Groton Manor Farm
Barn | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This is a recent conversion of a farm building, it is contemporary in feel with old characteristics (original beams), it has an open plan kitchen/diner and sitting room, great for socialising. Set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside with beautiful, walks and cycle routes on the doorstep and close to the villages of Kersey, Boxford and wool towns of Hadleigh and Lavenham. This is a very popular area for cyclists of all ages who we welcome and can also accommodate your bikes in our lock up barn, next to your accommodation. A brisk walk across open countryside and woodland (30 mins) is the Edwardstone White Horse, the greenest pub in East Anglia! Within a 15-20 minute drive there are multiple places to eat from standard pub fayre to award winning restaurants. A great weekend retreat for friends and families. If painting Is your passion far reaching views from this property surrounded by wildlife.
The property is in a quiet location ideal for business people working in Ipswich, Colchester or London. The property is 20 minutes from Colchester Station which is 50 minute train journey from London Liverpool Street. Due to the unusual layout of the bedrooms I would recommend that it is suitable for a minimum of 3 business colleague to a maximum of 5.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Felixstowe 35 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Stansted Airport 73 km, Nearest railway: Sudbury 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
The kitchen diner come sitting room is fantastic for entertaining I know, as I use it for our own dinner parties. you can prep, cook and be in amongst it all. The dimensions of the room is approximately 45 ft by 15ft with very high ceilings as it was previously a cow shed, and stables, so it has character and history. The accommodation is particularly child friendly with fitted carpets throughout bedrooms and living space with karndean flooring in bathrooms, kitchen and entrance hall, threre are no open fire places and the double-glazing and insulation make it virtually sound proof.
A tumble drier and extra fridge and freezer facilities are available in the utility room at the end of the buidling which has its own entrance.
A very clutter free environment with character and warmth. All duvets and pillows are anti-allergenic.
The accommodation has the highest specification water softener which is great for those with sensitive skin or those who like to luxuriate in the bath or shower and it provides great drinking water too.
Lighting throughout the property is a delight and makes for a fantastic atmosphere whether it is the superb light over the dining table or the double row of ceiling lights in the piggery bedrooms (on dimmer switches) or the italian chandelier in the master bedroom.
The entrance hall and master suite have wall to ceiling mirrors which are very popular with our wedding guests during their preparation. For entertainment there is 37 inch LCD TV with FreeView. Previous guests have found it a great place play on a Wii X-Box, so bring your own and have some fun.
If you intend to cook there is a fantastic electric range with ceramic hob. There is a small fridge but extra refrigeration is available as is a freezer.
All bathrooms have a heated towel rail and vanity mirror with lights. As the owner lives only next door we are happy to be on hand to offer assistance whether it is providing tins to make a birthday cake, electric whisk, find a babysitter, a taxi or suggest a restaurant etc
|Further details outdoors|
We have an outdoor heated swimming pool which is open during the summer months and we are happy for guests to use this facility, the owners and their children will also use the pool too, therefore it is not exclusive to guests. Use of the swimming pool is not included in the rental prices of the property it is purely at the discretion of the owners. Our children have a trampoline and TP climbing frame, swing and slide which we are happy for guests children (UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE) to play on.
There are fantastic walks on our door-step and we are a 3 minute walk from Groton Wood managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. The Fox and Hounds pub is a good mile from us so with a brisk walk you can be there in 15 minutes.
We have two natural ponds which contain an abundance of wild life, boatman, newts, frogs, moorhens and their chicks, wild ducks and their ducklings next regularly. We have a mini football pitch which guests are welcome to use.
Rental rates includes all utility usage water and electricity. Beds all made up with high quality bed linen, bath towels provided. Some toilet rolls, washing up liquid, tea, sugar and few other basic essentials.
Pool opening dependent upon weather and owners discretion.
Smoking allowed outside.
The East Anglia region
The East Anglian region is situated on England's most easterly North Sea coastline and boasts the sunniest climate to be found anywhere the UK, some of the most beautiful countryside in lowland Britain.
Groton is close to the historic towns of Colchester (Englands Oldest recorded town), Ipswich (birth place of Cardinal Wolsey), Bury St Edmunds (the historic St Edmunsbury Cathedral) and Sudbury (birth place of Thomas Gainsborough. Suffolk offers you an authentic experience in a contemporary setting, virtually all our villages have beautiful and interesting churches to visit . Groton is the birth place of John Winthrop 1st Govenor of Masachusettes USA. If you enjoy history you will love this area which has contributed so many interesting characters to the new and old worlds. Enjoy family fun in Suffolk and explore the county that has so much happening from hidden country walking (kesey vale is a great hike for all age groups) and cycle routes to festivals, village events and farmers markets.
The farm is set back off the country lane that leads to Hadleigh and Kersey. It is located on the South Suffolk Cycle Route so you can explore the surrounding villages and hamlets of Groton, Boxford, Kersey, Edwardstone, Chelsworth, Lindsey, Lavenham, Stoke-By-Nayland and Polstead without having to use your car.
Cambridge is at just 1 hour drive and Colchester is at 20 minutes'.
As the countryside is gently undulating the cycling is suitable for guests of all ages and fitness levels and the roads are fairly quiet.
Locally, the area is a haven for wildlife from the moorhens and wild ducks on the pond, to the rabbits, deer and House Martens that visit in the summer.
If you are looking to escape the pressures of every day life; want to spend quality time with the children or would like to go out for dinner with or without the children (babysitters can be recommended), this is the ideal place. If you are child free you can enjoy the privacy of the location, and the many places to visit in the surrounding area.
Long Melford is great for antiques and has some interesting fashion shops. Lavenham offers a variety of interesting independent shops and it has a beautiful old Guildhall to visit in the old market square. Hadleigh is worth a visit with its good local butchers, deli with French and Italian produce, farm shop and the Adnams Shop which offers great wine & beer as well as interesting cookware. Throughout the area there are many places to visit or events to enjoy in the local villages.
There is a good selection of local restaurants and pubs or you may want to stay in and prepare your own supper in the barns great kitchen with some lovely local produce.
If you are interested in participating in a cookery course, a clay pigeon shoot, tennis lessons, golf lessons or some other organised group activity please let me know and I am happy to organise your request and/or enquire on your behalf.
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15 Oct 2011
"Welcoming, luxurious, beautiful surroundings, relaxing and peaceful."
An amazing hidden away gem. Carey and Iain made us all very welcome and we felt well looked after. The accomodation was spacious, comfortable and very clean with all the facilities we could have wanted. We will be returning !!!
10 Sep 2011
"Perfect short stay"
On returning north from a family christening in Kent,the family, four generations,had a fab four night break in the peace of the Suffolk countryside.The farm is very well equipped and maintained,quiet… More
21 Aug 2011
What an amazing, wonderful holiday home in a beautiful and peaceful setting, and the owners Carey and Iain are super hosts , very welcoming and friendly, we have just returned from a wonderful weeks holiday and will most definately be returning next year, we all wished we could have stayed much longer! Kathryn Warner.( we were 2 families, with 3 children aged 7, 10 and 14)
We had a great week too! and happy our guests had such a wonderful time.
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