The Suffolk Countryside Specialists

Straw Bale Cottage

Haughley - Heart of Suffolk

This fascinating single floor holiday cottage is a truly unique retreat and a great base to explore the Suffolk countryside. Constructed from straw bales, this architectural delight is a luxurious 'eco home' with all the comforts and necessities one could need for a relaxing self-catering holiday.
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Well-behaved pet allowed
  • Parking
  • WiFi available
£465 - £780 per week *

Special Offers: Last minute discount! 10% off bookings starting within 14 days (may not apply in conjunction with other offers)


This fascinating single floor holiday cottage is a truly unique retreat and a great base to explore the Suffolk countryside. Constructed from straw bales, this architectural delight is a luxurious 'eco home' with all the comforts and necessities one could need for a relaxing self-catering holiday. The property features a light-filled open plan kitchen, dining and living area which opens out onto a large decking area from which to enjoy outdoor dining and views of the surrounding fields. Thanks to the thick walls and clay plastering, Straw Bale Cottage is brilliantly warm in winter with all heating powered by an attractive wood pellet burner in the living area. The cottage has its own lawned garden set within the 8 acre grounds of the owners home.  

Every element of this delightful cottage has been designed with the holidaymaker in mind. With an equal bedroom to bathroom ratio there'll be no more queues in the morning for a shower, while the spacious sleeping areas have more than enough space for storing suitcases and belongings. The owner has provided a washer/dryer, travel cot, barbecue and small welcome pack for you to enjoy. Being on a single level, Straw Bale Cottage makes a fantastic base for those who may find large amounts of steps challenging. This is in addition to the wide, ramped access to the french doors in the living area from the driveway. Be it peace and tranquility, or a chance to recharge your batteries, you'll be amazed how much Straw Bale Cottage has to offer.

With two bedrooms, each with their own en-suite, Straw Bale Cottage really does lend itself to all ages and requirements. Perhaps you're longing for a peaceful couples’ getaway, or itching to stay in a property with a little more character? Or do you dream of introducing your children to the vast and rolling fields the Suffolk countryside has to offer - there's endless hours of make-believe to be had and special memories to make and cherish; not to mention picturesque footpaths, scenic country lanes, as well as numerous sites of historical interest just waiting to be explored and discovered. Just a short drive away are both the Museum of East Anglian Life and the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum, not forgetting Bury St Edmunds, Lavenham, Woodbridge and the Suffolk coast which are all within easy reach thanks to the conveniently located A14.

Attending a wedding in Suffolk or looking for over-spill accommodation for your guests? Haughley Park Barn is just a 15 minute drive away, in addition to Abbot's Hall (5.1 miles), Crows Hall (15.1 miles) and Kenton Hall Estate (15.2 miles).

So to be in with the chance of experiencing this truly one-of-a-kind holiday cottage, be sure to book Straw Bale Cottage today. Pub and local shop: 1.3 miles, Supermarket: 3.3 miles.

Why we love this property: Be the envy of your friends with a stay at Straw Bale Cottage; we guarantee you won't have experienced anything like it!

Open Plan Room with Sitting area: Comfortable seating, Smart TV with Freeview and pellet burner, Kitchen area: Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer, Dining area: Table and chairs for 6.
Bedroom 1: King bed, dressing table and stool. Ensuite Shower Room: Shower with rainfall and hand-held attachment, WC and basin.
Bedroom 2: Twin beds and chest of drawers. Ensuite Shower Room: Shower with rainfall and hand-held attachment, WC and basin.

Outside: Private area of lawn with views of surrounding fields.
Parking: Off-street for up to two cars.

Pets: 1 well behaved pet welcome. 
Heating: Wood pellet burner.
Notes: Wifi, bed linen and towels.

