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15th Century Period Cottage In Saffron Walden, Essex England

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Deborah Wheatley
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
1 March, 2018

About Deborah Wheatley

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.

Deborah Wheatley purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Deborah Wheatley chose Saffron Walden

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saffron Walden in Saffron Walden

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Due to the age of the house absolutely no candles or naked flames can be used in the cottage but we do provide LED flickering candles for your use
Location Type:
  • town
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • 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
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
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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15th Century Period Cottage In Saffron Walden, Essex England
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 39 reviews

Well equipped, clean and homely

  • 5 of 5

Everything about staying in this cottage was easy. The booking process, communication with the owner and the housekeeper, directions, key location, information in the cottage etc. I have never booked a break away with so little stress!!

Without overdoing it, it is fair to say the cottage was perfect. The tea tray and pint of milk on arrival were a welcome sight after a long drive, it was warm and spotlessly clean. The cottage is in a great location, to be able to walk into the centre to have a meal locally of an evening was lovely, but tucked away around the corner it was also very quiet.

Practically the cottage has everything you would need from kitchen essentials to a hairdryer. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Helen, Thank you so much for your very kind and generous review. I am always so excited to hear that our guests love Drake Cottage as much as my husband and I do. Sometimes we get quite jealous that we don't get to use it as much as we would like to. Do though let us know if there is anything we could have done to make your stay an even better one, even if its just down to a missing piece of equipment in the kitchen. The only way we can improve is if you let us know. Before getting this review I got to hear that you are coming to visit us again; so pleased that you are joining our list of repeat guests; we love having you return to the cottage; in fact over 40% of our guests come back for another visit which is just lovely as it makes it feel that we are sharing the cottage with good friends :-) Best wishes Deb
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A beautiful cottage in the heart of town . Everything thoughtfully presented

  • 5 of 5

Will definitely stay again. A wonderful cosy cottage. Everything we needed was there

  • Review Submitted: 11-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rosalie, thank you so much for your kind review and so pleased you enjoy your stay. We love hearing all the good things about the cottage but do let me know if there is anything at all we could have done or supplied that would have made your stay an even better one. Best wishes, Deb
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Idyllic - Your own personal version of "The Holiday"

  • 5 of 5

Drake Cottage was truly a dream come true for my husband and me. The location is perfect, all within a 5-minute walk of all that the town has to offer, including multiple restaurants, the supermarket, fish and chip shop, etc. Then the house! This cottage has been renovated with such care for detail and character you can tell the owner really cares. The bathtub was heavenly, and now nothing quite compares back in America! For a relaxing, quaint getaway don't hesitate to book Drake Cottage. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review of Drake Cottage and so glad that you had a wonderful stay. We look forward to welcoming you back to the cottage on another occasion. Do let us know if there is anything we can add to the cottage that would have made your stay an even better one. With your permission we will be posting some of the wedding photographs that were taken in front of the cottage. Thank you again for choosing Drake Cottage for your Christmas stay and very happy that you compared us to the film " The Holiday". :-))
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Darling, Delightful Drake Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here 6 nights and have been very comfortable. Drake Cottage is just a short walk from Saffron Walden’s Town Square and services, and on Tuesday evening we heard the most joyful church bells pealing! Turned out to be the St. Mary’s bell ringers practicing! A lovely place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Doris, Thank you for your lovely review and I do hope you both had a wonderful time and got to hear much music. Nothing says home to me more than when I hear those St Mary's church bells ringing and in fact they will be ringing the bells for my daughter's wedding blessing very soon. In the summer I like to sit out in the courtyard and listen to those bells; they practice on a Tuesday evening and most Saturdays. Safe trip home and do come back and visit us again one day. Best wishes Deb
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We Loved It !

  • 5 of 5

Our four night stay exceeded our expectations.

The cottage is a delight and it's location is perfect for discovering the many attractions of Saffron Walden and nearby villages.

We were very comfortable and we soon got used to " ducking" under the low beams.

The property is just as described and it's quite clear that it's much loved.

It was carefully prepared for our arrival. We found it to be well equipped and enjoyed cooking in the charming kitchen after buying fresh produce from the great little Saturday morning market.. (I think it's held on Tuesdays too.)

We visited the Fry Gallery twice and it's highly recommended for anyone interested in the artists of Great Bardfield. Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden to name my favourites. It's closed now for winter but Great Bardfield makes for a worthwhile visit. The bookshop will give you insights into the artists who lived there and a cup of coffee too.

Thaxted is a beautiful and interesting village. You can pick up a village guide in the splendid church which must not be missed.

We were fortunate to be visiting when the Haverhill Silver Band were holding a concert in Thaxted one evening which was most enjoyable.

Make sure you visit Finchingfield too, another attractive village.

Equally we were happy to spend a day exploring Saffron Walden and were delighted to discover beautiful gardens, a great local museum, 2 mazes, a labyrinth, and outstanding architecture at every turn.

What a happy few days we had where everything exceeded our expectations.

We are so pleased we found Drake Cottage and we hope to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wendy, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Drake Cottage and indeed the Saffron Walden area and you are exactly right, I love the cottage, the town and the local area with all that it has to offer. You're right the market is held on a Saturday and a Tuesday and it's always fun walking round, browsing and making a few purchases of the local produce though there is always so much more on offer at the other stalls. The white metal bench and table that sit out in the cottage's courtyard came from a Saturday browsing session. I always have to walk round the Bridge End Garden maze even though I know it now like the back of my hand. Now we have Saffron Screen and Saffron Hall there is always something on in the town to go to. Not to mention the wonderful musical events that are held at St Mary's Church which is only a minutes walk from Drake Cottage. It is best though to look online at Saffron Hall's website for tickets to events as soon as you have booked a stay with us as they do sell out quickly. Thank you again and come back soon to visit us.
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cottage Saffron Walden

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the whole Saffron Walden experience - the cottage and the town. The cottage has character and is comfortable and well equipped with quality furniture and appliances with instruction books (thankyou). The bed rooms are attractively decorated with good linen and towels. We always had plenty of hot water for showers. After a day's outing, we always found a parking space outside the cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18.43 Kilometres
Stansted airport
Nearest Barpub
0.34 Kilometres
The Cross Keys
Nearest Ferry
99 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
0.33 Kilometres
Saffron Walden Golf Club
Nearest Train
3.83 Kilometres
Audley End Station Wendens Ambo
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
M11 Junction 9A
Nearest Restaurant
0.34 Kilometres
Cross Keys
Nearest Beach
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saffron Walden, East of England

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring 2018
2 Jan 2018 - 22 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter Holidays
23 Mar 2018 - 14 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring
15 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
25 May 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
9 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn Break 2018
19 Oct 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2018
4 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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