From the air, the rural sprawl of Suffolk and Norfolk - contoured, undulating, in gentle defiance of the counties’ reputation for flatness - resembles a patchwork quilt in gentle hues of green and gold.
On the ground, though, etched into this richly agrarian landscape between the chocolate-box villages and ancient church spires, are remnants of over a millennia of agriculture.
Farming, in the storied realms of East Anglia, is infused in the air. And, nowhere will the visitor feel more attuned to nature’s rhythms than in our five rustic barns - each lovingly restored, luxuriously appointed, unique in character and named after someone who tended the surrounding land at some point over the last century - sprinkled over a sprawling Suffolk estate near the idyllic market town of Eye.
Whether soul-replenishing peace and recuperation or a weekend of rural revelry are top of your getaway goals, families, groups of friends and wedding parties will find this authentic farming estate - run by the family which has farmed here since 1908, and replete with eclectic wildlife and bucolic charm - a dream destination.
Eye – Our local town
Despite a population of little more than 2,000 people, Eye -which nestles in the north fringes of Suffolk, about four miles south of Diss and 17.5 miles north of Ipswich - has a vibrant local businesses scene, including shops (our favourite is CocoMama Chocolate Shop), deli, cafes, restaurants and a pub, as well as an arts centre.
Framlingham Castle, the Museum of East Anglian Life and Bressingham Steam Experience Railway are all a short drive from the estate, and parents coming up against rainy days will be also be grateful that Jump Warehouse is just a few miles away.
Adventure parks, award-winning zoos, stunning gardens, stately homes, wildlife reserves... Norfolk and Suffolk are packed with attractions for visitors of every ilk.
The history buff might wish to make a beeline just over 20miles south-east to Anglo-Saxon burial site Sutton Hoo, arguably the most significant archaeological discovery inBritish history (recently captured beautifully on 'Netflix – TheDig'); Royal watchers might prefer to head 50 miles in the opposite direction, and visit the 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate, Queen Elizabeth II’s private home.
Just 25 miles or so directly to the east lies the charming seaside town of Southwold, or if more dramatic beaches appeal, 55 miles directly north lie the vast, sweeping stretches of coast that are Holkham and Brancaster beaches.
Clay pigeon shooting, fishing, golf, vineyards, breweries and towns including Diss, Harleston, Norwich and Great Yarmouth are all easily accessible for day trips.
Walks & Cycling
It takes little imagination, when ambling the footpaths which score the fields surrounding our barns, to conjure images of the place teeming with agricultural activity in decades past -from ploughing to harrowing via sowing, reaping, thrashing, winnowing and milling.
But the overpowering backdrop to this site’s charm has been bestowed by Mother Nature. We take huge pride in our role in maintaining the estate’s credentials as a natural wildlife habitat - indeed, keen-eyed visitors will notice owl boxes that we've built mounted around the place, and kestrels and English partridge are also amongst the birdlife visitors can enjoy, while denizens of the four-legged variety include red deer, roe deer, Chinese water deer, muntjac, hares and hedgehogs.
To maximise your own enjoyment - and also to allow the beautiful wildlife who also call our estate home to live without disturbance - we implore visitors to use the designated footpaths which criss-cross the grounds.
There are pubs within walking distance, adult and children’s bikes available - and plenty of blackberry picking opportunities along the way.