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Luxury Tudor Cottage, next to church in Beautiful Village, nr. Lavenham, Suffolk

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


About the property

Cottage near Lavenham, Suffolk, England - Idyllic Rural Location near Lavenham

Renovated in 2009 this luxury, 2 bedroom cottage is packed with charming period features (hand-made brick floors, old oak wall-panelling, exposed timber frame etc). Inside is warm and inviting with tapestry style curtains in golds and rusts frame mullioned windows, the open plan downstairs comes with large comfy sofas, chunky oak worktops and underfloor heating. In the bedrooms, find wonky wooden beams and antique furniture, made cosy with white cotton sheets and splashes of deep reds and oranges in the rugs and throws. And then there's the view. Gaze out across the meadows teeming with flora and fauna to the River Brett meandering through the grounds. You can borrow a boat, go fishing or explore the nearby medieval villages with their bounty of heritage sites. Yet Chelsworth is so pretty you'll hardly need to leave. Spend an evening under the stars with 2 private patios, a BBQ and deck chairs for that very reason.

Look at our website www/oldpottery/co/uk for more information.

More Details

Sarah Cullen
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Sarah Cullen

I have loved living, working and bringing up my children in this beautiful part of Suffolk for the past 20 years or so.

Sarah Cullen purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Sarah Cullen chose Sudbury

The cottage occupies a truely unique position next to the church in the middle of this quiet village. It's wonderfully peaceful and tranquil.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We agree with what everyone else has said as this has been such a special place to be. Very relaxing and private and of all the cottages we have stayed in this is definitely our favourite. We loved it here and we will miss the views, the beams, the quietness and peace. Locals very helpful and friendly in the pub. We have had some lovely walks and look forward to our next visit. Finally, thank you so much to our hosts for your welcome and kindness.
Jul 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Sudbury in Babergh District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Children and babies welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • Luxury panelled bathroom with large bath, big powerful shower, basin, heated towel-rail, wc, heated brick floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms + Cot) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size wooden bed. Bedroom 2 with twin brass beds. Separate staircases to each bedroom. A small communicating door can be opened if required (for small children).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Two walled patio areas with herb and flower beds, large bay tree, large terracotta pots/Alpine tubs. 2 large garden benches, 2 folding deck chairs, glass topped patio table with 4 wood/metal chairs. Barbecue, storage shed. Views over field next door and the church. Very attractive and private. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included, changed every week. Property cleaned every week.


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Luxury Tudor Cottage, next to church in Beautiful Village, nr. Lavenham, Suffolk
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful break at The Old Pottery

  • 5 of 5

We've just spent a fantastic 3 nights at The Old Pottery. The location is stunning - surrounded by wonderful countryside with lovely walks and great pubs. The walks that we chose weren't too taxing but the views were gorgeous and we saw enormous hares, plenty of pheasants and a deer.

The Old Pottery itself is beautifully furnished and had everything that we needed. Sarah was a fantastic host making us feel extremely welcome. The welcome treats (including eggs from her chickens) and flowers were a lovely touch.

Our 8-year old son really enjoyed playing with Marmite, the friendly cat, stroking the horses in the field next door and watching the chickens roaming free.

We cannot wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Spring is such a great time to visit this lovely part of the country, there's so much to do. See you soon.
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Rustic Tudor charm in perfect village setting

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 7 night stay. The owners provided a lovely welcome and were extremely helpful with information about the property and the local area. We were provided with a welcome pack including a range of produce, very useful for the start of our stay. The setting is both picturesque and tranquil. We were out every day but made full use of the cooking facilities in the morning and evening. We both slept very well in a very comfortable bed in the main bedroom. It has been a lovely break.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect blend of charm, history and convienence

  • 5 of 5

I traveled to Suffolk from the United States and was looking for a place to relax while I attended to some family business. The Old Pottery Cottage was the perfect place for me and my sister.

The cottage is beautifully decorated, clean and very well maintained. Downstairs has a fully-equipped kitchen, sitting room and bathroom. All of the appliances and plumbing were modern and easy to use. There was plenty of hot water in the shower. There are two bedrooms upstairs with a cute little door between them. Each bedroom has it's own staircase downstairs. I was there in February, and the cottage was warm and dry. Two separate controls managed the heat in the downstairs and the upstairs.

