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OVERVIEW

Retreat East has everything you want for a luxurious, relaxing rural break: nestled in a secluded spot it has chic, comfortable self-catering barns, a bright and uplifting bar and a lofty rustic restaurant serving a delicious array of healthy dishes. There's a spa to ensure you leave completely energised, and plenty of footpaths for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Just a couple of kilometres from the A14 trunk road, Retreat East is tucked away off a quiet rural road, down a country lane and surrounded by rolling fields; it really is the place to get away from it all. Nearby Barham has village shops and the pleasant Sorrell Horse Inn. Pretty Coddenham village, with its chocolate box cottages, is nearby, and multi-award-winning gastropub The Unruly Pig is a 20-minute drive away in Bromeswell.

By car: around 1 hour 10 minutes from Norwich, 2 hours 30 minutes from London and 3 hours 30 minutes from Birmingham or Sheffield. There is free parking on-site.

By train: there are direct lines to Ipswich from London Liverpool Street (1 hour 10 minutes), Cambridge (1 hour 15 minutes) and Norwich (40 minutes). Retreat East is around 25-minutes drive from Ipswich Station. Book trains to Ipswich.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

This is the place to stay if you like the idea of enjoying a stylish home in the country with lots of attractive touches like high-quality furnishings, freestanding baths and large comfy sofas to get lost in, without having to lift a finger.

THE FACILITIES

Members of staff are very friendly and attentive, and happy to suggest things to do, local walks and places to eat. Everything is spotless and well-managed, and spa treatments are of a high standard.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Billiards room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

From the large flatscreen TVs to the upmarket kitchen appliances, the understated luxury complements the cosy, rural feel. Walls are appropriately painted in earthy creams, greys, greens and mushrooms. There's underfloor heating, and bathrooms and shower rooms offer nice touches like organic toiletries from Loggique, a Suffolk-based artisan lab.

Room types: Barns and Studios

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, kitchen, private porch, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Tasty breakfasts, lunches and dinners with vegetarian/vegan choices are served in the triple-height wood-panelled Great Barn, and some ingredients for the simple, seasonal and healthy dishes come from the organic kitchen garden, others from the best of East Anglia's artisan food producers.

Great Barn Restaurant: relaxed, modern British cuisine, local produce. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner mains from £16.

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