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Old Hall Farmhouse


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St Nicholas, Harleston, Suffolk
Grade 4 Star rating
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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

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Satellite TV
    Satellite TV
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Working Farm
    Working Farm
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle
  • Celebration Houses
    Celebration Houses

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 10/08/2018
    A lovely cottage, but some things need improvement. The bathroom doors need locks and some of the pans in the kitchen need replacing. It was unusually incredibly hot on the week of 3rd August, and the attic room must have remained at 35 degrees all night, all upstairs rooms were tremendously hot. A few fans would have helped. However, the biggest problem was the flies. There were a lot. The cottage is obviously on a farm (lovely trout lake and very little noise), so flies are expected. However, constant swatting and ineffective fly paper didn't do the job. Windows without fly screens therefore had to be kept closed (adding to the heat), and exits made rapidly through half open doors. Hand-over day is obviously the worse because people have to leave the door open to load cars. An electric fly zapping machine during the summer months would help a lot. The swimming pool was amazing. It was warm and very clean. No sign of mold or cracked tiles anywhere, unlike many cottages with pools. Changing cubicle and toilet at the pool a bonus. The area was very nice, but, in retrospect, my family, with five small children, would personally like somewhere closer to a town. Plan ahead for milk and bread! The owner was really kind and helpful. Made a welcoming cake and took in, and put away, the food delivery van that got there early, before we arrived. Lots of character and space in the house. Not many changes needed to make this an excellent holiday cottage.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 14/05/2018
    Wonderful historic house in a peaceful location. We loved our stay and would definitely go again.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 30/04/2018
    My party of 8, stayed for a weekend in April to celebrate a milestone Birthday. The farmhouse and the grounds are just beautiful. Perfect for peace and quiet and enjoying nature. The private pool is a real bonus, it wasn't cold at all and it was fabulous to be able to make use of it at any time of the day or night. It rained all weekend, during our visit but that did not diminish our enjoyment of our stay one bit and we can appreciate that had the sun been out, we would have made great use of all the outside space.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/04/2018
    Absolutely wonderful cottage. Clean, comfortable, peaceful and well-equipped. Friendly, welcoming hosts. With the pool, ponds and lakes, we were all thoroughly entertained. Very highly recommended.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    Lovely house, out in the country. Owners were delightful and made us very welcome, going out of their way to ensure our comfort. You need to go there for the quiet rather than local amenities. Swimming Pool excellent albeit detached from the house. Happy to show us and, in particular, the children the lambs and baby pigs which they thoroughly enjoyed.

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