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Church Farm, Dunwich

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Dunwich Near Westleton, Suffolk Show on map


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  • 9 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Perfect in every way - unless you need hermetically sealed windows and constant heat, because 140 year old single glazed windows in an old house gets a little leaky in the winter."

    Having said that, heating is modern and efficient so overcomes that. Very well appointed with lots to do ‘at home’ and out and about. A great place from a great agency with advice and instruction accurate and timely as always.

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2023

  • "It got very cold suddenly at the weekend and the very beautiful ( no doubt listed) windows upstairs were rather drafty."

    That’s the only issue, the heating was great and plenty of hot water

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2023

  • "Lovely stay."

    Great position. Walled garden a bonus. Wonderful walking from the property. Well equipped. Plenty of fridge space. Plenty of hot water. Quiet location. Older property so expect drafty windows a bit of dust and a few cobwebs. Would be good to have full toilet rolls in Bathrooms to start with or a least a full one left in each. Info dotted around but could not find a file of information. If there isn’t one that would be useful as one of point of reference for everything about house but also info on area. Maybe we did not find it. We asked for cot to be put up and it wasn’t did not really matter but would have been useful. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by SallySep 2023

  • "Lovely spacious, comfortable property."

    Really appreciated all the fridge and freezer room. Felt welcoming and "lived-in".

    Reviewed by GillSep 2023

  • "A lovely house, beautiful garden & facilities which we enjoyed in beautiful, sunny weather."

    Walking excellent to Walberswick & Minsmere.

    YvonneSep 2023

  • "Lovely weekend with friends - weather superb."

    TimSep 2023

  • "We loved our stay at Church Farm."

    Although some aspects of the property are little 'tired' it was perfect for us (you never really feel comfortable in a 'perfect' property!). The only downside was that the descriptions and photos on the website do not accurately represent the current layout/furnishing of the property (the study is now set up with a pool table and the conservatory was set up as a further dining space). Although this did not really detract from our enjoyment of the property, it would have been nice to have been informed of the changes before the holiday commenced as the property was not set up as advertised and, as we were a multi-generation group, it would have been nice to have 2 separate sitting areas.

    Reviewed by TomAug 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation for our needs - both house & garden."

    Good location for beaches & local towns; we stayed fairly local. Plenty of food storage space esp fridge & freezer and for our clothes. A few spare loo rolls would have been nice. We had excellent seafood platters from the Sole Bay fishery. Very friendly local community who were very helpful when one of our dogs escaped over the front wall! All in all a very enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2023

  • "Really comfortable, spacious lived-in home."

    Lovely to have plenty of crockery, cutlery & comfortable beds. Had a great week with amazing weather. So quiet. Loved Dunwich and surrounding area. Would love to return.

    Kirby, Croxall And Warner FamiliesAug 2023

  • "Ideal accommodation, comfortable & spacious."

    Had a great week and hope to be back someday...

    George FamilyAug 2023

  • "The house had a lovely feel to it."

    It wasn't perfect but then neither are we! It did have everything you could possibly need, especially it's nearness to the pub and beach! The beds were comfy and we slept well with all that sea air coming in the windows. There's loads to do in the area around the house. We even tried on the headgear in Dunwich Museum.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2023

  • "The property was ok but over priced for what it is."

    There is plenty of parking and has rooms as described but lounge isn't spacious, conservatory feels dirty, water stains on kitchen ceiling, butlers kitchen all a but of a mess. Left over consumables, looked at the olive oil, decided not to use. Main bathroom door doesn't shut properly so no real privacy, other items similar. It's a pretty property but isn't that well kept. It feels that it needs a complete refurb and scrap the old linen etc if you want to retain the rental fees. Location wise it's tucked away for a nice retreat, pub, tea room and beach just round the corner.

    Reviewed by KeeganJul 2023

  • "A brilliant well appointed cottage with plenty of room for everyone."

    Perfect for our large family and 2 dogs. Lovely location and we would definitely recommend a stay here. Thanks for the chance to share your property. The only thing we could have done with was a parasol for the garden there was a base but no parasol. This is just a comment and not a moan.

    Reviewed by RobinJun 2023

  • "We had a lovely week and the property is ideally situated to the coast."

    The pictures on the site and descriptions are not totally accurate and although lovely to have big tables to sit round there was nowhere for us all to sit comfortably together. The pool table was a bonus. The level of cleanliness could have been better there was clear evidence of pets, hairs over the upstairs Rugs and old balloon, dust etc around the sofas in the conservatory. The were no hand towels left for the 3 sleeping at the top of the house. It is a lovely property, the garden was very safe for our 2 year old to enjoy especially when the rabbits and deer came calling. Finally may be good to mention the parking area is also access for the adjoining property. We had to move cars for them to gain access especially with the gated area where work is being done.

    Reviewed by AmandaMay 2023

  • "Church Farm is a beautiful house, spacious and full of character."

