Shepherds Watch

All Saints South Elmham, Waveney Valley

  • 4 Star Gold
  • With ground floor accommodation throughout, Shepherds Watch is a great place for a family or couples with a passion for animals. Soak up the beautiful countryside and farmland surrounding this spacious barn conversion.

You can book this property from:

  • £646 per week
  • £92 per night
  • 4 Star Gold

Features

Nearby activities

  • Walking

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner

Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 king/super-king bed
  • 2 single beds
  • 2 single Zip&Link beds

Kitchen

  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer

Bathrooms

  • 2 bathrooms
  • Towels provided
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Wet room

Families

  • Family friendly
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair

Outdoors

  • Enclosed garden
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking

Accessibility

  • On one level, no stairs
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor bath/shower room
  • Wet room

Description

Offer: This property is available at reduced pricing for four people using two of the bedrooms only. Please specify at time of booking.  Please call for further details.

Set in a beautiful and remote corner of Suffolk on a 600 acre farm with pedigree Southdown sheep, a small herd of Irish Moiled cattle, hens and guinea fowl. This attractive barn conversion now provides spacious and extremely comfortable holiday accommodation for six, all on the ground floor.

HALESWORTH 6 miles (9.6km), BUNGAY 6 miles, SOUTHWOLD 14 miles (22.5km), MINSMERE 17 miles (27.3KM),  Framlingham 17 miles

About the property: This centuries-old cottage started life as a cart shed and retains a wealth of original features. Beamed and with vaulted ceilings, the cottage has a traditional wood burning stove as well as central heating. All accommodation is on the ground floor and will suit any group, from families with babies and toddlers to those with some mobility restrictions (the second bathroom includes a wet room shower, assistance rails and shower chair). For international visitors, German is spoken on site. 

A great opportunity for children to experience life on the farm - get involved with collecting freshly laid eggs from the chickens and bottle feeding calves and lambs!

Grounds: French windows lead onto a fenced garden, beyond which is the moat. The garden includes a lovely sun terrace as well as a good variety of attractive planting and small grassed area. A gate leads to a gravel track beyond which are the grazing meadows with sheep and cattle including Northern Dairy Shorthorn and Irish Moile cattle and a small flock of Devon Closewool sheep, both listed on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) Watchlist. Children love Shepherds Watch, not only is the house family friendly but there is so much to see and do around and about Shepherds Watch.  Visit the sheep and the hens, roam the fields and watch the cows, play on the toddler toys in the yard or jump on the trampoline! - see below for more details.

Minimum Hire: 3 nights except in high season when it is a week.

Parking: There is parking for at least 3 cars.

This property is ideal for any age group: There is a full sized table tennis table in the roofed "hovel" as well as a dart board and basketball net. There are a number of grass tracks around the farm and visitors are welcome to wander as they wish - PLEASE CLOSE GATES BEHIND YOU. Beyond the farm is a comprehensive network of footpaths meandering around The 'Saints' - a series of small villages all with their own fascinating church. This is a wonderful area to explore either on foot or by bicycle.

For the Children and the young at heart: Youngsters will love their holiday at Shepherd's Watch, whether they visit in the depths of winter or high summer. Lambing starts in early January and continues through to the middle of February. Calves are born in the spring and turned out onto the grazing meadows in late spring. Hens (of various exotic breeds) and guinea fowl roam the grounds and there are even rare breed turkeys. Swallows nest in the stables and the barns. There are kingfishers on the moat, hares in the fields and a pair of barn owls living in the woods beside the paddock. There is large fenced garden behind the farmhouse which all ages are welcome to enjoy with swing, swing boat and trampoline and a summer house.
Shepherds Watch owners are very happy for visitors to get involved with life on the farm - from bottle feeding the lambs to watching the sheering, or simply taking a private tour of the farm and learning more about the importance of maintaining some of the UK's finest rare breeds.  But don't worry if farming is not your thing you can simply enjoy the countryside and the coast of Suffolk.
  
