We wrote a blog that described building Five Acre Barn, which you can visit here 

This blog continues our journey - running the bed and breakfast, planting out the garden and, of course, discovering the beauty of the Suffolk coast.

...please join us!

By David / 31/07/2022

Garden Update

We have long described our garden as a ‘work in progress’. When I say that to guests they always says...

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By David / 13/04/2022

Electric Cars & Bikes

This is not the most exciting blog – but it is quite a significant one.When we started we thought that...

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By David / 30/11/2021

Gravel Garden

The first part of the garden to be planted, about five years ago, was a gravel strip running from the...

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By David / 14/02/2021

Let it snow

In the six years that we have been here we have only had 'proper snow' twice - both courtesy of...

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By David / 19/01/2021

Turning Japanese

It's almost a year since we dug the pond - the first stage of a Japanese-inspired garden.  As it turned...

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By David / 09/07/2020

Pond Life

From the start we wanted a pond - but it takes a Covid lockdown to provide enough time to make...

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By David / 11/02/2020

Five Acre Barn news

Well its almost been a year since the last Five Acre Barn post.  I realise that there are probably not...

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By David / 14/04/2019

Full Steam ahead

We met Sasha French a few months ago.  Sasha has a lovely bed and breakfast in Great Glemham - Crown...

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By David / 05/02/2019

Top Stumps

It’s the start of February.  Most gardeners would have put their tools away in the shed a couple of months...

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By David / 11/12/2018

Do it yourself

The Suffolk countryside seems to be full of talented artists.  It’s staggering just how many beautiful things are produced close by...

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By David / 11/11/2018

Honesty is the best policy

Some of our favourite hotels and B&Bs, run honesty bars - you fix yourself a drink as if you were...

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By David / 22/10/2018

Stephen Lawrence prize

When we were working with our architect we wanted something different that would stand out and hopefully intrigue potential guests. ...

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By David / 18/09/2018

Out on the prairie

We have some grand ambitions for the garden bordering by the guest sundecks - which will eventually become a deep...

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By David / 02/09/2018

Stage and Screen

Aldeburgh really punches above it's weight in so many ways.  Two great illustrations of this are High Tide (11-16 September)...

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By David / 07/08/2018


Aldeburgh is fortunate in being one of the few towns that has managed to continue its carnival tradition when so...

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By David / 24/07/2018

Beach Life

Now we don't pretend that the North Sea Coast owes much to the Mediterranean of Ibiza or the Greek Islands...

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By David / 09/07/2018

Latitude Attitude

Most people wouldn't associate our neck of the woods with contemporary music - for most its all about the classical...

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By David / 14/06/2018

Bloomin’ lovely

During the building of our new guest wing, it was a pretty much impossible to develop the garden.  Any gardener...

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By David / 30/05/2018

We would like to thank….

Our architect Greg Blee (www.bleehalligan.co.uk) asked whether we wanted to be entered into the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)...

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By David / 21/05/2018

Suffolk Open Studios

We have been very lucky in our three years in Suffolk to have been admitted as 'honorary' members of the...

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By David / 30/04/2018

Bluebell bonanza

 We like to say to guests welcome to 'sunny Suffolk'.  For the most part this is true, as Suffolk is...

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By David / 08/04/2018

Happy Birthday Five Acre Barn

It's hard to believe that our first guests checked in exactly twelve months ago - 8 April 2017 (even harder...

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By David / 20/03/2018

Down on the Farm

We are very lucky to have a public footpath at the bottom of the garden that takes guests, eager to...

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By David / 07/03/2018

Murmuration Mania

With a much heralded blast from the Siberian Tundra beginning to make itself felt, it was tempting to snuggle up...

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