 9 miles, Bury St Edmunds 16 miles, Cambridge 44 miles, Norwich 47 miles

This Big House Holiday property:

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 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 cinema screen, double doors open on to the terrace. A further corridor leads to the ground floor double 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 (two doubles and a single) 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.


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, with trampoline and a tree swing for the children.  The garden is very private separated from the surrounding fields and meadows by hedging.

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.



  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Well-behaved pets allowed
  • Parking
  • WiFi available
  • Travel cot
  • Cot
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • No smoking
  • Enclosed garden
  • Nearest shop 1 mile
  • Nearest pub 1 mile
  • Barbecue
  • Detached
  • Ground floor bathroom
  • Ground floor bedroom


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, expresso machine toaster. 

A door leads from the sitting area to a second hall where there are further storage cupboards with extra table ware 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, wash basin, 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 / full sized twin beds (please state preference before arrival) 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. wash basin 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.


General: TVs with Sky package, stereo system, WiFi

Luxuries: Outside table tennis, trampoline 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, barbecue and trampoline Parking: Private parking for at least 5 cars



The owner met us at the property and was extremely welcoming. She showed us round every room and all appliances and encouraged use of all facilities including glasses for our party on Saturday night. Overall, we loved the Barn and were made to feel relaxed and were encouraged to treat the place like our own home. Both the owner and the amazing Barn made my birthday celebrations complete. Mrs V Jeffrey - 19th December 2017


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