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The Hen House

Barsham, Suffolk Coast
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This property is managed by Original Cottages info_outline

Sleeps 14
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms 7
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Towels included
Family friendly
Luxury
Internet access
Working farm
Open fire / woodburner
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
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At a glance

  • Fabulous property in a tranquil farm setting perfectly tailored to large groups
  • Plan celebratory meals to enjoy inside or alfresco
  • Cosy wood burner and seating for relaxing evenings

Property code: OC-THEN

Made for large family get-togethers and long-awaited reunions, this exceptional property offers a base for 14 guests to spend time together. Cleverly laid out as two separate cottages with an inter-connecting door and ample communal space for relaxing, this fantastic abode offers bigger groups the chance to celebrate special occasions as one or break out into smaller groups to unwind. A truly versatile selection, the property is meticulously laid-out with seven bedrooms. Each one has its own en-suite offering an additional sense of privacy, and five out of seven bedrooms boast zip-and-link beds so you can customise your bedroom formation to best suit any group. Pet-loving families can also bring two dogs along as well.

Well-suited to groups with adults and young children, the property benefits from two open-plan living spaces with a lounge, kitchen and diner. Let the younger kids spend time watching TV or playing games in one lounge as the adults enjoy an evening tipple in the other. The larger of the kitchen/diners is an exceptional spot for feeding the masses, complete with a sprawling dining table that all can sit around and excellent amenities for cooking up a storm. You’ll then find all seven bedrooms dotted around the ground floor, all with step-free access. Finally, step outside to find a secure and scenic garden with patio furniture and a BBQ.

Discover mighty East Anglia when staying here, exploring surrounding Suffolk and the Norfolk countryside also nearby. With the River Waveney flowing through, the nearest town of Beccles (3 miles) sits at the southern tip of The Broads. From here you can embark on all sorts of watery adventures, including a trip along The Big Dog Ferry up to Geldeston (5 miles). If seascapes are more your thing, make a beeline for the coast and get to know the seaside spot of Lowestoft (11.5 miles).  

  • 7 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 king, 3 zip-and-link twin rooms that can be made up as super-king beds on request when booking, and 2 zip-and-link super-king rooms that can be made up as twin rooms on request when booking
  • 7 bathrooms – 2 en-suite bathrooms with handheld shower attachments and WC, 5 en-suite shower rooms with shower and WC
  • Induction hob, double oven, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, and dishwasher in each kitchen
  • Welcome pack
  • Wood burner
  • TV, radio
  • Garden with lawn, patio, garden furniture and BBQ
  • Ample private parking
  • Beach 15 miles, pub 2.5 miles, shop 2 miles
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00
  • 2 dogs allowed. Additional charges may apply

Heidi Brackenbury

This property is personally managed by Heidi.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 31 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Lynn 3rd January 2024

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What an amazing place to stay for an extended family gathering. Great location. amazing owners and the accommodation is not only spotless but also so well equipped. Highly recommended

Reviewed by Karen 28th October 2023

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Reviewed by Karen 20th September 2023

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Absolutely fabulous accommodation, clean well equipped and with 7 en suite bedrooms perfect for a large group. The outside space, BBQ and games equipment was amazing for enjoying outside on a summer evening. Would definitely return.

Reviewed by Lucia 4th September 2023

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Reviewed by Tracey 29th August 2023

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Beautiful property in a lovely location, we had a super time, thank you!

Reviewed by Nicola 30th July 2023

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Reviewed by Hannah 30th June 2023

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The Hen House was everything we knew we needed and even more! Hosts were lovely and friendly and were quick to respond to any queries. There was loads of space so we didnt all feel like we were on top of each other. It was secure for the children to run around and not worry about where they were and also secure for our lab. In fact, he hardly stayeRead mored indoors as he loved chilling in the garden the whole time. A peaceful location and close to Beccles. Wed love to visit again! Hide

Reviewed by Kevin 13th June 2023

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Reviewed by Jennifer 3rd June 2023

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Reviewed by Lucy 8th May 2023

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A beautifully presented, well equipped property in an idyllic location. A superb getaway for a special birthday weekend. Comfortable, clean and cosy, with wonderful, friendly and helpful owners.

Reviewed by Jean 6th April 2023

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Reviewed by Claire 6th March 2023

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Amazing accommodation in a beautiful setting. Fantastic to have all the family together (with pets) Five stars

Reviewed by Rachel 26th February 2023

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Great property for a big family get-together in a beautiful part of the country.

