Barn Owl, Oxley Dairy

Shingle Street, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

  • 4 Star Gold
  • Special Offer10% off holidays starting on or before 16th July 2022 in our Early Summer Sale

You can book this property from:

  • £936 per week
  • £134 per night
  • 4 Star Gold


Situated on a small farm, Barn Owl looks out over to Orford on the Suffolk coast. Completely reconfigured from an old farm barn, Barn Owl has been transformed into a stunning three bedroom property with magnificent views of the sea over the Ore estuary and all mod cons for summer or winter visits.

ALDEBURGH 17.6 miles (28 km), ORFORD 11 miles (18.2 km), WOODBRIDGE 9 miles (14.5 km)  

Barn Owl has been furnished to make the very most of its magnificent views of the sea over the Ore estuary and is equally suitable for families with youngsters or adult parties planning bird watching, star gazing, fishing, wind surfing or sailing.

There is a large lobby with plenty of space for outdoor kit, pushchairs and walking boots, golf clubs and wellies. A door opens into the large open plan living area which includes a fully fitted kitchen with all mod cons, dining table and chairs and sitting room with two sofas, coffee table and log burning stove. There is a bedroom on the ground floor with two singles, perfect for adults or children. Three steps lead to another twin bedroom, family bathroom and master bedroom with sea views and en suite shower room.

From May to October, an enclosed open air plunge pool that is circular and measuring 1.3 metres deep, can be accessed by an enclosed decked area with steps leading down into the pool. Heated for the summer months, by solar power, it is perfect for a relaxing dip. 

Hot Tub: guests can directly hire and pay for a hot tub via one of these two companies, Norfolk Suffolk Hot Tubs or Suffolk Hot Tubs. A charge of £25 for a weekend booking or £35 for a week for heating the tub is payable to the owners during your stay.  The owners should be notified of any hire so they can facilitate access and setup.

Please bring your own towels for the pool and hot tub.

Electric car charging is possible with an extra charge paid at the time of the stay, direct to the owner, according to use.

For larger groups, Barn Owl can also be rented in conjunction with the neighbouring property to sleep 12. See The Owls at Oxley here

Outside: Large glass doors open from the sitting room with steps down to a garden area below. The views from the sitting room and deck are outstanding, looking out along the coast to Orford. A covered games barn with various activities, including table tennis, will be available to use. Directly below the garden is a gated paddock with large pond, beyond which, is a grazing meadow with ponies.

Shingle Street has just a couple of dozen cottages, a Napoleonic Martello tower and a former coastguard station. Having passed the houses, the road ends at the edge of the beach where there is a small parking area. Beyond the road is a series of paths, one of which takes one down the coast to Bawdsey and the foot ferry connection to Felixstowe Ferry. At the other end of Shingle Street the footpath leads in the direction of Orford, this time following the river bank of the Alde and Ore past Boyton and Chillesford, some wonderful saltings on the way. If you want to cut the corner you can take the Butley to Orford foot ferry (it's a rowing boat) which takes walkers and cyclists across the Butley River to Gedgrave from where you can walk to Orford.
The road itself meanders inland to Hollesley where there is a good local shop, garage and pub, The Shepherd and Dog (1.5 miles).

Despite the fact that London is less than 100 miles away, Shingle Street has a real sense of remoteness - it is truly a wonderful spot. With miles of shingle beach peppered with amazing wild flowers, you can watch the ground nesting birds and the seals basking on the far side of the estuary entrance, particularly in the winter and late summer. Shingle Street is loved by wind surfers, sailboarders, walkers, cyclists, fishermen and bird watchers alike.  

Eating Out: The nearest pub is The Shepherd and Dog in Hollesley, with a good selection of straight forward pub food as well as the usual beers, wines etc.. The Swan in Alderton is around 2.5 miles away and serves lovely posh nosh. The Sorrell Horse Inn is a delightful pub, just 15 minutes drive away in the pretty village of Shottisham; a traditional Suffolk pub, serving real cask ales, simple fresh food and a very warm welcome (wi-fi available).

The market town of Woodbridge has an abundance of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes and is only 20 minutes by car. The Anchor has an interesting menu and usually includes an excellent authentic Malaysian dish. There are also two fine Indian restaurants, The Shapla and The Royal Bengal, as well as a Prezzo and a popular Chinese restaurant, all within easy walking distance of the Quay Point car park.

Self-Catering: Grocery deliveries are available from the major supermarkets and there is a good village shop in Hollesley with all essential provisions including locally grown fruit and veg along with a Post Office. There is also a good village shop in Alderton, a five minute drive away. There are plenty of farm shops selling locally sourced produce, scattered across the Suffolk countryside, Five Winds Butchers at Melton is excellent, supplied from a local farm, and Woodbridge has a high street supermarket as well as independent grocery stores and award winning bakers.


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed
  • 4 single beds


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom


  • Family friendly
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair


  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 1.5 miles
  • Shop 0.9 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room
  • Hot tub
  • Swimming pool
  • Sea or coastal views


  • Ground floor bedroom

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:30am


We had an absolutely wonderful stay. Lovely accommodation in a beautiful location. Doggie friendly, very friendly owners too! We'll be back!

Mrs M,

A great location for wildlife and a comfortable and cosy cottage in the evenings. We would not hesitate to recommend it to family and friends.

Mrs J,

Super design, wonderful views. Certainly one of the nicest places we've rented - so we will be back! Many thanks.