Gladwins Farm features nine self catering cottages nestled in the attractive agricultural farmland of Suffolk. Child friendly facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, a tennis court, play areas and animals to feed; while parents benefit from a sauna, hot tubs, babysitting, fishing and the option of homecooked ready meals.

  • Type: nine self catering cottages

  • Size: 2-8 people per unit

  • Cost: from £995 per summer week for a family of four

  • Location: Suffolk

Skip tophotos  |  like this holiday  |  location  |  features  |  our review  |  video  |  prices & availability  |  enquiries

collage of images showing gladwins farm
2022 LATE AVAILABILITY: for a selection of parent friendly holidays with remaining May half term and summer holiday availability, see here!


Need to know more?  Read on below for our full review with details of this holiday’s location, accommodation, amenities and prices. Or if it’s not quite what you’re looking for, find another parent friendly holiday by location, type or facilities.

Contact details & location

  • Web: Click here for website (link opens in new tab)

  • Address: Gladwins Farm, Harper’s Hill, Nayland, Suffolk, CO6 4NU

  • Tel: 01206 262261

Gladwins Farm is located near Nayland in Suffolk, a few miles north of the historic town of Colchester. Nayland itself has a pub and a range of shops, while Colchester – a mere ten minute drive away – has a number of family friendly attractions including a zoo and castle. Also in the area of Gladwins Farm are a number of attractive heritage villages, and the area is also famous for its wide range of restaurants and pubs offering quality Suffolk fayre.

COVID-19: Please check relevant details with the owner, including available facilities and cancellation policies, before you book.

Our review of Gladwins Farm, Suffolk

gladwins farm


There are nine unique self catering cottages at Gladwins Farm in a range of sizes, with the largest – Chelsworth – sleeping up to eight people in four bedrooms. The cottages are furnished and equipped to a high standard, and have a cosy and inviting appearance. A seven night stay for two adults and two children in one of Gladwins Farm’s two bedroom cottages like Dedham or Hadleigh during the middle of August will cost between £995 and £1175 at the time of writing; that’s a pretty competitive price for a peak season stay at a complex as well equipped as this one.


Gladwins Farm has a fantastic indoor swimming pool heated to a welcoming 30 degrees, a perfect environment for older children to let off steam or younger toddlers to learn confidence on the water in a quiet, safe environment. There’s a new play barn designed for kids of all ages with table tennis, a TV with games console and a soft play area. Outside you’ll find a playground with swings, trampoline and wendy house, a football goal and a full size tennis court (and you can borrow equipment too). Visitors are able to get involved with Gladwins Farm’s resident animals by feeding the goats, befriending the horses and sheep and collecting the eggs from the chickens; and there’s also a delightful woodland trail offering the perfect opportunity to spot the local wildlife. There are also numerous walks and cycle routes in the immediate vicinity of the cottages, in the unlikely event the 22 acre site fails to offer your children enough space to explore! It’s also only a 30 minute drive from the beaches at Frinton and Mersea Island.

gladwins farm
gladwins farm


There’s a wide range of baby equipment (cots, high chairs, baby baths, sterilisers, baby monitors and so on) available to borrow at Gladwins Farm – just mention your requirements when you book. Also saving you space in the car, there are a variety of toys and outdoor play equipment available to borrow when you arrive, along with a huge DVD and video selection. Helping save the pain at dinner time, Gladwins Farm has a freezer stocked with homemade ready meals and local ice creams and sorbets; you can also order tempting breakfast or snack hampers stcoekd with local produce, or for a real treat how about freshly baked croissants delivered to your cottage door on Saturday or Sunday mornings? For a relaxing way to unwind at the end of the day, parents will enjoy Gladwins Farm’s sauna and outdoor hot tub – several of the cottages have their own private hot tub too! – and you might wish to arrange one of the wide variety of beauty treatments, massages and pedicures available. It’s possible to arrange a babysitting service if you fancy enjoy one of the many fantastic Suffolk pubs and restaurants nearby. Visitors can enjoy casting a line in Gladwins Farm’s very own fishing lake stocked with carp and rud. Dogs are welcome in most of the cottages at Gladwins Farm and there’s plenty of places to walk the dogs across the site. There’s free WiFi in all the cottages.


We love family holiday destinations which genuinely offer everything something for everyone; quality child friendly facilities both inside and outdoors and a few tempting extras to help mum and dad relax too. Gladwins Farm has it all – and for a very reasonable price too. One for the ‘must visit’ list!

In video

Sorry, there’s currently no video available for this holiday.


“Gladwins Farm offers a extremely child friendly holiday; kids love the freedom to wander, whether to the outside play area, the wendy house or moseying along to see their favourite animals.

At Gladwins Farm there is an outdoor playground with swings for all ages, a rocking rooster, a wendy house complete with kitchen and a football goal to practice your skills! In addition to this, there is a full size, all-weather tennis court and a selection of tennis racquets and balls to borrow. Children and adults alike can also play croquet on the lawn or simply enjoy the view from a picnic table. There’s a woodland walk, which takes you round the woods where the children can spot the resident wildlife. Or you can link to the surrounding footpaths and cycle routes and explore the beauty of the Suffolk countryside further.”

Prices and availability

For live pricing and availability information, or to make a booking, we recommend visiting the owner’s website directly:

Click here for prices and availability (opens in new tab)


If you’d like to find out more about family friendly holidays at Gladwins Farm, including booking and availability enquiries, just fill out the form below.  

All enquiries will be forwarded to the owners who will reply directly to you.


    Or visit our find a holiday page to discover more great family holidays searchable by location, type or child and parent friendly facilities.