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Bedrooms 1
Space 460 sq ft
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Restfully situated within easy reach of tourist attractions or peaceful walks.

Situated in the quietest of settings in the beautiful rural county of suffolk, The property enjoys views of the peaceful countryside from its idyllic isolated setting. From this restful hideaway one can explore the many local footpaths and lanes on foot or visit nearby attractions by car or bicycle, from windmills, churches, nature reserves to steam attractions, sports venues and a wealth of local shops, pubs and eateries. The historic towns of Cambridge and Norwich are within an hour's drive, and the iconic coastlines of Norfolk or suffolk make for a memorable day out. * PLEASE BE AWARE, INTERNAL PHOTOS ARE LABELLED TO INDICATE HOSTLERS OR DROVERS ACCORDINGLY.

HOSTLERS COTTAGE (1 bed sleeps 4)

Hostlers cottage is set within the cutilage of the listed farmhouse and so has been designed in a sympathetic manner, retaining original oak beams and with the introduction of new hand crafted solid oak joinery features, some from wood sourced on site. As a purpose built conversion of original farm buildings Hostlers has everything one would wish to find in a holiday home-from-home. As well as a well appointed kitchen area there is a separate utility area with washing machine and dish washer, and the bathroom has the pampering features of a drench shower and a whirlpool bath with oodles of piping hot water. There are TV's with DVD players in both lounge and bedroom, and a small enclosed garden with dog proof fencing and patio, table and chairs. Additionally there is a covered BBQ area adjoining the cottage, ample parking and uniquely a decking area set in the middle of one of the ponds where one can soak up the raise or watch the sunset with a gin and tonic to hand. The high-ceilinged open plan design gives the living area a spacious airy feel whilst at the same time there is a cosy comforting feel to this little gem of a country hideaway, ideal for romantic evenings for two away from the hubbub of modern life.

DROVERS COTTAGE (2 bed sleeps 6)

Being set within the same idyllically, peaceful environs as Hostlers cottage, Drovers cottage has also been designed in sympathy with the listed farm house near by, retaining oak beams and design features typical of the regions historic architecture. This cottage being a conversion from an original farm building specifically to supply the needs of the holiday maker, there is everything one could wish for to facilitate a restful, rural escape. The well appointed kitchen area includes fridge/freezer, range style oven, washing machine and dish washer. The traditional bathroom featuring roll top bath is in addition to the en-suite facilities to both bedroom's. The open plan layout of the kitchen and spacious dining and living areas gives an airy open feel whilst at the same time the wood burner encourages a snug, warm atmosphere. There are TVs with DVD players in both the lounge and bedroom's, and a generous enclosed garden with dog proof fencing and patio area with table and chairs.

Additionally there is a covered BBQ area, ample parking and uniquely a decking area set in the middle of one of the ponds where one can soak up the rays or watch the sunset with a gin and tonic to hand.

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Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2015
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Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About The Owner

Since moving to Suffolk from the Fens of Cambridgeshire we have always wanted to find ways of using and preserving the lovely old farm buildings at North Hall farm which surround our lovingly restored listed farmhouse. Creating holiday homes from some of these barns will maintain their active life whilst at the same time allowing a greater number of people to experience the tranquility and peace of this most beautiful of rural-English locations.

As we both come from a farming heritage moving away from the countryside was never an option once we were no longer farming, and developing opportunities at our new location helps us achieve our aim of the rural life we both so enjoy.

We have aimed to create a holiday destination which will give the visitor an insight into the delights of living in this unique corner of the British countryside, and sincerely hope that you will enjoy your stay with us.

We look forward to welcoming you to your restful country retreat.

The Owner purchased this barn in 2007

Why The Owner chose Bury Saint Edmunds

In the conversion of the stables and the old dairy into holiday cottages, we have striven to create holiday homes which offer everything we ourselves would look for in an English countryside destination. The cottages are purpose built as holiday homes and as such the layout , design and functionality of the properties are ideally suited to your needs. At the same time we have maintained a sympathetic approach to the original design and location of the cottages. The results are living spaces with a traditional look and feel, but which incorporates all mod-cons.

From these restful peacefully located cottages, one is in easy reach of much of East Anglia and its attractions, whilst there are a host of excellent restaurants and watering holes nearby.

