Please note we hope to sell Whitehouse Barns this autumn. We are still taking bookings, but we will only confirm bookings up to 12 weeks in advance. If you wish to book beyond that, we will be happy to pencil you in, but will not be able to confirm the booking until 12 weeks before the date of the holiday. (Details re the sale can be obtained from Durrants in Southwold or Savills in Ipswich).
Lower Barn (Whitehouse Barns) is a beautiful architect-converted barn in a very peaceful location with spectacular views over the Blyth estuary and adjoining farmland. Set in two acres of land, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is ideal for families and bird-watchers . Southwold and Walberswick beaches are just four miles away. The barn is sunny in summer and cosy in winter with woodburning stoves and underfloor heating. Children love the playbarn, the swings and ladder room, and a babysitting service is available. Lower Barn has good disabled access (please contact owner for any queries or requests. Lower Barn offers: Ground floor: A spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with French windows to morning and evening terrace. Separate entrance hall. Bathroom with wc. Separate wc. One double bedroom. One twin bedroom. Utility room with washing machine, tumble drier and freezer shared with Upper barn. Free wi-fi.First floor: Two twin bedrooms with sloping roof, one with ladder stair. A cot or folding bed is available on request.Sleeps up to 8/9Lower Barn can be booked jointly with Upper Barn for parties of up to fourteen people. There is an optional additional charge for linen service and towels. Please contact the owner.20% discount for couples midweek.Some visitor comments:“One of the best sites in Suffolk”; “Better birdwatching even than Minsmere”; “we loved the design of the barn and everything in it”; “fabulous location: we could have spent the whole week on the terrace”; “You have thought of everything – a real home from home (only better)”; “a paradise for kids” “A great place: the games room was a real bonus for the children”; “Brilliantly equipped barn, very comfortable”
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Nearest beach||Southwold and Walberswick 6 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Darsham|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (6), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users|
The Suffolk coast is renowned for its old-world charm, its uncrowded beaches, unspoilt towns and villages, wide-open skies and beautiful countryside. There is something for everyone at all times of year in this magical area.
This elegant seaside town has sandy beaches which regularly win 'Blue Flag'awards. The town itself has many attractions including a Regency High Street, spacious greens, charming cottages. The lighthouse and beach huts are well-loved local features. The town is the home of Adnams brewery and there are many excellent pubs recommended in good pub guides. Much good local food, beer and wine can be bought in the area.
Golf, sailing, horse riding, tennis, crabbing and other sports are available in Southwold. There is an active fishing harbour slightly outside the town from whence a summer rowing ferry can be taken to Walberswick, making an excellent round trip walk or cycle ride.
The majestic church of Blythburgh is the venue for some of the concerts of the Aldeburgh festival. It is well worth a visit and is floodlit at night. There is a shop/post office in the village and a good village pub with outside seating area and marvellous views.
There are many excellent walks and cycle rides in the locality.
Aldeburgh (13 miles)
The home of the composer Benjamin Britten, Aldeburgh is a popular seaside family resort with many working fishing boats pulled up on the shingle.
Minsmere RSPB Bird Sanctuary
For many, this is the highlight of the region. It is a showcase of the RSPB, and is open every day. Bitterns, March Harriers, Avocets, Godwits and even an occasional Spoonbill can be seen.
The Sandlings and Dunwich Heath.
The Sandlings are an area of lowland heath with reed beds, mudflats, low crumbling cliffs, shingle beaches, peaceful woodlands, rough grazing and salt marshes. The flora and fauna are recognised as being of international importance. Dunwich Heath is an important National Trust Nature Reserve where nightjars are often heard.
The home of the world famous Aldeburgh Festival of Music, this is also a most beautiful site, with spectacular views over the reed beds and the River Alde.
Ipswich and Norwich are about 35 miles away
Other places of particular interest in the area include: The Church-within-a-church at Covehithe. Working windmill at Thorpeness. Restored tidemill at Woodbridge. Orford and Framlingham Castles.
There are good individual shops in Southwold and many interesting shops nearby. There are several farmshops and many roadside stalls selling fresh local produce.