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Beautiful Four Star 400 year old Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Middleton, Nr. Dunwich, Suffolk, England - Peaceful Village Location, Ideally Situated for Exploring the Suffolk Coast

2 Nil Desperandum is a beautifully renovated, stylish, well equipped centrally heated cottage ideally located for exploring the Suffolk Heritage coast without having to travel too far. It was awarded a Visit Britain 4 star grading and is situated in the pretty village of Middleton midway between Southwold and Aldeburgh. The coastal villages of Dunwich, Aldeburgh, Walberswick, Thorpeness and Snape Maltings are all a short drive away. Middleton is off the beaten track with no through traffic and is one of Suffolk's best kept secrets. It comprises pretty cottages grouped around the green and overlooked by the church, it has a beautiful thatched pub which serves great food. A well stocked village store is situated in the next village, Westleton, one mile away. There is a large farm shop 2 miles away. Minsmere nature reserve is only 3.5 miles away (less by foot), Dunwich and the coast four miles, Southwold ten miles, Walberswick, seven miles and Aldeburgh seven miles.

Julia Green
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sept 14. We've had a great few days. cottage was superb. S. Herts

Dec 14. Perfect cottage, warm welcoming. highlights we saw a herd of wild ponies deer and a fox. H. London

Feb 15.. Simply great stay I have every intention of returning. A. Northants

Mar 15. Lovely cottage brilliant location for exploring the area D.A. London
Jan 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Middleton in Suffolk Coastal District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Power shower in large enclosed space.
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 - power shower , wc and wash basin. En-suite to bedroom 2 - shower cubicle, wc and wash basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Downstairs bedroom with ensuite
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, chest of drawers and walk in wardrobe (upstairs). Bedroom 2 with twin beds with a wardrobe with hanging space and shelving (ground floor).
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
Notes on accommodation: The rear garden is private and enclosed. One well behaved dog by prior arrangement only, additional charge of £30 will apply Outside: To the front of the cottage there is a well lit driveway which provides off road parking for two cars and a good sized front garden set back from the road with a terrace and seating area. To the rear, there is an enclosed garden with a decked area with table and chairs there is also the original wash house which houses the washing machine and dryer. The rear garden is very private and not overlooked. Utility Room: A washing machine and separate dryer are situated in the original washroom located at the rear of the property. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: High quality towels and linen are provided. During the winter months a complimentary basket of logs will be left. Other: The cottage is double glazed, has gas central heating and is very cosy especially in the winter months.


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Beautiful Four Star 400 year old Cottage
average rating of 4.6 based on 6 reviews

Charming Characterful Comfortable Cosy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at 2-Nil Desperandum, the cottage had everything we needed and was very convenient for getting to shops/pubs/the beach! A particular highlight was a trip to the Electric Palace Cinema in Southwold. I would highly recommend this cottage, Julia (the owner) and her family clearly work hard to maintain the homely aesthetic, and their efforts do not go a miss! It's a shame we couldn't stay longer, but we'll be back for sure.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chloe thank you. We try to make our cottages as homely as possible and I'm glad that this was evident during your stay. Look forward to welcoming you again. Kind regards Julia
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Lovely cottage in quiet village.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our few days in the cottage, very cosy and comfortable. Great position for visiting Aldeburgh, Thorpeness, Snape Maltings, all within a few miles. We would have appreciated a few basics in the kitchen, kitchen towel in particular, perhaps some oil and condiments which have been available in other properties we have stayed in. But overall a lovely property.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and hope that you found the bottle of wine and sachets of sauces , sugars and seasonings that we leave. It’s difficult to leave oils as people have so many dietary requirements these days. Best wishes Julia Is
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described accurately and welcoming on arrival.

  • 5 of 5

very enjoyable. Good accommodation ideally situated to explore the area, most of which was new to us

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stop, you've found the perfect cottage.

  • 5 of 5

I felt the need to post a review as I'm not sure how anyone could fail to give five stars to this little place. We've stayed in many holiday cottages and actually own one ourselves, and Nil Desperandum really wowed us.

