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Old Hall Farm-Henry's Barn

Suffolk, United Kingdom

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The Owner / Manager

Lucy Winter

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:12 minutes
  • Availability Updated:18 days

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BFB's Overview

Henry's Barn (sleeps 6 plus cot) is one of a cluster of three stylish barn cottages in a tranquil courtyard setting with beautiful views over 80 acres of meadowland, interrupted only by the odd friendly Friesian cow. Brilliant onsite facilities include a large indoor/outdoor (sides slide back) heated pool (available Easter-end of September), a mini astro pitch for tennis or football, and a games room equipped with table tennis, giant draughts and a pool table. Parents can pack light thanks to a comprehensive range of toys and nursery gear, and enjoy a more relaxing stay with optional services like home-made frozen ready meals, catering, babysitting - even daily fresh milk deliveries courtesy of the neighbouring cows!

Despite its idyllic rural setting, the pretty village of Walpole is almost on the doorstep, whilst the bustling market town of Halesworth, with its charming cobblestone streets crammed with independent shops, delis, pubs, bistros and toddler-friendly pedestrianised town centre, is just a two mile walk, cycle or drive away. A little further afield is the world-renowned Suffolk Heritage Coast and its many picturesque coastal towns and villages some of which seem barely touched by modern life, and others crammed with cosmopolitan pubs, bistros, art galleries and shops. In addition, Norfolk and its famous Broads are just 8 miles away.

Henry's Barn may be named after a much loved family pet who lived there some 30 years ago but, thanks to a luxurious conversion, these days its far from a dog house! It sleeps six in three bedrooms including a ground floor twin with ensuite wetroom and, on the second floor, a double with lovlwy views through its gable end window, and a pretty twin bedroom, both of which share a beamed bathroom with tub. Sensitively converted, the barn's abundant exposed beams are combined with huge windows and french doors, underfloor heating and modern contemporary fixtures and fittings to create a luxurious rural retreat. The comfortable open-plan lounge/dining area is stylishly furnished in creams and browns with comfortable brown leather sofas. There is an open beamed wall dividing the lounge from large and well euipped kitchen area, plus a separate downstairs cloakroom/WC, which combined with the ground floor ensuite bedroom and wide doorways, makes this barn is suitable for wheelchair access. Outside is a private raised patio with a small area of lawn, patio furniture, gas barbecue and beautiful views - ideal for sunny afternoons and evenings!

Location Information

There's plenty to do in around Old Hall Farm including a fun nature trail set up by owners the Winter Family and designed to suit all aged. There's a set route to be followed, complete with laminated sheets giving details at each point of what to look out for, and information about the countryside around. There's a wealth of wildlife surrounding the cottages and the nature trail is a brilliant way of enjoying it.

The pretty village of Walpole is on the doorstep whilst the good selection of independent shops and pedestrianised centre in the charming market town of Haleworth are just two miles away. The town has a couple of good takeaways, which are handy if you don't feel like cooking or aren't making use of the homemade ready meals. Also with a short drive are the popular and pretty waterfront towns of Woodbridge, Southwold, Sutton Hoo, Bawdsey, Orford, Aldeburgh and Snape. All have a good selection of boutiques, cafes, bistros and gastro-pubs, along with their scenic attractions. It’s hard to improve on Southwold for a beach day with little ones thanks to its lovely sandy beach old fashioned seaside appeal with its lighthouse, pretty multicoloured beach huts and delightful pier with traditional amusements like Punch and Judy, and Victorian end-of-the-pier shows. There's also a brewery and a host of decent pubs and restaurants.

More recommendations for eating out with little ones in tow include the family friendly Thorpeness Brassiere and the Regatta in Aldeburgh, as well as the brilliant field kitchen at Jimmy's Farm, made famous by the TV show and a great day out for kids in itself thanks to its animals and nature trail - stick up on supplies in the shop too.

Other nearby attractions include the award-winning Easton Farm Park which is perfect for toddlers and offers animal feeding, petting, egg collecting, horse and cart rides and mini train trips. Whilst, the Africa Alive safari park nr Lowestoft has a fabulous re-creation of the African savannah in which animals roam freely as they would in the wild, plus a fun land train trip with commentary on the animals.

If babysitting is an option, the restaurant at the Crown and Castle, owned by food writer and TV presenter Ruth Watson, and The Froize Inn near Woodbridge both regularly receive rave reviews.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Who owns this place?