Self Catering: The kitchen is well equipped and the welcome cake delicious. Guests are welcome to collect their own fresh eggs from the nest boxes. Home produced beef, lamb and eggs can be purchased from the farm.

Nearby Halesworth is home to two good butchers,  good greengrocers and a large Co-op supermarket as well as other small convenience stores.
   
Eating and drinking out: If you would rather eat out there is an excellent choice of pubs and restaurants in the area including Cleones Italian Restaurant, at The Angel, Halesworth, offering authentic Italian food, including delicious homemade pizzas straight from the oven, and generous portions of homemade pasta. All vegetables and meat are sourced locally and the pub also serves a good traditional menu. Booking is necessary to avoid disappointment.

Just twenty minutes away is Bungay where you will also be spoilt for choice. The Olive Tree, near Bungay, another great Italian restaurant or The Castle Inn, The Bahn Thai or traditional Fish and Chips from the Golden House in Earsham Street.

St Peters Brewery is worth a visit with brewery tours are available. 

For further information on the things to do and places to visit in the area, please look at our own online guides Visit Southwold and Visit North Suffolk.

Facilities

Offer: This property is available at reduced pricing for four people using two of the bedrooms only. Please specify at time of booking.  Please call for further details.

All accommodation is on the ground floor

  • Entrance to Shepherd's Watch is via two steps or a gentle ramp
  • The hall has hooks for coats etc and plenty of space for storing walking boots, buckets and spades
  • The living room is open plan. The L shaped kitchen is well equipped with electric oven and hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge with small freezer compartment (a large freezer is also available), filter coffee maker.
  • The dining area has a stripped pine table and six chairs and open shelving and cupboards with amply cutlery and china
  • The sitting room has two sofas and two armchairs, traditional log burning stove, coffee tables and lamps, flat screen TV showing a basic SKY package and DVD, side table with CD, stereo, maps, games and a large store of DVDs. French doors lead out to the garden
  • Bedroom 1 has twin beds zipped together as a super king, bedside cabinets and lamps, chest of drawers, wardrobe, a large selection of books. Windows to two sides of the room make this a sunny room ( for twin beds, please request at time of booking)
  • Beside bedroom 1 is the family bathroom with w.c. (with grab rails) and basin, large wetroom shower (with grab rails) and seat (suitable for those with some disabilities), heated towel rail
  • Bedroom 2 - A double bedroom with en suite bathroom. King sized double bed, bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers with CD player and wardrobe
  • The en suite bathroom has bath with overhead shower, wash basin and w.c., heated towel rail
  • Bedroom 3 - A twin bedded room with lamps, chest of drawers and wardrobe

Outside

  • The garden is reached via french doors from the sitting room or via a fenced and walkway from the front of the cottage
  • The garden includes a large terrace with table and chairs, parasol and barbecue. There are two wooden loungers with cushions. The garden is attractively planted and includes a grassed area. It is fully fenced and gated.
  • Beyond the garden gate is a sheltered garden bench
  • Paths beyond the gate lead to the fields, the vegetable garden and the chicken houses.
  • A path from the front of the cottage leads through to the farm garden where there is a trampoline, swing and swing boat and summer house - all of which are available for guest use
  • There is a covered area with lighting to the side of the cottage with table tennis table, darts and some toddler's toys
  • Sheep and cattle graze in the paddocks so please do close all gates after you
  • There is private parking in the yard beside the cottage for three or more cars

Services

  • Bed linen and towels, underfloor and central heating are provided
  • A wooden cot and high chair are provided (please bring bedding for the cot). There is a hair dryer. All bedding is hypo-allergenic and synthetic.
  • WiFi is available for your laptop but should not be relied on heavily for work usage and can be slow.
  • In consideration of other visitors please do not smoke in the cottage
  • Wi fi service is provided. 
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Reviews

A peaceful retreat. Everything you need from a holiday cottage. Recommend Suffolk for a long or short break.

Mrs Jackie D,

Really lovely property in a beautiful setting.

Ms Veronica H,

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