Reviewed by Susan 18th February 2023

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The accommodation was well equipped and very comfortable.As a large family group the 7 en-suite bedrooms offered flexibility for double or twin beds.There was enough crockery, cooking utensils and a washer dryer and dishwasher so this provided us with a good labour saving break. The children took advantage of the indoor and outdoor equipment and haRead mored a lot of fun spending time together. We loved the peace and quiet. Great holiday accommodation with everything you need for a relaxing break whatever your age. Hide

Reviewed by Emily 28th December 2022

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The Hen House was the perfect place for our large family gathering, all rooms ensuite and having both properties, ample food preparation and enjoyment spaces. The owners have thought of everything from cooking equipment, crockery, cutlery, there's even a slow cooker in each kitchen! Being on a working farm was brilliant for the kids with all the anRead moreimals and there are plenty of outdoors play equipment provided. It is a 10 minute drive to Beccles or any local pub but that didn't bother us as we stayed at the property and enjoyed all the walks available on our doorstep. The tvs were a bit hit too with plenty of apps installed to enjoy movie nights. The WiFi was strong and available at all times and the instruction manuals provided everything you needed to know about the property and local area. Can't fault the owners, they are brilliant, what a place, highly recommend and we will be back!! Hide

Reviewed by Susan 13th December 2022

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Our return visit was just as good as our first. Spacious, clean and well equipped. Home from home standard of finishing touches. Friendly and welcoming hosts. Highly recommend.

Reviewed by Kirsty 23rd November 2022

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Reviewed by Susan 11th November 2022

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An excellent venue to gather with friends or family. I highly recommend the Hen House.

Reviewed by Katie 28th September 2022

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I booked The Hen House for (aptly) a hen weekend for one of my best friends. There were 12 of us and I was finding it difficult to find somewhere large enough but in budget and we wanted somewhere that had quite a lucury feel. This place ticked EVERY box and it didn;t disappoint on arrival. It was lovely to arrive to fresh cake and eggs from the owRead moreners, and the house is furnished so well with lots of spce to move around while having plenty of social areas for lots of people to gather together. The large dining table was perfect for our Saturday evening dinner and the kitchens were very well equipped. It was great that it's able to be split into 2 separate sides, but we had the whole place so we had 2 lounges and 2 kitchens - brilliant for when we hired in a chaf to cook for us as he had the entire use of one kitchen while we used the other for cocktail making etc. We also had lots of outside space which was lovely, and the neighbouring sheep and chickens were so lovely to watch running around next to the house. It was such a lovely place and we had the perfect stay - would definitely reccommend to people I know if they were looking to visit the area. Hide

Reviewed by Maria 26th September 2022

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Reviewed by Julie 30th August 2022

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Excellent accommodation, done out to a very high standard, with 10/10 for cleanliness. An excellent weekend away with all the family together. The only fault found was the amount of flys but suppose this comes with the chickens and sheep so close, although credit given as fly squats and sprays are provided with the accommodation, happy to say thiRead mores did not spoil the weekend and would happily return. Hide

Reviewed by Gillian 27th August 2022

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The property was excellent for the four families staying. The only problem was the number of flies due to the hot weather. We had fly spray supplied but with food and children around could not always use it.

Reviewed by Ann 25th July 2022

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An excellent holiday property with everything you need. On a working farm we used Beccles for shopping, the coast at Southwold, Alde urgh and Lowestoft for beach trips and walked to lovely local pubs. Really comfortable for our family group of 14 and 3 generations. We loved the farm shop right next door for BBQ meats and charcoal. Helen and herRead more husband were super helpful and answered immediately on the occasion we had to contact them. A great holiday. Hide

Reviewed by S 9th July 2022

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Reviewed by William 28th June 2022

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Reviewed by David 18th June 2022

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Reviewed by Diane 17th May 2022

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Reviewed by Zoe 3rd May 2022

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We had a great time at The Hen House! The barns were great and the kids loved being around the animals!

Reviewed by Laura 12th April 2022

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The house was beautiful, it was spacious with bathrooms for everyone as it was for my wedding we had great views for photos as well as bathrooms for showers! The children had fun watching the farm animals and the farmer was very friendly, explaining it all to the children. We were all comfortable and was a beautiful location to be in whilst gettingRead more ready to get married! Hide

Reviewed by Angela 13th March 2022

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Reviewed by Cora 27th February 2022

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