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Large Luxurious Country House Retreat minutes from Southwold Suffolk

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Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


chateau / country house
Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Wangford Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description

Luxurious 8 bedroom Country house with indoor pool to rent for 3 days or more

Elms Farmhouse is a stunning 8 bedroom traditional farm house dating back to the 15th Century. The house sits on a lovely plot of 3 acres with ponds to both the front and rear. The property benefits from a large country style kitchen, big lounge with flat screen TV and soft seating for 18, useful breakfast room / 2nd lounge (ideal for smaller members of your party) and a large dining room, perfect for the whole household to gather around for dinner. There are 4 bath/shower rooms (1 ensuite) and, with the 2 reception rooms, this is the ideal home for the whole family to relax and entertain in. A heated indoor swimming pool is in the grounds and the house benefits from a newly refurbished Games room, with full size pool table, dart board and table football.

Each bedroom boasts new luxury mattresses and linen. The Kitchen is fully equipped to allow you to prepare fantastic meals to enjoy.

The gardens are perfect for your children to play in or for you to relax in.

Elms Farmhouse is located on a quiet country lane just a few minutes from the lovely village of Wangford which boasts two lively local traditional English pubs and a busy, well-stocked local shop. The house is only 3 miles outside of the radiant and very attractive sea-side town of Southwold, famous for it's pier and the Adnams brewery. Southwold, known as 'little chelsea on sea', has all the facilities that your group would wish for, catering for all levels from local caught fish and chips right up to award-wining fine dining. The local landowner also hosts the hughly popular 'Latitude Music Festival', where 30,000 music lovers gather for a weekend of music from leading pop and rock artists from around the world. Think Gastonbury for the east coast. Don't worry, you can't hear the music from the farm house.

This region is part of the Suffolk Heritage coast and is also only a short drive from Beccles, the Suffolk access to the Norfolk Broads (that's right, they stretch quite a way into Suffolk).

Also within a short drive are many excellent tourist attractions including (but not limited to):

Lovely Walberswick, with excellent coastal walks and two fantastic pubs;

The ancient buried town of Dunwich (now a very quaint village and nature reserve);

Jimmys Farm (owed by the TV presenter and friend of Jamie Oliver);

Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, Lowestoft, for white knuckle rides;

Lavenham, one of the 20 wealthiest towns in England in medieval times, which has retained an almost perfect medieval market square and an Anglo Saxon Mead Hall - this is one of my favourite villages in the UK;

Long Melford - a village who's wealth was derived from the wool trade. Many of its 15th century dwellings survive today. Additionally Long Melford boasts the longest High Street in the UK, which is full of antique shops and small café’s, as well as the stunning Kentwell Hall;

Framlingham and it's ancient castle and beautiful town centre;

Suffolk’s idyllic landscape inspired Constable and Gainsborough to capture the fleeting light of English countryside and sky in paint. Constables name will be linked forever with Flatford Mill and Dedham Vale, both just over the border in north Essex - the area is known as Constable Country;

Sutton Hoo at Woodbridge is one of Britain's most important and atmospheric archaeological sites, famous as the site of the burial of an ancient Anglo-saxon king and his ship.

Aldeburgh, with it's art galleries, shops and restaurants, also famous for the Aldeburgh Music Festival;

Beautiful Clare and surrounding countryside walks;

Orford, a wonderful small town, famous for the brilliant local pubs and as access point to Orford Ness wildlife reserve, as well as the unique polygonal towerkeep of Orford Castle, which stands beside the pretty town and former port which Henry II developed in the 1160s;

Bury St Edumds, a charming city with the Abbey ruins and quaint lanes filled with shops, cafes and resturants;

Colne Valley Railway at Castle Hedingham, a fully preserved steam powered railway line;

Numerous bird sanctuaries set up by the RSPB

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

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Member since: 2008
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Large Luxurious Country House Retreat minutes from Southwold Suffolk
average rating of 1.0 based on 1 reviews

Took 8 months to get back my deposit

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The owner/manager of this property initially said they would only return my deposit and pay compensation if I signed a non disclosure agreement - i.e. I didn't tell anyone about what happened and the service I received.

For us, it was a broken down boiler - in January! Sometimes things go wrong and that's understandable but I believe it is how they are dealt with that sets apart good and bad service.

We argued for a while about the level of compensation but to resolve the issue I agreed to their lower offer. They then said they would only pay it if I signed the non disclosure agreement. From this point I found they were trying to intimidate me with phrases and actions like 'legally trained' and a time bound offer for compensation. They have not been at all nice to deal with after the event.

I will not deal with this owner/manager again following their behaviour but if you're going, I found the fire in the lounge returned a lot of smoke to the room and even after the boiler repair, the house never really got warm so if you're going over winter, take plenty of warm clothes.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
88 Miles
Stansted, Essex
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Angel Inn or Plough Inn, Wangford
Nearest Ferry
67 Miles
Harwich, Essex
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Southwold Golf Club
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Beccles, Suffolk
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Numerous within
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Southwold, Suffolk
Car: necessary

Wangford is an ancient and traditional Suffolk village located an 8 minute drive away from Southwold and the beautiful Suffolk heritage coast.

