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15th Century Period Cottage In Saffron Walden, Essex England



Updated: 29-Nov-2016
2 bedroom 1 bathroom 1 shower room in peaceful location in the heart of the medieval quarter with a private courtyard garden.

Chocolate box cottage in the heart of the market town of Saffron Walden and yet situated in a quiet back street a few minutes walk away from the shops and restaurants of the town. The cottage has recently undergone extensive renovation to include new kitchen, bathroom and en-suite yet retains all of its historic character. The cottage is heavily beamed with a large inglenook fireplace to two rooms, oak floors to the downstairs. It has a small and very private courtyard garden. The property has on road parking available outside. Ideally situated to explore Saffron Walden and Cambridge and London is easily accessed by the local station Audley End which is a 5 minute drive away from the cottage.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

This cottage was bought to be my personal bolt hole when visiting England and also a home to share with my friends and family as I am currently living in Fort Lauderdale Florida. I have dual British and American citizenship having moved to the USA 17 years ago.

The cottage is my personal pride and joy and it will be a pleasure for me to share it with you.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"We returned yesterday from such a special week at Drake Cottage, we all adored your home and the way it was fitted out and decorated. Lucy was more than helpful and was on hand to welcome us on the 22nd, We were so happy there over Christmas. The restoration you have done is so authentic and in keeping with the cottage

In short, we were so sorry to leave, you have such a magical place there." Peter M December 2013

"Seriously, I can honestly say that it is as good as it can be and there are no other improvements I would make or suggest. We have fallen in love with Drake Cottage. We look forward to using it as a Saffron Walden base in the future, bookings permitting, as I just know once word gets properly out you and it will be very popular. Thank you for your kindness." Kristine R April 2014
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16 Reviews

based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

Kildare, Ireland


  • 5 of 5

Wow! Wow! Wow! What an amazing home. I thought it couldn't be any prettier than the pictures...how wrong I was! It is a beautiful cottage, with a lovely modern feel. It was pristine clean on arrival and the lovely touch of Tea/Milk etc was very welcome. The quirky stairs add to the whole ambience. The beds are sooo comfy and the linen is super high quality. We will absolutely be back! Can't wait. Thank-you!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful and very kind review. I am always so thrilled when a guest loves Drake Cottage as much as I do. My husband grumbles that we never get to stay in the cottage ourselves, as it has become so popular; I think this is an excellent problem to have. I have to say though that most of the credit goes to my friend of 26 years, our wonderful housekeeper, Lucy Russell, who ensures that the cottage is 'just so' for all our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back to the cottage in the future but in the meantime do get back to us if you think of anything at all that we could do to make our guests even more comfortable. Best wishes, Deb Wheatley (owner)
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What a lovely okace

  • 5 of 5

Great cottage, quiet location, easy parking yet minutes from the centre of town. Better equipped than you might expect and lovely and clean. Mind your head and those stairs, but all part of the character. SW is a lovely place and some of the surrounding villages are just stunning. Thank you for a great stay and would love to return,

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Drake Cottage is absolutely fantastic . Beautifully appointed and comfortable . The town of Saffron Walden is amazing ,great shops ,great food . Lots to see and do .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jacki, Thank you for your very kind review and we do hope you come back to visit us again soon. It is thoughtful guests like you that make my job so easy and pleasant to do.
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Delightful cottage in a fantastic place

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much Deb for giving me the opportunity to stay in your beautiful cottage, the holiday was fantastic!!!! Lucy, thank you for your availability!!!! I hope of to come back soon there, in your extraordinary cottage xx

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you love Drake Cottage as much as we do and hope you get to return soon. Over 30% of our guests have already made a return visit even though we have only been in business for two and a half years and so much is due to our exceptional housekeeper, Lucy and of course, to the utter charm of the cottage.
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Luxury in quiet cul-de-sac in charming town

  • 5 of 5

Modernised to the highest standards, this property was ideal for our family of five plus dog. It is close to many places of interest and even the cold wet weather didn't dampen our enjoyment.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review of Drake Cottage and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay. We like to recommend that the cottage is at its best for 2 or 4 people but clearly it still worked for 5 of you and your dog. Hope you visit again and the weather is kinder next time.
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Great blend of ancient design and current comfort

