The Sheepyard Barn

Ipswich, Suffolk

Bricks from the original building, lights in a vintage barn style, every eco luxury, and Constable country all around. What’s not to adore?


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


A wood-fired pizza oven, a ‘resistance’ indoor pool, a cosy home cinema and a hot tub with bucolic views: Sheepyard Barn is eco-chic, high spec, and spectacular. You pootle past four woody lakeside lodges and down the twisting track until, at last, a long low barn comes into view, in a commanding position on a gentle hill, with rolling fields all around. Enter to find… streaming light, heaps of space, everything on one floor, and bedrooms divided from living areas by a heavy wooden sliding door. It’s the perfect multi-generational place to stay, and dogs are welcome too. Every little thing has been considered, from hooks for children’s coats and a trampoline sunk into the grass, to storage for outdoor cushions (note the patio sofas) and, on arrival, fresh flowers, homemade cake and eggs from the farm where the friendly owners live. Stock up with provisions in Hadleigh, return to a wow of a kitchen, a pleasure to work in and sociable too; no chef could be lonely here. Spot wildlife at Wolves Wood, book in a spa therapist, enjoy tea in Lavenham, or stroll to Flatford. Then retire to the ‘Field Shelter’ and catch the evening sun.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 4 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.

Dog's own welcome letter, biscuits, water and food bowls, walking lead and spare poo bags. Underfloor heated boot room for dogs to sleep in.

Dogs £20 per dog per stay.

Walks from the door. Large open garden for dogs to run free in. Safely 0.5 miles from the road.

Pubs/restaurants 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £314
Weekly price
from £2200
Extra double bed £60
1 House for 10
From £3144 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Andrew Bryce

  • The ancient wool towns of Lavenham and Kersey are stunning and perfect for a walk followed by lunch in one of the many cafes or restaurants. These stunning villages are only 10 and 20mins from the barn.
  • Explore Constable country. A highlight is to walk along the river and meadows from Dedham down to Flatford where Constable painted the famous Hay Wain. It is a gentle circular walk and you can follow this with a lunch back at the excellent Boathouse.
  • Head up to the heritage coast and visit Aldeburgh. This old fishing village has long open beaches for walking, fisherman selling fresh fish from their hut, boutique shops, art galleries and probably the best fish and chip shop in the UK!
  • There are a number of superb places to eat locally, including nationally recognised fine dining restaurants, gastro pubs, local traditional pubs with proper home cooked food as well as many take away options.
  • One of the most popular things to do is a 3mile circular walk around our quiet farm. There is a wealth of wildlife we have hear including roe deer, barn owls, buzzards and much more. The golf club is a great stop for lunch ½ way around.
  • However the thing people more do at The Suffolk Escape, is to “stop, relax and unwind”. It is such a peaceful spot set on its own and with so much to do onsite it is a great spot to just enjoy this special Suffolk hideaway.