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IDILIC HIDEAWAY RETREAT IN THE HEART OF THE BEAUTIFUL SUFFOLK COUNTRY SIDE - Hostlers Cottage

Overview

Property

Updated: 14-May-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Restfully situated within easy reach of tourist attractions or peaceful walks.

Situated in the quietest of settings in the beautiful rural county of suffolk, The property enjoys views of the peaceful countryside from its idyllic isolated setting. From this restful hideaway one can explore the many local footpaths and lanes on foot or visit nearby attractions by car or bicycle, from windmills, churches, nature reserves to steam attractions, sports venues and a wealth of local shops, pubs and eateries. The historic towns of Cambridge and Norwich are within an hour's drive, and the iconic coastlines of Norfolk or suffolk make for a memorable day out. * PLEASE BE AWARE, INTERNAL PHOTOS ARE LABELLED TO INDICATE HOSTLERS OR DROVERS ACCORDINGLY.

HOSTLERS COTTAGE (1 bed sleeps 4)

Hostlers cottage is set within the cutilage of the listed farmhouse and so has been designed in a sympathetic manner, retaining original oak beams and with the introduction of new hand crafted solid oak joinery features, some from wood sourced on site. As a purpose built conversion of original farm buildings Hostlers has everything one would wish to find in a holiday home-from-home. As well as a well appointed kitchen area there is a separate utility area with washing machine and dish washer, and the bathroom has the pampering features of a drench shower and a whirlpool bath with oodles of piping hot water. There are TV's with DVD players in both lounge and bedroom, and a small enclosed garden with dog proof fencing and patio, table and chairs. Additionally there is a covered BBQ area adjoining the cottage, ample parking and uniquely a decking area set in the middle of one of the ponds where one can soak up the raise or watch the sunset with a gin and tonic to hand. The high-ceilinged open plan design gives the living area a spacious airy feel whilst at the same time there is a cosy comforting feel to this little gem of a country hideaway, ideal for romantic evenings for two away from the hubbub of modern life.

DROVERS COTTAGE (2 bed sleeps 6)

Being set within the same idyllically, peaceful environs as Hostlers cottage, Drovers cottage has also been designed in sympathy with the listed farm house near by, retaining oak beams and design features typical of the regions historic architecture. This cottage being a conversion from an original farm building specifically to supply the needs of the holiday maker, there is everything one could wish for to facilitate a restful, rural escape. The well appointed kitchen area includes fridge/freezer, range style oven, washing machine and dish washer. The traditional bathroom featuring roll top bath is in addition to the en-suite facilities to both bedroom's. The open plan layout of the kitchen and spacious dining and living areas gives an airy open feel whilst at the same time the wood burner encourages a snug, warm atmosphere. There are TVs with DVD players in both the lounge and bedroom's, and a generous enclosed garden with dog proof fencing and patio area with table and chairs.

Additionally there is a covered BBQ area, ample parking and uniquely a decking area set in the middle of one of the ponds where one can soak up the rays or watch the sunset with a gin and tonic to hand.

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About the Owner

Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
14 May, 2017

About The Owner

Since moving to Suffolk from the Fens of Cambridgeshire we have always wanted to find ways of using and preserving the lovely old farm buildings at North Hall farm which surround our lovingly restored listed farmhouse. Creating holiday homes from some of these barns will maintain their active life whilst at the same time allowing a greater number of people to experience the tranquility and peace of this most beautiful of rural-English locations.

As we both come from a farming heritage moving away from the countryside was never an option once we were no longer farming, and developing opportunities at our new location helps us achieve our aim of the rural life we both so enjoy.

We have aimed to create a holiday destination which will give the visitor an insight into the delights of living in this unique corner of the British countryside, and sincerely hope that you will enjoy your stay with us.

We look forward to welcoming you to your restful country retreat.

