About the property
- Farmhouse3500 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights
Large Spacious Farmhouse near Bury St Edmunds - perfect for family gatherings, reunions, civilised hen parties & wedding accommodation
Our beautiful, comfortable, spacious and unusual Grade 2 listed Tudor Farmhouse, is just 10 minutes from the centre of Bury St Edmunds. Whether it is for reunions and gatherings for friends, families, cyclists, walkers, bird watchers, or civilised hen parties then Nowton Lodge Farm is the perfect setting. We have a large living space for groups to celebrate together and a separate drawing room overlooking the garden if you require downtime. Plenty of wildlife can be seen in the grounds from owls to woodpeckers, even muntjac and stoats if you are quiet. Situated in the heart of the Suffolk countryside in a Protected Landscape Area opposite the 200 acre Nowton Park we are set away from the road in grounds of an acre with plenty of parking and it is just a 4 mile taxi journey to Bury St Edmunds train station for our guests traveling up from London by train.
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- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 20, 2018
About Gary Keens
We have owned Nowton Lodge Farm since 2007, and in that time have completely restored it, and have been successfully renting it out as a fantastic and friendly large holiday home since 2012. It is our only holiday home and we manage everything ourselves from the bookings to the laundry and cleaning. Kay & Gary.
Gary Keens purchased this Farmhouse in 2007
Why Gary Keens chose Nowton
Long before cars it was the nightly stopover for the Colchester to Norwich leg of the London to Norwich coach, passengers staying in the Lodge Inn with the Coach House for the coach man, so has been welcoming guests for hundreds of years. It was once owned by Gainsborough Dupont, nephew of Thomas Gainsborough - unfortunately no masterpieces were found in the attic! Nowton Lodge Farm is situated in the village of Nowton, opposite the village pond and opposite Nowton Park in a protected landscape area. Bury St Edmunds is approximately 2 miles away, Newmarket 19 miles, Cambridge 31 miles, Nowich 44 miles and London just 83 miles. The historic cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds offers an excellent range of amenities plus extensive shopping and leisure facilities.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Run by the owners we provide a local welcome basket on arrival and will endeavour to accommodate all requests to ensure your stay is both memorable and fantastic. 1 Quad, 1 Triple, (reached by a spiral staircase) 1 Single and 4 Double bedrooms - Sleeping up to 16 guests Dog and children friendly. Very large dining area. Less than 2 hours by car and train from London. Wifi Internet throughout the farmhouse. Barbecue area outside. A Spa within 0.5 miles. Secluded location with private garden. Opposite Nowton Park. Ample parking for up to 8 cars. 2 miles from a supermarket. 4 miles from Bury St Edmunds train station.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Disappointing & dangerous
Good Welcome Pack, clean beds & bathrooms, lovely setting but no WiFi or telephone reception for whole 3 days; very inconvenient. The Aga wasn't working/on although it's supposed to be on all the time & although I tried on many occasions to contact Kay & Gary on the numbers in the book, including the landline, no one got back to us. No Aga made it a nightmare to cook a 4 course celebratory meal for 14 as planned as the modern cooker is standard oven size but split into 2 (one's a grill) so very small. It spoilt a long planned & very special occasion. Also what would happen if there was a burst pipe or other domestic emergency? We were happy to speak to the owners at the time to try to resolve the problems but couldn't.
Also we were amazed that there is only one shower in the property - for 16 people! I foolishly assumed that where bathrooms were indicated there would at least be a shower attachment over the bath in addition to the marked shower room which is literally a shower in a room so people in the central bedroom have to either go through a double bedroom to get to the lavatory half way down one staircase or access the ground floor cloakroom down the other stairs. Everyone on the second floor has to either go through the double bedroom - fine if it's your children.- or go right down to the ground floor.
Far worst though is that there are 2 carbon monoxide monitors in the kitchen & boiler room but no fire
alarms, fire doors or instructions of how to get out if there's a fire, & we only found the 2 fire extinguishers tucked away on Sunday evening. If you were in a second floor room you could easily be trapped by fire as the central bedroom is locked so if one staircase is inaccessible you can't go through to the other one.
We didn't use the second floor bedroom with three beds in it because it must contravene every health & safety rule in the book. The spiral staircase is so tight that there is only the smallest of tread for your feet on some of the steps, there is no hand rail for half of the staircase & no stair gate although the top of the stairs to the first floor is almost a vertical drop. I had planned for my son, his pregnant wife & my three year old grandson to have that room but it was obvious that it was totally unsuitable & we ended up taking the mattresses from there & putting them downstairs.
We would have talked to the owners about these issues but having had no response to our (polite) messages I've decided to pursue matters myself.
We wish to kindly inform all our past and future guests that Nowton Lodge Farm is and always has been fitted with smoke alarms.
Beautiful, everything we hoped for.
Hi Kay, just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed staying in your beautiful house. It was everything we hoped for and couldn't have wanted for anything more(apart from some sunshine) ha ha! thanks again.
Mark and family.
Very comfortable and ideal for family get together
We spent a long weekend here with my extended family and really enjoyed it. It was cosy but there was room to spread out a bit, and we found the house to be ideal.
Thanks Amanda, really glad you enjoyed your stay :)
Great price, high quality
We used Nowton Lodge for 7 weeks while working in the area. The owners are very kind and helpful. Also, the facilities are suitable for long term stay.
Thanks for the review Aneta, your team of 15 were a pleasure to host and no trouble at all. If you need a reference for similar bookings elsewhere with other owners for any other contract projects in the UK just let me know.
Perfect large group getawayÀ
After a really easy journey travelling from Essex. House looked lovely and in beautiful grounds. On arrival inside was equally as nice. Rooms were large and felt like the rooms went on and on. Each room was clean and well equipped. The welcome basket was a lovely touch also. Everything we needed was supplied.The piano and log fires added a great touch.Great stay highly recommend and hope to come back very soon. Thank u to lay for making booking and communications so easy. Will definitely be back.thank u very much
Thanks Kelly, really glad you enjoyed your stay :) - Gary
Excellent group holiday
I stayed at Nowton Lodge Farm as part of a large group of friends who had traveled from various parts of the country. This was our second stay in the house as we enjoyed the first so much we were pleased to return.
The house is comfortable and beautiful in a lovely setting. It is well-maintained and well-provided for. We enjoyed time spent in the house, walks in the near-by park and trips into Bury St Edmunds.
The owners were easy to deal with and very helpful. One morning we had a slight problem with the kitchen sink and the owner was round and had dealt with the problem within half an hour.
I would heartily recommend this property to other holiday-makers and hope that we will return there ourselves.
Thanks Kate, really glad you enjoyed your stay :) - Gary
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: Our weekly holiday bookings have a change over day Friday. Our long weekends run from Friday 4pm through to up to 10am Monday. Longer bookings and special requests can also be made available, please contact us with your request. We require a £500 deposit to secure your booking. We charge a refundable £200 security deposit. Changeover Day: Our preferred changeover day is Friday. Apart from some Christmas / New Year bookings depending on when Christmas falls we do not offer Saturday to Saturday as that affects 2 weekends in a row and 60% of our bookings are long weekends. Notes on prices: We require a £500 deposit to secure your booking. We charge a refundable £200 security deposit.