Christmas Cottage, Sternfield

Sternfield, Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

  • 3 Star
  • This stunningly converted Suffolk barn retains much of its original features whilst incorporating modern comforts such as underfloor heating, a suntrap terrace and its very own hot tub.

You can book this property from:

  • £689 per week
  • £98 per night
  • 3 Star


Christmas Cottage is a beautifully converted traditional Suffolk barn. It retains much of the old stud work and beams and incorporates quality finishes. Warm and cosy in winter, it has underfloor heating and a lovely log burning stove. In Summer, guests can enjoy the sun trap terrace complete with its own hot tub, and the extensive gardens.

SNAPE 2.5 miles (4 km), ALDEBURGH 5 miles (8.5 km), THORPENESS 6.5 miles (10.5 km)

This Suffolk Cottage Holiday Property: Once a traditional two storey cow barn with hayloft above, this red brick Suffolk barn has been beautifully converted to create a comfortable two bedroom holiday cottage. Retaining many of its original studwork posts and beams, the ground floor has 19 century slate floors throughout (reclaimed from The Records Office in Chancery Lane, London). Reclaimed wood has been used to create the straight staircase which leads to the first floor where there are wooden floors throughout, comfortable beds and a spacious shower room.  Locally reclaimed materials have been used for finishes wherever possible and there is a lovely wood burning stove in the sitting room.

Setting: Close to the Suffolk coast amidst farmland, in the heart of the Suffolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Know what you're getting: One of three self-catering holiday cottages at Red House Barns, the farm on which Christmas Cottage is situated is used in part for the cultivation of Christmas trees.

House style:
Victorian brick-constructed barn with an open-plan living space, simple but well furnished with a real eye for comfort - includes hypnos beds, quality bed linen, traditional log burning stove, underfloor heating, dishwasher, washing machine etc. Everything is of good quality.

Grounds: A long farm track leads from the village of Sternfield to Red House Barns. Outside to the front is a drive and plenty of parking space away to the left, whilst French doors from the sitting room open onto a fenced terrace with table and chairs and lovely hot tub. Beyond the terrace is a communal lawned garden with mature trees and shrubs. To one side of the barns is a single storey building with large games room and shower room (with disabled access). Outside the games room is a covered area with space for bikes, outdoor wear etc. Beside the games room is a large grassed area with table and chairs and loads of space for ball games, dog walking etc. The surrounding farmland is peppered with public footpaths and the track and nearby bridleways are good for cycling. There are further farm buildings opposite the barns which are used for grain storage.

Ideal for: An outdoor loving family with children, two couples or a larger group taking Stable Cottage (sleeps 2) and Reindeer Cottage (sleeps 4) as well. Close to the coast at Aldeburgh and Thorpeness, it will suit beach lovers. Just a 20 minute drive from RSPB Minsmere.

Children: Great for children, there is lots of outside space for games, reindeer in the stable yard across the way and a lovely games room with table top football and table tennis. Close to the coast, Christmas Cottage will be great fun in summer or winter and particularly appealing to children prior to Christmas when there is a lovely Christmas shop in one of the farm barns. However, this is a working farm and children should be kept away from farm machinery and working buildings.

Eating & Drinking: The nearest pubs are in Snape (3 in all) and at Aldeburgh, where there are also some excellent restaurants. You can buy fresh fish from the fishermen on the beach and there are several excellent local produce shops selling organic fruit and vegetables as well as fresh samphire and lovely Metfield bread.

Music: CD radio in the sitting room and a year round programme of musical events at Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of Aldeburgh Music.


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds


  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer


  • 1 WC
  • Towels provided


  • Family friendly
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair


  • Garden
  • Private parking

How far to ...?

  • Pub 2.5 miles
  • Shop 2.5 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Games room
  • Hot tub

Nearby activities

  • Walking


  • Ground floor WC

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 7:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am