When asked what makes these three properties so special, it is really hard to simply pin-point one thing. It’s not just about the six acre farm land where they are situated, the high-end finish or the historic features it’s the passion, dedication and time that went into restoring them into what they are today.
Two years ago all three properties were nothing but a ruin, a distant memory of what they used to be, but today after and intensive conservation and restoration project The Cottage, The Cross Wing and The Seed Store are nearing completion and enquiries are currently being taken to stay in these fantastic self catering holiday cottages – expected to be completed February 2014.
At Best of Suffolk we are always keen to find and preserve historic buildings, so that they have a sustained future and this project has certainly been an interesting journey!
All the properties have been restored using traditional materials, including soft Suffolk bricks, oak timbers and lime mortar – and you’ll also see original features throughout them.
High Ash Farm – Sleeps 2
Is the beautifully renovated 16th Century farmhouse cottage which has been sympathetically divided into two holiday cottages, The Cottage and The Cross Wing. The Cottage is simply stunning, with its original exposed wooden beams, original brick flooring and impressive inglenook fireplace, housing a wood burning stove and original bread oven to the side for wood storage.
Its south-facing patio looks out over six acre gardens and farmlands beyond, and the hand woven willow fencing ensures privacy from the adjoining buildings.
The bathroom has everything you’d expect from a modern day house, and more, the dual aspect rooms offers views over grounds and surrounding farmlands. The bedroom homes a king size bed, exposed wooden beams and a red-bricked chimney breast.
The kitchen is hand made, with oak work surfaces and houses original yard bricks from Alde House which was formally the residence of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson who was instrumental in the Women’s Suffrage Movement in 1866.
The Cross Wing
High Ash Farm – sleeps 2
The Cross Wing makes up the other half of the 16th Century farmhouse, which is equally as beautiful as its neighbouring property.
But what makes this property special is it’s magnificent fireplace, with its medieval ritual markings on the bressumer beam. It is thought that back in the day these markings would warn off evil spirits and its truly amazing that this piece of history lives on in the property. Exposed beams, waxed floorboards and Beehive original bread oven make up what makes the living area so special.
The kitchen is again hand-made and homes handmade floor pamments with double doors opening onto the south-facing terrace.
The views within the property are simply amazing, looking out over the 6 acre gardens.
The Seed Store
High Ash Farm – sleeps 2
As the name implies, this is the former seed store of the farm, which has been brought back to life using traditional materials including hemp and lime insulation, lime plaster and original brick flooring.
The Seed Store is now a high-end holiday cottage offering contemporary living. But what makes this property so special is its panoramic views across the open fields, through its bespoke curved glass windows and double doors.
Original flooring and exposed wooden beams can be found in the kitchen, whilst exposed steel can be seen in the living room, really adding to the quirkiness of the property.
There’s no denying all the rooms in all three properties offer an amazing view and they each have their own level of history – the question is which one will you choose to stay in? Enquire today.