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Old Hall Farmhouse

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St Nicholas, Harleston
Grade 4 Star rating
Customer's Choice 2015
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Suffolk longhouse dating to 1420, with beams, wood burning stove, swimming pool and wild flower garden, Bungay close by.

This delightful detached holiday home is a fine example of a Suffolk longhouse dating back to 1420 with carved ceiling beams and oak floor boards. The indoor heated swimming pool is private and for guests exclusive use (open between April and the end of October). Set in its own large area of garden with magnificent views over open countryside, the spacious beamed farmhouse, which includes a wood-burning stove in the living room, is the perfect location for a family holiday, a celebration break or a get-together with friends. The property is beautifully secluded and set on a working farm with livestock. Three acres of trout lakes nearby offering fly fishing and abundant wildlife.
The hamlet of St Nicholas South Elmham is steeped in history and surrounded by the beautiful rolling countryside of the Waveney Valley. South Elmham Hall, with its ancient ruined minster and farm café, is reached by footpath. A short drive away is the historic town of Bungay, gateway to the Broads National Park and notable for its wide range of antique shops, restaurants, pubs and other specialist shops; bicycle and canoe hire is also popular. Nearby is St Peter’s Hall with its award-winning independent brewery and restaurant. A little further along the Waveney is the attractive market town and boating centre of Beccles where day boats can be hired to explore the Broads.
The bustling city of Norwich, with its fascinating castle museum and Theatre Royal, is within
40 minutes’ drive. Also within half an hour’s drive is the Suffolk Heritage Coastline with the famous seaside towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, the RSPB bird reserve at Minsmere and the smaller but equally charming villages of Dunwich and Walberswick. Shops and pub 3 miles.

Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove. Large beamed dining room. Large kitchen. Utility. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower attachment and toilet. Shower room and toilet. Second floor (steep stairs to one bedroom): Double bedroom. Twin bedroom.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Set in wild flower garden extending to open countryside
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (33ft x 20ft, depth 3ft 6in to 7ft 6in) with changing facilities, available April-October
  • 3-acre trout fly fishing lake
  • No smoking
  • NB: Two unfenced ponds in garden

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  • BarbecueBarbecue
  • Detached PropertyDetached Property
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Customer's choiceCustomer's choice
  • Garden / PatioGarden / Patio
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Working FarmWorking Farm
  • No PetsNo Pets
  • Heritage CollectionHeritage Collection
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 21/10/2016
    Brilliant family location, loads to to, the pool is a huge bonus, 20 mins to the coast, but exploring the land around the farm was amazing, the fish pond and wild life was great for us city folk,

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 02/09/2016
    It was absolutely amazing and would recommend to anyone with a young family . The house has everything and the pool is perfect . The location is stunning so definitely explore all the villages in the area

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/08/2016
    We had a very warm welcome. The house had such character and was a special place to be for our holiday. It was well equipped and the owners were generous with towels and bed linen. The pool was fantastic and beautifully warm and the garden was perfect for relaxing in. We also enjoyed spending time at the lake. Jack and Susie told us about good local places to go which was very helpful We enjoyed watching the wildlife A very small negative was that most of the storage in the fridge door was broken - only the bottom shelf for bottles was useable - a minor point - we managed quite easily.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 27/05/2016
    We had a great time perfect for us as a family. Very much enjoyed the pool. Explored tbe local area. Beautiful part of the world. The only thing that we felt could have been better was to have a larger fridge given the number of people staying we would have benefitted from more space for fresh food.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2016
    we had a wonderful time, the house was lovely and in a beautiful location. The pool was great and the children loved it. we went out every day to various locations including Southwold, Lowestoft, Kessingland and the Camel Park. We all had a brilliant time and the children loved feeding Oscar the sheep!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 25/04/2016
    There's nothing not to like at the Old hall farm House. The owners are lovely and always happy to help plus there are plenty things to go around so you won't get bored guarantee. We will definitely go back.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 15/04/2016
    Enjoyed the quirkiness of the cottage and the pool Would benefit from having a tumble dryer with the washing machine, we couldn't dry CLOTHES! Could benefit from a bit of TLC there were many things broken ie, door handles, shower handles, torn rug.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; We are sorry that some parts of our cottage did not meet you expectations. As described, we do not currently have a tumble dryer, although we do have an AGA and a washing line. The shower handle was replaced for our following clients, but Tudor door handles and proving more difficult to find. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/04/2016
    This is superb holiday accommodation set in an historic building in the middle of extensive farmland. There is plenty of entertainment for families both within the property itself and in the large heated swimming pool. For those who are nature lovers, the grounds are home to numerous bird species, a broad range of domestic and wild animals; as well as various types of fish (in the well-stocked ponds and lakes). The owners (Susan and Jack) are friendly and very accommodating. Well worth a visit. Maisie and David

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/10/2015
    We have a lovely family weekend to celebrate my brother and sister in laws 40th birthdays. Home owners very friendly. Very child friendly place to stay 😊
    Swimming pool was lovely. Child gates and fire guides provide. This was brilliant as we had young children. Basic household items provided ie, tea, coffee milk, washing powders. Lovely lake at the end of the lane

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/08/2015
    Wonderful location, a property with great character. Fantastic swimming pool. Would stay again.

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9.2 out of 10 – based on 19 reviews collected by Reevoo
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