|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Situated in the quietest of settings in the beautiful rural county of suffolk, The property enjoys views of the peaceful countryside from its idyllic isolated setting. From this restful hideaway one can explore the many local footpaths and lanes on foot or visit nearby attractions by car or bicycle, from windmills, churches, nature reserves to steam attractions, sports venues and a wealth of local shops, pubs and eateries. The historic towns of Cambridge and Norwich are within an hour's drive, and the iconic coastlines of Norfolk or suffolk make for a memorable day out. * PLEASE BE AWARE, INTERNAL PHOTOS ARE LABELLED TO INDICATE HOSTLERS OR DROVERS ACCORDINGLY.
HOSTLERS COTTAGE (1 bed sleeps 4)
Hostlers cottage is set within the cutilage of the listed farmhouse and so has been designed in a sympathetic manner, retaining original oak beams and with the introduction of new hand crafted solid oak joinery features, some from wood sourced on site. As a purpose built conversion of original farm buildings Hostlers has everything one would wish to find in a holiday home-from-home. As well as a well appointed kitchen area there is a separate utility area with washing machine and dish washer, and the bathroom has the pampering features of a drench shower and a whirlpool bath with oodles of piping hot water. There are TV's with DVD players in both lounge and bedroom, and a small enclosed garden with dog proof fencing and patio, table and chairs. Additionally there is a covered BBQ area adjoining the cottage, ample parking and uniquely a decking area set in the middle of one of the ponds where one can soak up the raise or watch the sunset with a gin and tonic to hand. The high-ceilinged open plan design gives the living area a spacious airy feel whilst at the same time there is a cosy comforting feel to this little gem of a country hideaway, ideal for romantic evenings for two away from the hubbub of modern life.
DROVERS COTTAGE (2 bed sleeps 6)
Being set within the same idyllically, peaceful environs as Hostlers cottage, Drovers cottage has also been designed in sympathy with the listed farm house near by, retaining oak beams and design features typical of the regions historic architecture. This cottage being a conversion from an original farm building specifically to supply the needs of the holiday maker, there is everything one could wish for to facilitate a restful, rural escape. The well appointed kitchen area includes fridge/freezer, range style oven, washing machine and dish washer. The traditional bathroom featuring roll top bath is in addition to the en-suite facilities to both bedroom's. The open plan layout of the kitchen and spacious dining and living areas gives an airy open feel whilst at the same time the wood burner encourages a snug, warm atmosphere. There are TVs with DVD players in both the lounge and bedroom's, and a generous enclosed garden with dog proof fencing and patio area with table and chairs.
Additionally there is a covered BBQ area, ample parking and uniquely a decking area set in the middle of one of the ponds where one can soak up the rays or watch the sunset with a gin and tonic to hand.
Since moving to Suffolk from the Fens of Cambridgeshire we have always wanted to find ways of using and preserving the lovely old farm buildings at North Hall farm which surround our lovingly restored listed farmhouse. Creating holiday homes from some of these barns will maintain their active life whilst at the same time allowing a greater number of people to experience the tranquility and peace of this most beautiful of rural-English locations.
As we both come from a farming heritage moving away from the countryside was never an option once we were no longer farming, and developing opportunities at our new location helps us achieve our aim of the rural life we both so enjoy.
We have aimed to create a holiday destination which will give the visitor an insight into the delights of living in this unique corner of the British countryside, and sincerely hope that you will enjoy your stay with us.
We look forward to welcoming you to your restful country retreat.
The Owner purchased this barn in 2007
In the conversion of the stables and the old dairy into holiday cottages, we have striven to create holiday homes which offer everything we ourselves would look for in an English countryside destination. The cottages are purpose built as holiday homes and as such the layout , design and functionality of the properties are ideally suited to your needs. At the same time we have maintained a sympathetic approach to the original design and location of the cottages. The results are living spaces with a traditional look and feel, but which incorporates all mod-cons.
From these restful peacefully located cottages, one is in easy reach of much of East Anglia and its attractions, whilst there are a host of excellent restaurants and watering holes nearby.
The area is a joy for the cyclist or walking enthusiast. Country lanes are not too hilly or challenging, and there are many little woods and corners for the perfect picnic spots.
Despite the peace and isolated feel of the location the properties are easily reached by road or rail, making them ideal for a weekend getaway.
The cottages enjoy fabulous views over rural landscape, and peace and quite on a level rarely found in today's world.
Hostlers and Drovers are surrounded by meadows and ponds and are set at the end of a tree lined driveway over 250 yards from the nearest public road. This isolated setting means it is not unusual to witness deer, rabbits, a wide variety of birds and other wildlife at the site.
Outside there is a semi-covered BBQ area and a decked seating area on the pond.
Free range eggs are available from our own hens, and much other local produce is easily obtained locally, including organic produce.
Light pollution levels are very low, and sitting outside of an evening gazing at the stars is a particular delight.
Hi Sara, just to say thanks again for your lovely barn and hospitality at the weekend. I forgot to write in your guest comments book, but please feel free to copy the following review onto the Owners direct website:
"The barn and its location are simply beautiful. The barn is well equipped with everything you need for a few days away and immaculately presented. We appreciated the dog proof garden and also the jetty by the pond in the evening. The quiet location was ideal for dog walks. We especially loved the nearby Knettishall Heath nature reserve just a short drive away- excellent for spotting wildlife and dog walking. We are looking to visit Suffolk again and would definitely love to stay here for a second time- highly recommended!"
Visitors are welcome to bring one dog with them for their stay free of charge. Additional dogs will be considered, dependant on further information, but there will be an additional charge of ten pounds per night. Dogs are expected to be well controlled and to stay off the furniture.
Absolutely fantastic place to stay and wonderful hosts. Couldn't have asked for anymore from our stay. Peaceful, tranquil, cosy and has everything you need, so many lovely touches from Sara. Thank you very much!
Our third stay at Hostler's cottage and just as great as the first. Sara was friendly and helpful as always. Everything is so immaculate and the location is convenient for many places to visit. We'll be sure to visit again. Lara
Beautiful peaceful location on a huge farm. Cottage was spotlessly clean and bed really comfortable. Everything you need for your stay is there including all kitchen utensils , washing machine, dishwasher and free wifi.
We stayed over New Year and had a lovely time! The directions were spot on and the accommodation had everything we needed. We were very pleased to see lots of wildlife right outside including a muntjac deer and a kingfisher. This place is ideally located for exploring the area - close to Diss where we had a superb meal at the New Saffron; and to Bury St Edmunds where we enjoyed a film and an excellent meal at the Abbeygate Cinema.
Lovely cottage, lovely surroundings, cottage has everything you need, lovely and cosy, we spent our Christmas here, so warm, has a lovely bath too, would go back 100 💯 percent,owners are great too will do anything to help you,wish we could of stayed longer, lovely place 5stars out of 5 thank you 😊 January 2017
Nearby attractions include:-
- woodland walks in for example Knettleshall Heath Country Park and quite cycling tracks.
- Tracks for the more adventurous cyclist at High Lodge,
Thetford, alongside "Go Ape".
- several pubs with food within walking distance.
- village architecture; churches and mills.
- Garden centres and crafts.
- Bressingham steam and gardens, 8 miles.
- Newmarket racing and museums, 22 miles.
- Banham Zoo, 16 miles.
- St George English whisky distillery.
- Norwich, shopping and museums and art.
- Cambridge, shopping and historic buildings and punting.
- Norfolk and Suffolk Coast.
- Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh.
- Artisan brewers and food producers.