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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Perfect for couples who appreciate the finer things in life. This Visit England accredited 5star barn will delight you for your stay or indeed is a great present for family/friends who appreciate the best too! Willows Barn is a totally private self catering cottage with no other cottages in the grounds of the owners farmhouse so guests are guaranteed a totally private break. Here are two of our most recent guest comments Gail and Pete from Loughborough, 11th-14thJuly2014 "Wow, what can we say that hasn't already been said in the comments book. We've had a superb stay here. Brilliant 5star accommodation. Loved the hot tub and even had a game of tennis! Lovely touches make all the difference. The muffins were delicious, the wine was lovely. Everything you could possible need. Our only gripe was that we didn't book it for longer! Will return again". Roger and Cathy from Lincolnshire 3rd-6thJuly2014 "Thankyou, we cannot fault Willows Barn. It's just the perfect place to stay and unwind. The wine cooled in the fridge for our arrival was a welcome treat. We enjoyed our visit to Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and Thorpeness-thankyou for the recommendations".
Once walking through the topiary framed gate to this property you enter your own private half acre of beautiful Suffolk countryside with long views over fields and magnificent "big sky" landscape. A tennis court is solely yours to play on during your stay. The spacious hot tub is situated in a private and sheltered nook on the south terrace, just a few paces from the door of the barn and is surrounded by its own decking and sheltered with attractive planting. The barn and gardens, hot tub etc are not overlooked at all. For a more leisurely time settle down on the comfy sun loungers, fire up the barbeque, or simply eat alfresco on either the sun drenched south facing terrace or on the patio under the dappled shade of the 3 willow trees that give this beautiful barn its name. For those with their golf clubs with them there is plenty of space to chip some balls before heading off to one of the local golf courses.
The barn was designed by the owners, on the footprint of traditional agricultural buildings and features local craftsmanship with mullion windows, green oak beams and a vaulted ceiling in the living area along with oak peg joints and small sections of brick walls which are perfectly complimented by modern day comforts such as underfloor heating and stylish appliances with tasteful furnishings including Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics and Jim Lawrence ironmongery and lighting (the central chandelier hangs majestically in the central vault space and casts a beautiful light during the evening).
The property has a large open plan living/dining/kitchen area with a wonderful double-sided wood-burning stove in the centre of the room. The spacious bedroom has a superking bed and a freestanding roll top bath to luxuriate in.
The barn is also wonderful during the colder months for romantics and guests needing to de-stress from everyday living. For lazy lie-ins the double oak doors in the bedroom can be opened wide and the woodburner viewed from the bed, perfect for anniversary or honeymoon/wedding breaks. There's an en-suite shower room too with Aqata Shower and heated towel rail and is decorated beautifully with RIBA paints and stylish tiling.
With secure and private off road parking for two cars it's a great spot. The parking area and short walk to the barn are all superbly lit with sensor lighting so arrivals late in the evening are re-assuringly easy. The pretty and famous historic market town of Framlingham is a brisk walk away and Framlingham Castle most definitely worth a visit as well as the Tuesday and Saturday markets and fabulous array of shops, restaurants and cafes.
All prices include 100% egyptian cotton bed linen, towels, heating and electricity plus a welcome bottle of wine and biscuits to help you get your break off to a relaxing start.
This detached self-catering Suffolk country holiday cottage boasts appliances that include a large 37” flat screen TV with freesat channels, Blu-ray/DVD player, digital radio with CD player, free WiFi access, and an Ipod docking station. There's a built-in electric Smeg hob and oven, Dualit toaster and kettle, slimline Bosch dishwasher, a Hotpoint washing machine, tall Smeg fridge with a two-shelf freezer and a microwave.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aldeburgh 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stansted 110 km, Nearest railway: Wickham Market (Campsea Ashe) 13 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
The East Anglia region
Suffolk is a landscape of gently undulating countryside made up of wetland, meadows and farmland. Home to some of the largest arable farms in the country it is the perfect environment to grow wheat, sugar beet and barley. Once a commercial powerhouse due to the textile industry in the 14th and 15tth centuries Suffolk became one of the richest countries in England and the evidence of this medieval prosperity can be seen in Suffolk's range of magnificent churches and timber framed buildings. With East Anglia boasting 11% more sunshine than the rest of the country it is no wonder that artists such as Constable and Turner spent so much time outdoors painting iconic images of this picturesque county.
