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 so guests are guaranteed a totally private break. To see what our guests have said over the past 4 years please find our website address at the bottom of this text.
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. 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 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 and 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 beautiful 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.
We have had many fantastic guest comments over the years. For a look at these please refer to the Willows Barn website www.willowsbarnsuffolk.co,uk
|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.