The cottage itself is very pretty: lots of exposed ancient timbers and character by the bucketload. Tastefully and comfortably decorated, good bathrooms and kitchen, everything very clean and of genuinely high quality.

As the owner says in the helpful welcome folder, she has tried to think of everything to make for a comfortable stay. There's even a picnic basket to take out for the day. Lots of nice touches.

Yes, the stairs are very steep and unsuitable for those with poor mobility, but this is what you get with a character cottage, and there is a lovely twin bedroom with en-suite on the ground floor.

We found the garden to be both lovely and totally secure for our large rescue greyhound - the previous reviewer's dog must be a real escape artist!

The landlord at the local is a fun character. I suppose this could be read as 'over familiar' if that's your inclination. He made us chuckle.

The cottage is perfectly located for the Suffolk coast - not too far from either Southwold or Aldeburgh, both of which are delightful. Fabulous walking country, and just next to Minsmere reserve, lots of pretty villages around. Dunwich beach and The Ship Inn were my favourite places in the locality - long pebble beach with big waves, and a traditional pub with fab food and ales to retire back.

If we were going back to the Suffolk coast I wouldn't hesitate to stay at Nil Desperandum again.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at our cottage and found the delights that Suffolk can offer . Nil Desperandum is very special to us and hope that we may welcome you and other visitors again Thank you Julia
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Gill from High Wycombe

  • 4 of 5

A very comfortable and cosy cottage for our visit to Suffolk in April with efficient c/heating, comfy sofas and comfortable beds.As a true cottage it was compact but fine for two of us plus small dog. The carpeted steep and winding staircase with low headroom at the top could be dangerous but it was tastefully furnished, clean and the showeroom, bathroom and kitchen were easy to use and clean.Thr rear garden was not totally secure for a small dog but very pleasant. We visited the village pub once but found the landlord completely over familiar tho the food was ok and we did not reurn.Better to enjoy the lovely walk to Westleton to the Crown which we much preferred.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: April 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gill thank you for your comments. I do hope you may stay again with us one day.
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Special interest holidays:

The cottage is close to RSPB Minsmere .


Dunwich - 4 miles, long stretch of shingle beach and museum. Aldeburgh - 7 miles, small stylish town, nice range of shops and restaurants. Shingle beach.

Walberswick - 7 miles, pretty village, selection of small shops, cafe, pubs and harbour which is great for crabbing, sandy beach with dunes.

Southwold - 10 miles, pretty town, boutique shops, stylish pier. Long sandy beach with colourful beach huts. Thorpeness - 6 miles, large boating lake, shingle beach.


Nearest airport - Stansted (1 and a half hours), 2 hours drive from London. 2 and a half hours drive from The Midlands.


10 minute walk to the local farm shop

5 minute wak to the local pub serving good quality food

2 miles to the village shop

Further Details:

Whether you want to cycle along miles of country lanes, walk through beautiful countryside or simply relax on the unspoilt beaches, Suffolk offers something for everyone. Southwolds' famous stylish pier is a must for visitors and the Aldeburgh and Latitude festivals are popular for music lovers. Bird watching at RSPB Minsmere or crabbing at Walberswick will delight adults and children alike, and no visit to Suffolk would be complete without sampling the great local food and Adnams ales!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Middleton, East of England

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
13 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
25 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 12 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
13 Jul 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
20 Jul 2018 - 6 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30
Cleaning £10

Booking Notes:
A £ 100 deposit will be required at the time of booking. Balance will be required 8 weeks before the start date of the holiday. We operate a strict no smoking policy. An extra charge of £30.00 will be made when a dog is allowed to stay.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is a Friday. Arrival time 4pm (possibly earlier by prior arrangement). Departure time 10am. During the winter months of January, February and March, the changeover day is flexible.

Notes on prices:
Christmas week starts Tuesday 22nd December
New Year week starts Tuesday 29th December
Other start dates may be available

3 night breaks available all year except during school holidays...starting from £360.00

All prices include beds made for your arrival, towels and any fuel used during your stay

Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Short breaks are available - minimum 3 nights from £ 120 per night
3 night break available.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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