Around 1795 Joseph Gooda, who was a tenant farmer at Mill Hill farm, built a threshing barn following the style of the time. The high beamed roof and sets of three vertical ventilation holes provided an airy space to store corn. The red brick walls provided protection from the elements.
Over 200 years later changes to farming methods led to the decline of this building as it became redundant. Tourism was now a major industry in Suffolk and Goodas barn moved along with the times to be remodeled to house not corn but holiday guests.
The criteria set for the renovation was that the house should be energy efficient, accessible and preserve the original features of the barn that Gooda built.
What was created is an airy open plan living space. The downstairs area not only holds the kitchen/diner but also the bedrooms, toilets and shower rooms. There are no thresholds, and access from the car park into the building is uninterrupted. This continues throughout the downstairs areas. Everyone can gather here and enjoy a meal near the wood burner.
Upstairs is the sitting area and games room, which has a table-football table. Up here you can see the carpenters marks on the beams and see the ventilation slots, which are now glazed for windows.
Four bedrooms: two double, one twin with TV and the fourth also with a TV sleeps up to four and contains a single bed, and single bunk over a double futon sofa style bed. The linen and towels are included.
One wetroom/toilet with wheeled shower chair, one single toilet with hand basin and one shower room with toilet and hand basin.
Kitchen diner with a wood-burning stove. The range style cooker with 5 hob rings, double oven and twin grills is large enough to cater for a celebratory meal or simple breakfast for 10 people and can be easily served to everyone seated at the large kitchen table. There is plenty of storage space for chilled or frozen foods in either the fitted fridge, or the upright fridge freezer. A microwave and toaster completes the cooking options here. After your meal just load up the dishwasher and relax.
There is an airing cupboard too.
Dogs are allowed downstairs but not in the bedrooms or on the seats.
The gated stairs lead up to the two open plan mezzanine style rooms. Some of the beams are low but this really lets you get the feel of the character of the old barn. Up here is the sitting room with comfortable armchairs and sofas, TV and DVD player and the games room with table football and a wine fridge.
WiFi is available and we like to provide as much local information as it is safe to do at the moment.
The barn is approached by a shared drive and access and is adjacent to Mill Hill Farm Caravan and Camping Park. Between April and the end of October there is a small licensed shop on site which is useful for Ice-creams and those little things that get left behind. Fishing tickets can be obtained here when the campsite is open. At other times fishing is by appointment if staying at the barn.
There is a fenced garden and front enclosed terrace, a disabled parking place and further parking for 3 cars. In addition to the garden area you can walk around the fields to access the footpaths and adjacent Darsham Marshes nature reserve.
In the garden you will find picnic benches on the lawned area and an outdoor shed for storage of bicycles, or fishing equipment. Here you will find the starter sack of logs and kindling as well as a BBQ for you to use. Follow the path around to the side of the property and you will find the room containing the washing machine, tumble drier, iron and ironing board.
Parties and group sizes:
The barn sleeps 8-10 and this is the maximum number of people who can use the barn at anytime. It is a great place for small quiet, family celebrations, anniversary dinners etc, but is not suitable for parties for additional visitors.