On the edge of the hamlet of Butley close to the Suffolk coast, a group of old thatched barns has been transformed to create outstanding self-catering accommodation for up to 20 adults, with additional beds for small children and babies. The largest barn and the attached old granary accommodate 14, the neighbouring barn accommodates 6. Bedrooms are en suite, and there are several lovely sitting rooms in which to relax, as well as spacious dining accommodation and lovely gardens including a large patio area directly outside the largest barn. Orchards and grassed areas, an astro turf games area, games room, indoor heated training pool and state of the art gym are also available to guests.
ORFORD 4 miles (6km), SNAPE 5 miles (8km), ALDEBURGH 11 miles (18km), WOODBRIDGE 7 miles (12km), SOUTHWOLD 24 miles (38km), FRAMLINGHAM 13 miles (20km)
About this Suffolk Big House Holiday Property: This complex of traditional Suffolk farm barns has been completely refurbished to create stunning self-catering holiday accommodation for at least 20 guests, with space for several more children and babies in the main barns.
Originally The Barns at Butley would have housed livestock, threshing equipment and grain. Towards the end of the last century the barns were converted into artists and potters studios, a gallery and a small cafe for gallery visitors, passing walkers and cyclists. In 2011 the entire complex of buildings was purchased by its current owners and over the last three years the barns have been re-thatched and refurbished to create 2 lovely self-catering properties, a large gym and indoor training pool and a games area. Every room has its own bathroom or shower room, the majority having zip and link beds providing maximum comfort and flexibility. There are two good sized utility rooms and a separate laundry room.
Grounds: Just outside the tiny village of Butley down a rural by-way, flanked by farmland and woodland copses, the grounds at The Barns at Butley are ideal for all ages.
The grounds are separated from the road on one side and a track on the other by 5-bar gates; the two drives have areas of parking for 8 or more cars. The gardens are separated from the drives and parking areas by the buildings and a further gate.
The gardens are nicely planted to create colour throughout the year, with lawns, orchard trees with small seating area and a further paved west facing patio area for outside eating. The astro turf area is great for toddler play or a game of badminton or table tennis and the games room has a small pool table and some traditional board games just in case there is some rainy weather.
The Indoor Heated Training Pool and Gym: The Barns at Butley has its very own fitness gym complex, including 4 top grade exercise bikes, yoga mats, a training pool (8ft by 14ft), showers and changing area. Please note the gym equipment is not suitable for children under 12, but youngsters love the "whirl pool" effects created by the currents in the training pool (children must be supervised at all times).
There is lots of space for games and for toddlers to cycle, including an astro turf area large enough for badminton or year round football.
The Area: At the northern edge of Rendlesham Forest, a lovely area for woodland walks and mountain biking, The Barns at Butley are just a minute or two's walk from the village of Butley.
There are some splendid country walks here; most notably Staverton Thicks, which has a deer park and woods of oak and holly; the oldest trees date back more than 400 years. The area has a fascinating history.
Nearby Butley Priory, built in the 11th century, was for centuries the haunt of kings. Just a walk away are Butley Clumps, a fascinating avenue of beech trees planted in fours, with a pine tree at the centre of each clump - a quincunx.
Why not get active with the whole family and have a go at mountain biking? There are some great trails around to suit all abilities. Hire the high performance Trek Mountain Bikes and get exploring! Qualified guides can be arranged to lead your group, and lunches can be organised too. For information contact the Big House holidays team on 01394 389188
Butley has long been renowned for its oysters, and the oyster beds have recently been revived. You can buy oysters, in season, in Orford at the Butley Orford Oysterage.
Sleeps: 20 in 3 king sized double beds, 5 twin or super-king beds (please state preference at time of booking) and 2 single bedded rooms; the Granary bedroom has two single beds that can be made into a super-king or can be used as a children's dorm, with 2 additional child size beds (5'in length), available on request. Please see the individual property webpages - Butley Barn and The Old Cafe - for the accommodation floorplans.
Minimum Hire 3 nights, except in high season when it is a week.
Self catering eating: Orford is just a couple of miles away, and offers all the amenities you need:
- Orford General Stores provides all the essentials, plus local produce and an excellent deli counter
- The Pump Street Bakery and cafe, specialising in delicious homemade breads, cakes and pastries. (Tip: The warm sausage rolls are just fabulous!)
- Pinney's of Orford have grown oysters at Butley Creek since the 1950s and their smoke house supplies mouth-watering freshly smoked fish every day.
- Richardsons Smoke House in Orford sells an array of delicious smoked foods including melt-in-the-mouth ham hock and smoked cheese.
- Brinkleys fresh fish shed is situated on the quay and is the place to buy freshly caught fish. Fantastic on the BBQ!
- The Riverside Tearoom offers a good cuppa, lunchtime food and a splendid view.
Eating and drinking out: The Froize, Chillesford has an excellent reputation for great dining and is child friendly. Just a mile down the road from The Barns at Butley we do advise that you book in advance especially if you are contemplating Sunday lunch or an evening meal at a popular time of year.
There are three good pubs/restaurants in Orford, all serving freshly cooked and locally sourced meals:
- The Jolly SailorFish straight from the North Sea, home-smoked hams, handmade sausages, freshly baked breads, and regional ales are but some of the tasty treats on offer.
- The Kings Head Serving classic pub lunch favourites and a more traditional evening menu, all subject to the chef's individual style.
- The Crown and Castle Hotel Owned by Channel 4's Ruth Watson, The Crown and Castle offers a fantastic lunchtime and evening menus. Time is devoted to sourcing local produce and creating varied menus which offer robustly flavoured but elegantly presented food.
Entertainment: Flat screen TV with Freeview, games room with pool table, books and a whole lot of garden to be enjoyed.
Packing tips: Binoculars, map, fishing rod, crabbing lines, bird book, and bikes - a great place for cycling.
- Sleeps 20
- 11 Bedrooms
- 10 Bathrooms
- 2 Pets allowed
- Private parking
- 6 Single beds
- 1 Double bed
- 2 King size/super king size beds
- 10 Single zip & link beds
- WiFi available
- Equipped with a highchair
- Travel cot available
- Bath towels included
- Bed linen included
- Equipped with a dishwasher
- Equipped with a tumble dryer
- Equipped with a washing machine
- Swimming pool
Beautiful property! Stunningly finished and with everything we needed. Great pub a walk away too and gorgeous local area. Highly recommend!!!Miss Astra Taylor-Todd - 20th June 2018
Amazing property ideal for big groups.Mr Mark Whitworth - 21st March 2018
There were lots of nice touches. Also, the games room was great. There were plenty of rooms for the children to have a space of their own to play , which they loved!Jan S, Essex - 22nd September 2015
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