Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Brickwall Farmhouse Wetherden Suffolk
This is a very beautiful, historic, Tudor self catering farmhouse for 2-14 guests. It is well appointed and comfortably furnished. Offered 5 star rating when first established with many original Tudor features adding to its amazing appeal. It lends itself to a wide variety of gatherings from friends and families to retreats, art / music courses, bridge weekends and many others.It's long been very popular for Hen weekends. 3 high grade restaurants/ goodfood pub/ Indian restaurant within 10 minutes drive and Indian & Chinese takeaways closeby.
August 2013 Comment: "The children have had a wonderful time playing in the grounds and especially on the trampoline and we've enjoyed playing tennis and table tennis. The house is just lovely" Sarah P Kent
August 2013 comment: "A perfect home for a Hen weekend " The seven U.K. lady vets who visited 'Go Ape' Thetford, Jimmy's Farm and called in our super Chef for a fabulous meal. An exciting Hen weekend for the delighted bride-to-be in September. What a warm charming and happy group!
The lawn tennis court is marked and ready for play. The pond (now dry in mid-summer) area is peaceful, tranquil and nicely shaded by the tall willow trees. It overlooks the lovely Highland cattle in the adjoining meadow and makes a peaceful country scene.The secluded southerly facing garden is a great sun-spot as is the courtyard ideal and much enjoyed for barbecues and outdoor meals.
Mum can get busy, or if you are feeling extravagant we can call on the services of a first class chef. Also there's a good inexpensive food pub or Indian food opposite (one mile walk to Haughley) and we could bring in a brilliant classical, jazz or pop pianist.
There's lots to do at the property( large trampoline,crocquet, table tennis and weather permitting tennis. Super places to visit for families sea-side-30 mins,Leisure centre and Museum of East Anglia-5 mins, Jimmy's farm 30 mins. Golf and archery few mins. Lots of stately homes within easy reach, the Newmarket races,day -out on the Lady Florence boat (incl. meals ) Southwold, Norwich, Aldeburgh, Constable Country pivotal for all the rich treasures of East Anglia..
This much loved, historic Grade 2 listed, Tudor farmhouse is the perfect character house in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. It is the perfect oasis to rejuvenate the weary city dweller and welcomes guests for holidays & weekend breaks the whole year round. Ideal for families, Hen parties, university and school reunions, birthdays, wedding groups seminars etc .Our guests this weekend said it was fabulous! There is no pool but it is only a 5 minute drive from Stowmarket leisure centre which provides all the water fun the children could wish for with lovely pools for tinies and adults. Only 5 mins by taxi from Stowmarket station (1 hour 20mins from Liverpool St Station London) . Set in a picturesque rural area of outstanding beauty and surrounded on all sides by rolling fields and meadows where roe deer are frequently seen and Highland cattle give great joy with their baby calves. Brickwall Farmhouse is a large, comfortable, well appointed Suffolk Tudor Farmhouse, richly endowed with historic medieval features such as a priest hole, oak beams and several inglenook fireplaces. The accommodation consists of 2 reception rooms, one is a very large dining room, the other drawing room is used as an occasional double bedroom (sofa-bed ) hence 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (each with scroll and electric showers) and a ground floor cloakroom. The old brewery may also be ready for your stay as an additional en-suite double bedroom (sofa-bed) plus a large fun/farmy old-cow-house games room setup with table tennis .
Enjoy country walks and a quiet and peaceful holiday. There are many country walks one of which walks part of a bridle path and is a convenient one mile walk, to work up an appetite, for a meal at a good-food pub (The King's Arms and an Indian restaurant opposite- the Counting House. Have a drink at the Maypole pub in Wetherden only 500 yards away. A
3- mile walk to Stowmarket has various pubs and a new Riverside Bistro (excellent but very popular, book 3 weeks in advance for a large party) Bury St Edmunds, closeby, (12 mins drive), with a lovely Cathedral (which has an excellent choir ), has plenty of restaurants and entertainments. Stowmarket has Suffolk's Agricultural Museum which is very interesting and children love on family holidays here which are so popular. Haughley (1mile) & Elmswell (3 miles) local Co-ops. Tesco, Asda , Morrisons,Lidyls in Stowmarket (3 miles) Waitrose and Sainsbury in Bury St Edmunds 15 mins drive. And Newmarket races! Only 30 mins drive.
Felixstowe-seaside 35 mins drive, Aldeburgh, Southwold approx. 1 hour, many stately homes closeby -Ickworth, Euston, Kentwell etc
Cambridge a mere 30 minutes drive has all the Colleges to explore.Norwich is a great visit. Ipswich only 20 mins drive and lots of seaside visits for fun- Southwold, Aldeburgh and many others in glorious East Anglia.
Another popular day visit is Go-ape at Thetford (junior and senior fun challenge )
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Stansted Airport 60 km, Nearest railway: Elmswell 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (11), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
The parlour wing of this medieval farmhouse (mentioned in Pevsner's book of Suffolk) dates back to 1550, the rest is thought to be 14th century. The house is laid out over three floors, with all rooms oak beamed. The two large reception rooms have inglenook fireplaces and the spacious dining room has a log fire and a baby grand piano. There are flatscreen TVs in all bedrooms, those in the ensuite main bedroom and the dining room include two DVD/video players to happily cater for differing tastes in a large group. The modern well-equipped kitchen has a door leading to a pretty courtyard with garden tables and parasols, there are barbecues available for outdoor meals in this charming area. There is a downstairs cloakroom.