    The layout encompassing the dining area / kitchen / orangery is particularly impressive. Plus there is an additional kitchen / utility room. The number of bedrooms and bathrooms adds to the scope. There is also a lounge and games room, which are nicely situated away from the other areas. The front garden is a good size and therefore provides important outdoor space for children and pets. The location is very peaceful and just a few minutes walk from the beach, and an excellent local pub within a very small village. Overall, an ideal set-up for a large family get-away, or just a couple.

    Reviewed by BarryMay 2023

  • "What a fabulous place this is!"

    Spacious, comfortable & family friendly. "Church Farm" is an ideal location for a relaxing break. Hope to be back again before too long. Thank-you!

    AnonymousMay 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our stay ."

    There was wine flowers and cake on arrival . Loved the big comfy sofa in the sitting room - hubby said no it was too big to take back and would not fit in our house

    Reviewed by AnitaApr 2023

  • "Had a wonderful stay here at Church Farm."

    The house is spacious & well equipped. We fell in love with Dunwich a while ago & it was good to be back. Lots of great footpaths in any direction. Feeling very relaxed on departure! :)

    Watts Family - EssexApr 2023

  • "Had a fab stay with family from near & far."

    Also in love with Dunwich & all the beautiful walks around. Thanks for having us stay. Family times = special memories <3

    AnonymousApr 2023

  • "Lovely property full of character & cosy charming - just a few issues front room ..."

    Lovely property full of character & cosy charming - just a few issues front room is small wld work better if tv was wall mounted so extra seating can be put in - some handles from kitchen cupboards kept falling off - wasn’t easy to find baking trays etc & fridge in utility room freezes food so is faulty - works going on next door didn’t disturb us & workmen very polite discreet but could be an issue for some folk - all in all though we really enjoyed the house & our stay we had a wonderful time & would definitely come back again

    Reviewed by AndyMar 2023

  • "Absolutely gorgeous place!"

    We were here for a family celebration with our 3 adult children and partners, and 2 dogs. Perfect location (we love Dunwich and the whole area) and the house is so lovely! Very homely, very comfortable beds, everything you need to cook and clean up. It really helped to make our weekend very special. Thank you

    Reviewed by ClareMar 2023

  • "Delightful - such a comfortable characterful house."

    We've had a simply marvelous time resting, relaxing, reading, playing games, outings to local towns + long walks on the woods + beach. Weather has been glorious! Such a peaceful location we would definitely recommend Church Farm! Thank you.

    The Meekings Massive - Mothers BirthdayMar 2023

  • "What a wonderful place to get everyone together."

    Everything we needed, and instantly comfortable. Thank you :)

    Brufton + FamilyMar 2023

  • "We booked this fabulous property as part of my wife & my 60th birthday year celebrations & stayed with our immediate family incl 2 dogs."

    The house is shabby chic & was perfectly imperfect for us, not pristine but very comfortable & somewhere we could easily relax & enjoy ourselves. The main bedrooms are large & the beds are very comfortable. The photos don't do justice to the amount of downstairs space there is which has 4 main areas being the lounge, the snug / games room, the huge kitchen / diner & the big garden room. The house has everything we needed & more & it's located in a beautiful area with many varied walks directly from it, to a huge local forest, the beach & coast or heathland (or a combination of the 3?). There's plenty of parking for 5 cars or more. We had a fabulous week here with family & friends visiting & we made lots of happy memories & we were very sad to leave. We are thinking about making this an annual pilgrimage, we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by AJan 2023

  • "An enjoyable stay at Church Farm."

    Many good walks across Dunwich Heath with the dogs and stopped at the NT Cafe for a tea and scone! Nice meal at The Ship which is very conveniently located! Overall a relaxing stay, enjoyed by all the family.

    Stephen And Jennifer FentonJan 2023

  • "Sitting in the lounge, on our last evening, and taking time to reminisce about our wonderful week here to celebrate for my 60th Birthday."

    We don't live far away, but Church Farm has been the perfect setting for us all. A wonderful murder mystery night on the Saturday evening set in the 1920's which we held in the conservatory was just fab! We had family over on the Sunday and I made scones here for afternoon tea. We all loved this place so much. It had everything we could possibly wish for and we will definitely be returning. Aged 10-84 we played games, walked in the woods, to the beach, days out in Southwold, Snape, Thorpeness and Aldeburgh. The beds were so comfortable and we loved the open fire too. My husband and I decided this place is just imperfectly perfect. Thank you we will be back!

    The Bird FamilyJan 2023

  • "A lovely week, a great house."

    Even better than last year, thank you!

    IsaacsJan 2023

  • "We had a pool table with no pool cues that worked."

    A log basket was empty. I felt the lounge was not suitable for the 8 people that went with me some had to use the conservatory for comfort Too many bathrooms only had baths so we all had to use the family bathroom to shower The cost was nearly £2600 Local pub put a service charge on everything even drinks. Lunch was the same as evening so no nice sandwiches. Pub was very busy as nothing anywhere near by

    Reviewed by YvonneDec 2022

  • "Lovely family home, just right to celebrate my 70th Birthday with my family."

