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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bays Farm Country B&B And Kitchen Stowmarket, Suffolk