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Architect Converted Self-catering Barns With Spectacular Views Of Estuary - Upper Barn



Updated: 17-Oct-2016
Barns in Southwold, Suffolk, England - Peaceful Countryside Location Near To Suffolk Coast


***Upper and Lower Barns can both be rented together. They combine to form a single cottage sleeping 14***

Whitehouse Barns are ideal for families and nature lovers (the bird-life here is renowned), and when joined together are perfect for large family get-togethers and other groups. They are well-equipped with underfloor heating, wood-burning stove, dishwasher, washing facilities, free wi-fi etc. Each barn offers: A very spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with French windows to morning and evening terrace. Entrance hall. Bathroom with wc. Separate wcs. Three (Upper Barn) or four (Lower) bedrooms. Plenty for children to do with games, books, large playbarn with tabletennis and table football, swings and two acres to run around in while the adults relax. Babysitting service available.

***Bookings for 2 nights will only be accepted for Friday and Saturday night***

Details for holiday barn Upper Barn, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Upper barn includes: Ground floor: A spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen area with French windows to morning and evening terrace. Separate entrance hall. Bathroom with wc. Separate wc. Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Utility room with washing machine, tumble drier and freezer shared with Lower barn. Free wi-fi.

First floor: Twin bedroom with low sloping roof. Single bed on Gallery.

Sleeps 2-6

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

The Griffiths family consists of two adults and a son at university and a thirteen-year old daughter. We bought the barns in 2000 when the barns and land were still as they had been when used for dairy farming. Richard is an architect (Richard Griffiths Architects) and had always wanted a property in Suffolk, as he had been coming here regularly for twenty years and loved it. In 2001 we converted the barns and developed the land into a relaxed, wild meadow with sitting and play areas. We still use the barns ourselves for our own holidays and our children have grown up holidaying regularly here. So it really does feel like a "home from home".

Speaks English, French, German, Italian

2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


An absolute delight

  • 5 of 5

We had a most comfortable, relaxing and refreshing stay in Upper Barn. The location, with its wonderful views and feeling of space in every direction, is both stunning and peaceful, and we felt the design of the property was beautifully thought out and in harmony with the setting. The accommodation provided everything we needed to enjoy our stay, from comfy furnishings to a cozy wood burner - it was lovely to return 'home' to, after a day out walking and exploring the area. From Southwold, Walberswick and Dunwich to Aldeburgh and Orford the property is within easy reach of so many wonderful places and sights, beautiful beaches and yummy places to eat. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Upper Barn

  • 4 of 5

We must pay compliments to this property due to the situation of these barns. We stayed in 'Upper barn' but if anything it appeared that 'Lower barn' would be even better if you had a bigger party of people. We were a party of two with a further two visitors for one day.

Having just survived the remodelling of a new kitchen, some facilities were found to be 'a little tired'.

We enjoyed our stay and felt renewed after the few days spent with the wildlife and the birds.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Golf : Halesworth at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Darsham at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Blythburgh White Hart at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Southwold and Walberswick at 4 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Many serious ornithologists come here to observe the rare birds from the windows of Whitehouse Barns. The site is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the variety of resident and visiting birds.


Southwold sandy beaches 4 miles (10 mins by car)

Walberswick (sand and pebbles) 4 miles (10 mins by car) plus many other beautiful unspoilt Suffolk beaches nearby.


Nearest station is Darsham. The barns are about 2-3 hours drive from London.


The sandy beaches of Southwold and Walberswick are four miles away

Further Details:

There is so much for all ages to do locally, with arts festivals such as Latitude and Aldeburgh, historic buildings (Orford and Framlingham Castles), Minsmere bird reserve, beautiful walks all around, unspoilt seaside towns such as Southwold, historic inland market towns such as Halesworth, many sporting facilities. We offer a folder with much details of things to do locally in all weathers.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
21 Oct 2016 - 6 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 4
7 Nov 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 2
21 Dec 2016 - 9 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15
Bed linen service £45

Booking Notes:
Please see the booking section on our website www.whitehousebarns.co.uk for booking form, prices and availability etc. Please note that the owners intend to sell Whitehouse Barns in spring 2017, and are currently not taking bookings beyond New Year. (Details re the sale can be obtained from Durrants in Southwold or The Modern House).

Changeover Day:
Upper is normally Friday, Lower Saturday but these are flexible outside high season.

Notes on prices:
Please see our website http://www.whitehousebarns.co.uk/booking.php for detailed prices and the most updated availability.
Upper Barn £425 to £835 per week, Lower Barn £500 to £970 per week.
Weekend breaks (Friday to Monday) available for two-thirds weekly price. Mid-week breaks (Monday to Friday) available for half weekly price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 17-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Television
  • Toys


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • waterfront


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Outside: Both barns have brick terraces with dining tables and chairs to enjoy sunshine all day, usually from March through to October half-term. There are two acres of land, with a playbarn, swings and beautiful views of the estuary and surrounding farmland with sheep, cows and all kinds of wildlife and occasionally seals basking.

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