This fantastic weather also makes this cottage a perfect base for walking and cycling, visiting friends and simply exploring. It's also a great gift to puchase a break for your loved ones and special friends. Just a short drive from the heritage coastline of Suffolk and the famous wool towns of Lavenham and Long Melford guests can explore Ipswich (the home of Thomas Cromwell) and Norwich (home to its castle, museum and art gallery) and other historic landmarks all within a comfortable drive from the property on the outskirts of pretty Framlingham (also home to an amazing Castle and Mere/Lake).
From grand country estates to iconic nature reserves there are plenty of places to visit in the area. Dunwich Heath Coastal centre and beach, Orford Ness National Nature Reserve, Ickworth House and Gardens, The Dedham Vale and Flatford Bridge Cottage with a fantastic walk we can recommend and Sutton Hoo -one of our favourites with its Anglo-Saxon burial and discovery of a Viking longship and all its treasures. These are just a few of the gems on offer within a short journey of this super property.
You'll want to come back time and again to visit everywhere this area has to offer.
The property itself is situated on a quiet country road overlooking fields and other pretty country properties with "big sky" views that will literally take your breath away. With a sunny south aspect the barn is nestled into its own half acre within the wonderfully landscaped grounds of a Victorian Farmhouse (which is a long way away from the barn) and catches the most wonderful sunsets to the west which are stunning all year round. The peaceful location and the private secure parking to the property ensures that your stay is interruption free. The garden and grounds to the barn are totally private and so guests are able to switch off from the hectic pace of life (if only just for the length of their break!) and maybe enjoy a game or two of tennis on the barn's own court and relax in the barn's own hot tub. Just a brisk stroll away is the historic market/castle town of Framlingham and so you can participate in hustle/bustle of this pretty and charming town. Voted the top market town to live in by Country Life magazine and appearing in the top ten list many times over, Framlingham is famous for its Norman castle which, given to Queen Mary in 1553, unusually has retained its outer walls and all of its towers. Set in the most picturesque setting with many walks around the castle, on top of its walls and in its grounds and the Mere(lake) alongside, its the most wonderful place to visit. Framlingham also boasts the spectacular parish church of St.Michael which houses a series of lifesize effigies, carved and painted, on the tombs of the dukes of Norfolk and others. Framlingham's market charter goes back to 1276 and today the thriving market still opens each Tuesday and Saturday and is regularly visited by guests buying fresh local produce to serve up a dish fit for a king or queen in the barn's fantastically fitted country kitchen. There are many chic boutiques and charming antique shops in town as well as some lovely places to eat and dine. All these are listed in the barn.
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23 May 2014
"A Perfectly Relaxing Week"
We've just returned from a week of peace and calm at this delightful cottage.Everything was just as the website promised, true five-star accommodation.The only noise we heard was that of the bird… More
7 May 2014
"Very comfortable, peaceful and romantic place to stay"
We were very pleased with this well equipped, comfortable and homely rental. From the welcome touches of chilled wine waiting in the fridge, home made cakes and biscuits - to the huge bed, lovely hot-… More
Thankyou so much for your super review. We are very pleased that you had such a perfect stay. Time off from the stresses and strains of everyday life is a precious thing and we are pleased to play our part in your special break. Thankyou once again for booking Willows Barn.
29 Apr 2014
"A Perfect Romantic Honeymoon Location!"
We travelled here on our honeymoon just wanting to spend time together on a quiet holiday. Couldnt have been better! Host family were welcoming and excited to see us but completely let us have the bre… More
We are always so thrilled to have honeymooners at Willows Barn and we feel honoured to host the start of couples lives together (we also love receiving bookings from "minimooners" who book a short stay after their wedding before their actual honeymoon). Willows Barn is so private and romantic and couples are able to enjoy each other's company without the hustle/bustle of everyday life. Thrilled you loved your stay and thankyou for recommending us to your family - we were delighted to receive their booking.
