This Tudor farmstead experienced its heyday in the 16th century when the main house, remnants of which can still be seen in the oak frame of the barn, sat alongside an old pilgrimage route from Dunwich to Bury St Edmunds. This collection of worker’s cottages and barns has been lovingly restored and the rolling landscape brought back to life, with cattle and sheep once again grazing the valley sides and a traditional apple orchard being replanted.
Chapel Barn itself is a traditional Suffolk long barn converted with sensitivity to offer generous space for celebrations and events at ground level, with a lower level pool and hot tub. Across this new estate, Chapel Barn and Tennis Pavilion offer 18 bedrooms beside the 7 bedrooms at The Grange, 6 bedrooms at The Cider House, 6 bedrooms at Moat Cottage and two unique one bedroom boltholes perfect for romantic escapes – ‘The Hovel’ and ‘The Tabernacle’.
Set in this forgotten corner of Suffolk, the renovation has been led by the Estate build team using natural materials and working with local crafts men and women on the oak frames, lime pargetting, and long straw and read thatch, to preserve these traditional techniques.