A superb quality barn conversion. Sleeping 8, The Property has a really large sitting / dining room with dining for 18. It adjoins two further barns - Sewell Barn (sleeps 2) and Brand Barn (sleeps 8) which can be hired all together as Vale Farm Barns.
The Property Sutton, Suffolk, United Kingdom WOODBRIDGE 7 miles (11 km), ORFORD 12 miles (19 km), ALDEBURGH 23 miles (37 km) Style: A traditional Suffolk barn now beautifully converted into luxury and spacious holiday accommodation.
Setting: A spacious patio with table and chairs and barbecue, acres of grass and an open barn with table tennis, you can even hire a hot tub for your stay. The Property is In the heart of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the Suffolk Coast and the River Deben. The Property is one of three mid Victorian farm buildings known as Vale Farm Barns. It started life as a five-bay weather-boarded barn with slate roof and its outward structure remains very similar to its original design. Today the bays are gone, replaced by state of the art kitchen, enormous open plan sitting / dining room and four luxury bedrooms and bathrooms. If you want top quality spacious, comfortable accommodation surrounded by stunning countryside, look no further.
Grounds: A terrace with table and chairs reached via French doors from the sitting room. Beyond the terrace are lawns and a complex of cart sheds and open barns with table tennis, a laundry and storage for bicycles, sailing equipment etc. Surrounding Vale Farm Barns are 3,000 acres of farmland, two thirds of which are farmed in conjunction with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust to ensure the conservation of the rare flora and fauna of one of the few remaining areas of undamaged Sandlings heath. Sheep graze the heathland areas, where the nightjar nests whilst horses and ponies canter around the meadow pastures. Pine belts protect the light sandy fields from erosion. There are secret copses of ancient trees much favoured by deer, four hundred year old orchards. Holiday at Vancouver and you will have access to the tracks and pathways which criss cross this rare and fascinating landscape.
Ideal for: A large family gathering, group of friends or even a wedding group with up to 17/18 staying at Vale Farm Barns - wedding parties by special arrangement only. Outdoor-loving groups will enjoy the freedom of the walks, cycle paths and bridleways. Trekking can be arranged from Poplar Park Equestrian Centre, and if you don't want to ride but would like to try your hand at carriage driving, this is also available on the estate. Just a few miles from the sea, you can bring along your RIB or dinghy, which can be launched at near by Bawdsey, from where there is a foot and cycle ferry across the Deben to Felixstowe Ferry. Whether you a member of the National Trust or not, Sutton Hoo is well worth a visit and is just a few minutes along the road to Woodbridge (a 10-15 minute drive). Woodbridge, on the other side of the Wilford Bridge, was once a wealthy ship building town and Armada ships as well as many fishing vessels were once built here. Today it is a sleepy market town, its waterfront and the town centre - where you will see many ancient buildings - well worth a visit. A little further afield is Orford, don't miss the castle and the quay; and Aldeburgh and Thorpeness both with lovely beaches and lots to see and do.
Eating and drinking: There is loads of organic local produce available including of course fresh caught fish. With such a choice it is hardly surprising that the country's best chefs flock here and there are great restaurants in Woodbridge, Orford and Aldeburgh. Adnams beer is rightly world famous and served in some excellent country pubs. There is a great pub within around a 15 minute walk of The Property: The Sorrel Horse at Shottisham, and just a couple of miles away in Alderton you can get great Indian takeaway from the Swan Pub. For much more information on the area, events and things to do go to Visit-Woodbridge.
Children: They will love it. Okay, there isn't loads of 'organised' entertainment, but they will have the chance to enjoy walking and riding, sailing (there are summer courses at Bawdsey) and swimming, crabbing and cycling. Let them travel back in time and learn something about the joys of holidays in the country - and when you return to Vancouver there is plenty of space for indoor and outdoor games, leisurely meals, DVDs and book reading.
Please note: Wi-fi connection is, like the county, slow!
Packing tips: Beachwear and Wellington boots. Riding hat, bikes and sailing gear.
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