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The Empress of Blandings Brandeston - Suffolk Countryside

Sleeps: 2 | 7 nights from : £425 to £590

Sleeps 2 in one double bed

NEW FOR SUMMER 2018 A much loved barn conversion, set in the gardens of a traditional Suffolk farmhouse, on the banks of the River Deben

  • Flexible start
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Pets: No
  • Bathrooms: 1

2 night stays from:
£150 to £175
7 night stays from:
£425 to £590

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  • prices


    These are a guide only. Please use the availability calendar above to get the exact price for your stay.

    Season Dates 2 Night Stay 3 Night Stay 4 Night Stay 5 Night Stay 6 Night Stay 7 Night Stay Extra night
    Fri 25 Oct 2019 to Fri 20 Dec 2019 £150 £195 £260 £325 £375 £425 £65
    Fri 20 Dec 2019 to Fri 27 Dec 2019 - £290 £380 £470 £560 £590 £90
    Fri 27 Dec 2019 to Fri 03 Jan 2020 - £290 £380 £470 £560 £590 £90
    Fri 03 Jan 2020 to Fri 14 Feb 2020 £150 £195 £260 £325 £375 £425 £65
    Fri 14 Feb 2020 to Fri 21 Feb 2020 £150 £195 £260 £325 £375 £425 £65
    Fri 21 Feb 2020 to Fri 03 Apr 2020 £150 £195 £260 £325 £375 £425 £65
    Fri 03 Apr 2020 to Fri 17 Apr 2020 £175 £225 £300 £375 £425 £450 £75
    Fri 17 Apr 2020 to Fri 22 May 2020 £175 £225 £300 £375 £425 £450 £75
    Fri 22 May 2020 to Fri 29 May 2020 £175 £225 £300 £375 £425 £450 £75
    Fri 29 May 2020 to Fri 03 Jul 2020 £175 £225 £300 £375 £425 £450 £75
    Fri 03 Jul 2020 to Fri 17 Jul 2020 £175 £225 £300 £375 £425 £450 £75
    Fri 17 Jul 2020 to Fri 04 Sep 2020 £175 £225 £300 £375 £425 £450 £75
  • description

    Converted from a barn where pigs once dwelled, The Empress of Blandings, takes it's name from the fictional pig in the series of Blandings Castle novels and stories by P G Wodehouse.

    Light and bright, in beautiful gardens, with views to the fields beyond and informal tracks leading down to tranquil banks of the River Deben, this homely barn conversion has a relaxed and simple appeal. Enter the barn, into the sitting room with sofa, table and chairs. A staircase leads up the mezzanine level, where the double bed, chest of drawers and hanging rail are. (Guests who are tall, will need to take care due to the alcoved ceiling, on this level!) To the left of the sitting room is the kitchen area, and shower room.

    There are many beautiful walks from the doorstep and, should they be required, a good selection of charming and characterful country pubs to keep you hydrated along the way.
    This part of Suffolk also seems to be particularly popular with cyclists, as there is relatively little traffic passing through these quiet country lanes. (Remember your helmet, lights and reflective clothing!) The properties in this rural lane have water supplied by a well (no buckets required!).

    • Sitting Room: with sofa, table and chairs, chaise longue, storage heater
    • Kitchenette: with microwave oven, fridge, induction hob, butler sink and wooden units
    • Shower Room: with wc, wash basin, shower
    • Mezzanine: Stairs lead up from the sitting room to the mezzanine level with double bed and hanging rail
    • Outside: overlooking the gardens, and with walks through the gardens down to the River Deben. There is a secluded patio and garden area with table and chairs, behind the barn.
    • Also: Hairdryer, reasonable 4G coverage, mobile signal can be patchy
    • Nearest pub: The Cretingham Bell 0.8miles (2 minute drive, or a 20 minute walk) The Brandeston Queen 1.2 miles See Refuel and Refresh below for details of our recommended venues
    • Nearest village shop: Otley Stores 3 miles or Framlingham 5 miles
    Local Tourist spots: Framlingham Castle, The TideMill, Woodbridge, Sutton Hoo. For more ideas see Explore below
    Nearby: Framlingham 5 miles, Woodbridge 10 miles, Snape 13 miles, Aldeburgh 17.5 miles, Minsmere 20 miles, Dunwich 20 miles, Thorpeness 18 miles, Southwold 25 miles
  • facilities