    StilgoesNov 2022

  • "Lovely family home, just right to celebrate my birthday with my family."

    AnonymousNov 2022

  • "Second time staying at Church Farm and can’t wait to book for our next trip."

    Reviewed by LizSep 2022

  • "Church Farm is a superb house."

    It has everything and more and has a most welcoming atmosphere. Couldn't fault it.Thank you

    Reviewed by KevinSep 2022

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This property is part of the Best of Suffolk collection.
Best of Suffolk is an award-winning, local holiday cottage lettings agency, bringing the experience of a boutique hotel to self-catering cottages in Suffolk.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size with en-suite with bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size, 1 x king-size with en-suite with double walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x second-floor family room with 3 x singles
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Butler’s kitchen
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Pantry
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Study
  • Garden room
  • Note: If you wish to bring a dog please inform us at time of booking (2 maximum)
  • Note: Sorry no unaccompanied teenagers.
  • Central heating
  • 2 x electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, 2 x fridge, freezer, washing machine, dryer, 2 x dishwasher, coffee machine
  • TV with FreeSat, Bose speaker, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • A travel cot and highchair are available please request at time of booking
  • Ample off-road parking for 4/5 cars
  • Enclosed gardens, courtyard, patio furniture, barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.6 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: If you wish a travel cot and highchair to be available please request at time of booking
  • Note: If you wish to bring a dog please inform us at time of booking (2 maximum)
  • Note: Sorry no unaccompanied teenagers
  • Note: This property only accepts Friday & Monday arrivals

The property

Westleton 3 miles.

A simply superb holiday home, Church Farm in Dunwich near Westleton in Suffolk, offers spacious and well-presented accommodation which is ideal for a holiday get-together of family and friends.

The owners have carefully retained the property’s original features while also ensuring it has all the mod cons you would expect.

The sitting room is warm and welcoming with an ample seating area arranged in front of an attractive open fire and is a room you can imagine everyone gathering and enjoying spending time together.

The games room makes for fun family evenings, full of board games and pool table.

There is also a relaxing garden room which is light and airy and a great room for long leisurely lunches whilst enjoying the views over the gardens.

When guests start to get hungry, the spacious kitchen/diner is a great area for the designated chef to prepare food for everyone and the extensive dining table is all set up ready for visitors to enjoy long, lingering meals together.

There is even a butler’s kitchen for additional cooking.

Why not take a night off from cooking and call in caterers who can access the butler’s kitchen to prepare a feast for the whole holiday party?

When it’s time for bed, guests can take their pick from any one of the four delightfully presented bedrooms which all offer an idyllic and relaxing getaway.

In the morning after a refreshing shower or bath and a hearty breakfast, head out for the day and get exploring.

Dunwich is nearby which is well worth a visit with the towns of Aldeburgh, Saxmundham and Southwold also great destinations for a day out.

The whole area has so many walks, hikes and cycle routes on offer around the marshlands and Dunwich Forest or Heath, and RSPB Minsmere is also close by which is a haven for birdwatchers.

Jump in the car for a scenic drive to attractions such as Framlingham Castle, Sutton Hoo, Go Ape Thetford and Africa Alive Zoological Reserve.

If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in a rural idyll, then a visit to Church Farm is a must.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £450.

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About the location


Saxmundham 6 miles; Southwold 9 miles; Aldeburgh 15 miles.

Westleton is an idyllic village near the Suffolk coast, nestled between Southwold and Aldeburg and offers all the attributes you could hope for in a Suffolk village, with a village green complete with pond and ducks. The village is easily accessible from the local train station at Darsham approximately two miles away. The village has a store, a bookshop where you can also enjoy a tea or coffee whilst browsing, an old fashioned garage, as well as two pubs, The White Horse Inn and The Westleton Crown, one of Suffolk’s best traditional inns where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate held their first wedding anniversary. Every August, Westleton hosts the infamous Barrel Rolling Fair where contestants have to roll barrels down the Village Green using a pole, and the men have to roll the barrel back up the hill too. Barrels are supplied and all are welcome to join in! The local Emmerdale Farm Shop and Butchery as well as a tea shop is approximately a mile away. The area is a haven for nature lovers with Westleton Heath National Nature Reserve, Dunwich Forest, Dunwich Beach with its famous fish and chip shop located on the beach, and the RSPB Minsmere, all close by. The town of Saxmundham, 6 miles away, is located on the River Fromus, in the heart of Suffolk’s Heritage Coast and is well serviced with independent shops, supermarkets and a train station, as well as art galleries, a weekly market and a farmers’ market.

Note: This property only accepts Friday & Monday arrivals
Note: If you wish a travel cot and highchair to be available please request at time of booking.
Note: If you wish to bring a dog please inform us at time of booking.
Note: Sorry no unaccompanied teenagers.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas