Iken Barns is a collection of converted Victorian farm buildings situated on the banks of the Alde Estuary - truly one of the most stunning locations of The Suffolk Coast.
Each barn has been sympathetically renovated and furnished to give guests a comfortable and tranquil stay.
Tranquillity and views of the estuary
The barns have grounds that slope down to the Alde Estuary where there is a footpath to Snape Maltings, which is just over a mile away. The Thames barge, Cygnet, can often be seen gliding past the barns.
There are a number of very popular walks in the area, including the Suffolk Coastal Path, which passes within 100 yards of the barns.
The following article, by Fiona Barltrop and published in Ramblers Routes, describes a walk in the vicinity of Iken Barns:
Fiona stayed at Iken Barns when she was researching her walks, and plans to publish some more walks about this area, in the near future.
Bird watching and wildlife
With the RSPB reserve at Snape Warren directly opposite, the barns are the ideal location to observe the many wading birds, including avocets, curlew, teal and widgeon, as well as marsh harriers. Seals are a common site on the mud banks immediately below the barns. The area is rich in wetland flora, including chord grass, sea purslane and sea lavender. What is more, Minsmere s only a short drive away.
The area is very popular for cyclists and Route 41 of the National Cycle Network passes right in front of Iken Barns. Cycles can be hired locally from Avocet Sports, who will deliver to your holiday accommodation.
Many customers are interested in exploring the local area, its culture and history, as well as East Anglia as a whole. There are numerous sites of historic interest offering fabulous days out for all the family.
Music and the Arts
Music lovers are spoilt for choice with Aldeburgh Music's all-year round music and cultural events at Snape Concert Hall and in Aldeburgh itself. Art galleries hold regular exhibitions and the Suffolk Food and Drink Festival held at Snape Maltings is a highlight for foodies and families alike.
One of the best ways to observe and get close to the estuary’s wildlife, is by canoe, especially if you’re seal spotting. Canoes can be hired from Iken Canoe, a matter of 200 yards up the estuary.
Lower Oaks beach, which is owned by the barns, is a popular spot for swimming. There are also good beaches at nearby Aldeburgh and Southwold.