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Renovated Victorian Cottage In Peaceful Location With Countryside Views - 4 Star



Updated: 22-Oct-2016
Cottage in Ilketshall St Margaret, Near Bungay, Suffolk, England - Peacefully Situated Among The Cornfields Of Our Suffolk Farm, 20 Minutes By Car To Southwold

One of a pair of renovated early Victorian Farmworkers Cottages, situated in the Waveney Valley (close to Bungay), in the small village of Ilketshall St Margaret. Peacefully set among the cornfields of our arable farm, but within easy touring distance of the Suffolk Coast - nearest beach at Southwold. The cottage has a lawned and fenced garden at the rear with patio area, flower garden, garden furniture and barbecue. There is ample parking at the front of the cottage along with a further lawned garden with flowerbed. Inside, the cottage has an entrance porch leading to the sitting room; a farmhouse style kitchen with large pantry; utility room and cloakroom/wc. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, 1 double en suite and 1 twin en suite. Oil Central heating. Sorry no smoking or pets. Sleeps 4 + 1 infant. Several inns within 5 miles, nearest 2 miles. Local town with all amenities - 3 miles. Indoor heated swimming pool with slide and gym - under 2 miles. St Peter's Hall restaurant, bar, brewery and brewery shop - 2 miles.

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

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I'm Susan, the wife of John who is co owner of our farming company, along with his brother Richard. We have an arable farm growing wheat, barley and oilseed rape.

I manage all the farm administration and also look after the running of our holiday cottage, including all cleaning, marketing and finance.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic cottage, very clean. Thank you for the everything including the Brownies, yummy! Had a fabulous week visiting Aldeburgh, Southwold and Bungay etc. Walked in the countryside. Fantastic! Hope to come back soon.

Ms Y (Herts)

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your quaint cottage. It was equipped with everything anyone would need and is set in a lovely secluded area. Great places to visit such as Southwold and Dunwich. We stay in cottages 2-3 times a year and this is by far the best. We will be back. Mr and Mrs G (Oxford)

Fabulous cottage with everything you could wish for. Immaculately clean and cosy. Thank you. Excellent position from which to explore Suffolk. Harry (3) was thrilled with the tractor books. Mr & Mrs M (Kent)

It was nice to come back to Grove Farm cottage after 6 years and find it every bit as good as we remembered. Had a lovely week enjoying the Suffolk countryside and coast. Thanks for everything, be back soon. Mr & Mrs W (Yorkshire)
Jan 2014
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12 Reviews

based on 12 holidaymaker reviews


Perfection! Sophisticated country style.

  • 5 of 5

A special trip with my elderly parents, who originate from very near-by, a walk down memory lane. This cottage is without doubt the best of many I have holidayed in. Sue has lovingly created a true gem of a holiday retreat with charm, comfort & individuality. Found just off a quiet lane, with plenty of parking in its own pretty garden, it is in an ideal location for the town of Bungay, & coastal favourites such as Southwold & Dunwich (Dunwich Village Museum & the Fish & Chip Cafe on the beach are a must!) With its high ceilings, traditional furnishings & wonderful rural views you will be reluctant to leave. Sue provides a warm welcome & guides you through the facilities & assets she has thoughtfully provided for your holiday needs & is happy to help with any guidance you may require .Very clean & well equipped. A lovely personal touch is left for your enjoyment in the form of delicious home baked cake & fresh flowers, little gifts that make your stay as special as Grove Farm Cottage! xxx

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review. It was lovely to meet you all and hear some stories of the local area from days gone by. I am so pleased that you managed to re visit your favourite places and enjoy the delightful coastal villages nearby. Many thanks - Sue
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Tranquility and charm

  • 5 of 5

Grove Farm Cottage is beautifully situated in open countryside. The cottage is very welcoming with a delicious home made cake and all the ingredients for a nice cup of tea at the end of the journey. A vase of roses on the windowsill and sunflowers on the kitchen table give that special touch. The cottage is very well appionted with both bedrooms en suite, a very comfortable and cosy living room with books, DVDs to watch if needed and an extremely well equipped kitchen. There is plenty to do and see in the area and the small town of Bungay, 2 miles away, has plenty of restaurants and individual shops. We will definitely be back. Thank you Sue. Brenda and Kate

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the homemade cake and found everything so welcoming on your arrival. Bungay is a delightful market town with individual shops (including antique and gift shops), local inns and restaurants, plus the historic castle, ancient Buttercross and Bungay Museum. It also has beautiful walks around the common, next to the River Waveney, where you can spot plenty of wildlife and also hire boats, bikes or play golf. For evening entertainment, the Fisher Theatre offers various plays, shows and films and on rainy days there is always the indoor swimming pool with water slide. plus an adjoining gym. I really enjoyed meeting you and very much look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Thank you also for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy on your departure, it was much appreciated. Many thanks, Sue
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I lived the dream!

