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Magnificent Grade II* listed Medieval House

Bedrooms 13
Separate WC's2
Space 6,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

13 double bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, sleeps 26 persons max.

Magnificent, medieval big house to rent. Sleeps 26. Vibrant waterfront location one hour from M25. All facilities expected of a large self catering house hire. Historic character combined with comfort and style creates the perfect weekend house party rental.

The Old Neptune offers luxurious and spacious self catering accommodation in a spectacular setting. Steeped in history and painstakingly restored over recent times, the interior decor has been stylishly updated to complement the historic architecture. The house features superb entertaining space together with 13 double bedrooms (several featuring Indonesian teak 4 poster beds) and 9 bathrooms, all set around a beautiful Italianate courtyard within yards of the thriving Ipswich Marina.

Further details can be found on our own website just search The Old Neptune, Suffolk. Please e-mail if you need confirmation of web address.

Celebrate: The 4 reception rooms work seamlessly with the courtyard to provide a real sense of space day or night.

Each room can accommodate all guests but part of the joy ofa house like this is wandering around discovering groups of people as the mood takes you. Dancing in the dining hall, pool in the games room, chatting by the fountain, captivated by the fire in the living room whilst someone offers to get more drinks from the kitchen!

The Old Neptune will comfortably sleep 26 persons in 13 double bedrooms. The house is a paradise for children with its spaciousness and hiding places and offers total privacy and security and they can either have their own rooms as part of the 24 or some rooms also have an extra bed so they can share with Mum and Dad (or Grandparents if you’re lucky)

Relax: The Old Neptune feels very much like a country house but is actually in the centre of a town, which offers the best of both worlds. Once inside you feel like you have escaped modern life and been transported to a different age with total privacy and luxury and many guests never actually leave (during their stay obviously). However step outside the door, and you have The Marina, a wonderful place to stroll around or stop for a drink and something to eat. Yacht charter is easily arranged and can be designed to accommodate all groups and skill levels, spending the day navigating The Orwell and The Stour. The paved walkways and historic architecture of the town centre are within easy walking distance with supermarkets, shops, restaurants and take-aways and places to keep the kids entertained.

Catering can be done yourself in the well-equipped kitchen, outside caterers can be arranged or if you prefer, there are several excellent cafes and restaurants on the doorstep.

Enjoy: Experience the pleasure of sharing a big historic house with friends and/or family and make your celebration a special memory. The house truly comes alive with big groups of people and has hosted some memorable occasions in its 500+ years.

To celebrate or relax and always to enjoy, The Old Neptune offers you your very own fantasy venue.

More Details

Member since: 2003
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 April, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

'The house puts everyone in such a good mood, the success of the party was guaranteed.' 8-11 October.

'Thanks for thinking of just about everything. We hardly left the place.' August bank holiday.

'An amazing, fun, frolicking, drunken and memorable weekend.' 9-12 July.

'Absolutely fabulous house made all the more special by the courtyard, where we spent most of the weekend, what a great place for a 40th birthday.' 4-7 June
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Ipswich in Babergh District

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 6000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 26
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 26 people
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
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  • 13 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26
  • Bedroom 13 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 11 doubles, 2 family bedrooms
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • 26 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • swimming
The house may be 15th Century but the entertainment systems are 21st Century, with Wide-screen TV with impressive surround sound and DVD in the drawing room and fully equipped sound system in The Dining Hall. All linen, heating and logs are included in the price.


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(5 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews


  • 5 of 5

I hired the Old Neptune for a mid-week business trip and it ticked all the boxes.

First impressions on arrival were great. What a beautiful house with bags of charm and charater. It has great living/communal areas and the bedrooms are all very individual and finished immaculately. I loved how it felt like a labyrinth, with all its staircases and many tucked away rooms.

As a group of 13 we were lucky enough to have a room each but this house could easily accomdate many more people if sharing rooms.

The kitchen was fully equipped with everything we needed for our stay (once we had done a food shop) . The living room has an incredible fireplace and there were logs and kindling left for us. When we ran out of wood Peter kindly delivered some more later that day. The courtyard is stunning and the whole house wraps around it, I only wish we were here during summer so we could have enjoyed it more.

