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Barn Owl, Oxley Dairy

Shingle Street - Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

Panoramic views over the Suffolk coast - Orford to the north, Felixstowe to the south, Barn Owl is a contemporary styled barn conversion situated on a small grazing farm with access to an outdoor pool and games barn.  An ideal location for dog walkers, wind and kite surfers, cyclists and bird watchers, perfect for family or friends.
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • No garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • WiFi available
£750 - £1235 per week *


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, including Hot Tub hire. 

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.

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


  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Pet allowed
  • No garden/courtyard
  • Private parking
  • 4 Single beds
  • 1 King size/super king size bed
  • WiFi available
  • 4.5 Stars
  • Equipped with a highchair
  • Travel cot available
  • Open fire/woodburner
  • Bath towels included
  • Bed linen included
  • Equipped with a dishwasher
  • Equipped with a tumble dryer
  • Equipped with a washing machine
  • Swimming pool



We absolutely loved our stay and had the most wonderful time! Mrs Sophie Brown - 23rd May 2018
Beautiful cottage, clean, luxurious fixtures, fittings and furnishings. Brilliant location for a family with a dog and teenagers. Helpful owners on site. Ms A Milton - 8th August 2017
Thank you for enabling my family to be together in such a perfect spot. Barn Owl is perfect in every which way. Absolutely nothing has been forgotten and quality is of the highest order. The panoramic views of the fields and woods will long be remembered. With very best wishes. - 30th June 2017
For me personally the cottage was just right, in fact perfect as a base for my family to relax, prepare and celebrate my son's wedding. Barn Owl is well equipped and sits in a stunning location. The welcome we received and genuine interest was very much appreciated. Thank you so much. - 30th December 2016
We have had a wonderful stay. The barn is beautifully appointed and comfortable, a perfect spot to explore Suffolk. We wish we were staying longer and will definitely book again! Thank you. - 30th October 2016
We had the most fantastic weekend. The owners are so welcoming and on hand for whatever you need. The cottage facilities are amazing for our family of 6 it ticked all the boxes. We will be back!!A previous customer - 7th June 2015
Thank you so much for a wonderful break in Barn Owl. Â It was a lovely touch to be welcomed with bread and milk and a few other essentials. The property is very user-friendly and we really enjoyed the beach at Shingle Street. Thank you again. Â A super spot!A previous customer - 1st June 2015
We had an absolutely fantastic time. Barn Owl was gorgeous, well equipped and in a fantastic location.A previous customer - 5th May 2015
We've loved being here with views of the sea and sky, and we met a seal on the beach in the evening! This is a wonderful place to stay and you seem to have thought of everything.A previous customer - 13th April 2015
Lovely house, clean, very nicely decorated, fantastic layout, great views and relaxing seating in the garden.Jo E, Surrey - 11th September 2014
It was an ideal base. But if you just wanted to relax, it was a peaceful location.Susan P, Surrey - 23rd March 2014
Super design, wonderful views. Certainly one of the nicest places we've rented - so we will be back! Many thanks.


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