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Spacious, Listed, Family Friendly Farm House In the Heart Of Suffolk



Updated: 17-Nov-2016
Sleeps 8 in Four Bedrooms. Large Garden, Pond and Surrounded by Meadows

Oak Farm is a listed farmhouse dating back to the early 14th Century. Renovated in 1988, this spacious beamed house offers relaxed, homely and unfussy accommodation. The four bed-roomed house is surrounded by original grazing meadows and situated in a most peaceful location, on the edge of the village of Elmswell.

The house sleeps eight adults. We can accommodate travel cots and children, so please get in touch re the bed arrangements for the little ones.

Garden and patio areas are secluded with the original moat and pond being unfenced and naturally kept. There is ample parking and a double garage.The house is set about 150yds from the road.

There is a large kitchen with a Rayburn keeping things cosy in the colder months. There is an electric oven and gas hob. Dishwasher. Fridge Freezer and Washing Machine. There are spacious living areas with large sitting room/sun room which leads through to a dining area. Wifi is also provided.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My name is Ruth Bolton. I manage the house for my father who has lived in Elmswell for over 70 years. He still farms the surrounding land with my brother. I was born on the farm next door but one and have lived in Suffolk all my life.

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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Brilliant for a family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family - that's us our children, their partners and our grandchildren - needed a base to attend a family function in Ipswich, the home town we left many years ago. We needed a big-ish house to spend a few days together preparing for the event. So, why not choose a place in the country and let our children see a little of the Suffolk we miss so much? A search of the internet came up with Oak Farm and I remembered Elmswell from living in Stowmarket some 30-odd years ago!

Although we didn't get to meet Ruth she was very friendly and easy to deal with. The house is even better than it looks in the web description. One of my daughters reached the house with her family before us and was soon texting to say how nice it was. We were still overtaking lorries on the A14. The rooms had been arranged to sleep the children in the way we wanted and on arrival there was cake for us and milk in the fridge etc.

The house is well presented, warm and cosy, and family-friendly. It's full of character and I liked that its history is on show. There is nothing indoors to present a danger to children and it's not so posh that you're worried all the time about what they might do. Amelia is two and a half and really loved the place.

There is lots of family space downstairs so we weren't all on top of each other the whole time. The kitchen is well-equipped and came into its own when we had to prepare a buffet tea for 30 people ready to transport to the "do". We were able to get anything we needed from the supermarkets in Stowmarket, which is a short and pleasant drive down the road through Wetherden. You don't have to take to play with the traffic on the A14 again.

The bedrooms are all a good size and properly equipped with comfortable beds and there were enough bathrooms to meet the needs of our group. The floors upstairs creak a bit and are a bit "on the huh" but it didn't matter to us. After all it's an old place.

We didn't have much opportunity to get out and about as we had work to do but we did manage to walk in the farmland behind the house and we said hello to the horses. The pond wasn’t an issue. The children did get taken on a trip to Easton Farm Park which they enjoyed and gave their parents a chance to see a little bit more of the area.

It's just a shame we didn't have more time for a proper family holiday. Suffolk in the Autumn is always a good place to be.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fresh air and countryside

  • 5 of 5

We rented Oak Farm for a family get together and the house proved to be perfect. The house is in a peaceful setting with a large garden and its own meadows. We went on lots of walks behind the house which has great footpaths to follow. Elmswell has a handy little supermarket and a pub which serves Thai food. We loved Bury St Edmunds and the market on Wednesday. We also went on a Greene King Brewery Tour. Ruth and her family gave us a great welcome and the house is spotless. Some of the furniture and carpets look a little dated but the beds were really comfy and the house inside is really interesting with loads of beams. We loved the kitchen which is really well equipped if you like to cook.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful Christmas and New Year holiday with our family at Oak Farm. The property was warm, comfortable, clean and spacious for us all. We had several visiting guests over the Christmas period and there was ample provision. The kitchen was well equipped and we cooked a scrumptious Christmas dinner despite my misgivings about cooking in a strange kitchen!

