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Frater House

Harleston, Norfolk (Ref. 963755)

4.4

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "We have just returned after spending two weeks in Frater House."

    The house is most unusual, being an Eco house, and is a wonderful building. There is so much light flooding in and so much space to move around in. The house is well equipped, with everything that anyone might need to have a very comfortable stay, and the owner is very helpful. It is well situated for visiting local attractions and there are so many wonderful places to walk. A trip to Sutton Hoo is an absolute must!! The large garden is a joy and is visited regularly by a variety of wild life. One evening we were treated to a visit by a female muntjac deer and its fawn!

    Reviewed by MarilynJul 2022

  • "Fabulous property, great location to explore or just spend great time in a very special place."

    Thank you for your lovely comments! Property Owner

    Reviewed by ChrisApr 2022

  • "What a fantastic property!"

    It was amazing watching the wild life in the field next to the property like rabbits, deer and pheasant. The highlight of the stay was to see a mother deer with its baby walk through the garden. The property was clean, bright and had everything you need for your holiday. Situated in a great location to explore, the local aviation museum was of great interest and 10 minutes away, and free entry, The Dove Inn what excellent food and fantastic hosts again only 5 mins drive.

    Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review. I am glad you liked the house and enjoyed the wild life and local surroundings - Lovely to have such appreciative guests! Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoanneApr 2022

  • "When I say Sykes met my expectations rather than exceeded them, I'm actually giving you the praise truly deserved, because having stayed in several Sykes holiday cottages, every one of them has been brilliant, so that is my expectation now!"

    Frater House I have to say, is my favourite. I'm not usually a fan of modern builds, but I love the light, space and character of this property. It was very clean and comfortable and with a lot of thought put into the needs of the visitor. Thank you, Sue

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2021

  • "Can’t wait to return, fabulous unique home, secluded garden, bright and light interior excellent facilities and a very comfortable stay."

    The host Anna is very helpful and provides all the help you could need on a staycation.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2021

  • "The house is in a good position for visiting both Norfolk and Suffolk and sits in a garden that has trees and hedges all around making it very private."

    It was a peaceful location with birdsong and the occasional visit from pheasants and deer. The facilities were good, everywhere was clean and contact with the owner was helpful. Happy to recommend.

    Reviewed by MoiraMay 2021

  • "The fantastic house [ apart from the wood-burner we could'nt get to work at first] ."

    If you liked to go for a run in the morning there were plenty of routes to choose from, my daughter was told about an old airfield that was perfect=no traffic !!. Would be even nicer in the summer .

    Reviewed by PaulineOct 2020

  • "Beautiful house - we loved the light, airy space and the way almost every room had a door to the outside, and it was fun to be in such an 'architectural' space, loved the way the building plays with light throughout the day."

    Very well-equipped kitchen, we had everything we needed. Comfy beds, loved the dining area and double-doors to the deck outside. Upstairs room with its own little deck is stunning. Very clean and warm - would be nice to add a simple rug in the living room space for a more cosy feeling when we retreated to the fire in the evenings. Nice location - we brought our bikes for gentle meanders around quiet lanes. Shops, takeaways etc close-ish in Harleston (15 minute drive). The house feels private and not overlooked. Particularly loved having a proper supply of firewood (I dislike having to ask hosts for additional bags of logs - it was wonderful to be able to just sort ourselves out, other hosts should take note!) Great communication with host too. Thanks for a great stay! Recommended.

    Thank you very much for your enthusiastic and descriptive feedback. I look forward to putting the rugs back in place once we are clear of the covid crisis.. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BethOct 2020

  • "Lovely clean fresh house had a nice relaxing time."

    Would recomend to friends.

    Reviewed by MoayedSep 2020

  • "Frater House was futuristic, spacious, comfortable, quiet and so very peaceful and I would recommend it to anyone."

    Reviewed by EdwardSep 2020

  • "On entering everywhere was spotless."

    We have been before but this time the owner contacted us prior to our visit in order to email us all the details. She also remained in email contact offering advice on things like places to eat as it was our anniversary while away. We found a card and a large vase of fresh flowers which lasted past the first week. We had very good weather and all the facilities offered in the large house made for a good holiday all round.

    Reviewed by TraceySep 2020

  • "The House easily accommodated our family party."

    .....the property was clean and warm. It would really enhance the property if it had a Hot Tub, and BBQ facilities. Overall we had a very relaxing time, very enjoyable.

