As we travel the world to exotic far-flung places, it’s easy to forget just how much our own country has to offer. A hundred miles north-east of London on the Suffolk coast lies a little oasis of simple, rural charm with a cultural pedigree. The region, designated by the National Trust as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ is the ideal place for a quick getaway, either to reconnect with nature or take in some high culture – it’s home to two world-class annual cultural events. Those looking for a comfortable but stylish base to explore it have a great new option in Five Acre Barn, a blend of clean, contemporary design, rural cosiness and welcoming atmosphere provided by its owners Bruce and David.
As the name suggests, it is set within five acres of grounds – mostly woodland – giving it a tranquil, back-to-nature feel. Situated just a mile from the shingle covered beach and the quirky neighbouring seaside towns of Thorpeness and Aldeburgh, it is ideal for long romantic coastal walks. The light here is particularly beautiful and the muted colours are a favourite of artists.
Primarily available for bed and breakfast, it is also possible to hire the entire place on a self-catering basis. It sleeps ten guests, with four comfortable duplex rooms and one palatial single level master suite (pictured), each with their own ensuite bathrooms. This place is bound to be popular so early booking is advised.