Relax and unwind
As well as bed and breakfast accommodation in the farmhouse, Hall Farm is home to two beautifully restored hideaways. The Railway Wagon offers a completely self contained and secluded experience for those wanting to switch off and get away from it all, or to use as a base to explore the local area. Our unique Shepherd’s Hut provides a special glamping experience and is available from May to September.
After a day of exploring, relax and unwind in the peace and quiet of the farm. Either an outdoor fire-bowl by the Shepherd’s hut or a log burner in the Wagon or an open fire in the house will be there to greet you and quickly warm you up on the colder days. You can plan your next day’s activities, with the help of an abundance of local books and maps and our wealth of local knowledge.
Southwold, Walberswick, Dunwich and RSPB Minsmere are no further than a ten-minute drive away and Aldeburgh, Snape, and Orford are within easy reach. We are also a perfect place to stay if you enjoy walking and cycling. In fact you can stay without getting in your car again.
Footpaths from the farm take you across meadows, heaths and by the banks of the River Blyth all the way to the coast, or inland to the market town of Halesworth. A secure lock up is provided if you want to bring bikes. If you travel by train, we can pick you up from our local railway stations at either Halesworth or Darsham, which are both ten minutes away. Trains from London take two hours and operate hourly.
Food from the farm
Whether you request a breakfast hamper (extra charge) if booking the railway wagon. or have a continental breakfast in the shepherd’s hut or a full English breakfast in the farmhouse, we pride ourselves on using local, fresh produce, from our farm when possible. Eggs come from our free-range chickens and all meat is sourced from local butchers. Jams and marmalades are all home made using produce from our kitchen garden or hedgerows. Bread is either home-made or from a local artisan bakery. Please click on the accommodation webpage you are interested in for further information . Please note details for the wagon will be listed soon, but we are happy to take enquires.
In the evening, just a five-minute walk away, is the Star Inn, our local pub, where you can enjoy Adnams beer and other local craft beers. The Star also serves ‘simple home cooking using local ingredients. In the adjacent village of Blyford is the Queen’s Head and there are plenty of other pubs and restaurants to choose from in the area.
I was lucky enough to be offered the newly restored Wagon as their first paying guests when I contacted Annie and Bob about renting their Shepherds Hut for a surprise stay to celebrate my sister’s birthday. From start to finish they could not have been more helpful and accommodating, Annie even playing along with the whole surprise when we arrived to the point of nearly fooling even myself! From driving down the lane and opening the gate to the farmhouse you can feel your stresses and strains dissolving, but what was in store for us just a matter of fifty yards ahead can only be described as a little piece of heaven!
The Wagon is simply beautiful, restored in such a sympathetic manner , set amongst fields of long whispering grasses with uninterrupted views . Every piece of the restoration has a story to tell , from the sink from an old school chemistry block to the huge comfortable bed made from the old gatepost. When Annie slid open the wagon door the cool, cosy interior oozed old charm and finesse, but with all the mod cons of microwave, fridge, hob and log burner (which we didn’t need as it was the hottest weekend of the year!) Having said this we were beautifully cool in the wagon and both slept like logs, waking only to the soft coo of two pigeons outside.
Outside we had a table and chairs to sit at and enjoy the peace and tranquility with a glass of wine, and in the evening a fire pit and bench where we toasted marshmallows and watched the wildlife. Everything you could need is available in the wagon -even the toasting fork, wood and firelighters, and as previous reviews of the farm have stated , the basket of goodies delivered for breakfast is divine, especially the homemade granola!
With my sister being a complete camping novice I was particularly keen that the bathroom felt like luxurious glamping, and the wash hut surely didn’t disappoint, a fully fitted stunning bathroom tucked into a quaint gypsy type hut a matter of 15 yards from the Wagon. This, like the Wagon has been finished to a fantastic standard yet retains that sense of being at one with nature.
The busy local pub , a ten minute walk away served superb food and the staff were really friendly. I recommend booking if you want to eat, and to go early as it started to really quieten down by 9pm.
All in all I cannot recommend The Wagon enough if you want a luxurious, peaceful stay- my only concern is that it will get soooo booked up that we won’t be able to visit again soon, as we certainly intend to make this an annual Sisters trip!! Thank you, thank you, thank you Annie and Bob, you made us genuinely feel so welcome and are so lucky to live in such an idyllic spot