You can book this holiday cottage from:
- £750 per week
- £107 per night
- 6 Guests
- 3 Bedrooms
- 2 Bathrooms
- 1 Pet
- Private Parking
Situated on a small farm (ponies and grazing), Barn Owl looks out over the beach at Shingle Street on the Suffolk coast, midway between Woodbridge and Orford. 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)
Converted in 2014/5, 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 July to September, an outdoor 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 hire is available by prior arrangement with the owner. Please enquire at the time of booking and please note that extra charges will apply.
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.
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.
For lots of information on the area please look at our own online guides Visit Woodbridge and Visit Orford. Recently published is Life on the Edge: A Brief History of Shingle Street by Tim Miller. You can find out more about this publication here.
Beds & bedrooms
- Bed linen provided
- 1 king/super-king bed
- 4 single beds
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- 2 bathrooms
- Towels provided
- En-suite bathroom
- Family friendly
- Travel cot
- Enclosed garden, courtyard or patio
- Private parking
How far to ...?
- Pub 0.9 miles
- Shop 1.5 miles
- Open fire or woodburner
- Games room
- Swimming pool
- Sea or coastal views
- Ground floor bedroom
Important - please note
- No more than 1 pet
We absolutely loved our stay and had the most wonderful time!
Super design, wonderful views. Certainly one of the nicest places we've rented - so we will be back! Many thanks.