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Bays Farm Country B&B and Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 8 Stowmarket B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 March 2014

So let me start from the outside and work in. The area surrounding Bays Farm is beautiful and quiet, the tranquility of the area brings immediate relaxation. This is quickly built upon by the hosts Richard and Stephanie who are keen to put you at ease and ensure that you have everything you desire or need. If you read a number of my reviews you will see that I have no fear of being very negative when a location deserves it. I seldom have the opportunity to write such a positive review. There was absolutely nothing I can comment on negatively. This is a superb place to stay. It i designated as a B&B however I need to raise the age old question of 'what is a B&B'. If I say this place is good as a 5* hotel thenI do it a disservice. A 5* hotel may be very good but can it bring the personal touch of a couple who have opened their home and meet your every need personally? The interior is of genuine antiquity, none of those false beams and pine doors. Here you can see exposed beams of the c17th and traditional construction of the era. The decor is perfectly suited to the building and the combined whole is attractive and tranquil. If you are a garden lover then this is also for you, a new orchard, herb garden, cut flower beds, fruit cages, a vegetable garden which from no doubt some of your meal will come from if you eat at home in the evening. That reminds me, this B&B has what they call a 'supper menu' that would put many pubs to shame.. creamy fish pie... Lasagna... cheese platter... puddings and plenty of other options. To top all that they have wines by the glass, carafe or bottle. Cheap prices but not cheap wines. I get the impression that Richard knows his wines so you'll not find poor wines at high prices.

On to the bedroom. I had the Cream Room which I think is the cheapest room. This is spacious and has an en-suite shower room. The bathroom and bedroom are absolutely spotlessly clean with white John Lewis high quality linen. The bed, an important factor in my travels, is comfortable with real feather pillows (hurrah)... I'm sure they also do hypoallergenic rubber boards for those who want/need them! I think the shower was pumped as the pressure was fantastic and consistent. The soap is something locally made. Although I like the ubiquitous Mouton Brown, one better is locally made bathroom items. The room had nice opening windows if you like lots of fresh air and the central heating in the room is vey controllable.
The breakfast had to be the 'full English' although other options are available. Good quality 'dry cure' bacon, none of the watery supermarket cheap stuff, beans, mushrooms in butter... oh the pleasure of it all. Good quality juice, home made conserves... home made bread for toast.... all served in the beautiful period dinning room.

So as you can see, I loved it. I could go on and even though this is a long review I hardly think I've done Bays Farm justice. You just have to go and try it for yourself.

Room Tip: I chose the cream room as it was the cheapest. The Hayloft is a complete suite external to the main...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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1  Thank Mike G
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Baysfarm, Owner at Bays Farm Country B&B and Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2014

Thank you for your review, we appreciate your comments very much. Our supper menu was introduced last year and we continually 'tweak' it to accommodate guest requirements. Yes, Richard spends time researching the wines so we can offer something a little different but at a good price. Regarding the garden we suffered some severe damage from the winds we all experienced over the winter period but this has given us an excellent opportunity to re-landscape and new flower beds are being laid out and planted all ready for our summer visitors!

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Reviewed 28 December 2013

This was a wonderful treat after Christmas. We loved everything about this place; the tasteful décor which enhanced the beautiful old building, the lovely hosts, the delicious breakfast and the super comfortable bedroom.

We are planning to go back this Summer, to see the garden at its best.

Room Tip: We slept in the Pink room but we think the others will be as good.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

I stayed here recently on business with colleagues. Beautiful place, every room is immaculate and the hosts made us very welcome.
Complimentary wifi meant we were able to share a very nice bottle of red in front of an open fire as we worked in the evening.

Highly recommended, I know where to stay on my next trip.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

A really lovely place to stay. We stayed in the Hayloft which adjoins the main house and offered tranquillity and seclusion. The room was enormous and divided into a seating area and bedroom. The bathroom was luxurious with a walk-in shower and large bath. The hosts were friendly and served a lovely breakfast.
A cut above most B and B accommodation!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

We only stayed 2 nights here as we were visiting a Charities [TWAM] open day in Ipswich so wanted somewhere near but not in town. It could not have been a better choice, everything was wonderful - our hosts were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. Sadly we were unable to view the extensive gardens as the weather was not good, however we enjoyed the logs from the garden on the open fire in the guests lounge! The room was very well equipped with a large shower in the ensuite and the food in the 17th century dining room, with all its oak beams, was excellent. We have stayed in 4 star hotels that were not a patch on this so cannot recommend it highly enough - just need an excuse to go back now...........

Room Tip: There are 3 rooms in the main house plus a suite in the Hay Barn - all good.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

This B&B would put many 5 star hotels to shame with the warm welcome, delicious breakfast and comfortable rooms with facilities which leave guests wanting for nothing. The gardens are delightful and are open for the NGS each year. We stayed 3 nights and will happily be returning.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

If you are looking for a beautifully run bed and breakfast, which offers peace and quiet with understated luxury, look no further. The obvious warmth of the welcome on arrival sets the tone of the whole stay. Nothing seems to be too much trouble, which extends to the thoughtful design of the sumptuous bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. Everything is immaculate and spotlessly clean. The breakfast, cooked by Stephanie and served by Richard, is a daily pleasure and prepares the guest for days exploring the delights of Suffolk. Its five star rating with a gold award from Visit Britain and the AA barely hint at the excellence and value for money on offer, which make it one of the best B&Bs in the country.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Forward Green | Earl Stonham, Stowmarket IP14 5HU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Anglia > Suffolk > Stowmarket
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Stowmarket
Price Range: £88 - £137 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Bays Farm Country B&B and Kitchen 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lavish restoration has turned this charming 17th-century farmhouse into a quality destination. The most recent changes have seen the addition of a separate shower in the Blue Room and an upgrade to a King Size bed in the Cream Room. A moat and 4 acres of recently re-designed gardens which open under the National Garden Scheme surround the property. The interior has a wealth of oak beams and the individually designed bedrooms are luxuriously furnished and each have en-suite facilities. The Hayloft is beautifully appointed and offers a comfortable lounge area along with its own balcony looking over the orchard. Possibly the most luxurious Shepherd Hut in the country is located in the wild flower garden and overlooks the newly landscaped moat. Why not sample the luxury of Bays Farm but with the individuality of a special shepherd hut experience. Bays Farms is very pleased to have been reviewed by our guests as the #1 5* B&B in East Anglia for the last four years (Trip Advisor 2013 - 2017). Why not come and experience a stay at Bays Farm? Please note we no longer serve supper on Saturday evenings as all local eateries are open for business. Very occasionally we have to close the kitchen on other evenings. ... more   less 
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