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Architect Converted Self-catering Barns With Spectacular Views Of Estuary - Upper Barn

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights



Upper Barn

Upper barn includes: 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. Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Utility room with washing machine, tumble drier and freezer shared with Lower barn. Free wi-fi.

First floor: Twin bedroom with low sloping roof. Single bed on Gallery.

Sleeps 2-6

About the property



***Upper and Lower Barns can be rented together for parties of up to 14.

Whitehouse Barns are ideal for families and nature lovers (the bird-life here is renowned), and when booked together are perfect for large family get-togethers and other groups. They are well-equipped with underfloor heating, wood-burning stove, dishwasher, washing facilities, free wi-fi etc. Upper Barn offers: A very spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with French windows to morning and evening terrace. Entrance hall. Bathroom with wc. Separate wc. Three bedrooms.

Lower Barn offers four bedrooms. There is plenty for children to do with games, books, large playbarn with tabletennis and table football, and two acres to run around in while the adults relax. Babysitting service available.

***Bookings for 2 nights will only be accepted for Friday and Saturday night***

More Details

Penelope Roskell-Griffiths
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About Penelope Roskell-Griffiths

The Griffiths family consists of two adults and a son at university and a thirteen-year old daughter. We bought the barns in 2000 when the barns and land were still as they had been when used for dairy farming. Richard is an architect (Richard Griffiths Architects) and had always wanted a property in Suffolk, as he had been coming here regularly for twenty years and loved it. In 2001 we converted the barns and developed the land into a relaxed, wild meadow with sitting and play areas. We still use the barns ourselves for our own holidays and our children have grown up holidaying regularly here. So it really does feel like a "home from home".

Penelope Roskell-Griffiths purchased this barn in 2000

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Please see the booking section on our website for booking form, prices and availability etc. Please note that the owners intend to sell Whitehouse Barns in spring 2017, and are currently not taking bookings beyond New Year. (Details re the sale can be obtained from Durrants in Southwold or The Modern House).

Changeover Day:
Upper is normally Friday, Lower Saturday but these are flexible outside high season.

Notes on prices:
Please see our website for detailed prices and the most updated availability.
Upper Barn £425 to £835 per week, Lower Barn £500 to £970 per week.
Weekend breaks (Friday to Monday) available for two-thirds weekly price. Mid-week breaks (Monday to Friday) available for half weekly price.


Blythburgh Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: Both barns have brick terraces with dining tables and chairs to enjoy sunshine all day. There are two acres of land, with a playbarn and beautiful views of the estuary and surrounding farmland with sheep, cows and all kinds of wildlife and occasionally seals basking.


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Upper Barn
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 3 reviews

Perfectly situated for a quiet & peaceful holiday with wonderful panoramic views of Bulcamp marshes

  • 4 of 5

My husband, family and I had a wonderful week over Christmas in the barn. We woke up to a beautiful blue sky every morning and magnificent views over the tidal marshes of the Blyth River. My husband and youngest son are keen ornithologists so they were in seventh heaven surrounded by thousands of birds. The highlights were seeing around 400 avocets every day outside our sitting room window, several marsh harriers and a goshawk flying low over the water! The house was situated in the perfect position to enjoy all these sights - and more. The barn was quiet, peaceful and had a warm and cosy atmosphere. The rooms were comfortable and adequately equipped and we particularly enjoyed the open plan living room where we spent our evenings over the Christmas week. The Barn is well situation for visiting interesting local places, close to Southwold and the coast. We also had a number of lovely walks in the local area and further afield along the coast in Dunwich. All in all, a memorable week.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An absolute delight

  • 5 of 5

We had a most comfortable, relaxing and refreshing stay in Upper Barn. The location, with its wonderful views and feeling of space in every direction, is both stunning and peaceful, and we felt the design of the property was beautifully thought out and in harmony with the setting. The accommodation provided everything we needed to enjoy our stay, from comfy furnishings to a cozy wood burner - it was lovely to return 'home' to, after a day out walking and exploring the area. From Southwold, Walberswick and Dunwich to Aldeburgh and Orford the property is within easy reach of so many wonderful places and sights, beautiful beaches and yummy places to eat. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Upper Barn

  • 4 of 5

We must pay compliments to this property due to the situation of these barns. We stayed in 'Upper barn' but if anything it appeared that 'Lower barn' would be even better if you had a bigger party of people. We were a party of two with a further two visitors for one day.

Having just survived the remodelling of a new kitchen, some facilities were found to be 'a little tired'.

We enjoyed our stay and felt renewed after the few days spent with the wildlife and the birds.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Train
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Blythburgh White Hart
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Southwold and Walberswick
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Many serious ornithologists come here to observe the rare birds from the windows of Whitehouse Barns. The site is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the variety of resident and visiting birds.


Southwold sandy beaches 4 miles (10 mins by car)

Walberswick (sand and pebbles) 4 miles (10 mins by car) plus many other beautiful unspoilt Suffolk beaches nearby.


Nearest station is Darsham. The barns are about 2-3 hours drive from London.


The sandy beaches of Southwold and Walberswick are four miles away

Further Details:

There is so much for all ages to do locally, with arts festivals such as Latitude and Aldeburgh, historic buildings (Orford and Framlingham Castles), Minsmere bird reserve, beautiful walks all around, unspoilt seaside towns such as Southwold, historic inland market towns such as Halesworth, many sporting facilities. We offer a folder with details of things to do locally in all weathers.


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