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Swallows Nest

Ilketshall St. Margaret, near Bungay, Suffolk
Grade 4 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Pets 2
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This 18th-century detached barn is centrally positioned for exploring Norfolk and Suffolk, and many market towns.

Ground Floor:
Living room:
With TV, DVD player and CD player.
Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and French doors leading to...
Conservatory: With French doors leading to garden.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1:
With double bed, French doors leading to balcony, and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Balcony with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: No children.

This 18th-century, detached barn stands adjacent to the owner’s period farmhouse and has been tastefully converted to provide comfortable holiday accommodation. The barn is ideally positioned for exploring Norfolk and Suffolk. There are numerous walks from the cottage. Medieval St. Peter’s hall and brewery, ½ mile away, offers brewery tours and food. Southwold, Walberswick, RSPB reserves, fishing lakes, coastal walks and Norwich city are within ½ hours drive. Bungay, 3 miles has shops and amenities. Shops 3 miles, pub ½ mile.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio
    Enclosed Garden/Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2019
    We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating New Year's Eve at Swallows Nest. We particularly liked that the accommodation and ensuites were identical which was perfect for two couples who wanted equal space. The location and grounds around the cottage are beautiful. The cottage was lovely and clean, and well equiped. The only improvement we could suggest would be sliding doors for the ensuites, but this wouldn't stop us from returning. Thank you so much to the owners. We had a lovely time.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 07/09/2018
    Modern kitchen, well enough equipped for us with good quality items. An interesting hunt for freezer (understairs) and washing machine (entrance lobby cupboard) but dishwasher is where you'd expect! Comfortable beds and lounge furniture. Both bedrooms en-suite, curtained off from bedroom rather than with a door. Location gives good access to South Norfolk - Norwich and it's 2 nearby NT properties, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth - and northern part of Suffolk - Bungay and the other historic towns, Southwold, Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings. Not many craft centres or similar Christmas shopping opportunities though!! Owners very friendly and helpful, as was the neighbour I met while walking the dog one morning around the nearby fields - circular walks of varying lengths are possible. Very welcome bottle of bubbles awaiting us on arrival! Couple of words of warning though: the step between kitchen and conservatory is very deep if you have ambulatory difficulties although it is possible to get there without the step by walking around the outside! Also, the wall between the en-suites isn't sound-proof and, as it's a curtain rather than a door to the bedrooms they aren't either - couples beware!!!!

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 03/08/2018
    For a quiet relaxing break this is great. Need a car to shop etc. But if you get all provisions in this is great Bungay is 10 mins away by car - with shops restaurants etc

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 13/07/2018
    Well appointed cottage, quiet and private. Lovely countryside in North Suffolk with plenty of nice pubs and restaurants.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 22/06/2018
    Welcoming owners anxious to please. Peaceful location. Unusual cottage typical of the area but roomy downstairs with a large conservatory which also serves as a dining room. Good enclosed garden - one bedroom has a balcony which looks out onto a sizable pond with attractive water lilies and surround. Weather was exceptionally good - but if necessary the cottage has central heating and an extremely good kitchen newly installed - some equipment is to be found in unusual places! We really enjoyed our stay.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/05/2018
    Our seventh stay at Swallows Nest was the best one yet! It's a beautifully decorated and cosy cottage in an incredibly peaceful pocket of rural Suffolk. Maggie and Eric are the perfect combination as they are absolutely lovely and would do anything to help you, whilst at the same time they leave you in complete privacy so you feel like the cottage is yours for the week! We have a greyhound who prefers quiet walks so it's ideal for him with picturesque routes in the local area and beach walks in Dunwich just a short drive away. Bungay is a lovely local town just a five minute drive away with great restaurants, shops and pubs and still maintains the feeling of a laid back village. A stay at Swallows Nest really does provide everything you could want for a relaxing time away from it all and there's so much to see and do nearby to satisfy a variety of interests. We will certainly be booking again for next year. Thank you Maggie and Eric!

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