Fosters Farmhouse is a lovely traditional, timber-framed Suffolk house, painted in a cheerful yellow outside and with a colourful, artistic interior. The large country kitchen with its big oak table and Aga make it an ideal venue for a self-catering house party, it has proved very popular for reunions, extended family get-togethers, training weekends, quiet hen parties and therapy and art groups.
The house is well suited to hen parties who are looking to share a lovely weekend together, and enjoy the countryside and indoor activities such as baking, reading, games and crafts. (It is not well suited to parties involving larger numbers or loud music).
The house is close to the pretty village of Hartest, just down the hill with its pretty village green and colourful cottages, a traditional butcher and a local pub with excellent food.
The house is in a quiet location with rolling countryside and enjoyable walking, and sits in six acres of garden, with two duck ponds and a tennis court. A large patio faces south-west with views over the owners' field and beyond. It's a great place for big group meals and barbecues in summer.
Inside, the decor is artistic and beautifully arranged, not super smart but cosy and homely. The large kitchen/dining room is the heart of the house, with its large table for group meals, and an electric hob and oven as well as the Aga, and a dishwasher. The main living room has a huge log fire (with logs provided) and a TV/DVD, and there is a further playroom/studio.
The house sleeps up to 17 people - or 13 with single use of double beds. There are seven bedrooms upstairs: the principal double bedroom plus three other doubles, two twin rooms on the first floor, with an ample attic room above with four low beds. There is a further single day bed in the ground floor playroom. There are two bathrooms upstairs and a downstairs WC. The house has oil fired central heating.
The house is in an excellent location, only two hours from London and even less for those in cities like Cambridge and Ipswich. It's about an hour and a half's drive from Hartest to the Suffolk coast. There are two well known historic towns just a few miles away: Long Melford, and the remarkable medieval Lavenham. Bury St Edmunds, eight miles away, is a bustling market town with lots of shops. Kentwell Hall in Long Melford puts on exceptional Tudor and other historic recreations, theatrical productions and other events which make a great day out. The nearest rail stations are Sudbury and Bury St. Edmunds, and Stansted airport is 40 miles away”.