Countryside location: Stour Valley, near Sudbury, Suffolk.
Number of bedrooms: 2
Arrival days: Usually Friday or Saturday but flexible for 7 night stays, short breaks from 2 nights upwards and longer stays by arrangement
Sorry no pets, as we have sheep.
This beautiful cottage, part of a 15th century, grade II* listed timber framed farmhouse, mentioned as a manor in the Domesday book, has a lovely tranquil atmosphere and provides the ideal space to relax in the country for a holiday or short break. Nestling in idyllic countryside in the Stour Valley & Constable Country on the Suffolk Essex border, 1/2 mile up a farm track, yet with easy access to the Suffolk countryside, the Coast, Cambridge (45 minutes) and London (90 minutes) and with good rail access to London. Bright and welcoming with a toasty wood-burner, it is a great place for a romantic getaway or a relaxing family holiday. The cottage, a wing of the hall, originally thought to be the cheese loft and dairy, and itself dating from the 17th century, has been lovingly restored, with traditional materials, lime-washed plaster and some exposed beams.
You enter through the Conservatory, light and airy with beautiful field views, which provides an extra dining space in summer.
This leads to the Sitting Room with inglenook fireplace, warming woodburner, 2 double sofas, Suffolk brick floor and rugs.
A door leads through to the Kitchen Dining Room with hand-crafted cupboards, granite work surfaces, well-equipped with hob, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washer/dryer. Old pine table and chairs.
Upstairs to Bedroom 1 with double bed, painted country furniture, countryside views. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, antique pine furniture and a low beam, countryside views. All bedding 100% white cotton (White Company), with duvets, feather filled and fibre filled pillows.
Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin, toilet, heated towel rail and low beam. Towels provided.
Oil filled radiators throughout and all wood for woodburner included. Water from a natural bore, fresh and delicious tasting, as good as the best bottled water!
The Garden with patio and barbeque is your own private space. You also have access to Butlers Hall garden, four acres of kitchen vegetable garden, fruit garden, orchard, herbaceous borders, fields and play area.
You can walk straight onto a network of footpaths and bridleways to explore the beautiful countryside of the Stour Valley and Constable Country, ideal for walking, cycling or horse-riding, with a local farm shop and pub restaurant just across the field and a good range of restaurants and gastro pubs nearby.
There are lots of local places of interest including the wool villages of Lavenham, Long Melford and Clare with beautiful old churches and interesting historic buildings including Kentwell Hall with its medieval re-enactment days and several National Trust properties. Castle Hedingham with its ancient Castle is just up the road. The Stour Valley and Dedham Vale have been made famous by local artists John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough - Gainsborough's House makes an interesting visit in Sudbury as well as Constable Country with Willy Lott's Cottage and Flatford Mill, near East Bergholt and Dedham . Local market towns of Sudbury, famous for its silk-weaving and Georgian Bury St Edmunds with bustling markets, interesting shops, galleries and theatres as well as walks across the water meadows. Colchester has its Roman Castle and early history as well as an excellent Zoo. Cambridge with its colleges and the backs with punting on the river and Newmarket famous for its horseracing. The Coast is within easy reach for day trips, including the seasides of Frinton, Aldeburgh, Walberswick and Southwold, places for boating, including Mersea Island, Pin Mill & Woodbridge. Locally you can walk, play golf, cycle, horse-ride, sail, canoe, row, fish, swim, or unwind at a spa.