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Old Hall Farm- Old Corn Mill

Suffolk, United Kingdom

Per week

from 500.00 to 1300.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Lucy Winter

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:75%
  • Avg. Response Time:2 minutes
  • Availability Updated:5 days 1 hour

BFB's Overview

Old Corn Mill (sleeps 6 plus cots) 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.

Old Corn Mill is the largest of the three cottages at Old Hall Farm. Converted from the original corn mill it is now boasts an impressive double-height open-plan kitchen-diner, flooded with light from its beautiful cathedral-style windows. It sleeps 6 (plus cot) in three ensuite bedrooms including a ground floor twin with shower room, a first floor twin with shower and a huge first floor double with gallery bathroom and romantic free-standing tub under the eaves. The fact that the rooms are split over two floors makes it idea for two small families or one family bringing grandparents along. Outside, there is a large shared courtyard and parking area, prettily planted with old animal troughs and feeders, and use of the gas barbecue, plus garden furniture.

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 - stock 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

Rates

6 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : £985 /week27 Sep - 17 Oct 2019 : £735 /week18 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : £1020 /week1 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : £500 /week20 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020 : £1300 /week6 Sep - 26 Sep 2019 : €1086.622 /week27 Sep - 17 Oct 2019 : €810.83 /week18 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 : €1125.233 /week1 Nov - 19 Dec 2019 : €551.585 /week20 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020 : €1434.121 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 15:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

Thank you for taking the time to find out about us!

Nestled amongst 80 acres of grazing meadows in Suffolk`s beautiful Blyth Valley, Old Hall Farm has been home to the Winter family for three generations. John, Lucy, Archie and Rose are the current custodians of this beautiful spot.

In 2005, a change in circumstance meant that our small farm had to diversify to survive, and so with two small children of our own at that time, we had the vision of transforming our historic farm barns into quality accommodation.

With equal parts comfort, luxury and practicality in mind, we planned the barns to host families across the generations. Henry`s Barn (sleeps 6) The Old Corn Mill (sleeps 6) and The Old Dairy (sleeps 3 plus 1) hopefully provide just that!

The renovations took just 11 months and at Easter 2007 we welcomed our first guests!



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Old Hall Farm Cottages

What do they love about it?

We love it here for so many reasons.....!

It`s our home and our workplace..... we are surrounded by the countryside and fresh air. Only a few miles from Dunwich, Walberswick, Aldeburgh and the Heritage Coast. The old fashion town of Southwold and home of Adnams beer, has the famous Pier where there is fun for everyone and the opportunity for some serious Retail Therapy in the High Street.

Suffolk is dotted with numerous small market towns offering independent shops, delis and restaurants, an abundance of locally produced ingredients, Farmers Markets and fish stalls on the Harbour at Southwold.

Friendly locals and award winning pubs and restaurants within a few miles from Walpole.

With Framlingham Castle (Ed Sheeran`s `Castle on The Hill`) only 8 miles away and numerous family attractions in the area, what`s not to like?

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 September), the pets, our dogs and horse and pony. The individual tubs of homemade ice cream that is made on the farm and sold from the freezer!
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 plus infants

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Southwold is just 25 mins drive away.

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)

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

Indoor Toys

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

Games Room

Games room with table tennis, ride ons, pool table, plenty of toys, games and books.

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 including ride ons.

Visiting Spa Therapist

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

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

Outside, there is a large shared courtyard and parking area, prettily planted with old animal troughs and feeders, and use of the gas barbecue, plus garden furniture.

Pet Friendly

One well behaved dog

Friendly Animals

Ponies and horses in the nearby fields.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Multiple cots available.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

Stove in the lounge

Reviews

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  • This property was very child friendly with a pool and play area but the actual accomodation wasnt very 10 month old baby friendly! There was lots of steps and hard stone floors.Review dated 25/07/2014

  • We had a lovely family break. Beautiful barn conversion with friendly owners who were there if needed. The children loved the Playbarn and the pool but especially liked talking to the horses.Review dated 16/04/2013

  • We had a wonderful stay in the Old Corn Mill with our 10 month old daughter, who loved the ping pong in the toy barn and the pool (which was beautifully warm despite the cold and snowy weather!). Lucy is a great 'hostess' and you genuinely feel that nothing would be too much trouble should you need it.Review dated 07/04/2013

  • The owner could not have been more friendly and helpful and any problems were immediately rectified.Review dated 05/10/2012

  • Really enjoyed our stay and the pool was great. Lucy was very helpful/friendly and all of the animals were lovely (especially Molly the dog)Review dated 19/09/2012

  • The layout of the property made it perfect for us, our son and the grandparents. We couldn't fault the cottage, facilities or location at all. In particular, the babysitter provided was friendly, reasonably-priced, prompt and most of all, James loved her. A great holiday.Review dated 11/10/2011

