Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Recently converted to a high standard from an open fronted barn, Swallow Barn is now a delightful single storey cottage whose guests may benefit from the use of a private indoor heated swimming pool. It is called Swallow Barn because of the swallows that used to return every year to nest in its rafters.
The barn has two bedrooms, a double and a twin, a large sitting/dining room and a well equipped kitchen. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom with shower over bath. One bathroom has been specially equipped for use by disabled guests. Swallow Barn has a fully enclosed south facing terrace with table, chairs and a barbeque. It is set in spacious grounds with plenty of safe playing space for children and access to a rural footpath to the small market town of Halesworth. The cottage is equipped to a high standard and has easy, level access for wheelchair users. There is a log burning stove backed up by full cental heating,satelite TV and DVD and Wifi. Solar panels on the roof provide most of the hot water, particularly in summer. The owners’ private indoor heated swimming pool is available to guests by individual arrangement at a small extra charge. There is parking for two cars.
Set on the edge of the pretty village of Holton, Swallow Barn is less than one mile from the centre of Halesworth where there is a range of shops, restaurants and pubs. The popular seaside town of Southwold is only 20 minutes away and for walkers and bird watchers there is the RSPB sanctuary at Minsmere and the wild heaths of Dunwich all within a short drive. For culture lovers the famous Snape Maltings concert hall and the Halesworth arts centre, The Cut, offer a wide range of top quality films,concerts and plays. This unspoilt area has something to offer visitors of all ages and interests. Rural Suffolk is one of Britain’s best kept secrets.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Southwold 9 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stansted 120 km, Nearest railway: Halesworth 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
Guests have use of our 2.5 acre grounds with a large paddock with play equipment for children of all ages together with quiet gardens for adult use. The swimming pool is available by individual arrangement giving guests exclusive private use during their pre-arranged times.
The East Anglia region
East Anglia and Suffolk in particular is one of Britain's best kept secrets. It is a place that many pass by on their way to somewhere else. Because of this it is relatively unspoilt and quiet. There are no motorways and only a very few main roads cross the county. This makes visiting Suffolk a very pleasant and relaxing experience.
The countryside is gentle and accessible and the small market towns are a delight to visit. The Suffolk Heritage Coast has something for all visitors from the old fashioned seaside charm of Southwold and Walberswick, where time seems to have stood still, to the heaths and wildness of Dunwich and Minsmere.
Suffolk has some of the best food producers in the country and many of the excellent pubs and restaurants make use of this produce in their menus.
East Anglia is the driest part of Britain and has a very temperate climate. It is, therefore, an ideal destination for walkers and cyclists as the terrain is fairly level and the countryside unspoilt. Motoring is also a good way to explore as the roads are quiet.
There are places to visit to suit all tastes from wildlife parks, and activity centres for children to golf courses and pretty villages with attractive old buildings and churches for those seeking a quieter experience.
Just a short distance inland from the popular coastal area of Southwold, Walberswick and Dunwich, the Blyth Valley, in which Halesworth sits at the heart, has something to offer everyone. Country lanes and footpaths weave their way through a gentle landscape leading to fascinating old churches, country pubs, museums and a selection of old buildings dating back centuries. There is a rich diversity of wildlife and the area is home to many artists and craft studios.
Halesworth has much to offer the visitor. It has an unhurried and friendly atmosphere and the pedestrianised Thoroughfare with its variety of small independent shops, restaurants and pubs makes visiting the town a worthwhile experience.
Halesworth is fast becoming a centre for the arts, hosting the nationally acclaimed High Tide Festival of Drama in the Spring and the Halesworth Arts Festival which brings together drama, music, art and craft for two weeks in the Autumn at The Cut Arts Centre. In addition, there is a year round programme of events and productions to suit all tastes. The ever popular Latitude Festival at Henham Park is just 3 miles away.
Walking the many paths and tracks that surround Halesworth is the best way to see the abundance of wildlife in this area. The Millennium Green, which is easily accessible from the town centre is the largest of its kind in England and is home to kingfishers,barn owls, reedbirds,otters and a host of other species.