David managed hospitals before becoming passionate about modern furniture design. He set out to become a designer craftsman, but quickly found himself running a succesful busy producing his designs in quantity. Many of designs were used by the Design Council in exhibitions of modern British furniture and The Suffolk Recliner, his most famous chair went on to sales of about 10000. His business was wiped out by the recession at the end of the 80s and he became a graphic designer. Before retiring he was running a design and print operation producing work for over 100 not for profit clients. Retirement was boring and aged 65 David turned himself into a chef. His restaurant, based at Moat Farm, became one of Suffolk's best loved eating places. He retired again aged 70. Frankie, David's wife, carried out postgraduate research at the prestigiuous John Innes Centre in Norwich. After having a family, she freturned to the owrld of horticulture and managed the largest UK facility producing plants by the micropropagation method, the technology she helped pioneer. She is now a lay minister in the C of E providing pastoral care to three local parishes.
Owner purchased this Cottage in 1904
Why Owner chose Stonham Earl
We have spent the last 40 years transforming Frankie's childhood home. Once a somewhat shabby 18th century farmhouse, it is now transformed into a beautiful house set within 2 acres of grounds surrounded by a one of Suffolk's largest moats.
What makes this Cottage unique
Moat Farm is smack bang in the middle of Suffolk. Apart from distant Lowestoft, all of Suffolk's towns and attractions are within 45 minutes drive. Cambridge and Norwich can also be reached in the same time. Put simply it is ideally based for touring the county. And if total relaxation is the order of the day, then Moat Farm is also a pretty good place to chill out. Wander through the gardens, help yourself to apples in the orchard, tip toe through the little oak wood hoping to see Roe Deer, stand on of the bridge at dusk, wine glass in hand watching the moon's reflection being rippled water voles swimming across the surface.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Living room and bedroom full of character. Kitchen and bathroom tastefully modern- smart & fresh
Delightfully cosy property in beautiful peaceful location in a great position for exploring the Suffolk coast and countryside. Landlord and landlady very friendly and helpful. In all, a very enjoyable relaxing and refreshing stay.
Glad you enjoyed your stay
David and Fankie