|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Elms Farmhouse is a stunning 8 bedroom traditional farm house dating back to the 15th Century. The house sits on a lovely plot of 3 acres with ponds to both the front and rear. The property benefits from a large country style kitchen, big lounge with flat screen TV and soft seating for 18, useful breakfast room / 2nd lounge (ideal for smaller members of your party) and a large dining room, perfect for the whole household to gather around for dinner. There are 4 bath/shower rooms (1 ensuite) and, with the 2 reception rooms, this is the ideal home for the whole family to relax and entertain in. A heated indoor swimming pool is in the grounds and the house benefits from a newly refurbished Games room, with full size pool table, dart board and table football.
Each bedroom boasts new luxury mattresses and linen. The Kitchen is fully equipped to allow you to prepare fantastic meals to enjoy.
The gardens are perfect for your children to play in or for you to relax in.
Elms Farmhouse is located on a quiet country lane just a few minutes from the lovely village of Wangford which boasts two lively local traditional English pubs and a busy, well-stocked local shop. The house is only 3 miles outside of the radiant and very attractive sea-side town of Southwold, famous for it's pier and the Adnams brewery. Southwold, known as 'little chelsea on sea', has all the facilities that your group would wish for, catering for all levels from local caught fish and chips right up to award-wining fine dining. The local landowner also hosts the hughly popular 'Latitude Music Festival', where 30,000 music lovers gather for a weekend of music from leading pop and rock artists from around the world. Think Gastonbury for the east coast. Don't worry, you can't hear the music from the farm house.
This region is part of the Suffolk Heritage coast and is also only a short drive from Beccles, the Suffolk access to the Norfolk Broads (that's right, they stretch quite a way into Suffolk).
Also within a short drive are many excellent tourist attractions including (but not limited to):
Lovely Walberswick, with excellent coastal walks and two fantastic pubs;
The ancient buried town of Dunwich (now a very quaint village and nature reserve);
Jimmys Farm (owed by the TV presenter and friend of Jamie Oliver);
Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, Lowestoft, for white knuckle rides;
Lavenham, one of the 20 wealthiest towns in England in medieval times, which has retained an almost perfect medieval market square and an Anglo Saxon Mead Hall - this is one of my favourite villages in the UK;
Long Melford - a village who's wealth was derived from the wool trade. Many of its 15th century dwellings survive today. Additionally Long Melford boasts the longest High Street in the UK, which is full of antique shops and small café’s, as well as the stunning Kentwell Hall;
Framlingham and it's ancient castle and beautiful town centre;
Suffolk’s idyllic landscape inspired Constable and Gainsborough to capture the fleeting light of English countryside and sky in paint. Constables name will be linked forever with Flatford Mill and Dedham Vale, both just over the border in north Essex - the area is known as Constable Country;
Sutton Hoo at Woodbridge is one of Britain's most important and atmospheric archaeological sites, famous as the site of the burial of an ancient Anglo-saxon king and his ship.
Aldeburgh, with it's art galleries, shops and restaurants, also famous for the Aldeburgh Music Festival;
Beautiful Clare and surrounding countryside walks;
Orford, a wonderful small town, famous for the brilliant local pubs and as access point to Orford Ness wildlife reserve, as well as the unique polygonal towerkeep of Orford Castle, which stands beside the pretty town and former port which Henry II developed in the 1160s;
Bury St Edumds, a charming city with the Abbey ruins and quaint lanes filled with shops, cafes and resturants;
Colne Valley Railway at Castle Hedingham, a fully preserved steam powered railway line;
Numerous bird sanctuaries set up by the RSPB
When we arrived the cottage was freezing with no heating at all so all were in coats and scarfs until it warmed up.
Pool is down the other end of the garden and we had to pay extra to have it heated which it wasn't worth it. It wasn't that good, the bottom of the pool was slippy and dangerous and the heating box was full of mice droppings and was very dirty.
I left my chromecast there by accident and the lady wanted £35 to return to me! this only cost £25 to purchase anyway in the first place but I explained it had sentimental value to it, she then changed to wanting £15 + postage + petrol to get to the post office! the post office was less than 1/2 mile away from the cottage so these costs were ridiculous. The item is so small it would have cost less than £1 to post.
When I said the costs were so over priced I never even got a reply!!
You would have thought for how much we paid that they would have posted the item which would have cost less than £1 to post.
When we checked in the arrival book they said each damaged item would cost £35 each to replace even glasses, felt like we weren't allowed to touch anything!! Accidents happen and the amount we paid for the house this shouldn't be so expensive and so much of an issue.
Nice house but would NEVER stay again and would NEVER recommend to anyone!! Much nicer places to stay at better prices with better customer service
The owner/manager of this property initially said they would only return my deposit and pay compensation if I signed a non disclosure agreement - i.e. I didn't tell anyone about what happened and the service I received.
For us, it was a broken down boiler - in January! Sometimes things go wrong and that's understandable but I believe it is how they are dealt with that sets apart good and bad service.
We argued for a while about the level of compensation but to resolve the issue I agreed to their lower offer. They then said they would only pay it if I signed the non disclosure agreement. From this point I found they were trying to intimidate me with phrases and actions like 'legally trained' and a time bound offer for compensation. They have not been at all nice to deal with after the event.
I will not deal with this owner/manager again following their behaviour but if you're going, I found the fire in the lounge returned a lot of smoke to the room and even after the boiler repair, the house never really got warm so if you're going over winter, take plenty of warm clothes.
Wangford is an ancient and traditional Suffolk village located an 8 minute drive away from Southwold and the beautiful Suffolk heritage coast.
The area boasts numerous attractions and lots to do for all the family. There are stunning walks and award-winning pubs, bars and restaurants aplenty.
This area of the Suffolk Coast is famous for the very pretty villages and towns that were once the back-bone of the local fishing & wool trades. They remain largely unspoilt and now offer excellent bases of tourists looking for action as well as those wanting a bolt-hole away from it all. There are literally hundreds of walks, numerous nature reserves and bird sanctuaries.
The Suffolk Coastal region remains one of the UK's foremost tourist destinations, appealing to families, groups of friends and individuals alike. This area is ideal for larger groups, with lots on offer to keep everyone happy.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A heating surcharge of £150 is payable for each booking. This amount is payable all year round and covers the cost of the swimming pool heating costs. It is payable per booking rather than per week or similar pro-rata style.
30% of the rental rate is payable upon booking. This is non-refundable. The balance of 70% of the booking rental rate is payable 3 months before the booking start date. The security deposit and the heating surcharge is payable 2 weeks prior to the booking start date. The security deposit is £500 without dogs, or £700 with.
We recommend our clients take out their own holiday insurance as we cannot offer refunds if you are unable to use your holiday home booking for any reason.