The village was well located for visiting the surrounding countryside and there were many good restaurants in the neighbourhood. Ruth was particularly welcoming, helpful and accommodating in all our needs and we will definitely be returning!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your generous review. Oak Farm is such a lovely house for a family gathering. We are so glad that you had the chance to meet up with your friends and family during the Christmas and New Year holiday. We would be delighted to welcome you back. Harvest time is a favourite for the lovely sunsets! best wishes for 2016! Ruth
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Idyllic Country Cottag

  • 5 of 5

Great spot, well kitted out and very convenient for the A14 & Bury St Ed. Ruth left a lovley cake and apples for the 4 very friendly horses in the field! A really nice cottage with great support from the owner who was very helpful (on this and our previous stay!) Highly recommended for families (we have 4 children, aged, 2, 9, 10 and 12 - something for everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Oak Farm is just perfect!

It's a gorgeous house steeped in history in a beautiful setting.

The house is really comfortable and well equipped.

Ruth the owner was most helpful.

We had a lovely time and would definitely highly recommend Oak Farm

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic week at oak farm, the property is enormous, very well equipped and spotlessly clean. The outdoor space is fabulous , beautiful scenery and very secluded. Ideal for families, kids loved exploring the house, feeding the horses and watching the wildlife.

We will definitely return here again, we have some fantastic memories of a brilliant family holiday.

Would highly recommend oak farm to anyone wanting a peaceful, relaxing break.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Maison Bleue Modern French Restaurant - Bury St Edmunds
"Great French food. One of the top 10 French restaurants in the country."
Pea Porridge
"Well worth a visit for modern European food with many unusual dishes and "nose to tail" spec..."
The Leaping Hare
"Our local vineyard with an all day cafe, great country store and farmers market on a Saturda..."
Greene King PLC
"Why not try a brewery tour? Greene King in Bury St Edmunds."
English Whisky Co Ltd
"Englands only whisky distillery and a great tour. 25 minutes in the car to get there."

From the Owner

Oak Farm is the perfect house for a family or group get together. The spacious living rooms and dining room, together with the large kitchen with Rayburn, make this a very sociable house. The garden and meadows remain unspoilt and are full of wild flowers in the Spring time. The pond is part of the old moat. There are farm walks from behind the house.Truly a peaceful location.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Stansted at 57 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Fox. Elmswell at 900 Metres Nearest Ferry : Harwich at 42 Miles Nearest Golf : Stowmarket at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Elmswell at 900 Metres Nearest Motorway : M11 at 50 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Wyken Vineyard at 6 Miles Nearest Beach : Aldeburgh at 37 Miles Car: recommended

Elmswell is a large, well served village with two pubs, a fish and chip shop and supermarket. Trains run from the village to all main line stations and to London. Buses run hourly to the local market towns of Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket. Oak Farm is situated on the edge of the village and enjoys rural views across open farmland to the rear. The location is perfect for exploring East Anglia, with Norwich, Cambridge and the coast all within a 1 hrs drive.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Off Peak
10 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year to Spring
7 Jan 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

If the balance payment has not been paid by the due date we reserve the right to cancel the booking.
We recommend that you take out a holiday insurance policy which will cover you should you need to cancel.
If the booking is cancelled less than 21 days before arrival the 25% deposit payment will be forfeited.
If cancelled less than 10 days before arrival the full booking amount is payable and non-refundable.
Bookings are made in good faith in the belief that the accommodation is available for the dates stated. If for any reason this is not possible through circumstances not under our control (e.g. fire, theft or damage) we cannot guarantee to provide alternative accommodation. In such an event the full amount of the booking will be refunded.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The heavily beamed house retains many original features and dates back to the 14th Century. Watch the sun set across the fields in the evening whilst sitting on the terrace or in the sun room.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys


  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), ensuite bathroom to the main bedroom with bath/hand shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), main family bathroom on landing
  • Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure, Ground floor wet room shower and cloakroom


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, this bedroom has its own staircase and vanity washbasin
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, The room has a kingsize bed and en-suite bathroom.
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, This twin room overlooks the front meadow.
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, This room at the back of the house can be a double OR a twin


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

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