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Gipping Barn

Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, England

Barn style cottage set in a wooded meadow offers a rural retreat for couples (plus dogs) near Stowmarket and the Suffolk coastline.

Step back in time at this gorgeous Suffolk cottage for 2, with private hot tub and enclosed garden, in a wooded meadow setting in the tranquil village of Stonham Aspal. 

Inside you can find a gorgeous farmhouse style kitchen with range cooker, welsh dresser and antique farm table, the perfect place to enjoy the delicious breakfast basket containing locally sourced products including eggs, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Head on through to the cosy lounge with its comfy sofa, the perfect place to relax and enjoy the free wifi, make use of the TV and DVD player or simply sit back and feel the warmth of the log burner. This room benefits from a high vaulted ceiling with beautiful exposed oak beams and a winding hand-made timber staircase that leads to the lovely mezzanine level bedroom with solid wood double sleigh bed. There is also a luxury shower room on the ground floor.

Outside you can sink into the bubbles of the hot tub, enjoy dining al fresco on the terrace or cook up a storm on the BBQ! The enclosed garden offers a great place to sit with a book, soak up the sun or simple enjoy your morning cuppa! 

Locally there is plenty to see and do with the coast and 2 areas of outstanding beauty just a short half-hour drive away. The waterfront at Ipswich offers bars and restaurants galore for those who don't want to cook, whilst the 12th century Framlingham Castle offers regular shows and exhibitions plus a cafe! 

There are short and long break stays available with 2 or 3 night weekends with Friday arrivals, 4 night midweek breaks with Monday arrivals and 5 night midweek breaks with Sunday arrivals. Full weeks or fortnight stays can commence on Fridays, Mondays or Sundays.

Minimum price per night is £150 when staying for a week in low season. In August a 2-night weekend break with Friday arrival costs £334 per night.

Up to 3 dogs welcome in the property with a charge of £15 each per stay to cover cleaning. 

Room Types

Double

Nearest Airport/s

Norwich