Dingle Marsh Barns, Dunwich
Dingle Marsh Barns provide three self-catering holiday cottages.
You will find them located on the edge of the picturesque village of Dunwich, surrounded by forest and heath on one side, and salt marshes and the sea on the other with the beach only a five-minute walk away.
Bounce Magazine were delighted to be invited along to review the self-catered accommodation for the weekend. Here’s what we thought…
“Dunwich is one of my favourite places in the world.
Whether you love to walk on the beach, through forests or heaths, it has it all. Not to mention all of the history that surrounds this ancient town!
Believe it or not in the Anglo-Saxon period, Dunwich was the capital of the Kingdom of the East Angles but the harbour and most of the town have since disappeared due to coastal erosion.
At its height it was an international port similar in size to 14th century London.
Now it is known as the ‘lost town’. If you are keen to find out more during your stay you can visit the museum in the village for more information.
We arrived at the barn on a sunny Friday evening.
The renovated thatched barn has a mix old-fashioned charm with 21st century convenience and even its own private car park.
Upon entering we were taken back with the size of the barn and how well maintained everything was.
There is a large living and dining room great for entertaining, but the icing on the cake for me, was the fully equipped kitchen, complete with a range cooker and glass roof, flooding light into the whole room.
You can sleep up to eight people in the barn; there are three bedrooms along with a sofa bed.
On the first night it was just my fiancé Sam, Archie, and myself so we choose the bedroom with the en suite of course.
After a wonderful nights sleep in one of the comfiest beds I think I have ever slept in, the sun was out again and without hesitation we got up and headed straight to the beach for a morning walk.
We also walked over the beach cliffs and past the abbey ruins, it was a beautiful route and one of many to be hand in the local area.
When we returned we wanted to stay out in the sun, so we took advantage of the barns large south facing private courtyard and enjoyed a coffee whilst topping up our tans.
We also invited my family to join us for the rest of the weekend.
They arrived at lunchtime, so we decided to head over to the Dingle Hill Tearooms (also owned by the Barham family) for a light lunch.
Here you will find fresh sandwiches, quiches, soups and delicious cakes.
In fact, I have to confess our family are regulars, so this was premeditated!
There is also a wonderful nursery for plant lovers and keen gardeners!
With full bellies, we wandered back to the barn where we relaxed in the sitting room, preparing for the evening ahead.
My brother Jay is a musician, and on this particular evening, was performing near by at a local gig. Just close enough to take a trip out to watch him for an hour or two, stopping on the way back for takeaway.
Once back we all sat around the grand dinning room table, discussing the gig in detail, then retiring to the sitting room to watch a bit of Saturday night TV.
In the morning, and although it was rude to not make use of the beautiful kitchen, we headed back over to the tearooms for one of their amazing breakfasts.
From Eggs Benedict to a Full English, the breakfasts are as good as the lunches and the staff are very friendly too!
The weekend went so quickly, but we had such a wonderful time at the barn. I can honestly say I didn’t want to leave.
It’s the perfect location for those who love to socialize, entertain and for those who enjoy the beauty of the countryside.
We are looking forward to returning again for another special occasion in the near future and would well recommend a visit!
Dingle Marsh Barns provide three self catering holiday cottages in the picturesque village of Dunwich, Suffolk.
Visit the website dinglemarshbarns.co.uk or call 07834 549928.