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Sleeps 14 adults Bedrooms 7 Pets 2 Welcome Region Suffolk Town/village Orford

Large Holiday Rental, near Orford (SFBUTBSF)

An outstanding Suffolk self-catering holiday home with lovely patio and gardens overlooking the countryside, just 2 miles from the coast at Orford. An indoor heated training pool and top of the range exercise bikes add to the year round appeal of The Propertys. The accommodation has been created from two adjoining thatched barns, whilst further barns house the fitness suite and a games area. The Property has been superbly refurbished for boutique holidays or corporate accommodation for 12 to 14.

ORFORD 2 miles (3km), SNAPE 5 miles (8km), ALDEBURGH 13 miles (20km), WOODBRIDGE 13 miles (20km), SOUTHWOLD 27 miles (43km), FRAMLINGHAM 14 miles (22km)

About the Property: The Property is made up of two adjoining traditional, thatched Suffolk barns, their size suggesting that they were originally built to house the livestock and produce for a really large farm. Some years ago, The Propertys was converted into a pottery and artist's studio. In 2011 the entire complex was purchased by its current owners who have completely refurbished the largest barns to create a superb property, with spacious and very private en-suite accommodation for up to 14 people.

There has been a real eye to detail and bathrooms are finished in limestone, their baths extra wide for additional comfort. The best features of the barn have been carefully renovated, retaining the vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and wide oak flooring planks. The old studio accommodates a pool table, painting easel and games.

The Property can also be rented out to sleep up to 20 people in The Barns at Butley.

The Grounds: Down a meandering rural by-way, flanked by open fields and woodland copses, the grounds at The Propertys are ideal for all ages.

To the front of The Property is a gated driveway with parking for at least 6 cars. A further gate separates the cars from the garden, where there is further car parking available and large lawned areas with a west-facing patio.

Indoor Heated Training Pool and Gym: Subject to availability, The Property has its very own fitness gym complex, including 4 top grade exercise bikes with all the gizmos; yoga mats, a training pool (8ft by 14 ft), showers and changing area. Please note the gym equipment is not suitable for children under 12, but youngsters love the "whirl pool" effects created by the currents in the training pool (children must be supervised at all times). A qualified trainer is on hand to introduce you to this amazing new facility and how to use the equipment; please request this service when making your booking.

Subject to availability, guests may use these facilities for an additional fee of £190 per 7 night booking or £130 per 3 night booking. Please request as an add on service when booking. The facilities can also be requested by guests staying at The Old Cafe at the same time, so it is only available on a first come, first served basis.

One of the smaller barns houses a selection of games including table tennis; there is lots of space for games and for toddlers to cycle, including a shared astro turf area large enough for badminton, volley ball or year round football. Please see The Barns at Butley for the fitness complex floorplan.

The Area: At the northern edge of Rendlesham Forest, a lovely area for woodland walks and mountain biking, The Propertys are just a short walk from the village of Butley.

There are some splendid country walks here; most notably Staverton Thicks, which has a deer park and woods of oak and holly; the oldest trees date back more than 400 years. The area has a fascinating history.

Nearby Butley Priory, built in the 11th century, was for centuries the haunt of kings. Just a walk away are Butley Clumps, a fascinating avenue of beech trees planted in fours, with a pine tree at the centre of each clump - a quincunx.

Why not get active with the whole family and have a go at mountain biking? There are some great trails around to suit all abilities. Hire the high performance Trek Mountain Bikes and get exploring! Qualified guides can be arranged to lead your group, and lunches can be organised too. For information contact the Big House holidays team on 01394 389188.

Butley has long been renowned for its oysters, and the oyster beds have recently been revived. You can buy oysters, in season, in Orford at the Butley Orford Oysterage.

Sleeps: 12 in 3 king sized double beds, 3 twin or super-king beds (please state preference at time of booking); the Granary bedroom has two single beds that can be made into a super-king or can be used as a children's dorm, with 2 additional child size beds (5' in length), available on request.

Minimum Hire: 3 nights, except in high season when it is a week.

Entertainment: Flat screen TV with Freeview, games room with pool table, books and a whole lot of garden to be enjoyed.

Packing tips: Binoculars, map, fishing rod, crabbing lines, bird book, and bikes - a great place for cycling.

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  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • High chair
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Ground Floor W.C.

Conditions

Check in / Check out

Standard check-in is 4pm and standard check-out is normally 10am on your day of departure. In some cases these times vary. Always check your booking confirmation paperwork for correct timings.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

LocationSuffolk

The somewhat curious county of Suffolk forms a part of the region known as East Anglia. Its eastern edge is bounded by the North Sea, with neighbouring Norfolk to the north and Essex to the south. The county of Cambridgeshire lies to the west. It has no cities and no motorways, but it does have many gardens and ruins and history in spades, from the Magna Carta to the Saxon relics of Sutton Hoo.

Unusual (for Britain) timber-framed buildings, dating back to the 16th century, vie with Tudor mansions in the attractive streets of market towns. In common with Norfolk, it is a fairly flat county, with much of its area devoted to farming and other rural pursuits. Its coastal geology of sand and clay, combined with the longshore drift current of the sea, means that the land is eroding constantly. Sea defences protect many of the towns but, equally, a good deal of property has been lost as the cliffs are worn away, and more is threatened.

Suffolk is famous throughout the UK for its distinctive dialect, horse racing (the town of Newmarket is the epicentre of British racing) and the arts. Festivals and other shows are common, and fish and chips and Adnam's ale are the order of the day.

East of England

This region includes the ceremonial counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. With a rich heritage there is much to see and do to suit all ages. The royal residency of Sandringham Estate is a must see and other historical points of interest include Castle Rising, Sutton Hoo and Somerleyton Hall. The medieval cities of Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich are not to be missed and there are lots of pretty market towns and idyllic seaside resorts to choose from for a day trip. Alternatively for a slower paced holiday you may wish to visit The Broads or Thetford Forest, these areas are particularly popular for boating and spotting birdlife.

Area Suffolk

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