Countryside location: near Sudbury, Suffolk.
Number of bedrooms: 2
Arrival days: Friday/Saturday/Monday for 2,3,4,5 or 7 night stays
Sorry no pets, as we have sheep.
This beautiful cottage, part of a 15th century, grade II* listed timber framed farmhouse, mentioned in the Domesday book, has a lovely atmosphere and provides the ideal space to relax in the country for a holiday or short break. Nestling in idyllic countryside on the Suffolk/Essex border, 1/2 mile up a track, yet with easy access to the Suffolk countryside, the Coast, Cambridge (45 minutes) and London 90 minutes with easy rail access to London, and Stratford for the Olympics - just over an hour. Bright and welcoming with a toasty woodburner, it is an ideal 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 lime-washed plaster and some exposed beams.
You enter through the Conservatory light and airy with beautiful field views.
This leads to the Sitting Room with inglenook fireplace, warming woodburner, Suffolk brick floor and rugs.
A door leads through to the Kitchen/Dining Area with hand-crafted cupboards and 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, Bedroom 2 with twin beds and a low beam.
Bathroom with bath and shower over, basin, toilet, heated towel rail and low beam.
Oil filled radiators throughout and wood for woodburner. Water from a natural bore, fresh and deliciously 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 vegetable garden, fruit garden, orchard, herbaceous borders, fields and play area with trampoline, swings etc.
You can walk straight onto footpaths and bridleways to explore the beautiful countryside of the Stour Valley, ideal for walking, cycling or riding, with a local farm shop just across the field and good range of restaurants and 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. Constable Country, with Willy Lott's Cottage and Flatford Mill. Local market towns of Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds & Woodbridge with bustling markets and interesting shops. 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 play golf, cycle, horseride, sail, canoe, row, swim, or visit a spa.