    Reviewed by GarySep 2020

  • "The property could be lovely but a few things spoilt it firstly the bathroom window upstairs could not be opened as there is a external void and flies were attracted and there were dozens flies wasps moths butterflies in the void everyday."

    Also there were water butt's full very dirty water no lids full mosquito lavea and hatching mosquito right outside downstairs bedrooms. Around this same area very untidy old plastic pots overgrown so sitting outside bedroom not an option Few little things no bbq outdoor table very dirty very old cobwebs and dust similar upstairs balcony area It wouldn't take much to make a pleasant experience just some hard work tidy up and maybe stay there for a week see the customer perspective!!!

    Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry you were bothered by the flies - they may have been more than usual dues to the very hot weather but I will get some traps up. I do hope to get around to tidying up the small area outside the bedroom soon but the priority has to be the interior of the property and the garden offers plenty of space to sit and enjoy. I am not proposing to supply a barbecue as it could present a hazard on the timber deck and in any case disposable barbecues are readily available. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BarryAug 2020

  • "Amazing house with fascinating architecture."

    Incredibly clean and well appointed. We thoroughly enjoyed staying here and would recommend to others.

    Reviewed by EllenJul 2020

  • "We had a lovely time."

    My children enjoyed the snooker and the walks. With Covid 19 the house was spotless!

    Reviewed by DeliweJul 2020

  • "Though the house was generally as expected, the issue around arriving to find one of the doors was open and could not be locked almost finished the holiday before it had started (family of 4)."

    Sykes staff were understanding and curtious, however the inability to contact the owner or any representative, delayed the obvious decision to send out a locksmith, so that it wasn't till 10pm that the door was secured. I suggest your procedures around checking the property before arrival and how to react to an issue quickly for the benefit of the customer rather than the owner, need to be reviewed. We also asked that the door be fixed once we had left the following Saturday, only to discover someone had been round while we were out for the day. In my opinion all the double door locks should be replaced. Also (and I know it's not the end of the world) we had to wash various items of crockery/cutlery before use (not a fan of dishwashers), however is this not another thing that should be checked before arrival? The house would also benefit from new living room furniture and a TV that works! Why a house of such a futuristic design not have (at least) an external aerial and up to date TV is puzzling, however it did mean the kids had to talk to us at meal times.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to confirm the door was looked at and is in perfect working order. When security issues occur they need to be dealt with asap, sorry if you felt the locksmith was an intrusion on your holiday. A larger TV is now in the property and the aerial has been wired into the loft. Thank you for your review, we hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DerekJul 2019

  • "We had very wet weather in June, only Sunday and Friday dry."

    This meant we spent more time in the house than usual on a holiday. We found it almost impossible to get a signal on the tiny TV with only an indoor aerial. Ended up with aerial on top of a box, on a chair, near the patio doors then dare not even walk near it. We felt for this size living room the next size TV up with an out door aerial was warranted. We also felt like another reviewer that privacy could be an issue and maybe some sort of remote controlled blinds on the roof windows would shut the light out as we were woken up at 6 am or earlier every day due to this. However it was a lovely, quirky house with a brilliant kitchen with all the utensils you could need, and no road noise or disturbances to the peace and quiet. Saw many birds, squirrels and a neighbour's cat in the delightful garden.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to say a larger TV has been added to the property and the aerial has been position in the loft. Sorry you felt there is no privacy, the property is not over looked and designed to make the most of this allowing the natural light feature. Thanks again for your feedback and we hope you visit again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TraceyJun 2019

  • "A modern, spacious, light property."

    Met all our needs.

    Reviewed by KateMay 2019

  • "Bed colapsed 3 times,slates not fitted to bed securely,hence leveing a day early."

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear of your inconvenience with the bed. We are pleased to confirm the bed was repaired an is in good working order. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenMay 2019

  • "The location itself was ok, but wasnt really the idylic location desired as you would of expected from the listing."

    Garden wasnt fenced off from the side so our kids couldnt even go out there incase of getting out to main road or even people coming in to the garden. The actual hous itself wasnt the cleanest of houses and all cooking resouces and glasses and plates all had to be re washed before we could use them, shower heads were filthy and the rugs were so dirty and stained all over, booked this for a surpirise for my husband for a special birthday and it was not special at all, if anything we couldnt wait to leave. Would not be returning to frater house!