  • Excellent for families of all ages. The playbarn is a fantastic idea and the swimming pool great. The cottages are very well equipped even with extras you wouldn't expect. Recommended.Review dated 09/07/2010

  • We had a fantastic time - even the British weather obliged. There was a warm & thoughtful welcome, a well equiped kitchen and a lovely cosy lounge area for the evenings!Review dated 29/05/2010

  • A very enjoyable first family holiday - a wonderful base from which to visit nearby coastal towns and the beautiful Suffolk countryside.Review dated 02/05/2010

  • We enjoyed a very relaxed weekend at the Corn Mill. The accomodation was very comfortable and practical for the children.Review dated 29/04/2010

  • Good place, exactly what we were looking for.Review dated 16/03/2010

  • Excellent for families of all ages. The playbarn is a fantastic idea and the swimming pool great. The cottages are very well equipped even with extras you wouldn't expect. Recommended. Overall rating: Outstanding!Review dated 13/07/2010

  • We had a fantastic time - even the British weather obliged. There was a warm & thoughtful welcome, a well equipped kitchen and a lovely cosy lounge area for the evenings! Overall Experience: Outstanding!Review dated 02/06/2010

  • A very enjoyable first family holiday - a wonderful base from which to visit nearby coastal towns and the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Overall Rating: ExcellentReview dated 11/05/2010

  • We enjoyed a very relaxed weekend at the Corn Mill. The accomodation was very comfortable and practical for the children. Overall rating: ExcellentReview dated 06/05/2010

  • Good place, exactly what we were looking for. Overall Rating "Outstanding"Review dated 26/03/2010

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

  • Lovely converted barn, perfect for a relaxing Suffolk break. Very welcoming hosts and excellent facilities for families. Highly recommended!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

  • It was simply magic. Everything for the kids was catered for from bowls and cutlery to toys and stairgates!We are already planning our return and spreading the word. Even better is that you can have your freezer filled with yummy food for your stay - so you really only need bring yourselves and the necessities!Bliss!!!Review dated 03/11/2009

This property was very child friendly with a pool and play area but the actual accomodation wasnt very 10 month old baby friendly! There was lots of steps and hard stone floors.

We had a lovely family break. Beautiful barn conversion with friendly owners who were there if needed. The children loved the Playbarn and the pool but especially liked talking to the horses.

We had a wonderful stay in the Old Corn Mill with our 10 month old daughter, who loved the ping pong in the toy barn and the pool (which was beautifully warm despite the cold and snowy weather!). Lucy is a great 'hostess' and you genuinely feel that nothing would be too much trouble should you need it.

The owner could not have been more friendly and helpful and any problems were immediately rectified.

Really enjoyed our stay and the pool was great. Lucy was very helpful/friendly and all of the animals were lovely (especially Molly the dog)

The layout of the property made it perfect for us, our son and the grandparents. We couldn't fault the cottage, facilities or location at all. In particular, the babysitter provided was friendly, reasonably-priced, prompt and most of all, James loved her. A great holiday.

Excellent for families of all ages. The playbarn is a fantastic idea and the swimming pool great. The cottages are very well equipped even with extras you wouldn't expect. Recommended.

We had a fantastic time - even the British weather obliged. There was a warm & thoughtful welcome, a well equiped kitchen and a lovely cosy lounge area for the evenings!

A very enjoyable first family holiday - a wonderful base from which to visit nearby coastal towns and the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

We enjoyed a very relaxed weekend at the Corn Mill. The accomodation was very comfortable and practical for the children.

Good place, exactly what we were looking for.

Excellent for families of all ages. The playbarn is a fantastic idea and the swimming pool great. The cottages are very well equipped even with extras you wouldn't expect. Recommended. Overall rating: Outstanding!

We had a fantastic time - even the British weather obliged. There was a warm & thoughtful welcome, a well equipped kitchen and a lovely cosy lounge area for the evenings! Overall Experience: Outstanding!

A very enjoyable first family holiday - a wonderful base from which to visit nearby coastal towns and the beautiful Suffolk countryside. Overall Rating: Excellent

We enjoyed a very relaxed weekend at the Corn Mill. The accomodation was very comfortable and practical for the children. Overall rating: Excellent

Good place, exactly what we were looking for. Overall Rating "Outstanding"

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

Lovely converted barn, perfect for a relaxing Suffolk break. Very welcoming hosts and excellent facilities for families. Highly recommended!

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

It was simply magic. Everything for the kids was catered for from bowls and cutlery to toys and stairgates!We are already planning our return and spreading the word. Even better is that you can have your freezer filled with yummy food for your stay - so you really only need bring yourselves and the necessities!Bliss!!!

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 16 guests.



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