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On the banks of one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Deben, with access to its own private sandy beach, Sandlings Barn is a magnificent retreat in uniquely tranquil surroundings. Situated down a long, private driveway and surrounded by hilly pastures and ancient woodland on its own 45-acre estate, Sandlings Barn feels like a true wilderness.
Combining traditional Suffolk barn construction with stunning modern architectural features, it has been converted to a residential dwelling this year with particular consideration given to space and light.
The vast main room retains the scale, proportions and features of the original barn, including soaring ceilings with exposed timber beams. Floor-to-ceiling windows on either side of the space are at the heart of the room, flooding it with light throughout the day. A grand dining table sits at one end, with a comfortable snug with large sofas set around a wood burning stove at the opposite side.
Leading off from the living area is the grand family bathroom. Complete with giant cast iron roll top bath, spacious walk-in shower unit and stylish chequerboard marble flooring. The newly fitted kitchen features ink blue units, finished with a marble worktop.
Sleeping accommodation is split between two levels. The magnificent mezzanine master bedroom retains the light, space and feel of the original barn within a unique modern design. A stunning three-metre glass wall overlooks the main room (with curtain for privacy) while a super-king bed plus en suite bathroom (we love the pink encaustic floor tiles!) make this a truly luxurious place to relax. The second two bedrooms are accessed via a short corridor, with a couple of steps, from the kitchen and feature a king bed and twin beds.
As stylish and spacious as Sandlings Barn is, it is its location that will truly take the breath away. Beyond the private terrace area (a great spot for barbecues) are pastures and woodland, leading down to the banks of the Deben just 500 yards away (and visible from the barn). All of which is available to explore by foot. The historic town of Woodbridge is just a 10 minute easy drive away and is a fantastic location for a day exploring and also offers an array of amenities during your stay.
The icing on the cake are the private sandy beaches (shared only with the owners who live at the farmhouse). Ever-changing with the tide, they are home to a stunning array of birdlife and cannot be accessed by road. Sandlings Barn is not only in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty but the property is also in a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is a fantastic location for those who enjoy bird watching and nature.
Watching one of Suffolk’s famous sunsets go down over the river on your own private beach, you will be in no doubt as to why the East Anglian Daily Times described this isolated spot as having “arguably the loveliest view in Suffolk”.
Open Plan Room with Sitting area: Comfortable seating and large woodburner, Dining area: Dining table and chairs for 8. Soaring ceilings add a sense of space, whilst floor to ceiling windows and doors at either side flood the room with light.
Kitchen: Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and breakfast table with 3 chairs.
Family Bathroom: Roll top bath, walk-in shower cubicle, w.c., basin and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 1: King bed and chest of drawers.
Bedroom 2: Twin beds and chest of drawers.
Bedroom 3: Superking bed, chest of drawers and large window overlooking the open plan room. Ensuite shower room: Shower cubicle, w.c., basin and heated towel rail.
Outside: Small patio to the rear of the property. There is a large amount of land surrounding the property which is available to explore at guests own risk. A short walk will take you to the river Deben, where you will have access to the private sandy beaches on the banks of the river.
Parking: Off-street parking for 3-4 cars.
Heating: Oil fired central heating.
Notes: Wifi, bed linen and towels provided.
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