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Swallows Nest

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Ilketshall St. Margaret, near Bungay, Suffolk
Grade 4 Star rating
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This 18th-century detached barn is centrally positioned for exploring Norfolk and Suffolk, and the market towns of Bungay and Beccles.

This 18th-century detached barn, standing adjacent to the owner’s period farmhouse, has been tastefully converted to provide comfortable holiday accommodation. Centrally positioned for exploring Norfolk and Suffolk, and the market towns of Bungay and Beccles. Medieval St Peters Hall and brewery, 1/2 mile, offers food and brewery tours. Southwold, Walberswick, RSPB reserves, fishing lakes, coastal walks and Norwich City within 1/2 hour’s drive. Shops 3 miles, pub 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with French doors. Conservatory. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, both with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with French doors.

Oil central heating (£5 per night if used). electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Balcony and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Unsuitable for children. No smoking.

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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

  • 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!

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 30/03/2018
    Perfect base for exploring this part of Suffolk. Hosts friendly and attentive. Loved the rather quirky accommodation, but understand that owners have immanent plans to upgrade and refresh.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2018
    I was close to burn-out at work, and ran away here in a bitterly cold February with just my dog & my elderly mum. The cottage is a tasteful barn conversion, clever use of space, cosy, colourful, spotlessly clean & warm as toast. Maggie & Eric are perfect hosts, delightful to talk to, nothing is too much trouble but happy to leave you to enjoy yourselves without invading your privacy. Wonderful place for a dog owner, as there's a secure garden and DOZENS of walks, footpaths everywhere including one that starts just the other side of the road, by a round-towered church with nesting doves. The conservatory is a fantastic bonus: when the sun came out you could wear a t-shirt in there despite the vicious winter. There are plenty of places to explore by car, but the village is pretty remote by English standards, this is all farmland, so if you need lots of pubs & fine dining, do your research and be prepared to drive. But if you like to walk, and otherwise relax, curled up in quiet, cosy surroundings, this is the place for you. I will definitely go back.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 17/11/2017
    We have been to Swallows nest 9 times now and love this gorgeous cottage. The surrounding areas are perfect for walking our 2 dogs and the hosts Maggie and Eric are lovely, nothing is too much trouble. Will be going back again next year

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 22/09/2017
    The cottage was basically furnished with equipment that was no more than adequate

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    Response on behalf of the owner; I’m so sorry that Ronald,responded negatively to his stay at swallow nest. When we asked Ronald and his party of guests if they were comfortable and satisfactory, we understood they were all happy and enjoying the surroundings and having a lovely time. We are taken a little by surprise at Ronald’s review taking into consideration our existing reviews from previous guests.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/09/2017
    Fantastic! We had an absolutely fabulous week in Suffolk. Swallows Nest was everything we look for in a cottage and more.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    A really well-appointed cottage in a secluded setting, perfect for a peaceful & relaxed holiday.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 07/07/2017
    We enjoyed our stay very much. The scenery around the cottage was very pretty & we enjoyed feeding the fish & stroking the cats. The ensuit bathrooms were very useful

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