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Stylish, dog-friendly rural retreat - Hollow Hill Barn

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

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Beautiful, secluded 19th-century barn, with wood-burning stove, stylish vintage furniture and stunning views of lovely surrounding countryside. Near pretty market town of Bungay on Suffolk/Norfolk border in stunning Waveney Valley. Sleeps four in two bedrooms. Good for couples, business travellers and families. Well-behaved dogs welcome. Perfect base for exploring East Anglia. Great pubs, restaurants, walks and Norfolk Broads nearby.

Hollow Hill Barn stands alone, entirely surrounded by fields, at the end of a line of seven majestic oak trees, and with uninterrupted views of the lovely Waveney Valley. The barn is a peaceful haven, with no noisy roads within earshot, and yet is only two miles away from the pretty market town of Bungay on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. The guest annex is a whole, self-contained wing of our beautifully converted 19th-century barn, with its own front door, patio and lawn. Marsh harriers, barn owls, tawny owls, hares, muntjacs and even Chinese water deer are all visitors to the fields around us.

There are vaulted ceilings and beams throughout this 1,000 square foot building, as well as wooden floors and exposed brickwork walls. With its wood-burning stove (logs provided free of charge) and beautiful mid-20th-century furnishings, the guest annex is at once spacious, stylish and cosy. All rooms are on one ground floor, and there is under-floor central heating when needed. The large kitchen, with its Suffolk-white brick floor, has French doors opening onto the sunny patio with table and chairs, and a small lawn, where you can relax on nice days (deckchairs are in the games room). The kitchen is fully equipped with a large Rangefinder cooker, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, panini toaster, cafetiere, washing machine and dishwasher. The sitting room has a wood-burning stove, two comfortable sofas and French windows that look onto our garden. Further windows look out onto the fields behind the barn. There is a 32" smart TV with Netflix, Freeview and Freeview Play, a DVD player and library, games and books for you to enjoy during your stay. There are two double bedrooms, both with luxurious beds and, in the larger room, a king-size bed with a memory-foam mattress. Linen is line-dryed (weather permitting) Egyptian cotton. A contemporary-style bath and shower room with a heated towel rail is situated between the bedrooms. There is also access (between 10 am and 11.30 pm) to a games room with table-tennis and darts. As a welcome, breakfast will be provided for the first morning. This is on a DIY basis and is typically tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter, free-range eggs, cereal and homemade preserves. The annex is best suited to couples, families and business travellers, who can use the good-sized kitchen table for working. There is wi-fi throughout the building. Well-behaved dogs and younger children are welcome, but both kids and dogs must be well-supervised so as to protect the vintage furniture. Please also note that the garden pond has no barriers.

Guest access

Guests have use of their own patio and small lawn (which are not overlooked by the main house) and access to the log store and games room (where bicycles can be stored). The pretty courtyard garden, with its wildlife pond, is in regular use by us and our friendly dog.

Guest interaction

We are usually on hand to give you help and more information about the area throughout your stay.

Neighbourhood overview

Bungay is a lively and attractive Georgian town (market day Thursday morning), in the beautiful Waveney Valley. Its specialist independent shops include an excellent deli, fishmonger, greengrocer, butcher, art shop and – for those needing to work here – even a computer supplies shop. Situated in the middle of East Anglia, Bungay makes the perfect base for exploring both counties, which have vast, often deserted beaches (30-40 minutes away by car) with few restrictions for dog walking, even in the summer. For anyone interested in fishing, Broome Heath – boasting 4 lakes covering 25 acres of water and stuffed with fish – is a short walk away. There are many award-winning pubs, restaurants and cafes within easy reach, including Bungay’s own Castle Inn (Michelin Guide recommended), The Suffolk Stonehouse (recently voted the nation’s Best Independent Pizza Restaurant) and The Green Dragon (which brews its own excellent ales exclusively for the pub). RSPB Minsmere and Pensthorpe, frequent hosts to the BBC’s Spring and Autumn Watch, are easily reached, as are many other nature reserves, and the Norfolk Broads begin at Beccles – only a 10 minute car ride away. Historic buildings such as Hoveton Hall, Framlingham Castle and Leiston Abbey are also all within a 45-minute drive.

Getting around

A car is recommended, but there are regular buses from both Diss and Norwich railway stations that stop in Ditchingham, only a short walk to Hollow Hill Barn. There is space to park cars on site. Bikes (and canoes, for days on the Waveney River) can be hired from nearby Outney Meadow Caravan Park

Other things to note

For basic supplies, petrol etc, there are supermarkets in Bungay (Co-op, 5 mins), Beccles (Morrisons, Tescos, 10 mins) and Norwich (Waitrose, Sainsburys, Lidl and Aldi, 30 mins). We provide all bedding and towels (but not beach towels).

More Details

Melissa & Chris
Member since: 2018
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 August, 2018

About Melissa & Chris

Chris makes music and arts documentaries for TV and Melissa is an editor of publications about art. We moved from London to East Anglia in 2010, and love living in our very peaceful barn with our little dog Georgie. Guests really enjoy staying here too. For reviews, please see our Airibnb listing.

Melissa & Chris purchased this house in 2010

Why Melissa & Chris chose Bungay

Hollow Hill Barn is very quiet and secluded, and has beautfiul views. There's lots of light and space, but it's also very cosy, with its wood-burning stove, comfy sofas and beds. There are lovely walks nearby. Bungay is a great, friendly little town, with everything you need. Beautiful beaches and Broads are only 1/2 an hour away.

What makes this house unique

Hollow Hill Barn has a special warm quality. Our guests (we're well-established on Airbnb, please see our listing on the Airbnb website), often say that it's the most comfortable place they've ever stayed in and that it feels like home. We concentrate on the little details to make guests feel not only at home, but on holiday, with all the special touches and comfort that implies.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Bungay around the Ditchingham

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
We provide bread, eggs, butter, cereals, tea, coffee and conserves for your first breakfast, as well as larder staples such as oil, vinegar, herbs, sugar, salt, pepper, condiments. We also provide toiletries.


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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
The Artichoke
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Waveney and Valley Golf Club
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
138 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Smokey Joes (many more in Bungay)
Nearest Beach
29 Kilometres
Great Yarmouth
Car: recommended

Please let us know if you want us to send you our Welcome notes in advance, which include details of where to eat, what to do and where to walk in the area (advance booking in restaurants is recommended).


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £30
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.