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The perfect countryside weekend escape for jaded city-dwellers.

The Oaksmere

Rectory Rd Eye Suffolk IP23 8AH 01379 873 940

We say

It's always nice when someone with a vision comes along and rescues a tired old building that is long past its best, and that's exactly what happened when local businessman Fraser Duffin came upon this old North Suffolk country house a couple of years ago and gave it the treatment it deserved, renovating the rooms and the restaurant, and in general breathing life into what is now a rather wonderful old country house hotel, using local materials and local craftspeople in the process. Fraser isn't finished yet: he's still busy adding four more rooms by converting a disused coach house, extending the restaurant and adding more facilities in the extensive grounds, but already this lovely old building, which has an ancient Tudor core and a Victorian extension, boasts as comfortable and up-to-date a country vibe as you could ever wish for.

Fraser likes people who come for the weekend, leave the car keys at reception and chill out good and proper. This involves making the most of the hotel's sumptuously equipped rooms, hanging out in the cosy bar, eating at the outside barbecue or in the slick restaurant (whose chef spent much of the last decade learning his trade at the best kind of rustic French restaurants), and knocking back a cocktail or two at the very cool cocktail bar.

The rooms are all different, with big windows and high ceilings in the Victorian wing and cosy beams in the Tudor part of the building. However all are all large and have all comforts, with docking stations and smart TVs with Sky, giant bathrooms, powerful rainhead showers and huge baths, Nespresso machines and posh toiletries; they serve a superb breakfast, and two of the the coachhouse rooms are fully accessible and have private terraces. But it's the location and grounds that steal the show: very rural, and peaceful in the extreme. Sitting on the patio behind the house and sipping a drink on a warm Friday evening in summer, you may just think you made the right decision in deciding on The Oaksmere as your weekend escape. 

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Sleeps

6 spacious and sumptuously equipped double rooms and 4 lovely suites in the main house, plus 4 rooms in a converted coach house, 2 of which have private terraces and are ideal for families. 

How much?

Double rooms with breakfast cost from around £99 a night, suites from around £150.

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Music System
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • TVs with Freeview
  • Wedding & Party Venue
  • Wifi

Looking for...

  • Boutique
  • Country House
  • Countryside
  • Family-Friendly
  • Five-Star Luxury
  • Getting Away from it All

Getting There

Access to the Oaksmere is through the front gates after which you follow the drive and signs to the car park. Exit is via the rear gates. Approaching from the south, follow the A140 and turn left at the Brome Swan onto the B1077, then turn immediately left into the Oaksmere entrance gates. From the north, follow the A140 to Brome and make a right at the Brome Grange on to the B1077 then immediately turn left into the Oaksmere entrance gates.

When?

Open all year.

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