• About The Old Cow Shed

    Set in one of Suffolk’s prettiest villages, this delightful, cosy and comfortably renovated barn and its pretty patio are the perfect place to relax and unwind. Nestling in the grounds of the owners’ home, it lies close to 60 acres of set aside land and Thornham Walks for dog walking, horse riding, easy rambles and watching the local wildlife, whilst the surrounding quiet country lanes offer lovely cycling. Just 3 miles away is the historic little town of Eye, and arts and music venues, a steam museum and plant centre are under 7 miles. The cathedral, castle, museums, theatre, cinema and excellent shopping in medieval Norwich city; Southwold; Walberswick; RSPB Minsmere and fish and chips at the beachside cafe by Dunwich Heath (NT) are all within an easy drive. Locally brewed cider and chocolates on arrival. Shop and pub serving food 200 yards.
    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with patio doors, wooden floor and beams. 1 double bedroom (zip and link, can be twin by arrangement). Shower room with toilet.
    Underfloor elec CH inc (£20pw Oct-Apr poa). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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      1 bedroom(s)

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      Up to 2 people

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      Yes 3 pet(s) allowed

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    Cottage features
    • Detached Property
      Detached Property
    • DVD player
      DVD player
    • Ground Floor Facilities
      Ground Floor Facilities
    • Pub within 1 mile
      Pub within 1 mile
    • Rural Location
      Rural Location
    • Christmas Themed Cottage
      Christmas Themed Cottage
    • WiFi
    • Short Breaks All Year
      Short Breaks All Year
    • Cot Available
      Cot Available
    • Bed Linen & Towels Included
      Bed Linen & Towels Included
    • Open Plan
      Open Plan
    • Car Parking - On Site
      Car Parking - On Site
    • Home from Home
      Home from Home
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    8.7 out of 10 – based on 23 reviews

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    out of 10

    My husband, 4 month old and I all enjoyed our stay at The Old Cow Shed. The cottage is cosy and comfortable and had everything we needed. It was a bit of a drive to get anywhere but we liked that and enjoyed the country roads. We'd recommend and would stay here again.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-11-16



    out of 10

    We had a very relaxing stay and would recommend this accommodation. Dog friendly which was a hit for us.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-11-02



    out of 10

    Relaxing,happy to unwind with a stroll to the pub

    Confirmed guest, 2018-10-26



    out of 10

    Wonderful cottage that was well equipped.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-10-22



    out of 10

    The location & accommodation were perfect! The owners were not intrusive & very lovely. For 2 people and a Yorkie- this was ideal and we would highly recommend staying here for a peaceful break

    Confirmed guest, 2018-10-08



    out of 10

    The Old Cow Shed was comfortable and the owners, who live next door were interested and pleasant without being obtrusive. Thorndon is pleasant with an excellent pub in the Black Horse and a useful community shop. The Wi-fi provided was good as were the TV and DVD player with a good selection of DVDs. The bathroom has adaptations for a disabled person. The WC is rather high with a block of wood to rest your feet on! Helpful printed information is provided. This is the first holiday cottage that I understood the central heating - so thanks to the owners for that. The place was comfortably warm. Parking was conveniently just outside the front door.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-09-28



    out of 10

    We had a lovely stay in the cow shed, and the local pub serves good food

    Confirmed guest, 2018-09-07



    out of 10

    A lovely weekend here.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-09-03



    out of 10

    A really relaxing friendly atmosphere the owners couldn’t be more helpful but left us alone if we didn’t want to be disturbed the dogs love it in the cowshed when we got there there was cake, cider and milk waiting for us and dog treats waiting for the dogs we will definitely be back thank you

    Confirmed guest, 2018-07-13



    out of 10

    Our third time and always very good

    Confirmed guest, 2018-06-22



    out of 10

    The Old Cow Shed was very comfortable and warm. The weather was very wet and cold while we were there and it was good to come back to a warm haven. Our only comment would be that if you stayed for longer than a week a washing machine and drying facilities would be useful. It is a private cottage and the owners are there if you need them but don’t interfere at all. Our dogs loved the lovely local walks.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-05-04



    out of 10

    If you're looking for a modern, sparkling, state of the art, brand new cottage or conversion then this isn't for you; however, if a tastefully renovated farm building in a semi- rural setting with all the facilities you would expect, excellent under floor heating and a super- king bed appeals to you, then this is just the ticket! Bring the dog, who is most welcome, and everyone is happy! We had a lovely stay in April, thank you Louise and Geir, we wish we had been able to stay longer.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-04-05



    out of 10

    The cottage was lovely, there were some bottles of cider to welcome us along with some provisions such as milk and sugar etc. The owners were fantastic and very welcoming. They were on hand to give information on the area but did not intrude on our privacy. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone .

    Confirmed guest, 2018-03-24



    out of 10

    Loved it! Would definitely stay again. So peaceful. Bigger than the photos showed. You could tell that owners had thought about everything in there too. Friendly and welcoming owners. Can’t wait to book in again. Thank you!

    Confirmed guest, 2018-02-12



    out of 10

    This could be a really lovely cottage but it needs some work. It’s dated and dusty. The bathroom is very dated and not very appealing at all. It was also a little smelly and took me time to adjust because it made me a little sick. The living area is comfortable enough but basic. The kitchen is nice enough but is in need of an update with pots, pans, plates and so on. The rug was torn, the old sofa wasn’t usable at all, but there was a nice new one as well. The decor is all a bit unloved. It was very dusty with some huge cobwebs that are months rather than days old. The bedroom was dark and a bit oppressive. There was an old electric iron that didn’t do anything and the ironing board wouldn’t stand up. The owners kindly let me borrow theirs but again these are really basic ameinities. It’s very hard to find and is literally just on someone’s drive in a village not ideal for walking especially after dark (there are no footpaths). Overall I was disappointed but I see the potential for the cottage. It’s just old and needs updating. It felt like an elderly relative once lived there (which wasn’t the best or nicest feeling). However, the hosts are kind and helpful and we made the most of it but were ultimately disapointed. The local area wasn’t to friendly to us, the pub within walking distance did decent enough (but not outstanding) food and was very unwelcoming on the first visit. We did go back despite this (there wasn’t much else to choose from) and had a slightly better time on the second visit. It kept short hours and closed quite irratically, even during the holiday period. The second visit had a younger team working the tables and was a much nicer and more welcoming experience (we were stared at less and there wasn’t a hush as we walked through that time!). The local taxi company (apparently two miles away) wanted £50 over Christmas for a five minute journey, when we politely declined the booking they refused to help with a booking on a non holiday day but still quoted £25 for a five minute journey. Therefore overall this wasn’t a good experience and although it got close to romantic it didn’t quite succeed. It needs a deep clean, paint, updated amenities, and some of the local businesses need to be far more welcoming to tourists who bring mone to the area and to hosts such as these. The best thing was the hosts, the worst thing was the dated cottage, and the medium worst was the local experience (although it was better further down the road at the Four Horse Shoes). I wish I could be more positive but I just can’t. This should have been better.

    Confirmed guest, 2018-01-04



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