2 (all year)
Foster's Farmhouse is a rural idyll. Dating from the 1600s and owned by the same family for nearly half a century, the holiday home has a wonderful atmosphere and space for up to 17 people to stay in comfort. The interior features charming touches like antique furniture, original artwork created by the owner and their friends, and an easy-to-use electric AGA for self-catering. Outside are six acres of grounds, including a tennis court and a barn with table tennis. Located in a picturesque spot above the tiny Suffolk village of Hartest and within walking distance of The Crown pub and a family-run butcher, Foster's Farmhouse is ideal for extended families, reunions, retreats, workshops, and training weekends.
Hartest is set in gorgeous countryside 25-minutes south of Bury St Edmunds and less than an hour west of Ipswich. It's a quintessential English country village with a large boulder on the village green that has been the source of myth and speculation for over 300 years. From here, it's easy to explore delights like the medieval half-timbered buildings of Lavenham and the village of Long Melford, whose setting inspired Gainsborough and Constable. Bury is renowned for the quality of food, whether you dine at one of its many cafes and restaurants, shop for fresh produce at the Saturday market or partake in a pint of Greene King beer and a pub meal. Sudbury is also within easy reach with Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Tesco, and Aldi supermarkets.
Rural Suffolk is the perfect place to slow down and smell the roses. There is something blissfully liberating about stepping outside the artificially enforced 9-5 52-weeks of the year grind and allowing your days to be dictated by the sunlight and the seasons and where the local calendar includes spring fairs, summer fetes, harvest festivals, and winter celebrations that bring the community together. The beautiful landscape, friendly people, and historic towns and villages combine to create a place where everyone is welcome. It's great for cycling and walking with a favourite local route to the top of Hartest Hill for the views. Other local attractions include Kentwell Hall, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and West Stowe Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village.
Foster's Farm is available for week-long stays and weekend bookings all year round, depending on availability.
Matthew joined Independent Cottages in August 2022
Foster's Farmhouse is a period property with oak beams, hand-hewn floorboards smoothed by centuries of footsteps, generous proportions and beautiful garden views from most windows. Accommodation is over three levels.
Outside: The farmhouse sits on six acres of grounds which include ponds, mowed pathways, seating areas, mature trees and flowering plants, and gorgeous views. There is off-street parking.
Additional Information: WiFi, bed linen, heating oil, water and logs are included but electricity is charged extra at cost (by reading the smart meter). Guests are to bring bath towels. Two well-behaved dogs are welcome. Foster's Farmhouse is a non-smoking property.