The Priory Barn

Badingham, Suffolk

A big, beamed contemporary barn filled with light and surrounded by unspoilt countryside for a romantic retreat.


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

You overlook a restful pond at the back where moorhens flit about with their babies in spring; beyond are fields dotted with sheep. You’ll feel cosy when it’s cold outside with the wood-burner glowing, books to read, local cake, hot chocolate and a Nespresso machine.

Nick and Clark live next door in The Priory – your little courtyard area slightly overlooks their house but gets lots of sun and has a table and chairs for morning tea or a sundowner. In summer throw open the big windows and let the outside in, enhancing the feeling of much space.

The kitchen is huge for two who like to cook but you can eat out well nearby: the café at Darsham Nurseries is a 15-minute drive, or a bit further in Woodbridge you’ll find the Unruly Pig. There are walks in every direction, and cycling is a joy on such quiet country lanes. Pack up a picnic and head to the unspoilt seaside towns of Aldeburgh, Southwold and Orford.

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We think you'll love

  • Walking and cycling in such an unspoilt and peaceful rural landscape
  • Having a day out at one of Suffolk’s lovely beaches
  • Lighting the wood-burner and hunkering down on bad-weather days
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You should know

  • The owners’ house is next door
  • The bedroom is on an open-plan mezzanine floor
  • The shower and loo are downstairs


  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • 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
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 2.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £150
Weekly price
from £1050
1 Barn for 2
From £1501 bedroom


Inspiring barn conversion! We spent 3 wonderful nights at the barn, it is so peaceful, relaxing and comfortable. The barn has been designed perfectly in our opinion, as soon as you walk through the door you get a wonderful sense of calm. There is a real eye for detail here that feels very generous of spirit, aesthetically soothing and not at all overdone or stuffy. Extremely comfortable bed etc and great spot to explore from. Loved watching the ducks and birds on and around the for the soul and loved The White Horse for the body...delicious (best steak & kidney pud)!

Biddy, London

Staying at Nick and Clark's barn is an absolute delight. The barn is beautiful and impeccably appointed, with everything you need to enjoy a relaxing weekend in Suffolk.

Louise, London

If you want to treat yourself and your loved one, this is the place to be. The barn is spacious,light, modern and beautifully decorated with respect for authentic elements. Everything you need is there. The view on the pond is my favorite feature. Always in touch with nature. Nick and his partner where very thoughtful and kind. I will recommend this place to my friends and family.

Isabelle, Lembeke

A beautiful hidden gem in the Suffolk countryside, such a pleasure staying at priory barn, beautiful restoration, beautiful decor ,we instantly relaxed.Owners were very friendly and gave us our privacy but nice to know they were nearby if needed.A great base for cycling and walking or popping in the car to visit local towns and villages or the Suffolk coastline.We didn't want to leave, would highly recommend,

Alison, Coventry

This is the perfect romantic, rural retreat - admire the amazing architecture and sleek modern design of this converted barn. There's great walking and cycling from the doorstep with lots of good places to stop and eat. Watch moorhens on the pond and sheep in the field - or snuggle up in front of the log burner on chillier days.

Zoe, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The National Cycle Route 1 and the Suffolk Coastal Cycle Route pass within five miles of the house; the gently undulating countryside is dotted with off the beaten track villages and hundreds of footpaths. Nearby Badingham has a relaxed pub and a community café, and Framlingham, a quintessentially English market town five miles away, has a market on Tuesdays and Saturdays plus a good range of cafes, shops and restaurants.

Local points of interest from Nick & Clark Smith

  • Framlingham, 5 miles, a delightful quintessentially English market town surrounded by some of Suffolk’s best unspoilt rural landscape. Visit Framlingham Castle and market day on Tues/Sat.
  • Helmingham Hall Gardens - award-winning grade 1 listed gardens of the Tollemache family’s Helmingham Hall with events throughout the summer, 12 miles.
  • For unspoilt seaside towns, visit Southwold and Aldeburgh, 16 miles, or Orford with a growing foodie reputation, 17 miles - enjoy a meal at Pinney’s Fish Shop, the Pump Street Bakery and the Crown and Castle Hotel and Restaurant.
  • Great pubs, restaurants and cafes in walking or cycling distance: White Horse and Badingham Community Cafe in Badingham; The Low House in Laxfield; Neathouse in Dennington.
  • Visit In Da Cottage on Saturdays, an 18th century barn selling antiques and 20th century pieces in the heart of Framlingham, The Aldeburgh Bookshop, The Merchants Table for a beautifully curated selection of goods in Woodbridge (Fri & Sat)
  • Fantastic walking and cycling on Suffolk's famous coastline and gently undulating rural heartland, dotted with off the beaten track villages and 100s of footpaths. National Cycle Route 1 and the Suffolk Coastal Cycle Route pass within 5 miles.


Nick & Clark Smith

Having spent over 30 years working in London, Nick and Clark took early retirement to move to the peace and tranquillity of Suffolk. One of their ambitions was to work with a top architect to create a contemporary living space for guests to enjoy, and they realised this goal with the renovation of The Priory Barn. They want to make guests feel very welcome but give them lots of privacy – they’ve created a place where every detail has been considered.