The Owner purchased this barn in 2007

Why The Owner chose Suffolk

In the conversion of the stables and the old dairy into holiday cottages, we have striven to create holiday homes which offer everything we ourselves would look for in an English countryside destination. The cottages are purpose built as holiday homes and as such the layout , design and functionality of the properties are ideally suited to your needs. At the same time we have maintained a sympathetic approach to the original design and location of the cottages. The results are living spaces with a traditional look and feel, but which incorporates all mod-cons.

From these restful peacefully located cottages, one is in easy reach of much of East Anglia and its attractions, whilst there are a host of excellent restaurants and watering holes nearby.

The area is a joy for the cyclist or walking enthusiast. Country lanes are not too hilly or challenging, and there are many little woods and corners for the perfect picnic spots.

Despite the peace and isolated feel of the location the properties are easily reached by road or rail, making them ideal for a weekend getaway.

What makes this barn unique

The cottages enjoy fabulous views over rural landscape, and peace and quite on a level rarely found in today's world.

Hostlers and Drovers are surrounded by meadows and ponds and are set at the end of a tree lined driveway over 250 yards from the nearest public road. This isolated setting means it is not unusual to witness deer, rabbits, a wide variety of birds and other wildlife at the site.

Outside there is a semi-covered BBQ area and a decked seating area on the pond.

Free range eggs are available from our own hens, and much other local produce is easily obtained locally, including organic produce.

Light pollution levels are very low, and sitting outside of an evening gazing at the stars is a particular delight.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi Sara, just to say thanks again for your lovely barn and hospitality at the weekend. I forgot to write in your guest comments book, but please feel free to copy the following review onto the Owners direct website:

"The barn and its location are simply beautiful. The barn is well equipped with everything you need for a few days away and immaculately presented. We appreciated the dog proof garden and also the jetty by the pond in the evening. The quiet location was ideal for dog walks. We especially loved the nearby Knettishall Heath nature reserve just a short drive away- excellent for spotting wildlife and dog walking. We are looking to visit Suffolk again and would definitely love to stay here for a second time- highly recommended!"

Thanks, Lara.
Aug 2015
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Guestbook comments from the manager

Hi Sara, just to say thanks again for your lovely barn and hospitality at the weekend. I forgot to write in your guest comments book, but please feel free to copy the following review onto the Owners direct website:

"The barn and its location are simply beautiful. The barn is well equipped with everything you need for a few days away and immaculately presented. We appreciated the dog proof garden and also the jetty by the pond in the evening. The quiet location was ideal for dog walks. We especially loved the nearby Knettishall Heath nature reserve just a short drive away- excellent for spotting wildlife and dog walking. We are looking to visit Suffolk again and would definitely love to stay here for a second time- highly recommended!"

Thanks, Lara.
Aug 2015
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Notes

Visitors are welcome to bring one dog with them for their stay free of charge. Additional dogs will be considered, dependant on further information, but there will be an additional charge of ten pounds per night. Dogs are expected to be well controlled and to stay off the furniture.

35 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveller reviews)

5

Everything you need in a beautiful area!

  • 5 of 5

This is our last night at Hostlers Cottage and I only wish we were staying longer.

This cottage has everything you need, is spotlessly clean and is in a beautiful area.

We have had such a wonderful time here with our dogs who absolutely loved the freedom of the farm. It is very dog friendly but you can enjoy this place with or without dogs as the cottages are impeccable.

We saw a young deer, a hare and several water fowl just sitting in the lounge.

This is one of the best cottages we have stayed in and we have so much more of Suffolk and Norfolk to explore we will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Great relaxing weekend in an exceptionally clean and well-equipped cottage in beautiful surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A beautiful cottage in a wonderful location, wish we'd stayed longer.

