Superb place. Do go. You could pick holes - anyone can if they really look hard enough. There are a few little problems with the rooms. But - this is a B & B, and it is easy, because of the location, the rooms, the public spaces to start to imagine you are in a 4 star hotel! It is unique. The building is unique, The rooms are unique. Utterly enjoyable, totally hospitable, unimaginably relaxing! The couple who run it are charming and incredibly helpful.
The rooms are beamed, they are part of the old fabric of the stables, the hay lofts, where the stable lads slept. They have been turned into incredible eccentric rooms. But spacious with lots of luxurious touches. The bathroom is very nice - my only little niggle would be the height of the bath, which for short people or anyone with any mobility issues, even slight, would be a challenge. Also the water was too hot and it did run out before we hot two full baths out of it. But if you know this in advance you can have a relaxing bath, but a bit shallower as the bath is massive! We didn't have a view which was perhaps the only thing you don't get, at least from our room. which is disappointing in such a wonderful place - but it is unavoidable due to the position of the rooms under the eaves.
Breakfast is fabulous - and in company. If our little group of couples was anything to go by, there are after all only a few rooms - the conversation at the breakfast table is one of the nicest things about the stay. There is a trust bar, and we bought a picnic and had it at the tables outside in the evening with a bottle of wine from the bar (delcious wine choice) - it is so peaceful and green and English.
On the last morning we took a walk in the grounds. They are enormous. When we were there there was some preparations going on for the latitude festival. Apparently some musicians were going to be in the Stables - lucky them! We also got to see the part of the stables that has been left as it was - so atmospheric.
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- Retreat from the world at our luxury boutique bed and breakfast near Southwold set in 800 acres of private parkland. ... more less
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- The Stables At Henham Park Southwold, Suffolk