Per weekfrom 848.00 to 998.00 GBP
This newly converted 17th century barn is a wonderful rural retreat for a family of four (plus cots). It boasts an idyllic settting with views over a pretty (safely fenced) lake, which comes complete with a rowing boat* and fishing rights - ideal for introducing older toddlers and siblings to the delights of fishing for tiddlers!
Owners Aaran and Sarah Henry have young children themselves and have ensured the Granary is well set up for family life. The ground floor living areas are light and bright thanks to the row of floor to ceiling windows that run the length of the lounge and kitchen-diner. Patio doors open out onto a wide deck which is now fully allowing for the doors to be left open and the decked dining area used as extended living quarters in good weather - fantastic for sunny breakfasts or sunset drinks overlooking the lake. There is also an all weather court used for tennis in the summer but is also fun to play football and basketball on all year round.
Inside, the newly refurbished interiors blend historic beamed walls and ceilings with a contemporary palette of taupe, white and light oak, and practical family-friendly furnishings. The two bedrooms are a twin and a double sharing a family bathroom. Downstairs there is a toilet and the spacious lounge comes with Playstation (on request), books, games, a basket of toys and satellite TV, DVDs and videos as well as WiFi.
Experiences ith their own brood of four young boys, have clearly rubbed off on the Henrys who've gone to great lengths to ensure their guests enjoy a proper break. They provide a good list of baby and toddler gear so packing, loading and unloading is minimal, plus a range of handy pre-bookable services from babysitting and private chef, to pre-arrival shopping (including formula, baby food, nappies etc.) and visiting beauty/massage therapist. They live in the adjacent barn and are more than happy to offer first-hand advice on child-friendly places to see, eat and drink locally, and escort mini guests on chicken feeding, egg collecting rounds as well as introducing them to their petting rabbits Sugar and Spice.
*a waiver must be signed before use.
This 17th century barn has been given a luxurious make-over so that it now combines the best of old and new. The spacious twin and king-sized double bedrooms boast fabulous open beam, vaulted ceilings with stylish contemporary furnishings, whilst the bathroom is fitted with an elegant free-standing bath and shower over. The lounge is large and well furnished with comfortable sofas and a flatscreen TV and teh kitchen diner is well equipped with all mod cons including a cooker, hob, washer dryer, microwave and dishwasher. Outside there's a large decked terrace complete with dining furniture and a view of the safely enclosed lake.
The village of Bredfield is a lovely 10 minute walk along public footpaths from the Granary, it has a wonderful Village Shop selling local produce, there is a play ground and a pub which serves real ales. The popular and pretty waterfront towns of Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo, Bawdsey, Orford, Aldeburgh and Snape with their boutiques, cafes, bistros and gastro-pubs are all within a short drive.
Just a few minutes drive from the property is 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. Further afield, the Africa Alive safari park nr Lowerstoft 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.
Don't miss the Farm cafe and Farmshop in Marlesford (10mins away) which not only sells fabulous local produce for cooking at home but has an excellent cafe with space of kids to play and have been listed amongst the best brunch venues in the country by the likes of The Times and The Independent. Similarly high praise has been won by the Watermill cafe in Woodbridge and its excellent deli, which is brilliant for gourmet picnic supplies, seafood, good wines and local cheeses. The Froize pub, near Woodbridge gets rave review for its gastro-pub fayre and is well worth arranging a night of babysitting for.
The nearest train station is in Woodbridge (3.5miles), which is around 90mins by direct train from London Liverpool Street.
Check-in time: 15:30
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 33%
Balance: 30 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 15:30
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 33%
Balance: 30 days prior to arrival
Arrival: , Departure:
Bookings made within 10 days of travelling discounted by 10%
Partridge Lodge : A Rural Retreat ...
In 2007 my wife and i decided to move away from city life. We bundled up our four kids and the furniture in search of a sense of reality, that we had both enjoyed in our own childhoods.
We found and bought an old run down dairy farm and set about renovating it into a rural retreat for guests to come and unwind closeby to our magestic historical coast in Suffolk.
