flowers in full bloom in the beautiful Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds

Out & About

Thinking about staying at Woodfarm Barns for your holiday? Not only will you be in good hands with us, but you’ll also have a fantastic time discovering the many faces of Suffolk. In one instant, this county is a sprawling expanse of tranquil countryside, in another it’s a coastal escape with old-timey seafront attractions, and in yet another it’s a tech-driven creative hub with up and coming artistic talent of all kinds.

Alde Barn luxury holiday cottage

Luxury cottage holiday in Suffolk

Why choose a luxury holiday cottage in Suffolk for your break?

Woodfarm Barns is based in Stonham Aspall, in the heart of the quintessential Suffolk countryside. Step out of our driveway and you’ll find undisturbed rolling countryside for miles, with the very same winding lanes that were made famous by local singer Ed Sheeran.

Nearby to the Barns, you’ll be pleased to find plenty of fabulous pubs, restaurants and coffee shops, many of which serve food and drink from local producers. Some of these locations are also dog-friendly, for those of you who intend on bringing your furry friends to stay with us.

Suffolk also offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, from pottery painting and live music, to more adventurous kayaking and wall climbing. We even have a ski slope! Again, if you’re staying with dogs, you and your pup will benefit from a huge range of walks throughout the county. Whether you want fresh sea air or scenic country vistas, there’s something for all abilities.

Under two hours from London

One of the great advantages we have in Suffolk is that everything we have on offer is just an hour or so from London. Ipswich is directly accessible via train from London Liverpool Street.

Our holiday cottage guests come primarily from the Capital and the Home Counties, as well as further afield. Year after year, we see our guests visibly relax as they arrive at Woodfarm, knowing that they have a few blissful days of peace and quiet ahead.

Ironwork Pig at the in Friday Street

Experience country life

A lot of people aren’t surrounded by countryside at home. We’re very lucky to be located in one of the most naturally beautiful spots around, where our guests can spot owls, deer, pheasants, rabbits and a plethora of wild birds and other animals. So many of our guests love to breathe in the country air, listen to the birds and watch the stars in a sky without light pollution – just because they can!

Great Farm Shop goodies

Shopping in Suffolk

From boutique clothes to country living, as well as loads of great gift and craft shops, and the best farm shops purveying local artisan food and drink, we’ve got plenty to keep you busy and offer you rewarding retail therapy during your holiday cottage break with us here in Suffolk.

We have a handful of large towns offering all you need from the high street, but most of our cottage guests come in search of independent retailers in all manor of sectors. There are a number of wonderful clothes designers, as well as scores of amazing artisan food growers and suppliers. We’re also home to a few national drink brands such as Adnams and Aspalls, too.

Abbey Gardens

Stunning historical architecture across Suffolk

Suffolk boasts a rich and varied architecture scene, including a remarkable amount of medieval buildings. Different styles can be scene throughout our towns and villages – a drive from the county’s west border to the coast will reveal a huge palette of architectural styles.

Suffolk was very much the hub of the wool industry in days gone by and many beautiful buildings are still very much keeping that history alive, particularly in Lavenham and Long Melford. We have one of the last external timber-framed churches left in Suffolk literally next door to us, too, which is the starting point of a very popular little walk with so many of our holiday cottage guests.

We also have some incredible houses and halls of distinction, such as Kentwell, Melford, Helmingham, Ickworth, several Guildhalls and an abundance of medieval homes and public buildings. Winding the clock back even further we have ancient Saxon heritage here at Sutton Hoo!

Suffolk coastal accommodation - Aldeburgh beach

Suffolk’s Heritage Coast

We are very fortunate to have some of the most picturesque coastlines in the UK right here in Suffolk. Known as the Heritage Coast, there is so much to see and do here that you’ll undoubtedly need to return! Our holiday cottages are just half an hour away from the coast, which is why so many guests choose us. Our location combines the very best of rural Suffolk countryside, with easy access straight along the A1120 at the top of our lane, heading out to the well known tourist spots of Aldeburgh, Orford, Southwold, Walberswick, Dunwich and Minsmere. These are fabulous places to visit and, as locals, we go there regularly.

Designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We have not one, but two Designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty within half an hour of our holiday cottages! Suffolk Coasts & Heaths and Dedham Vale provide us with some of the most breath-taking scenery in the UK. The Suffolk coast is awe-inspiring and provides much inspiration for artists and musicians, yet equally enjoyed by walkers and twitchers. Constable Country is on our doorstep, known the world over, yet it is still such a relaxing place to walk, or sit and unwind. The meander from Dedham to Flatford is one of our favourite kayaking spots.

Suffolk – a dry(ish) county for your holiday

Suffolk is one of the driest counties in the UK.  We’re not saying it never rains here. It does rain. But not as much as many other parts of the country according to In some years, annual rainfall totals in south Suffolk have been below 450mm, especially around Ipswich. That’s less than the average annual rainfall in Jerusalem, Beirut and even some semi-arid parts of the world.

Deben Barn luxury holiday cottage exterior photo

So, where do we go when we are on holiday in Suffolk?

We have ‘Welcome Folders’ in all of our holiday cottages – but what if you want to plan before you start your holiday? We have a dedicated website called ‘Where Do We?…’ to answer the common questions such as “Where Do We Eat & Drink?”, “Where Do We See the Sea?”, “Where Do We Walk?”, “Where Do We Take the Dog?”, “Where Do We Cycle?”.

The aim is to bring you as much information as we can on all the things you may wish to do when you are staying in one of our holiday cottages. Where Do We? is your online ‘Welcome Folder’.

Have we convinced you to stay with us? Head to our Cottages page to find out more about our luxury accommodation.