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Beautiful 4 Star Rural Suffolk Cottage Overlooking Lake

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Eye, Nr. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England - Idyllic Peaceful Location With Walks From Doorstep, Free Range Eggs And Fresh Baked Bread

Lake View was converted in June 2010 from our stables to the highest of standards being awarded 4 stars by the English tourist board and with great reviews. Kiln Farm has the Mary Ley Line running through the grounds, for anyone interested in ancient pathways. The cottage has every modern convenience, with the added benefit of 2 games rooms for guests "sole use". One with snooker and table top football and other small outdoor games, plus a library with adult and children books. The other has table tennis and darts. We also have a small carp fishing lake. We have a 5 hole chipping green and golf clubs supplied. Our chickens roam freely with their young in summer as do the ducks and their ducklings. We have visiting Canadian and Egyptian geese at certain times of year, which have been known to nest on our small lake island. Well behaved dogs welcome, but must be kept on lead and can be walked around lake walkway. Small enclosed garden with french windows from lounge and en-suite bedroom. Garden table with chairs. barbecue and loungers also available from our fishing hut. Walks abundant from doorstep. Pub nearby, dogs welcome. Home made bread and fresh eggs.

We now also have a caravan if you want to invite a couple of guests for £25 per night. (only for friends of guests staying in cottage).

More Details

Jean Taylor
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

About Jean Taylor

My husband and I moved here from London in the summer of 2008 having planned our early retirement for many years and we have not been disappointed. We wanted an old house in a rural location with enough grounds to build a holiday cottage, grow our own organic vegetables, have a few chickens and a small fishing lake. We wanted plenty of "projects" and we certainly have that. We worried about settling in to village life and if we would be accepted, but we needn't have worried. We joined in local activities, youd be surprised what goes on in villages and were welcomed very warmly. Our heating/cooker packed up christmas eve and some locals turned up with wood, chain saw and coal and told us it was a "Christmas Present" how is that for kindness, thats what life is about. We live the good life.

Jean Taylor purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Jean Taylor chose Suffolk

We wanted a rural location to watch wild life and grow our own veg, also where I could do my walking and my husband golf which we love. As soon as we read about the village on-line we fell in love with it before coming here. It was like going back in time. The village pond, old church and village hall with the cute cottages around it. Even the first person I had to phone was so friendly. There are so many walks on the doorstep, horseriders going by, cyclists and even the ocassional motorist, and when walking the dog you get to know them all. We sell our free range eggs at verge and there are lots of other wares to buy. It is away from the maddening crowds, and after city life it is such a welcome contrast. Having Diss Railway Station means easy access directly to London and Norwich.

What makes this cottage unique

We enjoy walks with the dog on our doorstep. Also we can walk to the local pub and go regularly for meals. We are convenient for Diss Town only 10 mins in car for all our groceries and theatre/shows/restaurants, and only 15 mins by train to Norwich and 1.1/2 hours to London.

The roads are great and if need be can drive to London in under 2 hours, unusual to have long traffic jams.

We offer 4.1/2 acres of grounds to walk around, chickens, ducks and their babies in summer to see, organic vegetable when in season, and pick your own fruit from our peach, apple, damson, goosberry, redberries etc trees. We have free range eggs, and home baked bread, maybe this year Ill make cider. There are 2 games rooms with table tennis, snooker, darts and golf clubs for 5 hole chipping green.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had excellent reviews from Charlie in Kent - delightfully equipped, converted stables has something for everyone. Lakeview is a special place to stay.

Monst in London - Fab holiday, just come back and we cant rave about it enough. Cottage new and beautifully maintained. Jean and Brian amazingly hospitable and helpful but very respectful. Our boys enjoyed immensely.

Jordi in Barcelona - We recommend this lodge, the perfect place to stay for lovely holidays. The lodge is fantastic for children and adults.

Paul & Chris North Yorkshire - Lovely detached cottage in a peaceful location with large garden, and first class accommodation including en-suite shower room. Ideal base for exploring the area with walks from door into local villages. Superbly equipped, dog friendly. Jean and Brian perfect hosts very welcoming and every detail was thought of to ensure a perfect holiday. Would highly recommend this property to friends and family to explore or just stay on site.
Feb 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Eye in East of England

