The Barn Annex is next door to Tunmer's Farm where we live with our three dogs. The Farm is situated in the Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and overlooks the unspoiled Stour valley and cattle grazing in the water meadows. There is no public transport, but good taxis. Colchester and Ipswich are 8 miles away for shopping, as is the charming market town of Hadleigh. This quiet spot is the perfect place to relax and explore the countryside and the culture that Suffolk offers.
“Our second visit to this barn conversion on the Suffolk/Essex border and our first trip away from home since ‘lockdown’.The River Stour runs in sight at the bottom of the owner’s meadow and forms the county border. This is comfortable self-contained accommodation in a wonderful position with extensive views across the river valley. We were able to watch barn owls, a family of little owls, swans with their cygnets, and a heron, all immediately in front of us. A really beautiful quiet spot in the lovely walking area of Dedham Vale, which the tourist people call ‘Constable Country’ as the painter John Constable lived nearby and made many famous paintings of the area. Elizabeth is a very friendly host and provided us with her own eggs, plus bread, butter and milk. There is a well stocked farm shop a couple of miles away. Elizabeth lives in the farmhouse on site and was on hand for any queries. She responded very quickly when the microwave oven gave a problem, replacing it the same day. We hope to return in the future.”
Chestnut Cottage is a fully detached self contained bungalow. The main kitchen and living area is a light and fresh open plan space with a side door for entry and French doors opening on to your own private courtyard garden which is south facing. The kitchen has a full size oven and ample space and units a fridge freezer and microwave
“Janet's place was an amazing find, everything you need and more. We are already looking at dates to come again and have been looking for that little getaway place for a while and this is it! Where you can always go for a break from the world. Me and my husband really needed it... Chestnut Cottage was so cosy - perfect for a couple. Thanks for being such a great host. We bumped into both you and husband (I think?) And you both were so lovely and friendly. Take care and we both wish you well.”
We are OPEN! There are local pubs running take away service at the moment and Suffolk Food Hall is an excellent food retailer, so while you are with us, there is much to do and eat! Light, bright outhouse conversion with private (well behaved!) dog proof garden, private entrance and dedicated off street parking. Ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. This accommodation is in a rural residential area ideal for peace and quiet. Happy to accommodate well behaved dogs.
“Loved Henry’s place, great location for some relaxing and walking. The lodge itself is as described and lovely, we really enjoyed it. The shower is really great and the bed is nice and firm and comfortable. The kitchen has all you need and there is a tv with freeview. Lovely to sit out on the decking with a drink after a day walking and exploring watching the dogs play in the garden. We wouldn’t hesitate to return and Henry was great at answering any questions we had. Anyone that comes to stay in this fabulous little lodge won’t be disappointed.”