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 some of our most recent guest comments Kim and Simon, September 2014 "Thankyou for the lovely stay, The whole process from booking, quick email responses and arrival made the stay an easy, stress-free and relaxing one. We would not hesitate to come back. The hot tub has to be the best we have been to. The bed, bedding and sofa are all ultra-comfy and of high quality. We also appreciated the organisation and labeling throughout the barn which also contributed to the ease of our stay. Overall a high quality, organised, friendly and welcoming service and accommodation offered. Thankyou for the local vineyard wine and the homemade biscuits - they were lovely". Anna and Carl from Liverpool, October 2014 "we were looking forward to our week away for months and as soon as we entered Willows Barn we were overwhelmed with how fabulous it was. Everything is beautifully maintained and to the highest standard. Such peaceful and tranquil surroundings. We don't want to leave!". Warren and Yvette from Welwyn Garden City October 2014 " Thankyou so much for my birthday balloon, card, cake and wine. Your barn is so beautiful I really have felt spoilt. Having children and full time jobs Warren and I do not get much time to relax together so this weekend has been an absolute delight - thankyou again for making my 40th a very memorable one"
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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17 Nov 2014
"A little piece of heaven"
We booked a few days away for our honeymoon here, from the second we walked through the door we fell in love with the place, from the wine chilling in the fridge to the beautiful card that was left fo… More
22 Oct 2014
"Tranquility at it's best."
We stayed here for 8 days and I didn't want to leave. The barn is so beautifully decorated and every intricate necessity has been thought of. We had beautiful weather even in October so the patio… More
It was lovely meeting you both during your weeks holiday at Willows Barn. We have decorated the barn with lovely mellow colours and beautiful fabrics which have a country theme reflecting the wonderful natural surroundings of Willows Barn. We have used all our travel experiences to think of everything our guests would need and so we are so pleased you found this useful. The patio is a south facing sun trap so ideal for a morning breakfast or afternoon barbeque. The hot tub is so private and sheltered and right outside the front door so ideal for a stress free soak! We have a varied selection of dvd's for guests to watch and a lovely snuggly john lewis sofa for lounging on. Framlingham is a beautiful market town with lovely shops and restaurants/cafe's. A great place to live and holiday in and we are thrilled you loved it. Very many thanks for your wonderful review. Rosalind and Kevin.
29 Sep 2014
The place was super clean and tastefully decorated. It was my partners Birthday and we arrived to find a cake, card and bottle of wine.The Hot tub is in private location so that you can relax without… More
Thankyou so much for your lovely review. We take great delight in cleaning and presenting Willows Barn to 5* standard for each and every one of our guests. It was our pleasure to arrange some treats for your partner so that her stay was extra special. We bake our own "signature" treats as a special welcome - currently these are chocolate biscuit squares (one plain and one pecan/walnut/raisin version). We also provide locally bought biscuits and Framlingham vineyard wine which our guests enjoy. I'm thrilled you both loved the hot-tub. It is so private with it's lovely decking and pretty fencing and the barn sits in its own private acre of land within our secure grounds off a quiet country lane. Perfect for lazy lie-ins and forgetting the stresses of everyday life. We hope to welcome you both again soon. regards Rosalind and Kevin
14 Sep 2014
"A Perfect Stay"
My boyfriend and I stayed at Willows Barn for four nights and received a highly professional, organised and friendly service in a thoroughly luxurious barn. Booking was easy and all email corresponden… More
Thankyou so much for your super review - it was lovely to meet you both. We do try hard to respond to our guests as quickly as possible just to make our booking process straightforward and we are so pleased that you enjoyed all our treats that are complimentary with your booking. We can also arrange "extra" gifts from you to your loved ones if you give us a bit of advance notice as we love planning a surprise!
I'm so glad that you felt surrounded by luxury at Willows Barn. We really aim for our guests to have a special break when at the barn. The superking bed and mattress are hotel quality as are the linens and they are all washed with care - rather than sent out to a service wash - so that we are able to keep our standards high.
The hot tub we feel is so important and I know our diligence is also top notch. We carried out a lot of research into the hot tub in order to provide a wonderful and safe "luxury" experience for our guests. Our daily checks and hot tub maintenance is the key to a great time and we provide detailed guidelines for our guests on the hot tub which we send out in our comprehensive welcome details once your booking is finalised.
We'd love to have you both return and thankyou for recommending Willows Barn to your partner's parents. It will be our pleasure to welcome them too. With many thanks. Rosalind and Kevin.
25 Aug 2014
"Wow we loved it here!"
This cottage is absolutely perfect for a relaxing break away. Highlights were the beautiful countryside, hot tub with lovely views, comfy big bed, large roll top bath to name a few but everything abou… More
We are so thrilled that you found Willows Barn so "perfect" for your relaxing break. Willows Barn sits in its own acre of private garden within our secure grounds (great for those who like their cars to be off road and behind gates overnight).
We are so pleased that you found everything "first class" and love that you had fun on the tennis court.
It was our pleasure to organise birthday treats for your partner as we do love planning a surprise! We'd love to welcome you both back - anytime - and thankyou so much for your thoughtful review. with kind regards Rosalind and Kevin.
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
We are so pleased that you both had a wonderful week of peace and serenity at Willows Barn and thankyou for your review. The Barn has also been painted since your stay and the hedges their second trim of the year as we do like to keep the barn and the grounds looking 5star for our guests. We are thrilled that you loved the copious hot water - Willows Barn has "constant on-demand" hot water for guests needs and the superking size bed has a wonderful mattress and bedding and so we are really glad that you slept so well. We'd love to have you back so please do return anytime. We enjoyed meeting and chatting to you. All our best wishes.
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.
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