  • 5 of 5

This conversion is a beautiful cottage, fully equipped and with a beautiful spa bath! Everything you need is there, and the enclosed garden is great for the dog. There are great walks right from the cottage, and many areas to visit within an hours drive. A fantastic place, we wished we'd stayed a week rather than long weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

The property is extremely comfortable and well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

The property has one bedroom - but it is well planned with a dining area, breakfast bar and two comfortable sofas facing the TV and the French windows. Shower and bath are excellent. The heating is efficient as is the hot water. The small, fenced garden was perfect for our two dogs and for breakfast outside.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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5

Beautiful place in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fantastic place to stay and wonderful hosts. Couldn't have asked for anymore from our stay. Peaceful, tranquil, cosy and has everything you need, so many lovely touches from Sara. Thank you very much!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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5

Excellent visit

  • 5 of 5

Our third stay at Hostler's cottage and just as great as the first. Sara was friendly and helpful as always. Everything is so immaculate and the location is convenient for many places to visit. We'll be sure to visit again. Lara

  • Review Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
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Location

From the Owner

In the conversion of the stables and the old dairy into holiday cottages, we have striven to create holiday homes which offer everything we ourselves would look for in an English countryside destination. The cottages are purpose built as holiday homes and as such the layout , design and functionality of the properties are ideally suited to your needs. At the same time we have maintained a sympathetic approach to the original design and location of the cottages. The results are living spaces with a traditional look and feel, but which incorporates all mod-cons. From these restful peacefully located cottages, one is in easy reach of much of East Anglia and its attractions, whilst there are a host of excellent restaurants and watering holes nearby. The area is a joy for the cyclist or walking enthusiast. Country lanes are not too hilly or challenging, and there are many little woods and corners for the perfect picnic spots. Despite the peace and isolated feel of the location the properties are easily reached by road or rail, making them ideal for a weekend getaway.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : stanstead at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Pub at 1.5 Miles Nearest Golf : at 11 Miles Nearest Train : Thetford at 9 Miles Nearest Motorway : A 14 at 11 Miles Nearest Restaurant : at 1.5 Miles Nearest Ski : Ipswich (Dry slope) at 33 Miles Nearest Beach : Southwold at 39 Miles Car: recommended

Nearby attractions include:-

- woodland walks in for example Knettleshall Heath Country Park and quite cycling tracks.

- Tracks for the more adventurous cyclist at High Lodge,

Thetford, alongside "Go Ape".

- several pubs with food within walking distance.

- village architecture; churches and mills.

- Garden centres and crafts.

- Bressingham steam and gardens, 8 miles.

- Newmarket racing and museums, 22 miles.

- Banham Zoo, 16 miles.

- St George English whisky distillery.

- Norwich, shopping and museums and art.

- Cambridge, shopping and historic buildings and punting.

- Norfolk and Suffolk Coast.

- Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh.

- Artisan brewers and food producers.

Facilities

From the Owner

The cottages enjoy fabulous views over rural landscape, and peace and quite on a level rarely found in today's world. Hostlers and Drovers are surrounded by meadows and ponds and are set at the end of a tree lined driveway over 250 yards from the nearest public road. This isolated setting means it is not unusual to witness deer, rabbits, a wide variety of birds and other wildlife at the site. Outside there is a semi-covered BBQ area and a decked seating area on the pond. Free range eggs are available from our own hens, and much other local produce is easily obtained locally, including organic produce. Light pollution levels are very low, and sitting outside of an evening gazing at the stars is a particular delight.

Property Type

  • barn

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Romantic

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 460 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Whirlpool bath of generous size . Drench shower over. Toilet. Basin with cupboard under and mirror over . Towel rail. Ceramic tiles to floor and walls.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • King size bed. Bedside lights. Wardrobe. Bedside table and chair. 32 inch TV with DVD player. Curtained widow facing West. Oak beams and clean white walls. Oak floor.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Notes:

  • Close to the cottage there is a decked area for use by guests sited over one of our wildlife ponds. It is approached by a short gangway and gives the sense of being suspended a few inches above the water. This is an idilic spot to soak up the rays or picnic or watch the setting sun over the suffolk countryside - G and T optional. Wildlife, both flora and fauna abounds in this green and wooded land and in the ponds.

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