Abbey House

Monk Soham, Framlingham, Suffolk
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1728 685225

Victorian rectory with sunny bedrooms and leafy views. Home-laid eggs for breakfast, lovely old garden and meadow to explore


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

This handsome, Grade II listed, Dutch-gabled house is fronted by a large fishpond upon which black swans glide. It’s a beautiful Suffolk home to walk and cycle from, and a peaceful patch just to escape to.

Sue welcomes you easily. Settle down in front of the fire in the guest drawing room or wander out to the shrub walk. You’ll find simple comfortable bedrooms, each with a couple of armchairs and garden or pond views, and Sue’s breakfasts include yogurts, fruit, porridge, a full English with locally sourced bacon and sausages and eggs from her hens.

Fine old trees – oaks, limes, beeches and weeping willows – dignify the mature garden and meadowland. Early flowering yellow banksia climbs the front of the house, fighting for the limelight with the Clematis montana that tumbles around the door. The heated pool (just ask) lies enclosed in a suntrap surrounded by trellises of honeysuckle and jasmine. Amble around taking it all in… sit and contemplate a game of croquet under the magnificent copper beech, watch the peacocks, admire the swans and ducks on the pond lined with flag irises – best viewed from a picturesque arched wooden bridge.

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We think you'll love

  • The beautiful and interesting gardens
  • Sue's friendliness
  • Swimming in the heated pool in the summer
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You should know

  • The male peacocks can be noisy in the summer
  • One bedroom isn't en suite


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Children over 6 welcome.
Christmas & New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs 2.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £80
Singles £40-£50.
2 Doubles
From £90
1 Twin
From £80



You will receive the warmest of welcomes from Sue, who looks after her guests so well. A beautiful house, set in magnificent grounds with a small lake, black swans, peacocks and sheep in the paddock. A heated swimming pool for use in the summer months is an extra touch of luxury and the breakfasts are superb with eggs from her own chickens.

Mandy, Sawday's inspector

This was one of the best bed and breakfasts we have ever been to and we nearly always use Sawdays. Great welcome with tea and cake, very accommodating and hospitable, lovely breakfast and use of the pool. We even found a ‘Happy Anniversary’ card in our room when we arrived. We only live 35 minutes away but already planning our next visit.

Denise, Suffolk

Abbey House, run by Sue Bagnall, is beautiful with peacocks, swans, chickens and sheep out back. The rooms are all in keeping with house and you feel like part of the family who has just arrived as you take tea in sitting room. Her prices are £45 per person and that is with a grand breakfast. The ONLY problem we had is finding it! But you know those country roads.....


Wonderful peaceful place. Very comfortable and Sue looked after us so well. This is a very special place in Suffolk. Beautiful countryside and wonderful buildings. Near enough to the coast for great outings. A great local swimming pool made the place pretty much perfect. Breakfast is excellent. Nothing is too much trouble for Sue. Thank you. We had a restful and peaceful break. The local pubs have wonderful food.

Margaret, Southend on sea

Only spent one, blissfully peaceful night but a perfect and much-needed escape made special by the warm and genuine welcome from Sue.


We spent two nights at Abbey House where we received the warmest of welcomes from Sue, we immediately felt at home. Abbey House sits in the most idyllic setting, from our room we looked over the lake where black swans and ducks were swimming. As a hostess, Sue would be very hard to beat, she charmed us from the minute we arrived. Breakfasts were very good and set us up for the days exploring. Framlingham is a pleasant town and the castle is well worth a visit, with wonderful views from the wall...if you have a head for heights. We will certainly be visiting Abbey House again.


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The neighbourhood

Monk Soham is a tiny hamlet - village school and post office long gone. Abbey House sits in 10 acres and is surrounded by farmland. A 10-minute walk takes you to a lovely 13th-century hilltop church. Deer and hare can sometimes be seen - buzzards and barn owls too. There’s a pub in Earl Soham, about a five-minute drive. Framlingham is five miles; Woodbridge 14; Aldeburgh and Southwold within 21.

Local points of interest from Sue Bagnall

  • Aldeburgh and Southwold both bustling seaside towns -Southwold with its sandy beaches,colourful beach huts and a pier.
  • Aldeburgh, with a great independent high street right on the shingle beach.
  • Snape, 5 miles inland from Aldeburgh. Famous for its concert hall. Plus many shops in the converted maltings.Framlingham, a thriving market town, with a magnificent Norman castle. Ed Sheeran's hometown, who you may catch in the Station Pub having a pint.
  • Orford, an idyllic village on the River Ore. Boat trips to be had and fine fish dining at the Butley Oysterage.Anglo Saxon burial grounds at Sutton Hoo - near Woodbridge.
  • Suffolk wool towns - Lavenham, Kersey and Long Melford. Some of the prettiest and best preserved historic villages in the country.
  • Helmingham Hall Gardens. Grade 1 listed gardens.In the grounds of a magnificent moated Tudor manor in 400 acres of deer park. Bressingham Gardens, near Diss. Known for its horticultural excellence with thousands of varieties and species on display.


Sue Bagnall

Sue found Abbey House - then in need of renovation - in the 1980s and has lived here ever since. She used to be a nurse. A keen gardener, she's still trying to tame the grounds; a small flock of sheep and a varied assortment of fowl keep her busy too. She hopes that the visitors who come to stay will enjoy the peace and beauty in this lovely part of Suffolk as much as she does.