The Old Stable

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1284 787340

Stylish stables with pretty pool terrace, cosy wood stove and all you need to rustle up drinks and snacks. Friendly host too


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

A rural ramble brings you to a flint and brick bolthole – tucked into the courtyard of the main house. Joanna has restored her stables with a blend of old and new: beams, lime washed walls, rustic window sills, modern log-burner, swish new bathrooms. Bedrooms (‘Hayloft’ up, ‘Coach House’ down) are fresh and comfy – one has a double sofabed for extra guests. Wide French windows in the big dining/sitting room open to the pool – have a dip on summer mornings; dahlias and roses fill the garden. Joanna brings over breakfast: homemade jams, home-buzzed honey, a full English spread. Walk from the door; hop on a bike and discover nearby Bury.


  • 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

Check in
4pm-7pm, please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Over 13s welcome.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Occasional supper from £15. Packed lunch £7.50. Pubs/restaurants within 3 miles.


Nightly price
from £95
Singles £70-£80. Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per person per night.
1 Twin
From £95
1 Twin/double
From £115



We stayed a week. It's the best of a BNB with its individual and homely touches like homemade cookies and cake on arrival, the best of a 5* hotel in its luxury, spaciousness and cleanliness, and the best of self catering because we were in an entirely different building to the main house, not at all overlooked, and we had freedom and privacy to come and go as we pleased without fear of disturbing our hosts. We didn't want to leave!

Alice, Colchester

I stayed at The Old Stable both the night before my wedding and two nights following. Joanna is an exceptional host who went over and above to make our stay special. Each day the house was cleaned and prepared for the evening, meaning we always came back to a beautiful and tidy environment; it was such a treat! There was plenty of space downstairs for myself, my bridesmaids and the makeup and hairstylists to get ready on the morning of my wedding; the bright and airy kitchen area which opens onto a beautiful garden and swimming pool made this even more of a special morning.

Victoria, Lichfield

Perfection - beautiful, luxury accommodation with a wonderful host. Amazing 5 star breakfast. I stayed 3 nights and had a swim after work in the evenings in their lovely pool. I had The Stables completely to myself and that made it extra special. I want to return as soon as I can.

Karen, Hereford

A fabulous retreat. We loved everything: the room, location, the pool, the wee kitchen, the breakfast. Was a fabulous trip and Joanna could not have been more helpful. Would highly recommend. First time using Sawdays and will definitely be using again. We also enjoyed exploring the local area and only a £6 taxi into town! Thank you Joanna for your hard work. We hope to be back!

Mary, Edinburgh, UK

Probably the best value of the 12 UK Sawday's I have stayed at in recent years. Spotless modern facilities in a beautifully restored Stable, with the use of a wonderful bright lounge and dining area. Joanna is a truly delightful and knowledgeable host and nothing is too much trouble - I will be back!

Kevin, Christchurch, New Zealand

An absolute delight. The Old Stable is beautifully furnished and so comfortable. The gardens are a joy. We were made to feel really welcome by the owners so it was a lovely, happy stay.

Marion, Chichester

We had a delightful stay for 4 nights at The Old Stable - the breakfasts were delicious, with home made bread and granola, and a wide choice of cooked breakfasts. Joanna, our host, was so friendly and helpful, and her many personal touches made the rooms delightful. We would definitely recommend this as a lovely place to stay.


What a beautiful place. We stayed with our two children so had the place to ourselves. It felt like a cottage but with the added bonus of the most amazing breakfast we have ever had (so much choice), served by the loveliest lady, Joanna. The upstairs room was enormous, with the most comfy bed and pillows. Everything we needed was available, with added extras such as homemade cookies and fresh milk. Couldn't recommend more highly.

Natalie, London

We stayed for one night in the Hayloft which was stunning! The owner had obviously put her heart and soul into turning the old barn into a luxurious but extremely comfortable B&B. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful. The host warm and friendly. We would highly recommend a stay at The Old Stable.

Lila, Wiltshire

We have just returned from our third visit to this outstanding bed and breakfast in rural Suffolk. Yes, it is in a very rural and peaceful location ensuring a relaxing stay but it is also within easy driving distance of historical Bury St. Edmunds. It's the best of both worlds! We will remember sitting eating supper outside in the warmth of an August evening at a huge garden table next to the swimming pool surrounded by a simply stunning garden. Everything here is high quality, including the furniture, fittings and breakfast. To top it all Joanna is the perfect host. Thank you.