    Many thanks for your feedback, we have fed your comments back to the owner in order to maintain our property standards. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. Your points will also be reviewed to ensure that our property descriptions are accurate and not misleading. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JadeMar 2019

  • "We were fortunate with the weather in January."

    We found Frater House very difficult to find in the dark. Street names which were given were impossible to see (if they were displayed) in the dark. For some reason the 'sat nav' had no record! Two port hole type windows were inadequately covered to block the view from outside. We were impressed with the size of the building and the facilities, though.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJan 2019

  • "The house was nice, bright, modern, well equipped and as we were there for Christmas had a lovely, big Christmas tree."

    However, visitors should be aware that only one of the rooms actually closes off to the rest of the house. All the other rooms have internal window holes, so sound and light will come in and there is minimal privacy. There should also be a warning that the water temperature in the shower can change suddenly if another tap is turned on even briefly. We had a 4 year old in the shower and the water turned suddenly scalding hot which is really not acceptable. It would be helpful if sykes could include "decorated at Christmas" in amenities.

    Reviewed by NatalieDec 2018

  • "The accommodation was fine but the constant pestering by e-mail by Sykes has been an absolute pain."

    Please remove us from your e-mailing list.

    Reviewed by SarahMar 2018

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x ground floor twin
  • 1 x ground floor bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with wood-burning stove
  • Utility
  • Study.
  • Central & underfloor heating powered by woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi, table top pool table, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Hairchair
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off road parking
  • Private lawned garden with patio area and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Sorry, no groups of workers
  • Shop and pub 3 miles.

The property

Pulham St Mary 3 miles.

A fantastic modern house located in the village of Denton nestling in the beautiful countryside between Harleston and Bungay.

This comfortably furnished property offers spacious, light accommodation perfect for families or couples wanting to relax in a well-appointed location great for exploring the Waveney Valley and beyond.

Step into the double height entrance hall, which leads through to the open plan sitting and dining area featuring a wood burning stove and wide doors opening out onto the garden.

The dining area carries a contemporary feel, ideal for enjoying breakfast through to dinner.

French doors will take you out on to the deck where you can enjoy some alfresco dining on a warm evening.

The kitchen opens onto the dining area and is well equipped for holiday catering.

On the other side of the entrance hall there are two good-sized bedrooms, one twin and one double, arranged close to the bathroom and utility room.

Each bedroom has a door to the outside so you can step out directly into the sunshine. Completing the downstairs layout, the study offers a collection of books and games for a rainy day or a quiet get-away space for those who need a moment or two to check up on their work.

The stair leads up to the grand first floor suite over-looking the living area.

Enjoy the luxury of a super king sized bed and convenience of the ensuite bathroom.

Wake up to the morning sun and open the doors onto a balcony with views of trees and sky.

Why not enjoy a glass of wine in the garden after a day exploring?

The Waveney Valley is a place of great beauty for gentle walks with special interest to artists, photographers and nature lovers.

The local towns of Harlston and Bungay are rich in history, fine churches and excellent local produce.

Children will enjoy the playground just a field away and the aviation museum at Flixton is on the door step.

Within half an hour you are in reach of Norwich, the Broads at Beccles or the East coast.

Whatever your age and interests you will find plenty of opportunities to make lasting memories while you are staying in this unique holiday home!

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About the location

HARLESTON

Pulham St Mary 3 miles; Bungay 8 miles; Beccles 13 miles; Norwich 19 miles; Southwold 21 miles.

Located on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, Harleston nestles in the beautiful Waveney Valley within easy reach of the Suffolk Heritage Coast and with endless beautiful towns and villages just a short drive away. This friendly town offers ancient inns, charming individual shops, good restaurants and cafes, an art gallery and local museum, and a weekly market. Enjoy antique auctions, country walks from your doorstep, angling and birdwatching. Endless day trips include the Aviation & Steam Train Museums, Castles, Cathedrals, Breweries, Vineyards, the famous Norfolk Broads, and the Sandringham Estate. Nearby Bungay boasts many historic attractions, the ruins of Bigod's Castle, Buttercross, a Spring Garden market, a Summer antiques fair and Christmas Market, attracting many people each year. A 30 minute drive to the fabulous Suffolk coast brings you to magical Southwold with its famous amber shop, and even nearer is the market town of Beccles at the head of the Broads.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Christmas