Our boys helped right the way through our project with innovative ideas and kids spaces. The feedback from our guests is always uplifting and gives us a real sense of purpose.
We have been rewarded enormously by being voted third best in Europe by BabyFriendlyBoltholes awarwds. We were also picked out by Rachael Oakden for an editorial piece written about Partridge Lodge in Aprils 2010 FOOD and TRAVEL magazine.
Our Holiday lets are secluded enough to feel freedom and the grounds relaxed enough to have a wonder and take in all the wild life including owls, woodpeckers, kingfishers and deer that inhabit our surroundings. Or for a longer walk there's the footpaths that guide you to the beautiful Boulge Estate (where lies in a quiet secluded churchyard, Mr Edward Fitzgerald, translator of the Omar Kiyan) or in the opposite direction to Bredfield Village with its community run shop and local pub.
From Bawdsey Quay to Sutton Hoo to Orford to Aldeburgh to Southwold to Thorpeness to Friday Street Farm Shop to The FarmCafe to the Charm of Woodbridge itself, there is so much life and these are only some of our favourite places.
We have our own chickens (with great tasting real eggs for breakfast), sugar and spice our petting rabbits (which kids adore spending time with), to our sand covered all purpose court (for football, basketball, badminton), to our boat house and fishing pond (where a monster three pound eel was caught last year but the pike illuded capture).
Sleeps 4 + 1 infant in two bedrooms, one double bedroom and one bedroom with 2 single beds with a travel cot and high chair.
Stansted airport is 40 miles away.
Several beautiful beaches are within 15mins drive, whilst great sailing can be found in the woodbridge.
A handy village shop and pub with good reputation for food are within approx. 10mins walk
The owners have an agreement with the local health club which is a short drive away (a few minutes) where guests can use their facilities including a lovely pool at a discounted rate.
Private chef can be pre-booked for special dinner party nights or ready-meal delivery
Babysitting may be pre-booked on request.
Baby equipment provided includes a cot (please bring bedding), high chair, microwave, blender & steriliser
A selection of toys and books are provided, plus DVD player and selection of kids films, and Sky TV with kids,sports and film channels.
Owners Aaran and Sarah will happily offer a pre-arrival shopping service including baby esssentials and ready meals, although this should be arranged well in advance of arrival. Private caterers and a meal delivery can be arranged.
For little ones, The Granary has a terrace with sand pit and nearby is a stable with trike, car, scooter,slide and table tennis. There is also a communial, fenced beach area for volley ball, football, french boules, swings and pic-nic seating. For adults there's lots of outdoor furniture, a BBQ and a rowing boat on one of the two safely double-fenced lakes in the grounds (children should be carefully supervised). The boathouse offers fishing equipment, row boat and bar football. There are also adult bicycles, one with child seat.
Treatments from a visiting therapist can be arranged, or special rates at a nearby spa.
Private safely enclosed deck overlooking the lake (double-fenced)
A solar panel installation ensures the stylish rental properties at Partridge Lodge run almost entirely on green energy
Mini guests are welcome to help out with feeding the chickens and collecting their eggs.
All weather court
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Stunning peaceful surroundings and enormous, safe spaces for little ones to explore - egg collecting from the hens, tennis courts, fishing in the pond......wholeheartedly recommend.Review dated 17/08/2017
We really enjoyed our stay! The location is excellent, with so many child-friendly things to do nearby. The grounds were great too, especially fishing in the pond! Fantastic hospitality from the owners too.Review dated 29/08/2016
Great cosy cottage. Lots of toys and books for little ones. Owners are very friendly and helpfulReview dated 18/06/2015
Lovely family break. Great location, great hosts and great accommodation!Review dated 24/05/2015
This lodge is truly baby friendly. It's fully equipped with practical items and it had plenty of toys to keep my little one entertained. The owners gave us a warm welcome and then we were left to our own devices, which I really liked.
