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Monday 9 January 2012

Sluttery Travels: House in the Clouds, Suffolk

This is such a strange house. It looks like something straight out of an Enid Blyton novel (in fact, The House in the Clouds would make for a perfect title).

I want to stay in the highest room, in the highest bit of the tower. Bet the views would be amazing. The acting out of Rapunzel is also likely.

The house is HUGE. I'll admit that it's not the classiest of interiors, but despite the dated look it's in pretty good shape. And you'll be too busy playing games anyway.

And it has a spiral staircase! I'm a sucker for anything that has a spiral staircase.

The house in Suffolk sleeps ten so you get to play with lots of friends. At the moment, it's about £2130 for a week. The price goes up to £3200 at peak times, but split that between you all and suddenly the price isn't so bad. You can also book for two nights, at around £550 per night.

This house calls for an epic game of hide and seek, doesn't it?


  1. I've heard of this place before. I really does look amazing. A friend of a friend had his birthday celebration there, and invited loads of friends. I've always wanted to do the same. Maybe one day I will...

  2. I stayed for Christmas one year and it is magical! Soooo much space for a big group, stunning views and good access to plenty of lovely walks. Stay there if you can!

  3. We were really looking forward to our weekend away to the House in the Clouds to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday. It is not cheap at £525 per night in January but we thought it would be a wonderful treat for such a special occasion. How wrong we were. Although striking from the outside, the inside is a disappointment, claustrophobic and rather tatty. The dining table in the draughty kitchen is very cramped, with uncomfortable pews providing the seating. The multiple flights of stairs, described by the owners as "easy" are, in fact, steep and inadvisable for the elderly or the very young. And once you have mounted the 68 steps to the striking games room at the top of the house, you are met with an Arctic experience as it is woefully under-supplied with heating (one small radiator and an inadequate gas fire), making it usable on only the warmest of days. And warmth is a real issue: the ageing boiler failed on numerous occasions during our stay, forcing us to alter our plans in order to contact and await visits by a local handyman and a British Gas engineer. Yet despite the discomfort of a day without heating (on a freezing, snowy January weekend), the owners (disgracefully) did not feel that this was worthy of any refund whatsoever. Not recommended.


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