First floor: 2 double bedrooms ( one ensuite) and a single bedroom. A family bathroom is also on this floor.
All bedrooms have a flatscreen TV. One twin-bedded room has 4 beds suitablefor a family . The first floor also has a family bathroom.
Second floor: A large, delightfully beamed, vaulted with 4 single beds
Six of the 11 single beds can convert into doubles. The sofa bed in the occasional room can accommodate
(1-2) additional guests.
Please bring own personal bath-towels.
Electricity meter will be read at the beginning and end of stay and settled at 12p per unit.
Central heating will be charged according to use.
|Further details outdoors|
The enclosed courtyard is ideal for outdoor meals in the summer and has direct access to the well-equipped kitchen. The extensive southerly facing gardens has a spectacular display of spring flowers and later summer colour, i.e. clematis and roses in the summer, and is rich with birdlife. It provides wonderful, safely fenced country fun and freedom for children and relaxation for adults. There is also a fenced pond (toddlers beware!). With the surrounding countryside on every side of the house being a 'Designated area of 'Outstanding Beauty', this is a peaceful writer's retreat. Highland cattle with calves graze in the meadows. Occasional deer cross the peaceful pasture.
Haughley Park wedding facilities 1/2 mile walk away with bluebell woodland walks in season.
The young and sporty could have fun playing table tennis tournament in the games/gym room or outdoors on the giant trampoline. The games room also has a card table, and some gym equipment the drawing room has a small indoor trampoline. We hope to have our grass tennis court operational according to weather conditions, more a fun court. Badminton and croquet sets are also available for garden entertainment.
* Parking (for up to 6 cars)
* Stabling possible for children's ponies
* Cycle store
Laundered white linens are provided. Thorough cleaning is provided by a longstanding reliable professional team.
Catered evening meals can be arranged or Chinese and Indian meals delivered.
The owners live adjacent to the property and are available most of the time to help you with your queries.
A pianist could be available for classical , jazz, or just fun sing-songs round the piano.
Ideal for ramblers, small conferences, seminarsand retreats. Also music, singing and instrumental rehearsals, painting lessons and art appreciation, academic courses, or just happy family groups and reunions of groups of friends etc. For overspill numbers garden yurts or tents welcomed by arrangement with owners.
Do you have a special interest course you'd like considered to be set up as a residential course? We anticipate that from time to time special interest courses may be organised, e.g. painting, madrigal singing, embroidery, medieval architecture and life-style, art and music appreciation, ancient Suffolk Churches, etc. Anyone interested in these subjects or any others they would like should contact ourselves on the given numbers and we shall endeavour to find a teacher/ lecturer on that subject.
* The main farmhouse is thought to date pre 1400.
The 'Parlour wing' and Priest's Hole thought to have been dated 1550
Legendary Royal Visitor: Queen Mary 1st (Tudor) 1553 on her way to Framlingham where she learned of her accession to the throne.
The East Anglia region
Cambridge with famous ancient colleges and punting on the River Cam is only a 30 minutes' drive and Stowmarket commuter train to London is a mere 10 minutes' drive. Norwich is 30 minutes by hourly train. The seaside resort of Felixstowe is 30 minutes and Ipswich a 15 minutes' drive with sailing on the River Orwell. Golf can be found at all the mentioned towns - the closest being 15 minutes' drive.
Southwold by the sea and Aldeburgh are within easy reach and make for a pleasant day out. Snape Maltings near Aldeburgh is famous for its annual arts festival instigated by the composer Benjamin Britten. One of Suffolk's most visited villages is Lavenham, thanks to its unrivalled ensemble of perfectly preserved half-timbered houses. Little has changed for many centuries due to careful preservation.
The nearby village of Haughley (a walk over fields via public footpath, or 2-minute drive) has a post office, well-stocked grocery shop, excellent restaurant and a catering pub. Stowmarket lies a mere 3 miles distant and is home to the Museum of East Anglian Life. Close by is beautiful Bury St Edmunds, with its great cathedral, multiple restaurants and theatre.
Many National Trust houses are open and make interesting days out and Stowmarket has a super leisure centre with swimming-pool, gymnasium, tennis etc and playworld for tinies' fun. Wetherden has a new hard tennis court and club. There is a swimming and leisure centre also at Bury.
STATELY HOMES TO VISIT:
Ickworth, Euston Hall, and Kentwell House
PLACES OF INTEREST:
Lavenham, Constable Country, Agricultural Museum Stowmarket, Sutton Hoo, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge Music Festival: Snape Maltings, Bird Sanctuary: Minsmere.
Walks: many lovely country walks from the farmhouse.
Riding stables: Klub Equest, Great Finborough, Hawkins Farm, Mendlesham
Wedding Venue: Haughley Park Barn 1/2 mile up the road. Stay here, marry at ancient Wetherden Church or Haughley Park. Reception held at Haughley Park Barn - book well ahead.
RESTAURANTS (Advisable to book these restaurants - we will book for you if you wish):
Countinghouse Haughley restaurant (walkable distance over the fields)
Ravenwood Hall Hotel, Rougham.
The Leaping Hare Restaurant, gardens and vineyard, Wyken Hall
Maison Bleue Restaurant Bury St Edmunds where there are many others
The Alex Restaurant and The Ferryboat Inn Felixstowe
The Anchor Walberswick
The Lady Florence - Restaurant river cruiser - Orford views avocets
The Kings Arms Haughley (walkable distance over the fields ) book large parties.
Many others in surrounding villages and towns.