28 Apr 2014
"Amazing place to stay"
A massive thanks to ros and kev for providing such a lovely place to stay. Felt just like being at home. Bed and sofa were so comfortable. Arrived to a bottle of wine, biscuits and cakes with was such… More
We are so pleased that you both had a lovely stay at Willows Barn and that you found the furniture so comfortable. It is so nice to know that our guests appreciate all the extra touches and we love going "the extra mile" to help you celebrate a special occasion. We will look forward to your return later this year and thankyou so much for your kind review.
10 Apr 2014
"Perfect for a romantic getaway or special occasion..."
We went to Willows Barn to celebrate my partner's birthday and it was a wonderful stay. Rosalind was amazing before we arrived and helped me surprise my partner by providing helium balloons and a… More
It was such a pleasure helping you plan all the extras for your partner's birthday and we were thrilled that you both had a wonderful stay. It is lovely to know that the rolltop bath, our interior design and personal touches including the superking bed all made Willows Barn "perfect" for you. We have also recently added some of our personal styling touches around the hot tub area which help make it a "stylish" way to relax. Thankyou again for your lovely comments.
31 Jan 2014
"Fabulous place to stay and relax in luxury"
My wife and I stayed for 3 nights as an after Christmas chill down.What a fabulous place, the brochures do not manage to do it justice. Proper 5 star quality and as peaceful/quiet location as I have e… More
We are so glad that you enjoyed your post-Christmas chill down and thankyou for your recommendation and kind words. We are thrilled that the peace and quiet was just what you needed and that you enjoyed the woodburner and the hot-tub as well as the 5star rating of Willows Barn. The woodburner is double sided so that you can view it from the living area and the bedroom and so it is a real treat and we are glad you enjoyed it. We would love to have you return again. Warm wishes to you both.
2 Dec 2013
My girlfriend and I booked a weekend away to celebrate my 30th Birthday. We wanted a relaxing time away somewhere cosy. The accommodation was perfect, it had everything we required: wood burner, hot… More
Happy 30th Birthday, we are delighted you chose Willows Barn to spend your special day with your girlfriend and we would be thrilled for you to return this year for another relaxing and cosy time. The presentation of Willows Barn is so important to us and we are so glad you found everything perfect and enjoyed the woodburner and the hot-tub. Somehow the Suffolk skies are even more beautiful when you are relaxing in the tub with an unspoilt view. We have added some further decoration around the hot-tub recently and will upload the pictures soon. Thankyou again for your lovely review.
1 Dec 2013
"Absolutely beautiful so relaxing"
Willow barn is a lovely place to stay ros is very helpful When we arrived we found fresh homemade pineapple muffins shortbread and a bottle of wine in the fridge.They now have a hot tub at willow barn… More
Thankyou so much for your kind words and your recommendation. We leave our guests in total privacy during their stay, yet we are always happy to help should guests have a query or concern. We are glad you loved the pineapple muffins and treats of shortbread and local wine and that you found the hot-tub relaxing. We would love to have you return to Willows Barn. Thankyou again.
7 Nov 2013
"Our luxury Suffolk break"
Willows Barn is an exceptionally well-appointed holiday retreat - quiet and yet within walking distance of the attractive town of Framlingham. The Suffolk coast is within easy reach.Everything in the … More
Thankyou so much for your kind words. We enjoyed meeting you both very much and were glad that you found Willows Barn so comfortable and luxurious. It is a nice walk from the barn to Framlingham which is so attractive and has numerous pretty buildings and some great cafes, restaurants, delicatessen/butchers and interesting shops. We are pleased you enjoyed the walk and your holiday in Willows Barn. Our best wishes to you both.
24 Oct 2013
"luxury in beautiful suffolk"
Ros thinks of everything to make your stay perfect. We had a comprehensive pre-arrival pack, and when we arrived found cakes & biscuits, plus a bottle of local wine chilling in the fridge.The barn is… More
We are so glad you found the comprehensive pre-arrival pack useful, this includes previous guest comments, where to go/what to do, information about Willows Barn and the surrounding area of Framlingham as well as travel directions. We will add a section about the antique shops which, as you mentioned, are very tasteful. We are glad you enjoyed the homebaked cakes and treats of biscuits and wine from a local vineyard. The underfloor heating is so cosy underfoot and we area always lay the woodburner for guests so it is ready to light as soon as you arrive. We'd love for you to return again this summer - the new addition of the "hot-tub" is just outside the barn and perfect after a day out. We hope to welcome you soon.
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