The area is a joy for the cyclist or walking enthusiast. Country lanes are not too hilly or challenging, and there are many little woods and corners for the perfect picnic spots.

Despite the peace and isolated feel of the location the properties are easily reached by road or rail, making them ideal for a weekend getaway.

What makes this barn unique

The cottages enjoy fabulous views over rural landscape, and peace and quite on a level rarely found in today's world.

Hostlers and Drovers are surrounded by meadows and ponds and are set at the end of a tree lined driveway over 250 yards from the nearest public road. This isolated setting means it is not unusual to witness deer, rabbits, a wide variety of birds and other wildlife at the site.

Outside there is a semi-covered BBQ area and a decked seating area on the pond.

Free range eggs are available from our own hens, and much other local produce is easily obtained locally, including organic produce.

Light pollution levels are very low, and sitting outside of an evening gazing at the stars is a particular delight.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi Sara, just to say thanks again for your lovely barn and hospitality at the weekend. I forgot to write in your guest comments book, but please feel free to copy the following review onto the Owners direct website:

"The barn and its location are simply beautiful. The barn is well equipped with everything you need for a few days away and immaculately presented. We appreciated the dog proof garden and also the jetty by the pond in the evening. The quiet location was ideal for dog walks. We especially loved the nearby Knettishall Heath nature reserve just a short drive away- excellent for spotting wildlife and dog walking. We are looking to visit Suffolk again and would definitely love to stay here for a second time- highly recommended!"

Thanks, Lara.
Aug 2015
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Visitors are welcome to bring one dog with them for their stay free of charge. Additional dogs will be considered, dependant on further information, but there will be an additional charge of ten pounds per night. Dogs are expected to be well controlled and to stay off the furniture.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Bury Saint Edmunds in Hepworth

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 460 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Whirlpool bath of generous size . Drench shower over. Toilet. Basin with cupboard under and mirror over . Towel rail. Ceramic tiles to floor and walls.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • King size bed. Bedside lights. Wardrobe. Bedside table and chair. 32 inch TV with DVD player. Curtained widow facing West. Oak beams and clean white walls. Oak floor.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Close to the cottage there is a decked area for use by guests sited over one of our wildlife ponds. It is approached by a short gangway and gives the sense of being suspended a few inches above the water. This is an idilic spot to soak up the rays or picnic or watch the setting sun over the suffolk countryside - G and T optional. Wildlife, both flora and fauna abounds in this green and wooded land and in the ponds.


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Hostlers Cottage
average rating of 4.8913045 based on 47 reviews

The cottage is clean and comfortable and is in a quiet location in a lovely part of the country.

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and well maintained. We had a great fortnights holiday and would recommend this cottage to anyone looking for a quiet place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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IDILIC Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely relaxing stay the property was well catered for especially having the Jacuzzi

bath this just5 added to the relaxation.

If you just want to unwind in the countryside we would highly recommend it

Maxine & Rob

  • Review Submitted: 12-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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East Sussex

Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

A very nice cottage with fantastic views around. Situated close to Bury St Edmunds and Diss there was loads to do in the surrounding area. Fully equipped cottage and very comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in a peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend it. The cottage is beautifully finished and has everything you could require. It was a great base to explore the surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Solomons Island,Maryland.USA

Little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Modern yet quaint cottage on the edges of large farm. Surround by nature and fields. Mid way between Bury St Edmunds and Thetford.

Cottage is spotlessly clean and well equipped.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful little cottage, tastefully decorated in quiet surroundings. Had a lovely long weekend and would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
11 Miles
A 14
Nearest Ski
33 Miles
Ipswich (Dry slope)
Nearest Beach
39 Miles
Car: recommended

Nearby attractions include:-

- woodland walks in for example Knettleshall Heath Country Park and quite cycling tracks.

- Tracks for the more adventurous cyclist at High Lodge,

Thetford, alongside "Go Ape".

- several pubs with food within walking distance.

- village architecture; churches and mills.

- Garden centres and crafts.

- Bressingham steam and gardens, 8 miles.

- Newmarket racing and museums, 22 miles.

- Banham Zoo, 16 miles.

- St George English whisky distillery.

- Norwich, shopping and museums and art.

- Cambridge, shopping and historic buildings and punting.

- Norfolk and Suffolk Coast.

- Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh.

- Artisan brewers and food producers.