Haughley is a picturesque village located just over 2 miles northwest of the town of Stowmarket. Known for its' rolling fields, Haughley has the benefit of a village pub, The Kings Head, a beautiful Grade I listed church, as well as the remains of circular foundations of a motte and bailey castle. An ideal base for exploring Suffolk, it lies just over 1 mile from neighbouring village Wetherden, which also has a charming pub grade II listed pub, The Maypole. With train links in nearby Stowmarket, holidaymakers from London can arrive in this relaxing pocket of the county in just under 2 hours from Liverpool Street Station. Keen cyclists will love exploring the network of winding country lanes, whilst walkers will enjoy taking in the breathtaking scenery on foot on one of the many footpaths in the area. Of equal historical interest is the nearby town of Needham Market. Nestled on the banks of the River Gipping, the area is packed with history from its' notable buildings such as Hawks Mill, the parish church of St John the Baptist and medieval Almshouses. Needham Lake, an artificial nature attraction is a delight year round, with a circular walk, picnic areas and car boot twice weekly.


  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Well-behaved pet allowed
  • Parking
  • WiFi available
  • Garden/courtyard
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Bed linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair
  • Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • No smoking
  • Nearest shop 3.3 miles
  • Nearest pub 1.3 miles
  • 31 miles from the coast
  • Ground floor bathroom
  • Ground floor bedroom



A very comfortable and well appointed cottage. We have had a lovely few days helped by fabulous weather. A most enjoyable experience. Thank you. - 1st March 2019
The perfect cottage retreat. Cosy, warm and welcoming. So well thought through - a taste of ages past with all the mod cons. Funky touches and everything you need - plug-ins by the bed, stress free fire and a beautiful, centuries-old view. Loved it. Thank you! - 1st February 2019
We loved our Christmas stay and had everything we needed. The children enjoyed the toys. Comfortable beds! - 31st December 2018
We've loved the 'straw bale' concept and the rural-urban decor. Even in late October, the main room is so full of light. Thank you for all the details that made us feel so welcome. - 2nd November 2018
A lovely, cosy, unique cottage to spend a short break in. The views are stunning, so many places to visit and so peaceful to come back to. Thank you. - 26th October 2018
A fantastic cottage, we really enjoyed our long weekend and wish we has stayed longer. Very peaceful setting and the cottage has a lovely feel. Thank you. - 8th October 2018
What a great place for my 'base camp' doing my photographic project, this time covering Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Excellent detail throughout and a very fascinating property. - 28th September 2018
What a stunning place! We've had such a relaxing time, beautifully decorated. One morning it rained and we work up to the fire already on, bliss! Many, many thanks for the lovely touches. - 31st August 2018
We all enjoyed our stay, loved Straw Bale Cottage! - 27th August 2018
Had a lovely time. Everything to a very high spec. Dad (86) enjoyed every aspect of the cottage, especially the birds in the garden, he spent many, many hours there. Love to return. - 17th August 2018
A lovely, well-equipped and clean property. Interesting design and good layout, beautiful views. Thank you for the welcome cake and wine, much appreciated. Enjoyed exploring the area especially Aldeburgh and Bury St Edmunds. - 13th July 2018
We had such a lovely stay. The cottage is beautiful and very well equipped. Every time we thought 'I wonder if there's a...' there was! A calm and tranquil setting. Our 17 month old loved the garden and it was great to be able to breakfast outside. We really appreciated the little extras such as blankets for the cot but special mention must be made for the children's toys and car - I think we'll have to buy one! Thank you so much, we hope to come again! - 2nd July 2018
Very relaxing and restful. Lovely cottage - a lot of thought has gone into creating a home-from-home away. - 1st July 2018
Beautiful! What a lovely cottage, very comfortable. Wonderful weather, outside in the sun all afternoon to late evening. Saw plenty of wildlife including pheasants and deer. Hope to return, it is a very peaceful spot. - 28th May 2018
As the first guests to stay in Straw Bale Cottage we had a lovely long weekend over Easter. The weather was awful but didn't spoil our stay! We really appreciated the little extras the owners had thought of - fresh flowers, an Easter egg and cake! We had a lovely lunch at The Kings Arms in Haughley. When the weather is a little kinder there are several lovely walks from the cottage that the owners will assist you with. The cottage is very unique and the owners are great and helpful hosts. - 2nd April 2018


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