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Large Luxurious Country House Retreat minutes from Southwold Suffolk

Bedrooms 8
Separate WC's1
Space 5,489 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Luxurious 8 bedroom Country house with indoor pool to rent for 3 days or more

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, 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

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Member since: 2008
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Calendar last updated:
14 December, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Wangford in Wangford with Henham

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 5489 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , twin sinks - door to dressing area and master bedroom
    East end bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Accessible by the whole group/family
    Family ensuite - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Ensuite to Family bedroom
    Group shower-room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , family access & door to bedroom 5
    Downstairs toilet - Toilet , Convenient downstairs toilet located in boot room
  • All bathrooms are modern and recently refurbished to a luxury and high standard. One bathroom is a full ensuite to the family bedroom. All other bathrooms / shower-rooms are accessible by all the guests from the landing. The master bathroom is also a Jack and Jill to the master bedroom. Each bathroom contains luxury toiletries but bath and hand towels are not provided so guests are reminded to bring their own.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Triple - 3 Single Bed , Triple
    Family ensuite - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Family ensuite
    Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Master with Jack and Jill access to bathroom
    Green rear double - 1 Double Bed , Green rear double
    Front twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Front twin
    Mid rear double - 1 Large Double Bed , Mid rear double
    Downstairs double bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Downstairs double
    Attic bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Attic bedroom
  • Each bedroom has full wardrobe hanging space and luxury mattresses, linen, duvets and pillows. 'Family bedroom' is arranged as a family room, having a large double and two single beds, with it's own private ensuite bath/shower-room. 'Master bedroom' has a door access to the master family bathroom. The green rear double bedroom has hanging space allocated to it in the master bathroom dressing room area. Bedroom 7 is downstairs. Bedroom 8 is a quaint attic room with no traditional window but shared light from the landing and the attic and is arranged as a double bed. Our bedsets, quilts and linen are of the highest quality. The linen is 500 'TOC', whereas the average good quality linen is 180 - 200 TOC. This higher thread count results in a more luxurious & softer feel.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 18 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
There is a lovely large swimming pool in the grounds which is housed for all year round swimming. The Games room contains a pool table, table football & darts board. Wheelchair access is not perfect. The house is very old, and built in several stages. There are therefore slight steps to accommodate different ground floor levels. This is normal for houses of this age and standard. However, these small variances in floor levels makes wheelchair access awkward, but not impossible. Doors are wide enough to allow access. Please note that the broadband in the house is provided by a third party supplier. We cannot be help responsible if the service dips or stops working for any reason outside of our control. Of course, we will endeavour to remedy the situation as promptly as we can, but as you will appreciate, we are reliant on the third party.


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Large Luxurious Country House Retreat minutes from Southwold Suffolk
average rating of 4.0 based on 8 reviews

Very helpful Owner, Clean, Warm, even in November!

  • 5 of 5

Great house, we were coming together for a 70th birthday in November, children, teenagers and older guests but not a problem, the pool and games room were great. Lots to do in the area from crabbing to shopping. Fab dining room to sit us all so from breakfast to supper, we could all be together. Great kitchen and really well thought out from utensils to crockery and cutlery. We booked outside caterers for the main dinner but the rest we sourced locally. The lounge looks small on the website but is great, we all sat together for a 'presentation' on the birthday girl. Even when we left how easy, I needed to contact the owner (our fault we lost some keys) helped me sort it out and obviously there was a charge as it was our fault and they wanted to ensure the next booking had all the keys they needed but did not make it a massive issue. A really fun place that I would book in the summer to make more of the facilities. I read some reviews about heating and hot water but we had no issues at all on a very cold weekend, you just need to look at the advice from the owners/manual. The quality of mattresses and linen was fab. No hesitation in recommending.

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
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Utterly brilliant!!!

