Little Owl, Oxley Dairy

Shingle Street, Woodbridge & Surrounding Villages

  • 4 Star Gold
  • Sea views to one side, marshland grazing to the other, plunge pool and games area, contemporary comfort, this Suffolk cottage is perfect for walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers and anyone who enjoys the natural environment of the Suffolk coast. Also a pet friendly which is in a great area for dog walking!

You can book this property from:

  • £635 per week
  • £91 per night
  • 4 Star Gold


Midway between Woodbridge and Orford, Little Owl is brilliantly situated on a small rise looking out over the beach at Shingle Street on the Suffolk coast. Once an old farm barn, Little Owl has been transformed into a beautiful two bedroom, two bathroom property with exceptional views over the farm fields (where sheep and ponies graze), towards the Ore estuary and the sea. With all mod cons for summer (swimming pool) or winter visits (log fire and covered games room).

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

About This Suffolk Cottage Holidays Property:
Converted in 2015, Little Owl has been carefully furnished and finished to make the very most of its outstanding views and location, right by the sea and the Ore estuary. This idyllic location suits both families with youngsters or adult parties, with its brilliant setting being perfect for bird watching, star gazing, fishing, wind surfing or sailing! Two steps lead you to the large lobby, where there is plenty of space for outdoor kit, pushchairs and walking boots, golf clubs and wellies.  Another step up and the door opens into a 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.

Three steps lead to a twin bedroom, family bathroom and master bedroom with sea views and en suite shower room.

From May to October, 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, Little Owl can also be rented in conjunction with the neighbouring property to sleep 12. See The Owls at Oxley here

Large glass doors open from the sitting room onto a spacious sun deck, with steps down to a small grass area below. The views from the sitting room and deck are outstanding, looking out along the coast to Orford. Directly below the garden is a gated paddock with large pond beyond, which is a grazing meadow with ponies.

A covered games barn with various activities, including table tennis, will be available to use. Hot tub hire is available by prior arrangement with the owner via a third party.  Please enquire at the time of booking and please note that extra charges will apply.

Little Owl has uninterrupted views of the coast to Orford and the entrance to the river Alde, a perfect coastal spot.  
The beach at Shingle Street is less than 10 minutes walk away from the barn, just a couple of dozen cottages line the beach, along with a Napoleonic Martello tower and a former coastguard station.

Pass the houses to find the road ends at the edge of the beach where there is a small parking area. Beyond the road is a series of paths worth exploring, 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 there you can walk to Orford.

The road itself meanders inland to Hollesley where there is a good local shop, service 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. 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.  

Eating Out:
The nearest pub is The Shepherd and Dog in Hollesley, a good selection of straight forward pub food with a take away option 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 BengalPrezzo, 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 local 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 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

*Click here to see the stages of the Barns at Oxley Dairy construction on our Plans to Property Pinterest board*


Beds & bedrooms

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


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom


  • Family friendly
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair


  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 0.9 miles
  • Shop 1.5 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room
  • Swimming pool

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4pm
  • Check out: 10am


The hosts were superb and went out of their way to make our stay as memorable as possible. They took the children out on the tractor and let them pet the pony, they made sure the pool was clean and provided us with information about the local area. The accommodation was immaculate and everything was provided for. The area is beautiful - expansive blue skies. Highly recommended.

Mrs charlotte m,

Lovely property. The owners were really friendly and most helpful, nothing too much trouble. Would highly recommend Little Owl and certainly would visit again

Leslie L,

Couldn’t ask for more caring and warm owners . The property was spotless, games room and pool a wonderful asset for our granddaughter . Would highly recommend Little owl.

Leslie L,

My family of 4 (2 kids - 7 and 4) stayed for the week at Little Owl. Minutes from the shingle beach at Shingle Street the location is ideal to explore the area. The farm house was just great for us overlooking horses running in the paddock. Was hard to drag the kids from the well stocked games room (pool, table football, games, and even a drum set) to actually spend time exploring the area. When the swimming pool is reopened it will be even better! We spent the week flying kites, searching for amber on the shingle beach, horse riding at the nearby stables, crabbing at Bawdsey, looking for UFOs while walking Rendlesham Forest, and hunting for Easter Eggs at the newly reopened Sutton Hoo. The hosts couldn't have been friendlier and we felt very welcomed and we will be back. Date of arrival - April 15, 2019

Mr S,