Great location, some found it a bit tricky to get to but I would suggest following the directions given by Peter to the Salthouse Harbour Hotel as the House sits directly behind it.

Peter also arranged for us to have a late checkout on our day of departure so we could have a meeting in the morning which was really helpful. The housekeeper and her team worked around us despite having another booking arriving only a few hours later.

I would not hesitate in recomending The Old Neptune for either a business or social occasion and I do hope to return here either with work or a group of friends.

Thank you Peter and the team :)

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: November 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We spent a family weekend 'get together', meeting up from various corners of the U.K. On arrival we were met by the housekeeper who showed us around the house. I'd like to say I remembered where we went but the house has rooms and stairways all over the place which makes it very interesting. It's a really well maintained and clean property and steeped in history. 22 of us stayed the weekend. We had a lovely meal in the dining hall on friday and slept soundly in the comfortably heated bedrooms. In fact, considering the temperature outside was around freezing all weekend, we were all nice and cosy, especially around the huge fireplace for which there was an ample supply of logs.

Following a Saturday spent exploring Ipswich town centre, we all dressed up in Pirate theme for a 'Murder Mystery' evening and feast. This was made all the more entertaining due to the surroundings and character of the Neptune. The rest of the weekend was most relaxing. All the facilities were in very good order. Parking was not as much of a problem as we thought, with spaces adjacent to the Inn and nearby. Evenings were very quiet, despite being tucked away only a few metres from the bustling quayside.

This is a property we will be visting again.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2013
  • Date of Stay: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Richmond, Surrey

The perfect place for a winter gathering!

  • 5 of 5

We can't recommend this house highly enough, it's absolutely gorgeous, stuffed full of character, comfortable and warm (the open fireplace in the lounge is amazing), and completely unique. It's well equipped and secluded enough for a large group to relax away from the 'real' world and party in comfort. The maid and handyman were very helpful and the house was clean and welcoming. We had a brief walk around the marina (pretty) and along the towpath (eek), and the only downside was the uninspiring surrounding town, but to be fair, we never wanted to leave the house despite best laid plans. Thank you for a very special and memorable holiday, we can't wait for an excuse to come again!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Feb-2010
  • Date of Stay: February 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Harpenden, Herts, UK

Fabulous time had by all

  • 5 of 5

We went to The Old Neptune with a group of 14 (6 couples and our 2 teenage children) to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary.

We had specifically wanted somewhere that gave every room their own bathroom - which was surprisingly difficult to find elsewhere.

The house was clean, warm, welcoming and well equipped.

The courtyard is very pretty

There were plenty of glasses of all types, crockery and cutlery.

The location was excellent - it feels secluded but is within a few moments walk of a range of bars and restaurants. There were interesting shops along the 10 minute walk into the main shopping centre.

I'd thoroughly recommend staying here.

ps it doesn't look very special from the road but it was wonderful from the moment we stepped into the courtyard

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2009
  • Date of Stay: September 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kent U.K.

Late comment.

  • 5 of 5

We celebrated my 70th birthday at this wonderful house with family and friends.I was rather nervious about going to Ipswich not knowing the place,what a pleasent surprise it turned out to be.The Medieval House was everything advertised.Very clean,well maintained with excellent facilities.I would strongly recommend this wonderful house.

I was surprised to see no recent comments, that is why I decided to comment at a rather late stage.

  • Review Submitted: 03-May-2009
  • Date of Stay: February 2008
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
A12/A14 interchange

The Old Neptune is in the heart of the picturesque Marina in Ipswich where many luxury yachts and power cruisers are moored and the excellent bars and restaurants give it a ‘St Katherine’s Dock’ type feel. Ipswich is less than an hour from J28 of the M25 and is the county town of Suffolk, perfect as a base to enjoy the Suffolk countryside and Heritage coast.

Other Activities: yachting, rowing


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Weekends - £3,250
Bank Holiday Weekends - £3,450
MID WEEK SPECIAL (All Year) : 2 nights @ £1,850, 3 nights @ £2,350, 4 nights @ £2,750

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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