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Suffolk's Best Breaks 2011: Farm stays

PUBLISHED: 15:06 20 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:31 20 February 2013

Suffolk's Best Breaks 2011: Farm stays

Suffolk's Best Breaks 2011: Farm stays

Stay in a fabulous Suffolk farmhouse, a cosy cottage, or stunning barn conversion and enjoy the beautiful Suffolk coast and countryside

Stay in a fabulous Suffolk farmhouse, a cosy cottage, or stunning barn conversion and enjoy the beautiful Suffolk coast and countryside

Farm Stay offers something for everyone from bed & breakfast in historic farmhouses to self catering accommodation in fully equipped holiday accommodation which includes cottages, barns, haylofts, stables and even a piggery or two!
All Farm Stay properties are quality graded offering guests a warm welcome with traditional farmhouse hospitality. In Suffolk there are over 100 properties to choose from in stunning rural and village locations, with many close to the coast. Farm Stay is perfect for short breaks and holidays, and great for families and groups looking to holiday together.
Bed & breakfast guests can enjoy delicious farmhouse breakfasts prepared using fresh local produce local bacon and sausages, free range eggs, homemade preserves and local fruit juice an excellent start to the day!
For self catering guests Farm Stay offers a unique range of size and style of accommodation with properties that can sleep from 2-8 guests, with many farms having several units on the same site, with either a private garden or shared courtyard. Garden furniture and BBQs are provided for those lovely summer evenings. Some properties will have welcome packs for arriving guests which may include milk, bread, fresh eggs and fruit from the farm. Not far away there will be a farm shop or farmers market to stock up on local goodies, and of course hosts will be able to recommend a village pub or local restaurant to sample some of Suffolks fine food and local ales!
Farm Stay offers peace and tranquillity for those looking for a relaxing break, but for outdoor fun and action there are plenty of things to do. Guests will be able to enjoy endless farm walks and farm trails and venture out on some of the many cycle paths, including the National Cycle Routes. For walking and cycling enthusiasts Farm Stay properties will offer drying and storage facilities and can also provide maps of the local area. Several farms have tennis courts, outdoor or indoor swimming pools, games rooms, play areas and even hot tubs! For a more gentle pace, bird watching is never far away and many farms offer fishing on or near the farm. Farm Stay hosts are always happy to suggest places to visit and explore, and to recommend great places to eat and drink to ensure guests get the most from their stay in Suffolk!
Listedbelow are just a few of the Farm Stay properties to choose from in Suffolk.

For more information and details of other Farm Stay properties, contact Yvonne Silk 01359 231013 or visit

Orwell View Barns at Shotley
Opened in July last year, these newly restored luxury self catering barn conversions offer fabulous ground floor accommodation with stunning views over the River Orwell (right). Nestled at the end of a country lane the barns sleep between 2 and 6 guests and are beautifully decorated with reclaimed brickwork, vaulted ceilings, chandeliers and en-suite and family bathrooms. Patio doors open on to pretty courtyards where you can relax and enjoy the birdsong and wide sweeping views in this tranquil Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. BBQs are also provided so guests can enjoy al fresco dining on the decking and watch the boats sailing down the River Orwell.
A gentle stroll along the riverbank leads to Pin Mill and the well known Butt and Oyster pub which offers a great choice of dishes using fresh local produce. There are many exceptional land and riverbank walks from the farm, which also offers bed & breakfast accommodation in the main farmhouse at Hill House.
Orwell View Barns are perfect for a family holiday or short break, a reunion of friends, or even a romantic honeymoon. One of the barns has been specially designed for the needs of the less mobile.
Contact Hazel Wrinch on 01473 787318 or visit

Stanstead Hall Bed & Breakfast and Camping near Ipswich
Set well off the beaten track in the middle of Suffolk, this lovely moated farmhouse, below, offers B&B and CL Camping facilities. Guests are given a very warm welcome at this former dairy farm, and the B&B accommodation consists of 2 large south facing double rooms with private facilities. Delicious breakfasts are served using home cured and smoked bacon along with other local produce to give you the perfect start to the day.
The camp site overlooks the pond and fields and has a toilet and shower block, electric hook up and a few friendly geese as neighbours! Campers will also be able to enjoy free WiFi access.
Stanstead Hall has a friendly farm atmosphere with its small horse livery yard and several farm animals wandering about. Just a few minutes from Lavenham & Long Melford, and not far from the towns of Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, this is a perfect location for exploring Suffolk. Nearby Stowmarket provides easy rail access to London. Open all year.
Contact Sue Leverett 01449 740270

Gladwins Farm in Nayland
In 22 acres of beautiful rolling Suffolk countryside, Gladwins Farm offers nine self-catering cottages in tasteful conversions of period farm buildings and architect-designed luxury cottages, left. Guests will be able to enjoy the fabulous range of facilities on offer at Gladwins Farm including a heated indoor pool, fishing on site and golf nearby. In addition to this, the 5 Star luxury cottages all have private hot tubs.
Gladwins farm is very child friendly and young visitors can enjoy the play area and the farm animals, plus the new play barn which caters for all ages including a soft play area for babies and toddlers.
The cottages vary in size and style sleeping between 2 and 8 guests, and most have a private garden with outdoor furniture and BBQ and of course a fabulous view!
Nayland is an ideal location for exploring Constable Country, East Anglias heritage villages and the Suffolk countryside.
Contact Susie Bradshaw on 01206 262261 or

Sherbourne Lodge Cottages, Boxford
These well equipped Victorian barn conversions, below, are located on a working farm in Boxford near Sudbury in the delightful Suffolk countryside. The cottages have their own BBQ and patio areas and a communal games barn. Both cottages have Level 2 accessibility.
Sherbourne Farm with its small flock of Suffolk cross sheep and two Red Poll cows is a nature lovers paradise with a unique nature trail, wild flower meadows and fish filled ponds. Sympathetic farm practices have retained and encouraged a diverse number of habitats creating a haven for flora and fauna, and the specially built hides have disabled access. Children will enjoy being minibeast detectives in the nature trail treasure hunts!
Guests can also book one of the many special breaks on offer at Sherbourne Farm including Wildlife Photography, Wildlife Activity Breaks with badger watching and Pottery courses. Fishing is also available at the farm and stabling can be provided for those wishing to bring their horse on holiday.
Contact Ann Suckling 01787 210885


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