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Luxury Award-winning 5 Star Rural Retreat In South Suffolk



Updated: 11-Nov-2016
Idyllic 'chocolate Box' Thatched Cottage Sleeps 8. London 90 Minutes.

Voted Suffolk's best self-catering establishment 2 years in a row, see www.olddrifthouse.co.uk for availability & prices.

this lovely 15th century cottage is steeped in character with exposed beams in every room, inglenook fireplaces, lead-light windows, bread oven, and old brick floors. The cottage garden is typically English, warm, secluded and quiet.

There are 4 large bedrooms (2 double, 2 twin connected if required) with linen and towels provided, three bathrooms, sitting room with baby grand piano, dining room, fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, laundry room, central heating, dishwasher, freezer, washing machine and dryer. Telephone, cot and highchair are available by arrangement. There is ample garden furniture, barbecue and two terraces for informal summer dining. Entertainment includes stereo, TV, Freeview, video, DVD, ipod player/charger and WiFi connection. There is a garage for car or bicycles.

Kersey is in Constable and Gainsborough country. Visit Flatford Mill where Constable painted The Haywain, and see a superb collection of Gainsborough’s work in Sudbury in the house where he was born. The Suffolk coast offers places too numerous to mention, but Aldeburgh and Southwold are worth exploring. Sutton Hoo reveals an ancient Saxon burial site, Lavenham (Guildhall and antique shops), Long Melford (Kentwell Hall and more antique shops), and Colchester (Roman remains) are worth visiting. Kersey is a walkers’ paradise with several country pubs within walking distance and the village pub only 200 yards away. A beauty therapist can visit the house, and there are 4 golf courses nearby. Old Drift House is a lovely home from which to explore all of this, or to just stay put and relax in quiet and splendid comfort.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the Owner

Euan and Jill have been running Old Drift House as a holiday let for 10 years. They are constantly upgrading their property to keep it at the highest standard, replacing kitchen, bathrooms and furnishings on a regular basis. Jill is a Chelsea medal winner, and the typical English Country Garden is maintained by them both.

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From the Owner

Old Drift House has been created as a home-from-home. Quality furniture, fixtures and fittings, together with homely soft furnishings, a comprehensively equipped kitchen, and an assortment of home entertainment, help create just the right atmosphere.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : London Stanstead at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Bell Inn at 100 Metres Nearest Ferry : Harwich at 12 Miles Nearest Golf : 4 courses within 15 minutes at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Colchester or Ipswich at 15 Miles Nearest Motorway : A12 from London at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Bell Inn at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Felixstowe Ferry at 20 Miles Car: necessary

Old Drift House is a luxury thatched cottage built in the late 1400s and located in the medieval village of Kersey, once described by journalists as possibly the prettiest village in England. Thriving on the wool trade of that era, the village was in decline by the late 1500s only to emerge unscathed and largely unchanged centuries later with the rise and wealth of the Industrial Revolution. It is therefore a genuinely ancient village with its timber-framed houses, old medieval church, and ancient ford right by the pub. Very little traffic passes through the village, and one can wander the streets and surrounding countryside in safety, peace and quiet. It is the quintessential English village,

located in the most lovely part of South Suffolk, with footpaths and narrow, winding country lanes that are ideal for walking or cycling, just ambling from pub to pub, or sampling one of the dozen or so really good restaurants that lie within 5 miles.

Nearby is Lavenham, another medieval town from the same era, Long Melford with several antique shops and 2 Tudor Mansions open to visitors (Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall), and Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds each with their own unique atmosphere. The artist John Constable lived at Dedham Vale where his house and works at Flatford Mill are on view, and the coastal towns of Felixstowe, Aldeburgh and Southwold are well worth exploring.

For the more adventurous there is Colchester Zoo, Beth Chatto's famous gardens, Bewilderwood treehouse adventure park, Bressingham steam museum, Jimmy's Rare Breed Farm, Newmarket Racecourse, Castles at Orford, Framlingham and Colchester, Stonham Barns Owl Sanctuary, South Suffolk Heritage Coast (Dunwich, Southwold, Aldeburgh), Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon Burial Site, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, and Cambridge with its famous university, all within a day's adventure.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
30 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Our changeover days are either Friday or Monday for 7 nights, and we do short breaks all year - Fri to Mon for 3 nights or Mon to Fri for 4 nights, both at the same price.

A 1/3 deposit confirms a booking with the balance due 60 days prior. All reservations must pay a refundable £200 security deposit with the balance payment. Apart from this, the price is all-inclusive.

A 1/3 deposit payment at the time of booking to confirm a booking, with the balance payment and refundable security deposit due 60 days prior.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 11-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

The 4 double bedrooms that sleep 8 people provide ideal accommodation for grandparents, families or friends to get together to experience a house that will remind them of a bygone era. Sensitively updated to modern standards, it would be difficult to find an older inhabited house anywhere in England. Although the well at the back door is still in working order, the old loos at the bottom of the garden are not. There is something rather special about staying in a house that was probably built before Richard 111 was on the throne or before the Princes were murdered in the Tower. A house without foundations that has leaned this way and that for over 500 years. But apart from the character of the house, there is so much to see and explore nearby, and it is only 90 minutes from central London, and less than 2 hours from the airports of Heathrow and Gatwick.

Property Type

  • cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House


  • Away From It All
  • Luxury


  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf

Floor Area

  • 3000 sq. ft.


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Downstair shower room.
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, En suite Bedroom 1
  • The baths in the 2 family bathrooms upstairs each have a combo tap/shower hose if required, although not a full shower.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • All bedrooms are large doubles with spacious built-in wardrobes. Bedroom 1 is en suite and is linked to Bedroom 2. Bedrooms 3 and 4 have an interconnecting door if required, but can be quite separate and are accessed via 2 separate stairways. All linen and towels provided.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • We have an independent Catering Service to prepare meals at the house, a Hair & Beauty Salon at Kersey Mill wedding venue, a typical English village pub within 200 yards of the house, 4 Golf Courses within 5 miles, and a Farm Shop selling organic local produce. There is a garage for car or bike storage.

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