  • 5 of 5

What a really beautiful cottage in a beautiful setting. I loved feeling remote and surrounded by the glorious fields yet still able to access shops in Halesworth, Bungay, Beccles and beyond. I lived the dream for two weeks and loved watching the harvesting of the oil seed rape and wheat. The pheasant family and hares were also entertaining. The cottage was extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean. The garden was lovely to relax in with a barbecue, in fact some days we just did a little shopping and stayed in the garden to relax in the lovely weather. Sue welcomed us and showed us around and had a gorgeous coffee walnut cake for us - delightful! I wish I had booked for three weeks and not just 2 weeks. We would love to return very soon I miss the solitude already!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for such a wonderful review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your two week stay at Grove Farm Cottage and found the countryside surrounding the cottage (with the harvest in progress) so entertaining. The garden is a very peaceful spot and great for relaxing or watching the local wildlife. The cottage is ideally situated; with the market towns of Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth being within easy reach and also the seaside resort of Southwold, just 20 minutes away by car. I very much look forward to welcoming you both back again anytime.
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Beautiful Cottage and Suroounding area

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous cottage, probably the best we have stayed in, so clean and well equit. The views from the cottage were lovely and we enjoyed watching the tractors working in the fields. Loads to do nearby and we filled everyday. Would definitely book this Cottage cottage in the future when we visit Suffolk again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review. The views from the cottage are very far reaching and you can see a great deal of wildlife and country life from the windows, including the combines and tractors - especially during harvest! Suffolk and Norfolk does offer so much for holidays, with it's beautiful coastline, the Norfolk Broads, pretty villages and tourist attractions. A lot of my guests are always amazed with how much there is to do in East Anglia. I would be very pleased to welcome you back to Grove Farm Cottage sometime in the future and look forward to meeting you all again.
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  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Grove farm Cottage, we are already booking for next year.

The cottage is very clean and cosy, everything is provided,

When we arrived Sue was there to give a personal welcome which was lovely. A lovely vase of flowers and a gorgeous coffee & walnut cake also greeted us, Yummy.

Cottage is in very peaceful location but only a short distance from main road so getting about is easy. Local town of Bungay has good supermarket so getting supplies is no problem.

Looking forward to next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. It was lovely to meet you both and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay at the cottage, especially as you were there for 2 weeks. All of our guests enjoy the very peaceful setting, but also the easiness of getting to a main road for touring our beautiful countryside and coastline. I look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Thanks Again

  • 5 of 5

We have visited every year now for the past eight years. This is a super holiday cottage and Sue makes everything special, every time. We love Suffolk and the Suffolk Coast, this cottage is well located for the road network but is quiet and peaceful. The cottage is a home from home, it is warm, comfortable and all you could ever need for a Holiday is provided.

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. I am so pleased that you have enjoyed your holidays at Grove Farm Cottage over the past 8 years. I always look forward to welcoming back return guests, especially the ones who return year after year! There is always something new to see in Suffolk or along the Suffolk coast, no matter how many times you visit. Also, as the cottage is close to the Norfolk border, it is only a short journey to explore the Norfolk Broads or the Norfolk coastline. I look forward to seeing you again next year.
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From the Owner

The holiday cottage is one of a pair of farm workers cottages that came with the farm when the family purchased it in 1968. We decided to renovate the cottage during 2003 and let out for holidays as it hadn't been occupied since 1976. We started in the January that year and finished all the renovations by the beginning of July - just in time for our first booking. Although we have successfully let it through Hoseasons Holidays for the past 11 years, we decided in 2013 to market the property ourselves as we have many returning guests. We were graded 4* again this year by Visit England and were pleased to receive 100% in the cleaning section for the 3rd year running! Situated in countryside, there is plenty of wildlife, including barn owls, buzzards, deer and hares with footpaths

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Norwich at 20 Miles Nearest Barpub : St Peter South Elmham at 2.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Bungay at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Halesworth at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : St Peters South Elmham at 2.5 Miles Nearest Beach : Southwold at 13 Miles Car: necessary


20 minutes drive to nearest beach/coast - Southwold


Nearest airport - Norwich 20 miles. Stansted about 2 hours drive.

