Suffolk farm offers luxurious B&B welcome
Musical couple Stephen and Helen Blake have turned a former Suffolk cattle farm near Beccles into an attractive and welcoming B&B business with three luxurious en-suite rooms.
“We had been in business for over 30 years,” said Stephen, “but decided to change direction and move into sharing our home as a B&B. As the children are now grown up and living in London, we have the space to embark upon a new venture.
“As musicians, we purchased Marsh Farm Barn in 1991, an attractive building perfectly suited for a large music room.
“The property was once home for cattle owned by the local farm, hence re-naming it ‘The Suffolk Byre’. The barns were established in the early 1800s. With a mind to conservation, sensitive planning, and craftsmanship, we have embellished the barns to the high standard we offer today,” he said.
“We have maintained many of the original materials in the rooms; beams in the Music Room and bricks in the kitchen, to name but a few,” said Stephen. Who is also behind a business making Bible boxes.”
The en-suite rooms themselves have been beautifully designed in a Georgian style. Each room has a half-tester panelled headboard with independently-switched down lighting for bedtime reading, a matching mirror and wardrobes finished with ‘Old White’ Farrow and Ball paint. There is a television and remote control with Freeview, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities and bottled water. Each room has an en suite bathroom with shower and toilet. One also has a bath
The Suffolk Byre comprises two en-suite bedrooms plus the Courtyard Apartment.
Breakfast is served in the beautiful Music Room, with its York stone flooring, original beams, wood burner and panelling creating a unique atmosphere in again with a view in to the courtyard. During the spring and summer months, the couple can also serve guests breakfast al fresco on the terrace in our serene courtyard, under the gazebo.
Perfectly situated within easy reach of Beccles, and close to the coastline, The Suffolk Byre is a great base for a stay in the tranquil Suffolk countryside.
Some of the best local things to do when you stay at The Suffolk Byre include the music and shopping at Snape Maltings, the Latitude Festival in late July, Africa Alive at nearby Kessingland, the popular coastal town of Southwold and Walberswick, walking on Dunwich Heath, bird-watching at Minsmere or the town of Lowestoft, all within ten miles..
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