The location is beautiful and just a short drive to plenty of places worth visiting.Review dated 08/03/2015
Just what we needed from the hectic London lifestyle. Great little rustic lodging and kids absolutely loved the chickens in the morning.Review dated 31/10/2014
Fantastic property in a fantastic location with some great attractions and beaches close by.Review dated 02/07/2014
Perfectly set up for toddlers and babies.Review dated 13/06/2014
We had a fantastic week in the granary with our 14 month old twin boys. The accommodation was perfect for young toddlers and there is so much to do in the local area, and in partridge lodge itself, that we are already planning our return! I would thoroughly recommend this lovely cottage, with its very friendly and welcoming owners, to anyone.Review dated 06/09/2013
Totally stunning, couldn't have wanted anything else. It ticks every boxReview dated 29/08/2013
An amazing property with excellent amenities, we were blown away by the granary lodge & the attention to the little things made such a difference. Everything we wished for and more. If the county wasn't so good for exploring we would have been happy to chill out on the lodge grounds all week. A big thank you for such a warm welcome tooReview dated 18/04/2013
Despite rain and snow when we stayed, we found lots to do nearby with our 11-month old. The Granary also felt more spacious than the photos suggest with lots of crawling room downstairs. Would highly recommend this property.Review dated 25/03/2013
Would strongly recommend Partridge Lodge to parents. The children loved all the space, activities and toys. We only needed to pack clothes (without all the accompanying toys, baby kit...) which was a first since having kids. We look forward to going back.Review dated 26/06/2012
Sarah and Aaron have to be two of the of the most welcoming and genuinely friendly couple we have ever met. The Granary was lovely, we had everything we needed in the kitchen, very comfortable beds (!) and it had a cool, contemporary feel to the place. Sarah very kindly agreed to our children (4 and 6 yrs) using their trampoline which was a great hit. Other special moments for the children were feeding Sugar (rabbit) and the chickens. We had a fabulous time and will definately return!Review dated 11/06/2012
We have had a wonderful time. The view is stunning, the apartment very comfortable. Will love to come again!! Many thanks. Review dated 06/08/2011
The Granary is a beautifully converted farm building. The interior is fantastic - it is at the same time stylish and homely. The children could wander around outside in the forecourt area and barn in total safety, or visit the rabbit and chickens. It is perfect for young children (ours are 1 and 3) and Sarah and Aaran could not have done more to make us feel welcome. A really, really nice place.Review dated 06/08/2011
This is an excellent holiday home - to be thoroughly recommended!Review dated 19/07/2010
A great place for a family friendly holiday. The owners were extremely helpful and efficient and every night our two small boys went to bed exhausted and with smiles on their faces!Review dated 09/07/2010
Beautiful part of the country, so much to see and do en famille. Great recommendations from Sarah & Aaron who are the friendliest hosts ever - we did them all! Wonderful setting for the children (esp for us city dwellers!) with cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens and other pond wildlife. Fresh eggs for breakfast and some amazing local produce at the farm shops. It was a real pity we had to leave a day early but we'll be back to finish the rest! P, J & Co, LondonReview dated 01/06/2010
Very friendly owners. Property well equipped with many of the bulky items you might otherwise have to pack, eg kitchen roll, foil, toilet roll, cleaning equipment etc. Lots to do in the local area, even for small children (13 months old).Review dated 17/05/2010
Would strongly recommend Partridge Lodge to parents. The children loved all the space, activities and toys. We only needed to pack clothes (without all the accompanying toys, baby kit...) which was a first since having kids. We look forward to going back.Review dated 23/07/2012
The Schimidt family rated the Granary , 'excellent' for toddler/baby friendliness, interiors and experience and 'Outstanding' for customer care and location.Review dated 11/08/2010
This is an excellent holiday home - to be thoroughly recommended! Overall rating: outstanding!Review dated 02/08/2010
A great place for a family friendly holiday. The owners were extremely helpful and efficient and every night our two small boys went to bed exhausted and with smiles on their faces! Overall Rating- Outstanding!Review dated 13/07/2010