Sarah met me and my sister when we arrived and gave us a tour of the cottage. She had turned on the heat and even electric blankets for the beds! She had stocked the kitchen with orange juice, fresh bread, milk and eggs. We also had the opportunity to meet Sarah's family and they are all delightful people.

I highly recommend this cottage for anyone who wants to experience English charm while enjoying modern luxuries.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It was a pleasure to welcome you to this special and tranquil part of Suffolk.
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A characterful cottage for a winter break

  • 5 of 5

There's a feeling of history in this very comfortable and cosy country cottage. The clay tiled floors, beams and creaky floor embue it with an atmosphere of timelessness, complemented by its position alongside the owners' manor house and the village church. It's also well situated, in lovely countryside with a good local pub (the Peacock), a farm shop a short drive away and walks to picturesque villages such as Kersey.

The cottage provides a warm welcome from Sarah (the owner), her chickens and dog and, notably, from Marmite the cat - what a star! - who paid us regular visits and accompanied us on a stroll to the church.

We're looking forward to returning!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments and I'm so glad you enjoyed your holiday. I'm looking forward to welcoming you back to The Old Pottery and the wonderful Suffolk countryside, there's always so much to see and do. Best wishes Sarah
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Great Cottage, great location

  • 5 of 5

Great two bed cottage in the heart of Suffolk, we spent 10 days whilst visiting family. Very well appointed and good sized bedrooms with plenty of space. Owner Sarah and family are lovely, very flexible and always willing to help with all requests!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind review, we loved having you and your family to stay and hope to see you again soon in this special and peaceful county. Sarah
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Lovely cottage in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at the Old Pottery. The cottage was full of character and very comfortable. We greatly appreciated the welcome food pack and Sarah's friendly welcome and knowledge of the area. The village and surrounding area are charming and the glorious weather and Chelsworth Open Gardens Day were an added bonus. We hope to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return visit to sunny Suffolk.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
London Stansted
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
The Peacock, Chelsworth
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
The Peacock, Chelsworth
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Frinton on Sea
Car: recommended

The property is part of a beautiful, historic, 15th century, Grade 2* listed merchants house set in several acres of protected river meadowland. An ancient church nestles within the grounds. Peaceful and tranquil. A unique place to stay.

Please see our website for more details

The unspoiled village of Chelsworth is one of the prettiest in Suffolk with lovely thatched, painted cottages and the meandering River Brett teeming with wildlife. Enjoy fishing or take the boat for a paddle. Look out for kingfishers, otters & watervoles.

Our local pub, The Peacock, is 50 yards away. You can enjoy local ales and good food in front of a warm log fire or in the pretty walled garden. There are plenty of good restaurants in the area which we can happily recommend.

The unspoiled medieval wool village of Lavenham is just 5 minutes drive away. Timber framed buildings line the streets and market place. Enjoy visiting the magnificent church, galleries, shops and wonky tea houses. Other lovely historic nearby market towns and villages include Long Melford, Hadleigh and Kersey.

Our award-winning farm shop, Hollow Trees, is 3 minutes drive away and sells fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, local cheeses, cakes, wines, beers and washing powder! We also have 2 very well stocked community shops, each a mile away.

We provide you with a delicious welcome pack of local produce including tea, coffee, milk, butter, eggs, bread and orange juice. We also have a travel cot and high chair for guests to use. You are welcome to use our family bicycles to explore country lanes.


20 miles approx from coast. Southwold, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge all in easy reach (about 45 mins).


Stansted Airport (STN) 40 mins. Norwich Airport 90 mins. Cambridge 45 mins by car. London 45 mins by train from Colchester.


4 miles from Lavenham, 5 miles from Hadleigh, 15 miles from Ipswich, 17 miles from Bury St Edmunds and Colchester.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
See website for booking instructions
Please ask for prices on Xmas and New Year stays

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day. Weekend breaks (Fri-Mon) and Midweek breaks (Mon-Fri) available.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.