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Peaceful, contemporary retreat

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Architect-designed Suffolk Tallhouse on the Shotley Peninsula

Built in 2015, the Tallhouse offers guests a unique opportunity to experience the peace of the Suffolk countryside in a contemporary building built to the highest craftsmanship. Vaulted sitting room, with large TV, internet and contemporary Scandinavian furniture features double doors onto a large private garden. The sitting room, large bathroom and modern kitchen have a heated concrete floor that's a delight in bare feet and keeps the whole building toasty. Handmade stairs (built by the joiners who worked on Grayson Perry's amazing building, The House for Essex, in nearby Wrabness) leads on to two huge bedrooms - with a futon, should there be one or two small guests in addition to four adults. Surrounded by fields and a small wood, the Tallhouse offers really lovely opportunities for walks – especially to the renowned Butt & Oyster pub on the river and The Suffolk Food Hall, both about a mile away and both foodie heavens. The Tallhouse is perfect for sailing from Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Pin Mill Yacht Club or Fox's Marina. We're also only about 30m from the stately Woolverstone Hall, a popular wedding venue. Visit suffolktallhouse (dot com) for more photos and details

Sarah Tomley
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

About Sarah Tomley

We (David and Sarah) moved from London to Suffolk ten years ago, because we were struck by how beautiful and unspoilt the landscape is, while still only an hour from London. It was only later that we discovered that it is packed full of creatives (so many artists and writers!) and produces the best food in the country (most of which is available at the Suffolk Food Hall, a mile down the road).

Why Sarah Tomley chose Babergh District

We knocked down a line of sheds in 2014 and built the tallhouse from new. You can see photos of the build on our website: suffolktallhouse (dot com).

What makes this house unique

The building was designed by architects Thomas & Spiers to sit naturally within the Suffolk countryside, while being entirely contemporary and filled with natural light. There is a very large private garden at the back, leading onto the wood and lots of walks around the peninsula.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Babergh District in Suffolk

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Wireless Internet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Television
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming


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Peaceful, contemporary retreat
average rating of 4.625 based on 8 reviews

Lovely place and plenty to see

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our short stay

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

Suffolk food hall, great walk to the Butt & Oyster and close drive to beaches. Perfect for food lovers & walkers

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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idyllic location,peaceful,well maintained property

  • 5 of 5

Close to the A 14 so able to visit plenty of locations, but a quite peaceful location with a lovely garden and wooded area at the back. All necessary utensils available on site, nice comfortable beds and well laid out downstairs with TV and dvds available. I would definitely return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Clean and specious

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous gardens and surrounding....very peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Another great weekend

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit, and as before we found the fine weather, the peace and quiet and the lovely long walks exactly what we and our two teenage children needed.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house - spacious and light

  • 4 of 5

We booked the Tallhouse to use as a base to visit family in the area with out 2 children (5yrs and 18months). We were very impressed and will be booking again.

The property was well furnished and the kitchen had plenty of crockery, pans etc and things like tea towels, kitchen roll, fairy liquid and dishwasher tabs were already there to use which was a nice surprise! We were able to make ourselves at home and look forward to visiting again!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review - and we're sorry that the New Year fireworks slightly marred your stay. We'd love to welcome you back!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Butt & Oyster
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Hintlesham Golf Club
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
56 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Suffolk Food Hall
Nearest Ski
4 Miles
Suffolk Ski Centre
Nearest Beach
15 Miles

There's plenty to do around the Tallhouse, from Jimmy's Farm and the Suffolk Ski/rock climbing Centre, to the beaches of Felixstowe and Aldeburgh, Ipswich Museum (with adorable mammoth!), Alton Water, The Wolsey Theatre, Dance East, Latitude Festival, and about 10 miles away you're driving (or walking?) through Constable Country in the vale of Dedham.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £35
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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