Priory Grounds

Eye, Suffolk, UK
An 11th-Century Priory Gets a Delightfully Modern Update

This stunning property was once home to a group of Benedictine monks, who founded a priory here in the 11th century. It felt into ruin in 1537, and the remains were turned into farm buildings.

In 2006, a fashion stylist and her art director husband discovered the rundown property and turned it into a contemporary holiday letting that makes the very best of its original features. Set in the Suffolk countryside, it's within walking distance of the historic village of Eye, and within easy reach of London by train.

There is an additional gallery living space on the site that sleeps two guests. The property also has a Benedictine Hall that can host parties and weddings for up to 150 guests. Please inquire for further details.

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This beautiful designer-created cluster of buildings is set in ten acres of water meadows, near the Suffolk village of Eye. We love its open spaces flooded with natural light, vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams and skylights, poured concrete and oak floors, original brickwork, and large windows that open onto landscaped gardens.

Apparently we're not the only ones, as this holiday letting has been featured in quite a few fashion shoots. The large open-plan living area has a great mid-century feel, with vintage furniture, a wood-burning stove, large dining area and fully-equipped kitchen. There is one twin bedroom on the ground floor, a master bedroom on the first floor, with a balcony overlooking the garden, and a further double room next to it.  

The house has great eco sensibilities, using as many recycled materials as possible, ground source space and water heating as well as solar photovoltaics, earning it a rare A-grade EPC rating. There is also a swimming pond in the gardens.

The newest addition to the site  is a huge gallery living space with an eclectic mix of mid-century Scandinavian and one-off pieces, and art throughout that is all available for sale. The Gallery sleeps two, but space for two additional guests is available in the nearby shepherds hut (at extra cost).

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES  

There is underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove, an LG TV, flat-screen Sony TV with DVD player, HiFi, integrated dishwasher, fridge/freezer and 4-ring electric hob/oven. A washing machine and dryer are available. 100% cotton bedlinen and towels are provided, as are bicycles and wellington boots.  

There is a vegetable garden which guests are welcome to use, and there is space in the grounds for private parking. There are two caravans in the gardens that can be used by guests, one of which has a double bed.  

There is also an event space for up to 150 guests.

 

AROUND  

The house is located on the edge of the historic village of Eye, which has a bakery, deli, butcher and cafés, as well as antique shops and a small castle. There is a market every Wednesday morning, and a small farmers market every Friday morning with fresh locally-caught fish and farm produce. There are several pubs and restaurants nearby, including The Fox and Goose at Fressingfield and The Swan Inn at Hoxne.   

Attractions within easy reach include Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum, the coast at Southwold and Walberswick, and Minsmere nature reserve. The cities of Norwich, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich are all about 30 minutes drive. For those who like to sail, the Norfolk Broads or the estuary of the River Deben are nearby.  

 

LOCATION  

Eye, Suffolk, England, UK. Nearest airport: London Stansted (1.5 hours by car). There is a railway station in nearby Diss, with links to London Liverpool Street every 30 minutes.  

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT  

England is beautiful all year round, but the weather is best from spring to autumn.

 
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Eye, Suffolk, UK
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Eye, Suffolk, UK
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Priory Grounds
Eye, Suffolk, UK
A Spacious, Self-Indulgent Sanctuary with Shoppable Art

This stunning property was once home to a group of Benedictine monks, who founded a priory here in the 11th century. It felt into ruin in 1537, and the remains were turned into farm buildings. In 2006, a fashion stylist and her art director husband discovered the rundown property and turned it into a contemporary holiday letting that makes the very best of its original features.

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The House 3 Br 3 Ba Sleeps 6 Min 3 nights
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Overview Fully equipped
Kitchen Fully equipped
Internet Wifi
Pool Yes
Bedrooms 3
Bed Type 2 double, 1 twin
Kitchen Fully equipped
Bathrooms 3
Accommodates 6
Kid-Friendly No children 1-12 years old. Newborn babies to 1-year-olds are allowed, and children over 12 are welcome.
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 3 nights
Cleaning £150
Sec. Deposit £500
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes Rates start at those listed below. Please check with owner for exact rates. There is a large stone barn on the grounds, with high ceilings, original internal brick walls, simple wooden floors and a mezzanine floor. Events such as weddings and yoga retreats are possible on request. A chef and housekeeper are available on request.

No children 1-12 years old. Newborn babies to 1-year-olds are allowed, and children over 12 are welcome.

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Gallery at Abbey Hall 1 Br 1 Ba Sleeps 2 Min 1 nights
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This is a huge gallery living space with an eclectic mix of mid-century Scandinavian and one-off pieces, and art throughout that is all available for sale. The Gallery sleeps two, but space for two additional guests is available in the nearby shepherds hut (at extra cost). This 400sqm space has a large woodburner on each floor. Fires will be lit before guests arrive, and firewood is supplied for the duration of each stay. There is also an electric radiator in the bedroom and a heated towel rail in the shower room. There are cashmere blankets and sheepskins to snuggle up with in front of the fire. The bedroom has a comfy king-sized bed with finest bedlinen with an en-suite shower room and a separate toilet, divided from the gallery by huge hessian and silk curtains. A pair of socks is provided as an arrival gift, and there are robes, hairdryer and hot water bottles for guest use, as well as wonderful large White Company towels. A fridge, hotplates, oven, kettle, crockery etc, all cooking facilities are located in the large workshop. There is wifi throughout the Gallery and a stereo system. There is one shower room and three additional toilets. The owners will fill the fridge for the guests with organic eggs, local bacon, home-baked bread, butter, jams, coffee, tea and milk. They can cook for themselves, but alternatively candlelit dinners cooked by a local caterer can be arranged at extra cost. The owners are also happy to help with reservations at good local restaurants or pubs. The shepherds hut in the grounds sleeps a further two guests, for a maximum of four guests. There is s stove, but guests have to share the shower room.
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Kitchen Microwave oven, two hotplates, fridge , kettle, toaster, crockery, pots and pans
Wireless Internet Yes
Indoor Fireplace 2 wood burners, one on each floor
Suitable for Events great for weddings, parties, art exhibitions, music performance, theatre, ballet all at extra cost
Bedrooms 1
Bed Type King
Kitchen Microwave oven, two hotplates, fridge , kettle, toaster, crockery, pots and pans
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 2
Kid-Friendly No kids under 12, no babies. Kids must be able to swim as there are two ponds and a river on the property
Pet Friendly 1 well behaved dog on the ground floor of the Gallery space . Please note there is a resident cat outside in the grounds that is very territorial
Min. Stay 1 nights
Tax No taxes (Rate includes tax)
Sec. Deposit £250
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit amount required with booking via BH. BH pays the owner the deposit with the rental fee payment on payout date
Sec. Deposit Returned Refund of deposit by owner within 7 days after stay
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes Rates start at those listed below. Please check with owner for exact rates. There is a large stone barn on the grounds, with high ceilings, original internal brick walls, simple wooden floors and a mezzanine floor. Events such as weddings and yoga retreats are possible on request. A chef and housekeeper are available on request.
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