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. The cottage is lovely and nicely equipped. The location is within easy walking distance of groceries, pubs and shopping, but is very quiet. Saffron Walden had so much to offer that we ended up taking fewer day trips than we had originally planned. Market days are not to be missed, and everyone was very friendly.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of Drake Cottage. I totally agree about not missing market day; when i get to stay at the cottage I love to walk to the market and browse all the stalls. I always end up bringing something yummy back though one time I ended up buying a small bench and table for the courtyard garden. You never know what you're going to find. We hope you'll visit us again in the future.
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From the Owner

I fell in love with the cottage in 2012 while visiting Saffron Walden; it was so pretty with roses around the door and only a 5 minute walk from the town's restaurants and shops. I had lived in Saffron Walden before moving to Chicago, USA in 1999 and now live in Fort Lauderdale , Florida. I am very happy to have bought the cottage with a view to my husband and I retiring there in a few years time. I love Saffron Walden with its historic centre and market place and the cottage's location, though in a very quiet street, is only a few minutes from the shops, market place, pubs and restaurants making it unnecessary to drive anywhere when in town. The cottage is only 25 minutes drive from the centre of Cambridge and a 45 minute train ride to the London Underground.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Stansted airport at 18.43 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : The Cross Keys at 0.34 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Harwich at 99 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Saffron Walden Golf Club at 0.33 Kilometres Nearest Train : Audley End Station Wendens Ambo at 3.83 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : M11 Junction 9A at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Cross Keys at 0.34 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Aldeburgh at 129 Kilometres Car: recommended


Stansted airport 12 miles

Railway station Audley End 2 miles - travel time to London , Liverpool Street 1 hour. M11 access within 3 miles.


Cambridge 15 miles, London 40 miles, Audley End House and Garden 3 miles.

Further Details:

Saffron Walden Town Trail, Museum and Castle 200m.

Fry Art Gallery and Bridge End Gardens two minutes walk away.

Several public houses, restaurants and local shops in easy walking distance including post office and tourist information.

A post office, several banks and supermarket are within 10 minutes walk.


Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2016
30 Oct 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas 2016
16 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early spring 2017 season
2 Jan 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Easter 2017
31 Mar 2017 - 15 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Late spring
16 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
27 May 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Early Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Autumn break 2017
20 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017
29 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50

Booking Notes:
Booking by conventional mail, email or telephone. Deposit on confirmation. Full payment 6 weeks prior to stay. Sorry we only accept payment by cheque or by electronic transfer at the moment.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day Friday. Weekend bookings may be possible out of high season.
Arrival after 4 p.m. and departure before 10 a.m.

Notes on prices:
Weekends and short breaks available out of high season by arrangement. The cottage if available is charged pro rata per night for use of two bedrooms with an additional £20 charged per person on the total price for use of the sofa bed. Apologies but this is due to laundry and housekeeping costs. Do please enquire.
Your deposit is non refundable but please contact us if you do have to cancel and if we get a replacement booking we are happy to give you a refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

If you are looking for a romantic period cottage to spend a week or weekend this cottage is an ideal match. 15th century charm with brand new plumbing,kitchen and bathrooms. It's location between Cambridge and London make it an ideal base for visiting the UK as the Audley End train station with its regular service to both cities is a 10 minute drive away making it unnecessary to drive into the cities. It is also perfectly situated for touring the East Anglia area including Suffolk and Norfolk. The cottage oozes character from every beam and has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Audley End Park is only a 5 minute walk away from the cottage meaning you can enjoy the English countryside as well as all that the town itself offers.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Romantic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
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  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • town


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom comprises bath with hand shower attachment, wc and basin. En-suite has shower, basin and wc. Both bathrooms have heated towel rails and electric shaver points All bathroom fittings were installed in 2013.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom has 1 double bed. Bedroom 2 has 2 twin beds which can be zipped to provide 1 double. Both bedrooms are heavily beamed. There is also a double sofa bed in the sitting room to sleep an additional 2 people.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Outside: Property has a small private courtyard garden with outdoor table and seating for six. Barbecue available. Courtyard has garden border which is heavily planted. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linens are included with weekly cleaning and change of linens. Other: Dining room has an extendable dining table with seating for 6 and is open plan to the kitchen. Inglenook fireplace with electric fire.

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