The area boasts numerous attractions and lots to do for all the family. There are stunning walks and award-winning pubs, bars and restaurants aplenty.

This area of the Suffolk Coast is famous for the very pretty villages and towns that were once the back-bone of the local fishing & wool trades. They remain largely unspoilt and now offer excellent bases of tourists looking for action as well as those wanting a bolt-hole away from it all. There are literally hundreds of walks, numerous nature reserves and bird sanctuaries.

The Suffolk Coastal region remains one of the UK's foremost tourist destinations, appealing to families, groups of friends and individuals alike. This area is ideal for larger groups, with lots on offer to keep everyone happy.


Rates & Availability

Wangford Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016 Autumn Half Term
Oct 21 2016 - Oct 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
2016 Autumn Half Term Wk 2
Oct 28 2016 - Nov 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
2016 Early Winter
Nov 4 2016 - Dec 21 2016
3 night minimum stay
2016 Christmas Week
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
2016 New Year Week
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early 2017
Jan 6 2017 - Feb 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Feb Half Term 2017
Feb 10 2017 - Feb 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Spring 2017
Feb 20 2017 - Mar 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Easter Holidays
Mar 31 2017 - Apr 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Apr 17 2017 - Apr 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
May Day W/End 2017
Apr 28 2017 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
May Bank Holiday 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Early Summer + 1
Jun 5 2017 - Jun 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Early Summer 2017
Jun 23 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017 + 3
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Summer Hols Wk 1
Jul 14 2017 - Jul 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Hols Wk 2
Jul 21 2017 - Jul 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Summer Hols Wks 3+4
Jul 28 2017 - Aug 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Summer Hols Wk 5
Aug 11 2017 - Aug 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Summer Hols Wk 6
Aug 18 2017 - Aug 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017 Summer Low
Aug 25 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Late Summer
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Early Autumn
Sep 15 2017 - Oct 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Autumn Half term
Oct 20 2017 - Oct 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Autumn Half term Week 2
Oct 30 2017 - Nov 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Early Winter
Nov 6 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Christmas
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
2017/2018 New Year
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 4 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A heating surcharge of £150 is payable for each booking. This amount is payable all year round and covers the cost of the swimming pool heating costs. It is payable per booking rather than per week or similar pro-rata style.

30% of the rental rate is payable upon booking. This is non-refundable. The balance of 70% of the booking rental rate is payable 3 months before the booking start date. The security deposit and the heating surcharge is payable 2 weeks prior to the booking start date. The security deposit is £500 without dogs, or £700 with.

We recommend our clients take out their own holiday insurance as we cannot offer refunds if you are unable to use your holiday home booking for any reason.

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Wangford Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 510 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master bathroom - toilet , tub , twin sinks - door to dressing area and master bedroom
    East end bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Accessible by the whole group/family
    Family ensuite - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite to Family bedroom
    Group shower-room - toilet , shower , family access & door to bedroom 5
    Downstairs toilet - toilet , Convenient downstairs toilet located in boot room
  • All bathrooms are modern and recently refurbished to a luxury and high standard. One bathroom is a full ensuite to the family bedroom. All other bathrooms / shower-rooms are accessible by all the guests from the landing. The master bathroom is also a Jack and Jill to the master bedroom. Each bathroom contains luxury toiletries but bath and hand towels are not provided so guests are reminded to bring their own.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Triple - 3 twin/ single , Triple
    Family ensuite - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Family ensuite
    Master bedroom - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Master with Jack and Jill access to bathroom
    Green rear double - 1 double , Green rear double
    Front twin bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Front twin
    Mid rear double - 1 queen , Mid rear double
    Downstairs double bedroom - 1 queen , Downstairs double
    Attic bedroom - 1 double , Attic bedroom
  • Each bedroom has full wardrobe hanging space and luxury mattresses, linen, duvets and pillows. 'Family bedroom' is arranged as a family room, having a large double and two single beds, with it's own private ensuite bath/shower-room. 'Master bedroom' has a door access to the master family bathroom. The green rear double bedroom has hanging space allocated to it in the master bathroom dressing room area. Bedroom 7 is downstairs. Bedroom 8 is a quaint attic room with no traditional window but shared light from the landing and the attic and is arranged as a double bed. Our bedsets, quilts and linen are of the highest quality. The linen is 500 'TOC', whereas the average good quality linen is 180 - 200 TOC. This higher thread count results in a more luxurious & softer feel.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 18 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
There is a lovely large swimming pool in the grounds which is housed for all year round swimming. The Games room contains a pool table, table football & darts board. Wheelchair access is not perfect. The house is very old, and built in several stages. There are therefore slight steps to accommodate different ground floor levels. This is normal for houses of this age and standard. However, these small variances in floor levels makes wheelchair access awkward, but not impossible. Doors are wide enough to allow access. Please note that the broadband in the house is provided by a third party supplier. We cannot be help responsible if the service dips or stops working for any reason outside of our control. Of course, we will endeavour to remedy the situation as promptly as we can, but as you will appreciate, we are reliant on the third party.

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