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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, East Anglia, England

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Nick H
Great Missenden, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Absolutely brilliant stay at Gipping Barn, Woodfarm Barns”
Reviewed 1 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016


Absolutely wonderful holiday at Woodfarm Barns in early April. We stayed at Gipping Barn for a 4 night stay and loved it. Our dogs loved it too, loads of space, a secure fenced garden with great smells in the gardens to explore, and really well setup for dogs, hard floors in the cottage etc. 

The greeting basket of local produce was very welcome with lovely bacon, bread, eggs, butter, milk, fruit and veg, and jams. Everything you would need is provided such as coffee, tea, sugar, washing up liquid and cleaning cloths which is really rare when we stay away in self catering cottages, and saves a lot of unnecessary purchases. Kitchen is well laid out with a good oven, hob and fridge.

The hot tub is amazing, the host Carl explains everything on arrival and it's a brilliant way to wind down after a long day walking the beaches, fields and woods of Suffolk. We loved it. Plastic glasses are provided for a little alcoholic treat in the bubbles, it's hot, steamy and very very nice. 

Everything is laid out very well in the cottage with a nice bathroom, sizeable kitchen, decent TV and DVD player. The games room provides a massive choice of DVDs, books and games to use during your stay which is great, and shows how much thought has gone into these cottages. 

The cottage complex is quiet, off the beaten track down a lane near Crowfield, so you couldn't get anymore remote and peaceful. We spent our week travelling to see Aldeburgh, Southwold, Adnams Brewry Tour, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and Thorpeness. 

Carl is a great host, greeting you with all the info you would need for the week ahead then leaving you alone until check out day to make sure you've enjoyed yourselves and gleaning any feedback. 

In summary, it was brilliant, we can't wait to return. 

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
4 May 2016
Wow, thank you! I can't ask for better feedback than that! Hope to see you guys again soon then. Thank you so much :-)
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tlaracer
Leicester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Beautifully relaxing”
Reviewed 29 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Just returned from a lovely break in Stour Barn. Right from the start, Carl was very friendly and welcoming and obviously very proud of the set up (and rightly so!) My dog, Darcy and I had a wonderfully relaxing time. The barn was stunning and situated in a beautifully landscaped shared garden and with it's own enclosed garden (complete with lovely outdoor "room') which Darcy loved having a sniff around. I just wish it had been warmer so I could have used it more.

Despite the rather random weather (one minute bright sunshine, the next snow!) the barn was wonderfully warm and cosy with the underfloor heating. I only used the wood burner on one night, just to have a go! and it has every possible amenity you might require including a delicious breakfast hamper.

Despite there being so much to do in the area (which is very easy to find in the info binder helpfully provided and on the wheredowe website) the place was so comfortable I struggled to actually leave every day!

All in all the perfect place to wind down and relax.

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Liked best: The peaceful location
Liked least: Bed was a bit too soft for me
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers People with pets
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Management Response
1 May 2016
Ah thank you so much! Really pleased you and Darcy enjoyed yourselves :-) Hope to be seeing you again sometime
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Andrew R
Ilford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
83 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A relaxing gem in the heart of Suffolk”
Reviewed 21 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

We stayed in Alde barn for 4 nights at the end of March and can't recommend the place enough. The pride with which Carl looks after the place and his guests is obvious from the moment we arrived. He is such a friendly and helpful chap. Not intrusive, he strikes just the right balance. The barm was spotless and had all the amenities you could want. The bedroom is on a mezzanine level above the lounge in the eaves which makes for a really cosy retreat. We found the underfloor heating to be more than ample so we didn't actually need the wood burner at all, it was plenty warm enough - although we did strike it lucky with a few fairly mild days. The location is peaceful and quiet with lovely walks from the door around the mid Suffolk countryside, very unspoilt by mass development and tourism. It was a treat to be away from London and the hordes of Londoners cramming onto Tubes and buses! The hamper of provisions provided as a welcome is more that enough to start you off and there are ample cooking supplies and crockery etc for self catering, although there is plentiful local information in the barn and on the website to find things to do and places to eat nearby. The wifi is a bonus, although we shouldn't really have used it as we were supposed to be 'getting away from it all'. I celebrated my birthday while we were there and getting some much needed good news about my health while we were there certainly added to the sense of peace and relaxation. We will definitely be back (hopefully when the weather is just a little warmer so that we can enjoy the private outside space around the barn) and have already mentioned it to friends with dogs who struggle to find good self catering accommodation. We didn't take advantage of the free bikes that can be borrowed - maybe next time. The only thing to look out for with this barn is the bathroom is on the ground floor and the window faces directly onto the central 'farmyard', so the curtain needs to stay closed to protect your dignity, but that's a very minor issue when the rest of the place is so good!

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Liked best: The peace and quiet
Liked least: The bathroom window
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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Management Response
22 Apr 2016
What a lovely, comprehensive review! Thank you so much. It was great to meet you guys and I'm glad that you had such a good time! Look forward to seeing you again :-)
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lesley176...
Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
“fantastic place to stay can't wait to go back”
Reviewed 3 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

This was our 2nd time here and we were not disappointed. Fantastic place. The barn was clean, fresh and as welcoming as the 1st time. We have 2 dogue de bordeauxs and they are at home here too. Its a great place to make your base as the is plenty to do within a short drive.
Carl is a great host is on call if you need him, and makes you feel at home when you arrive.
we are already planning our next vist.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
4 Apr 2016
Thank you so much! Lovely to see you guys again so I look forward to the next time :-)
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713T
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A wonderful relaxing treat”
Reviewed 2 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

We went to Woodfarm Barns for a few days to get away for my birthday with our dog. It is lovely to find such high end accommodation that is also dog friendly. The barns were nicely positioned around a lawn with water features with enough space for a well secured garden suitable for dogs to roam. The location fell quite secluded as there were only a few barns and it was peaceful and relaxing. Carl was very well organised both regarding the booking and with lots of extra touches such as bikes for use, maps for walks, a herb garden you could take herbs from for cooking, a folder full of all the info you could possibly need about the area, walks, recommended restaurants, shops, vets, etc. Woodfarm Barns even have their own website of "Where to" walk / eat / cycle/ visit / shop / go with the dog etc so you can plan some of your stay in advance. The interiors of the barns had been designed with thought, to a high specification and included a wood burner and heated floor tiles. On arrival there was a lovely breakfast hamper with local produce including bacon, eggs, bread, butter, jam, marmalade, mushrooms, tomatoes and cookies. Tea, coffee and sugar were also provided. There were some nice long dog walks on the doorstep, the remote type we like where you don't often meet other people as well as plenty of recommendations for shorter, more popular family friendly places to walk. We loved the hot tub both under the stars and even in the rain. There was ice in the fridge, a bottle chiller and towel rail in the garden next to the hot tub and robes and slippers were provided.
It was nice to go somewhere only a couple of hours away which was both remote and tranquil and had good access to the Suffolk coast!!
We would love to stay again soon!

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Liked best: The attention to detail and the hot tub
Liked least: No negatives to report
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
3 Apr 2016
Wow, what a comprehensive review! Thank you so much for saying absolutely everything we want prospective guests to hear!! I very much hope to see you guys again soon :-)
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