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 has bath with overhead shower, WC and sink, electric shaving point. En-suite to bedroom 1 has power shower, sink, WC, electric shaving point.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, en-suite shower room, sink WC, electric shaving point, built in wardrobe and bedside cabinets. Bedroom 2 has twin beds. Travel cot and high chair can be supplied + rocker. (free)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Accommodation is kept spotless with tiled floors and rugs for easy cleaning. We have double glazing throughout and central heating, as well as log burner for any chilly nights. The accommodation has excellent access with wide driveways into property and large car park beside property. Steps as well as ramp up to wide entrance hall, for pushchairs or hard of walking. All rooms are off the hallway, which gives you more privacy. The kitchen is off the lounge. The accommodation is off a quiet country road and walks are on your doorstep, with ordinance survey maps and brochure of things to do and places to go, left in lounge. You can walk to the pub at top of Mellis Road (about 15 minutes) with entertainment/food. Plenty to do for children, adults and animals. Feel free to wander round grounds and look at chickens and ducks, we also have our polytunnel where we grow organic vegetables and a small orchard. Pick peaches, apples, damsons. Outside: Lake View has a small enclosed grass with patio garden (dog fencing around). It has wooden garden table/umbrella with 6 chairs. Garden overlooks the small carp lake with ducks. In our fishing hut there is a BBQ and sun loungers. We have 4.1/2 acres of grounds which you can walk around, 4 hole golf chipping green on far field or use any of our two games rooms for table tennis, snooker, darts etc. We are surrounded by fields with a small woodland next door which has badgers and other wildlife, lots of rabbits. Also we have large March hares and deer which may be spotted if your rise early. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bath/hand towels and linen are provided for use within the cottage only. The property is cleaned and towels/linen changed on changeover day, normally Saturday. If staying longer than 1 week fresh towels and bed linen can be requested. Other: There are two games rooms within the grounds for sole use of guests. One is a log cabin with table tennis/darts. The other is a Nissan hut with snooker/table top football and library. Also a selection of small outdoor games and football. Indoor games too.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)


Fantastic cottage, really relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks for another lovely visit, we actually saw the duck and her babies leave the nest this morning, it made our trip really special, i even managed to get photo's as they were making their way from the nest!

Everything you need for a relaxing break in such a beautiful setting.

Look forward to our next visit!

Kim & Marc xx

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this amazing place, Friends who came with us loved it. It is truly peaceful, lots of things to do, or just relax and watch the chicken,ducks,geese and birds entertain you, while you sip your wine. Played , Darts, Football, Pool and Golf, had such good fun. Jean and Brian are such good hosts. Loved the goodies we were left.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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lakeview cottage

  • 5 of 5

A stunning place my family thoroughly enjoyed our weekend break enjoying the fishing, table tennis, darts & pool. This idyllic haven has everything you need, it is just perfect. Hole to visit again soon

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
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Lovely cottage, great location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Lake View for two nights when we visited the area for a family birthday party. The cottage is set in a beautiful, peaceful location and it is was great to see hens roaming around the grounds and ducks on the lake. We had a lovely warm welcome from Jean and the fresh bread and eggs provided as part of the welcome pack made a wonderful breakfast. As we had family commitments that weekend, the only downside was not having enough time to enjoy the cottage and immediate locality and to play table tennis!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review Angela. I have found and kept the item you left behind to collect when you next visit your mum-in-law. Love Jean and Brian
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Fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic holiday, highly recommend. The cottage was everything as described, but incredibly, even better than we could have hoped for! In our opinion there wasn't anything that could have been improved, the delightful owners have thought of everything to cater for the perfect holiday whatever the weather. We had a fun but also relaxing holiday. The place is a sheer delight, we did not want to leave. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Julie for your comments. We have put Ewan's picture of fish he caught up in summer house. Kind regards, Jean and Brian
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Amazing Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

This holiday accommodation is so amazing, so clean, has fantastic views.

Jean and Brian are very friendly make you feel very welcome .loved the goodies left when you get there.,most welcome .

Had homemade bread most days.Only wish our stay could have been longer,did not want to leave.my Mother loved it.Friends and relatives who visited us also fell in love with it. Cannot wait to go there again.so relaxing. Suffolk is an amazing place.


  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, also for leaving the place spotless. Love to your mum Dorothy. We have just had 3 baby chickens born yesterday and the five goslings are getting big. Hope to see you again. Wish you all well. Jean
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
late Spring
23 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Mid term June
28 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
4 Jun 2017 - 22 Jul 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
23 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
3 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
half term
22 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early winter
29 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
17 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £5

Booking Notes:
25% deposit to confirm booking. Full payment 15 days before arrival. We may do short bookings out of season, we will always try to accommodate, please call and speak to us. It is our aim to please. £5 per night per dog. Arrival after 4pm Departure by 10am

Changeover Day:
Changeover Day is normally Saturday in peak season. We can be flexible out of season. Arrival after 4pm and departure by 10am, but can be flexible if not occupied.

Notes on prices:
Payment in British Pounds, either by cheque or money transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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