Sprinkled over a sprawling Suffolk estate near the idyllic market town of Eye, our rustic properties - one house and four barns, each named after a farmer who have tended the surrounding fields - offer guests a cosy rural bolthole.
Whether soul-replenishing recuperation with your nearest and dearest, or a larger gathering to mark a special occasion, tops your list of getaway goals, families, friends and wedding parties will find this authentic estate - run by the family which has farmed here since 1908, and replete with eclectic wildlife and bucolic charm - a dream destination.
Social butterflies who love to entertain large groups will relish doing so amidst the exposed brickwork and sinuous beams (many dating back to the 17th century) of this cavernous, uber-stylish space, standing some distance from the estate’s other four barns, with six ensuite bedrooms, an open-plan living area, a hand-built kitchen, a dining and bar area and a beautifully landscaped outdoor space.
For all the modern-luxe British-made beds and mattresses, state-of-the-art pizza oven and tactile bed linen, the history and heritage of a structure that was once a threshing barn and a grain mill, as well as containing stables, still seeps from every brick and beam. This estate’s three-year conversion from a high-functioning work site into a luxury living space, after all, has been all about thoughtful preservation and restoration, rather than simply renovation.
Six ensuite bedrooms, distinctive in terms of décor but identical in terms of appeal, make this beautifully-preserved mid-16th-century timber-framed structure ideal for several couples to visit, especially if they’re of varied ages (two of the bedrooms are found on the ground floor, with no steps leading to them).
Named after two brothers who spent over a century between them driving produce around the estate, its modern, chic floors and ceilings juxtapose elegantly with authentic touches such as quirky room shapes, exposed brick chimneys, rustic wood fittings and walls rendered using the 6,000-year-old wattle and daub method.
A terrace, sheltered court-yard and well-kempt lawns scored by gravel walkways comprise an equally charming outdoor space.