    Bed linen
    No Smoking
    Off street parking
    Rural location
  • reviews
    “Great place to stay and unwind. Fantastic hosts who made us feel so welcome. Would recommend for anyone to stay. Lovely accommodation is a beautiful setting. A very warm welcome from Sarah and Paddy.. tea and home made muffins! A touch of putting the world to rights too! A beautiful relaxing place to stay and completely unwind.. didn’t want to leave! Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy the peaceful surroundings! Couldn’t want for better hosts will definitely be back!” Eddie, (Stayed December 2019)
    “Wonderful warmth and hospitality in this quirky, peaceful, digital-free corner of Suffolk. Highly recommended.” Dawn, (Stayed October 2019)
    The Empress of Blandings is a charming cottage in a lovely location. The hosts show great hospitality and the cottage is very comfortable. Take a walk down to the river and get on the swing over it if you dare.. John, (Stayed September 2019)
    Imagination. Belonging. Generosity of spirit. These are buzz words that you can read in any corporate brochure these days, meaning very little when it comes to onsite service. So it's particularly gratifying when you find these values in action, with no particular fanfare, down an an unassuming country road. Actually, even though there is complete silence on arrival you ARE greeted by a fanfare of colour from the orchestra of flowers that almost put Disney to shame in their animated glory. The garden is a complete delight and you relax into it within minutes, dropping deeper into a kind of natural mediation as the hours pass. The 'cottage' is everything you dream of as both a child and adult - a tree house with amenities, though very firmly rooted on the ground with a mezzanine bed space. It just feels like your fantasy place in the country Tom, (Stayed August 2019)
    A fantastic weekend spent in Paddy and Sarah's Cottage. A beautiful setting surrounded by Suffolk's stunning scenery. Had lovely walks on the property and enjoyed venturing out too. Would recommend staying here to anyone who wants to get away from their busy working life - would LOVE to stay again!! David, (Stayed July 2019)
    A lovely quirky little wooden house with comfortable bed on mezzanine floor. Very friendly hosts and extensive beautiful gardens with walks down to the river where we saw an otter. The house is compact with a small oven but is perfect for a short stay and there are local eateries also Simon, (Stayed June 2019)
    Homely, welcoming and very helpful. Beautiful part of the country, would recommend for a quiet getaway. Jennie, (Stayed June 2019)
    Super peaceful retreat in a wonderful garden. Not for wifi addicts, but if you want a release from all screens this is highly recommended. Sarah and Paddy are extremely thoughtful, relaxed and hospitable hosts Dawn, (Stayed April 2019)
    If you want to relax on your own or with plus one, or with friends, or family then this is here you should be looking at amazing placings to stay. Fantastic hospitality, bread and home made jam, tea bags, coffee, milk, butter or vitalite in the fridge - it was warm and cozy (December booking) and after our long drive it surpassed our expectations. I don't think they could have done anything better and the best part is you can have a cup of tea and a chat on your arrival and discover things about each other which is actually totally refreshing, then you can go and meet the chickens which lay the eggs for breakfast Sheila, (Stayed December 2018)
    Really lovely spot and gorgeous place to stay. The layout of the accommodation is really clever, being cosy but also spacious. Very comfortable bed, amazing views and garden to wander in, great facilities and amenities, lovely hosts and little touches that made us feel really welcome. We stayed at Christmas time and were very warm. Would love to visit in the summer as the surroundings are stunning Dominique, (Stayed December 2018)
    Sarah and Paddy made us feel like we had a home away from home. The cottage is very stylish, comfortable and well equipped. The absence of WiFi and television made it the restful get away that we needed. Although they have only recently joined Airbnb they have been hosting guests here for years! This means that they know how much the small things matter such as arriving to tea, fresh coffee, milk, eggs, butter, margarine.... Their local knowledge too meant that we had the best introduction to Suffolk that we could have hoped for from recommendations for fish and chips to walks and local pub food. We will definitely be back! Michael, (Stayed August 2018)
    Honoured to be the first guests! Beautiful space with a particularly cool garden where you can eat breakfast overlooking a river. Hosts were very sweet and would go back. Thanks! Paul, (Stayed August 2018)
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