The Barn – Suffolk
Hideaway Type: A stunning spacious barn conversion. Perfect for families or groups of friends.
Sleeps: Sleeps 8 (in 4 en-suite bedrooms)
Location: Just two hours from London, located on The Wilderness Reserve, a 5000 acre country estate, in-between the iconic seas side towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold in Suffolk.
Facilities: Wi-fi, Towels, Bathrobes, Toiletries, Nespresso Coffee, Pashley Bikes, Wellies, Board games, Hairdryer, Sky Smart TV, Dishwasher, Microwave, Iron & ironing board, Hypnos beds, BBQ.
Activities: Put your wellies on and stomp through the countryside, or take out the Pashley bikes to explore it on two wheels, row or paddle board on the lakes, play tennis, go clay pigeon shooting, try archery, or learn about the natural inhabitants with the ranger. Take a short drive to Suffolk and delight in its heritage coast, enjoy the local fish&chips or make your own gin at Adnams Brewery. The adventurous can take a rib out on the waters or visit Go Ape, Suffolk’s biggest tree top adventure.
Children: The barn is a popular choice for families, with plenty of space inside and out. Children will love all of the countryside experiences on offer and Suffolk itself is an adventure.
Furry Friends: Pets are welcome to stay with you here.
Service: Daily housekeeping service. Chefs, activities and experiences can all be organised for you.
Low Season Price From: £825 per night (minimum 3 night stay at weekends).
High Season Price From: £1,216 per night (minimum 3 night stay at weekends).
This is a seriously beautiful barn conversion with all the contemporary luxuries you could need, think aged beamed walls and ceilings, and furnished with antiques. Floor to ceiling windows where the doors once hung, let in the bright Suffolk light and the recently added conservatory is the perfect sun trap for lounging with a book. The bedrooms are huge – and you’ll have to draw straws for the large fourposter suite that opens up onto the terrace. Upstairs, the room in the vaulted attic has cosy arm chairs and day beds to admire the gorgeous view across the parkland. Larger families and parties can take this with The Clockhouse next door to sleep 14.
The Barn is situated on 5000 acres of remarkable parkland where arable pastures have been returned to nature, native woodland has burgeoned with the planting of thousands of trees, and lakes and wetlands have been created across three valleys. This is known as The Wilderrness Reserve – an exceptionally diverse natural habitat for countless native species of wildlife and crazing sheep and cattle. Here you can lose yourself for a long weekend, or a week. Kick back, get close to nature and enjoy some of the cleanest air in the country.
The Wilderness Reserve is a place for total relaxation. You can explore this part of Suffolk, or choose to roam the estate on the Pashley bicycles stocked in each property (there are wellies you can borrow too); row or paddle board on the lakes; swimming; host a tennis tournament; clay pigeon shoot or learn about the natural inhabitants with the resident ranger. Well-behaved dogs are also welcome to come. Breakfast hampers can be provided, and private chefs can be organised, if you’re not tempted off the estate to one of the many fabulous local pubs and restaurants.
The Wilderness Reserve represents a magical 8,000-acre paradise for wildlife restoration with conservation a central focus. Proudly housing a vast array of species, including 125 birds, 33 mammals, 220 plants, almost 600 moths, 23 butterflies, 20 dragonflies, and 4 amphibians, there’s plenty for you to explore to! These populations are keenly supported by 2,000 nest boxes and wildflower seed sown each year on top of the 1 million trees planted.