Hello, welcome and thank you for taking the time to find out about us!
We are the Winter family of Old Hall Farm. John (mid 40s), Lucy (41 and a bit), Archie (11yrs) and Rose (9yrs).
Having sold a Dairy business 6 years ago, we decided that the timber framed buildings in the original cattle yard deserved to be lovingly converted into, what are now our three, very different holiday barns, that you may have been looking at on our website.
The project took us just 11 months from start to finish and was both exciting and at times, challenging! We had our first guests booked in for Easter 2007 and finished painting just the day before.
We have been welcoming guests here ever since, and can truly say we feel very privileged to have met some great people.
John continues to run the farm and other projects while Lucy`s time is split between the holiday barns and the children. Archie has his chickens and enjoys selling guests his eggs, while Rose loves all the animals especially her pony, Alfie Moon.
Come to Suffolk and meet us for yourselves!
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Winter Family Profile

What do they love about it?


We love it here for so many reasons.....!
Its our home and our workplace..... we are surrounded by the countryside and fresh air, very nearby we have the wonderful Suffolk coastline, not to mention the market towns with independent shops, delis and restaurants, the abundance of locally produced ingredients, the farmers markets and fish stalls on the Harbour at Southwold.
Award winning pubs and restaurants within a few miles from us and being equidistant between Ipswich, and historical Norwich we don`t have to go far for a few bright lights!!
And still the brighter lights of London Town, are only about two and a half hours away!!
We hope that you would love it too....

What do the kids love about it?


Having children of our own we like to think that we know what makes life easier......if the children are happy then so are we!

Reasons that they love it here...the playbarn, with indoor astro turf pitch, goalposts and footballs galore. The dressing up box, the huge blackboard with chalks, the pushchairs and dollies, the ride on toys and little bikes, the puzzles, board games, table tennis and pool table.
The heated swimming pool (Easter until the end of October), the pets, dog and pony. The egg collecting and the individual tubs of homemade ice cream that we sell!
The beach at Southwold and the fun they can have on the Pier. The crabbing at Walberswick. The delicious fish and chips at Aldeburgh and Dunwich.

Finally, after a full day of fresh country air and open space we hope the little darlings love our beds.... and sleep soundly so that you can have some well deserved grown up time!

Fast Facts

sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms

Any Pool

Little ones are welcome to use the large pool with adult supervision. Pool is open from Easter until the end of September & housed in a conservatory-style building with sides that slide back in good weather. Please note: The pool is sometimes inaccessible to guests due to local swimming lessons. This is usually no more than a few hours a day.

Babysitting

Owners John & Lucy have two children and are happy to babysit or they can arrange a, higher fee, CRB-checked agency babysitter on request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

microwave, cots (with bedding), stairgates, high chair, baby monitor, night light, bed guard, baby bath, changing mat, potty, loo seat, socket protectors and plastic crockery and cutlery supplied.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

A good selection of baby/toddler suitable in and outdoor toys is provided including bath toys, books, DVDs, Cbeebies channel etc.

Meal Delivery / Room Service

Old Hall Farm is home to a professional caterer who will happily cater for a special event or happily stock the freezer full of home-made meals prior to arrival. Ask for a menu & price list when booking.

Outdoor Toys

A special nature trail has been set up and a good selection of outdoor toys is provided.

Visiting Spa Therapist

Prices & contact details for a local mobile beauty therapist can be supplied on request

Reviews

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  • Lovely environment, especially for young children or even older children.Review dated 12/04/2013

  • Theres nothing that hasn't been thought of. Utterly brilliant.Review dated 08/05/2012

  • great location, the playbarn was fantastic and the food fromthe caterer and the beautician were wonderful. loved itReview dated 14/04/2011

  • For families with young children, John and Lucy offer a very warm and welcoming first class self-catering accommodation.Review dated 03/11/2009

  • The three gorgeous self-catering cottages...combine olde-world charm with all the luxury and comfort of modern living. Daily Mail, May 2009Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Lovely Barn and very hospitable - An excellent family base for exploring this beautiful area of the country - I particularly enjoyed waking up each morning and walking 20 meters to pick up freshly laid free range eggs.Review dated 03/11/2009

Lovely environment, especially for young children or even older children.

Theres nothing that hasn't been thought of. Utterly brilliant.

great location, the playbarn was fantastic and the food fromthe caterer and the beautician were wonderful. loved it

For families with young children, John and Lucy offer a very warm and welcoming first class self-catering accommodation.

The three gorgeous self-catering cottages...combine olde-world charm with all the luxury and comfort of modern living. Daily Mail, May 2009

Lovely Barn and very hospitable - An excellent family base for exploring this beautiful area of the country - I particularly enjoyed waking up each morning and walking 20 meters to pick up freshly laid free range eggs.

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 5 guests.



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