Five Acre Barn Bed and Breakfast

Five Acre Barn, Leiston, UK

Welcome to Five Acre Barn

Welcome to Five Acre Barn - a five bedroom contemporary B&B/ holiday rental on the Suffolk Coast.  Set in five acreas of garden and woodland, on the edge of the Suffolk Coast's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we offer a peaceful, relaxing rural location whilst only being a couple of miles from the coastal villages of Thorpeness and Aldeburgh - a short walk away (and even shorter ride).

Although we are only in our third year we have been lucky enough to have been listed by the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sundays Times as one of the best places to stay in the UK.  We hope you will agree too and feel completely at home when you stay here – chat to other guests over breakfast, read the papers in the Barn, settle down with a book in the garden, fix yourself a drink from the honesty bar, hang out by the fire pit, test your knowledge of the Milky Way under the dark Suffolk skies or, if you are feeling energetic go for a wander through the woods and beyond.


Centred around a nineteenth century barn (albeit now brought very much into the 21st Century) our five guest suites are set within an award winning shingle- clad extension (voted by RIBA as one of the top 50 new UK buildings of 2018). Each guest bedroom enjoys a dramatic, light-filled full height space with access into the garden and an individual decking area on which to while away the day.

Our style is electic - a mixture of contemporary, scandi and mid centruty.  The guest wing has polished concrete floors throughout and a lot of plywood - floors, staircases and floors.  Rooms and the connecting gallery are simply furnished with paintings and ceramics often sourced from local Suffolk artists and craftspeople.

Each of the five guest rooms have kingsize beds (no twins) but we can easily add in single beds in the lobby area of each room.  This means that although we mainly accommodate ten guests we can comfortably sleep up to fifteen.  Room five is fully accessible.  All the rooms have en suite bathrooms - either wetroom style showers and baths with showers.

Unsurprisingly we have five acres of garden and woodland to explore as well as several guests for those who are feeling less adventurous.  

We use delicious Bramley products – – in our bathrooms.  Made in the British countryside they only use natural ingredients – Geranium, Lavender, Sweet Orange….

If you are feeling sociable the barn is 'guest space' - so feel free to hang out there or on the main deck for a change of scenery.

Check In/Out Times

Check In – is from 3:00 pm till 6:00 pm though an earlier check-in is available on request.

Check Out – is 11:00 am (there may be some room for negotiation for late risers!)

Board Type

Most guests stay with us on a ‘bed and breakfast’ basis.  It is possible to self-cater too but only if you take over the whole place.  If you rent the whole place then there is the option of bringing in Sophie, an amazing local cook to act as your personal chef for the night (it's not just for oligarchs you know).

If you do opt for breakfast then it's a communal affair - though if that sounds daunting don't worry you can be as sociable or unsociable as you wish.  Bruce cooks up a storm only a few feet away serving up a long list of options, cooked to order.  Full English, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, latkes, mushroom omelettes and eggs benedict proving to be the most popular.  We cater for all food allergies and provide a range of vegan dishes too.


Bedrooms one to four follow the same layout with king size beds set on an airy plywood mezzanine – lie in bed and take in the Suffolk skies through a huge roof-light (complete with solar operated blinds). Each mezzanine is accessed by a beautiful ply staircase (a few people thought that they required a ladder so we thought we should make that clear!). All bed linen is 100% cotton and pillows a choice of feather or hollow fibre. Downstairs is the sitting room – read a book, look out the garden or watch TV (if you have time) – with doors leading to the garden. All rooms have compact – but perfectly formed – bathrooms – bedrooms one and two have wet room style showers. Bedrooms three and four have baths in which to soak and indulge.

Bedroom Five is our ‘Garden Room’. Laid out on a single storey (fully accessible for wheelchair users or for guests that would rather not negotiate stairs at bedtime) it enjoys the full height of the roof and sweeping views across the garden to be enjoyed from a comfortable sofa. There is both a fully accessible shower and a luxurious bathroom.  There is also a ottoman that expands to a comfortable single bed.

What's Nearby

Eating Out – as well as some lovely Suffolk pubs (including our own Parrot and Punchbowl in the village and The Dolphin in Thorpeness) we suggest the Lighthouse in Aldeburgh (, Darsham nurseries (, Butley Oysterage ( and the Pumpstreet bakery ( Orford and last but no means least, Mains in Yoxford (

Arts – The renowned Snape Maltings is just five miles away with a classical programme throughout the year culminating with the festival in June and Proms in July. There is the Aldeburgh festival in August and the not to be missed High Tide theatre programmes in September ( Love Latitude, hate camping – sleep blissfully whilst everyone else are sweltering in their tents in the July heat.

Nature – Located on the edge of an area of outstanding beauty the Suffolk coast’s heath,wetlands and estuaries are brimming with wildlife – the National Trust’s – Dunwich Heath and Orford Ness are not to be missed and RSPB Minsmere – home of the BBC’s Springwatch – is only five miles away.

Beaches – seek out the quiet and unspoilt sand Covehithe, solitary Shingle Street or get out the bucket and spade and tradition seaside of Southwold

Villages – As well as the ever popular Aldeburgh and Southwold there are also some wonderful villages close by – the now much diminished Dunwich, Walberswick – the choice of many of London’s literati, Orford with its 12th century keep and picturesque streets, and of course the weird and wonderful Thorpeness with its ‘House in the Clouds’ and boating lake.

Walking – 2016/17 is Suffolk’s year of walking – find out more . We have a number of guides and walking maps for guests to use

Cycling – bring your bike and cycle the winding lanes or hire one locally.

Golf – we have two superb golf courses on our doorstep – Thorpeness and Aldeburgh. We can arrange passes for guests.

Kayaking – hire canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards on the River Alde – for more see

Five Acre Barn

Address: Five Acre Barn, Five Acre Barn, Aldeburgh Road, Leiston, Sufflok, IP16 4QH

Latitude: 52.185371
Longitude: 1.579593

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