Beautiful part of the country, so much to see and do en famille. Great recommendations from Sarah & Aaron who are the friendliest hosts ever - we did them all! Wonderful setting for the children (esp for us city dwellers!) with cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens and other pond wildlife. Fresh eggs for breakfast and some amazing local produce at the farm shops. It was a real pity we had to leave a day early but we'll be back to finish the rest! Overall rating: Outstanding!Review dated 02/06/2010
Very friendly owners. Property well equipped with many of the bulky items you might otherwise have to pack, eg kitchen roll, foil, toilet roll, cleaning equipment etc. Lots to do in the local area, even for small children (13 months old). Overall experience: Outstanding!Review dated 17/05/2010
Outstanding!Review dated 08/02/2010
We have just returned from a wonderful few days in suffolk. Sarah and Aaron made us and our 16 month old daughter so welcome, it felt like staying with family friends. The granary is amazingly babyfriendly and very comfortable with an incredibly well equiped kitchen... sharp knives and a tumble drier! The area has lots to offer too with plenty of family attractions within striking distance. I'm sure we will be back and not just for the delicious eggs.Review dated 03/11/2009
We had an amazing first family holiday here. The Granary was everything we had hoped for and more. It was immaculate, extremely baby-friendly and Sarah was an amazing host. She couldn't have been more friendly or generous and we really appreciated the baby-sitting service too- long-awaited adult time! Highly recommended, we hope to visit againReview dated 03/11/2009
Highly recommended. The Granary is pefect for families with young children. Sarah and Aaran are dream hosts who provide everything you need for a stress free holiday. Toys, games, books and entertaining trips to the hens kept tantrums away. The accomodation is perfect - it feels a little luxurious without being so intimidating that you worry about your children touching anything. Ideally located. We hope to return! Review dated 03/11/2009
A fantastic place to stay in a fantastic area. The Granary was like an episode out of Grand Designs and immiately impressed. It was extensively kitted out with all the extras needed to take the stress out of toddler travelling and Sarah and Aaran's enthusiasm for the local country-side was contagious. Brilliantly central to the Suffolk coastal area we would recommend Framlingham Castle, Aldeburgh, Orford and not forgetting Woodbridge itself with its lovely river walk. Lastly, if you like a bit of "Most Haunted" with your scenary, the Saxon Burial Mounds at Sutton Hoo are not to be missed. We've never done so much yet felt so refreshed. Thoroughly enjoyable. Review dated 03/11/2009
We're just back from a wonderful long Easter weekend at the Granary. The barn is beautifully converted and we're hugely impressed with the thought that has been given to equipping it for kids - not just stair gates, sterilisers, highchairs etc, but Sarah had given real consideration to making sure there were plenty toys which were appropriate for our one year old daughter. And she was enchanted by the whole experience! Sarah, Aaron and their family were so friendly, always ready to give advice, make recommendations, lend their bicycles (complete with child seat) and even provide a night of babysitting. We're already recommending them to our friends with children and will certainly be going back.Review dated 03/11/2009
Sarah and Aran are most welcoming and very helpful. We would definitely go back and stay again.Review dated 03/11/2009
Great hosts. Loads of lovely toys - you need to take none with you! Very well equipped. Convenient location. Highly Recommended.Review dated 03/11/2009
Relaxed and welcoming owners. There is so much to do in the immediate area. A great location!Review dated 03/11/2009
Wonderful accommodation and very friendly welcome. Could not have been betterReview dated 03/11/2009
We had a fantastic first family holiday here. The Granary is very baby friendly and Sarah and Aaron were extremely kind and welcoming. I would highly reccommend a holiday here!Review dated 03/11/2009
It was a wonderful place to stay and Sarah & Aaron were fantastic hosts. Review dated 03/11/2009
I want to give the Granary a 5 star rating, not a 3 star. The link in your email didn't work and has automatically given a 3 star by mistake. Please amend this rating and sort out your email link. I was accessing it via gmail on a Mac, if that helps your investigations.Review dated 03/11/2009
We have just returned from a splendid week at the Granary with our two year old twins and couldn't recommend it highly enough. Sarah and Aaron were very warm and generous hosts and their guidance about what to do and see made our week incredibly enjoyable. The facilities for pre-school children were excellent, with Sarah providing a regular top up of new and different toys to keep our toddlers entertained. We will be back next year. Review dated 03/11/2009