PAMELA, Preston

This place surpasses all expectations! Arriving on a searingly hot July afternoon, we were warmly welcomed by Joanna and ushered into the cool of the beautifully converted, spacious and comfortable old stable. Stepping out onto the terrace, we slipped into the bliss of the inviting, private swimming pool... A peek through the fence revealed happy hens dashing here and there, pausing occasionally to lay our breakfast eggs on the ground. Awoke to the comforting aroma of newly baking bread, and found a wondrous breakfast brought to our door. Everywhere there was beauty. Heaven!

Carol and David, London

On our personal scale of 1 to 5, The Old Stables has to rate a 6. If there is anything Joanna hasn't thought of we don't know what it is. Outstanding in every respect.

Paul & Cheryl, Edenbridge, Kent

What a wonderful find! Peaceful situation, wonderful welcome, fabulous spaces in the Old Stable, and very luxurious too. Breakfast was delicious, homemade fruit compote, bread, honey and great hot dishes too. We can't wait to go back.

Celia, London

An absolutely wonderful place to stay. So much more than a B&B. Joanna and Christopher have cleverly renovated the old stables into a very beautiful space, with tasteful fittings and furnishings and an extremely comfortable and huge bed. A large bathroom has a bath and a walk-in shower. Joanna is a wonderful hostess and her love of cooking and general home-making is obvious with home-made muesli, bread and jams for breakfast. Don't miss the garden either which is open under the NGS "Yellow Book" scheme and is absolutely beautiful. Yes, we loved it!

Veronica, Stroud

The Old Stable is a rare find and a real treat. I was warmly welcomed on arrival by Joanna who has lovingly restored this beautiful building sympathetically and stylishly. Joanna has thought of many special touches; fluffy towels, a wide selection of teas and homemade yummy biscuits! My favourite thing was breakfast where I was spoilt for choice. Almost everything is homemade or locally sourced. Freshly baked bread, eggs from Joanna's hens, delicious homemade museli & granola and honey from her bees which is one of the best I've tried. I will certainly be returning and would highly recommend.

Fiona, Teddington, London

Genuinely warm welcome. Our accommodation in this quiet and peaceful rural setting was extremely comfortable, warm and clean. The Old Stable has retained its old world charm and has been modernised with great style. Wonderful breakfast from extensive menu, with home made bread, muesli, compotes, honey and eggs from owner Joanna's own hens - a real treat and many items available to buy. We had a memorable and enjoyable stay. Highly recommended.


Great place very near the pleasant city Bury St Edmunds. In fact everything is perfect : the house, the bedroom, the bed, the bathroom. Joanna is a very friendly host and man, can she make breakfast ....

Peter, Tilburg

Joanna is such a lovely host and the Old Stable is perfect. Fantastic breakfasts, spotlessly clean, beautiful bed and linen and lots of lovely touches such as freshly cut flowers from the garden on arrival in your room. I'd reccomend if staying for business or pleasure - I stayed for a couple of nights with work but it would be a great romantic getaway for a couple as well.

Emily, London

What a lovely, quiet special place is The Old Stables. The facilities were absolutely delightful. Joanne our host couldn't have done any more to make our stay any more special. Lovely touches of fresh cut flowers from her garden and the added delight of a swimming pool. Within easy reach of beautiful Bury St Edmunds and lovely historical Lavenham. We are so glad we found The a Stables on Alastair Sawday's web site.

Sian, Sheffield

The accommodation and garden is a beautiful sanctuary and the food and welcome a delight. It's like coming home to life the way you wish it was. I stayed for one night.

Linda, Gloucestershire

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Joanna Mayer

  • We're in rural Suffolk, yet only three miles from the medieval market town of Bury St. Edmunds, which has a great deal to offer any visitor. It also has numerous bars, cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes.
  • There is much to see and do in the local area, which is rich in natural beauty. We can guide you with information on your areas of interest. In addition, the horse racing centre of Newmarket and the university town of Cambridge are close by.
  • We are very near the junction of the National Cycle Routes 13 and 51. There is a dedicated cycle route into Bury and we can offer bikes to use and secure storage for your own.
  • All our food is locally sourced or produced by us. We believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we think you'll agree!
  • Our garden extends to two acres and is open under the National Garden Scheme. We hope you will enjoy it. The swimming pool is available during the summer months.