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Luxury Converted Medieval Cottage in Beautiful Village



Updated: 28-Nov-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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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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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


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: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Jul 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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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Holiday at the Old Pottery

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place to stay; peaceful, private, well equiped, very clean and comfortable and it felt special to stay in such a historic building. Our outside sitting area was pretty and also well equiped. Good places to visit nearby with something for everyone - we met up with friends and their toddler, there were toys for her and a simple day out at a nearby farm shop that suited all of us.

Excellent customer service - not intrusive but checks that we had everything we needed. I would (and have) recommend this property. believe the pictures on the website, this is a lovely place to stay and relax.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Julia. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in the wonderful Suffolk countryside. I look forward to welcoming you back next year. Sarah
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The perfect short or long break

  • 5 of 5

Recently enjoyed a much needed short break in this beautiful cottage.

It's located in a peaceful, rural setting but is not at all isolated as there are local shops not too far away. Lovely walks and places to eat nearby.

This cottage is very well equipped and extremely comfortable. It has a warm cosy feel and you can't help but feel immediately relaxed.Everywhere spotlessly clean and well maintained.

A warm welcome by the owner. Nothing seems to be too much trouble and she has a good knowledge of great places to eat and things to do in the area. A welcome pack and fresh flowers are a lovely touch.

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Susie Thank you so much for your kind comments. I remember your visit well and hope to be able to welcome you to the cottage again very soon. Sarah
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Simply beautiful

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful cottage and location. Everything we hoped for and more! A home from home experience with some lovely touches. We will be back for another stay, thanks for having us!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. It was a pleasure to have you to stay and look forward to welcoming you again to this lovely part of Suffolk.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : London Stansted at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Peacock, Chelsworth at 50 Metres Nearest Ferry : Harwich at 30 Miles Nearest Golf : Hintlesham at 8 Miles Nearest Train : Stowmarket at 9 Miles Nearest Motorway : A12 at 12 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Peacock, Chelsworth at 50 Metres Nearest Beach : Frinton on Sea at 30 Miles 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 www.oldpottery.co.uk

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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 7
4 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable 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.


Deposit required of £100 with the balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • 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


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


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

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, 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 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • 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).


  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • 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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