  • 5 of 5

Booked the property for our 40th Birthday celebrations with 16 friends. The house was absolutely perfect, great location, fantastic facilities, clean, tidy and plenty of space. I would THOROUGHLY recommend the property to anyone thinking of staying there!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
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Fabulous holiday & perfect house!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Elms Farmhouse in February with a group of friends and had a wonderful time. I must admit that I was a bit nervous booking after reading the first two reviews, but thought that there are always two sides to every story and made my enquiries. I ended up airing my concern with the owner of the property who in turn wrote a very detailed email putting my mind completely at rest. Anyway, l was right to ignore the negative reviews. The house is stunning set in the most beautiful Suffolk countryside close to Walberswick, Southwold & Adleburgh. We enjoyed local walks along the beach, spend hours in pubs eating and drinking and managed to get some shopping in. Everyone had a great time and the house was a big factor in all of that. We hope to return next year!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
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First-class weekend with the family

  • 5 of 5

Booked following a recommendation from a friend and had a fantastic weekend at Elms Farm House with a group of 18. Enjoyed the surroundings enormously, specifically Walberswick a few minutes drive away. We decided to do our own catering as supposed to going out and the kitchen and dining areas were very well equipped. Our age group varied from 2 to 60'ish and 2 birthdays were celebrated. The heated indoor swimming pool was a bonus plus we could take our dogs. Thank you for a first-class weekend.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
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Perfect stay for me & the dogs

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Elms Farmhouse with a group of friends & 3 dogs and loved everything about our stay. The property has a great location being close to several beaches and beautiful market towns like Southwold & Aldeburgh. The house is stunning and found out during our stay that the actor Ralph Fiennes spent his first few years as a child at Elms Farm. How special is that!

There are plenty of areas in the house you can socialise and have fun in including a games room and spacious living room. Me & the dogs specifically loved the spacious garden.

Will be returning to Elms Farmhouse next year! Thank you for a perfect stay, Clair.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming old Farmhouse in Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 18, aged from 13 to 71, the house is a mixture of Georgian and Queen Anne, having two staircases that the younger ones found great. The kitchen was better equipped than my own and had two dishwashers which was handy for a big party. I loved the huge table in the dining room that we all sat round , it had plenty of room to lay out serving dishes and all china and cutlery, this was a bonus as often you have to squeeze things together, The windows have lovely old original shutters and the house has lots of beams in the old part, and high ceilings in the Georgian part., The swimming pool was great, only draw back it was in the garden so neede to dash in the cold but made up for it when we all went in, the level was good as it suited non swimmers, The grounds are lovely and all the rooms are different with lovely linen and plenty of storage and great space. The location was great as we wanted country but near the coast and this hit the spot being a short distance from Southwold and its quaint shops and pubs. the games room was a big hit with us all. I am planning to go again with another group of family friends I can well recommend this lovely old Farmhouse for large groups who want a bit of luxury with lots of space and swimming pool and games room. Well done Clair for helping uus with local shopping information. l

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
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Nearest Airport
88 Miles
Stansted, Essex
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Angel Inn or Plough Inn, Wangford
Nearest Ferry
67 Miles
Harwich, Essex
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Southwold Golf Club
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Beccles, Suffolk
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Numerous within
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Southwold, Suffolk
Car: necessary

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Wangford, East of England

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Feb Half Term
9 Feb 2018 - 25 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring 2018
26 Feb 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter 2018
30 Mar 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2018
16 Apr 2018 - 3 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Day Bank Holiday 2018
4 May 2018 - 6 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer 2018
7 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Whitsun Holidays 2018
25 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer 2018
4 Jun 2018 - 21 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018 - 2
22 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Summer 3
29 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Hols 2018
13 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Hols Wk 2
20 Jul 2018 - 26 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Hols Wk 3
28 Jul 2018 - 9 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Hols Wk 5
10 Aug 2018 - 16 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Hols Wk 6
24 Aug 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Late Summer
31 Aug 2018 - 13 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Early Autumn
14 Sep 2018 - 27 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Autumn
28 Sep 2018 - 11 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Late Autumn
12 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Half term
19 Oct 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2018
5 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2018 Christmas week
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2018 New Year week
28 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Heating Surcharge £150
Pet Fee £30

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.

We also charge a dog surcharge of £30 per dog if guests would like to bring their dogs also. This must be arranged prior to the visit.

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

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