Nearest train station - Haleworth 7 miles. Diss 20 miles (with direct route to London - 1 1/2 hours journey)

Approx. 4/5 hours from Dover channel port

Car essential


Bungay 3 miles

Halesworth 7 miles

Southwold 13 miles

Norwich 18 miles

Norfolk Broads - nearest Oulton Broad, 18 miles. Others all under 1 hour by car

Bury St Edmunds - 1 1/2 hours by car. Cambridge 2 hours

Further Details:

Several country inns serving food within 5 miles, St Peters Hall with restaurant, bar, brewery and brewery shop 2 miles.

Bungay town has the nearest shops, pubs, takeaways, banks etc - 3 miles

Indoor Swimming pool with slide and gym at Bungay - Just down the road from the cottage under 2 miles

Golf - Bungay - 3 miles Halesworth 7 miles

Canoe hire/ bike hire at Bungay Common - 3 miles

Fishing - several lakes locally - nearest 5 miles

Horseriding - half mile in Ilketshall St Margaret (next door farm) by arrangement

Nearest beach is at Southwold, with its rows of beach huts and renovated Victorian pier with unusual inventive amusements. You may like to visit Aldeburgh for shopping and the coast; Orford for its castle and Orford Ness Island - ideal for birdwatching; Thorpeness for walks along the beach and large boating lake with rowing boat/canoe hire. Gorleston has a lovely sandy beach, perfect for children along with Lowestoft and Gt. Yarmouth, where there are amusement parks, donkey rides, Punch and Judy etc

At Minsmere near Dunwich there is the RSPB reserve and further afield are the Norfolk Broads and the cathedral city of Norwich with fantastic shopping.

There are so many visitor attractions locally (please see our website for details - address near the bottom of this page) from Zoos, National Trust Houses, Gardens, Museums, Boat hire on the Broads and local River Waveney, Thetford Forest for Go Ape, bike rides etc. Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park at Lowestoft and the award winning Bewilderwood for youngsters.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
21 Oct 2016 - 3 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 20.0%

Booking Notes:
20% deposit on booking by cheque or bank transfer .
Full balance of payment 1 month prior to holiday commencement.

Changeover Day:
Friday changeover day. Shortbreaks available on request.

Other days may be accommodated out of season, please enquire

Check in from 4pm, but sometimes earlier by arrangement. Check out 10 am, but sometimes may be later by arrangement with owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

The pair of cottages are just off a very minor country lane, but in a good situation for touring both Suffolk and Norfolk. It is in a very peaceful location, quite rural, but of course it has the next door cottage (not a holiday let, but occupied by a family member) and the farm house 1/2 mile down the lane, which doesn't make it feel so isolated. The small country lanes are perfect for cycling and there is a good network of footpaths leading to interesting villages and historical sites. There are several country pubs within a short drive that serve food and the Medieval moated, St Peters Hall in the neighbouring village, has a restaurant, bar and its own brewery and brewery shop. Brewery tours by arrangement.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic


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


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


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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys


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

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite bathroom to bedroom 1 with white Victorian style roll top bath with shower attachment, pedestal sink and wc. Far reaching views from the window. Ensuite shower room to bedroom 2 with shower cubicle, white vanity basin and wc.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 + baby (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed, wardrobe, dressing table and bedside cabinets. TV, airing cupboard and en suite bathroom/wc. Twin bedroom, 3ft single beds, large walk in wardrobe, bedside cabinet and dressing table. En suite shower room/wc


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Cot is a travel cot with thick mattress. No bed linen supplied for cot. All central heating and electricity included. Sorry no smoking or pets Outside: Private fenced garden at the rear, with storage shed, patio with garden furniture, BBQ and flower garden. Parking on gravel driveway for up to 4 cars at the front of the cottage. The front garden has further lawned area and flowerbed, but is unfenced at the end of driveway by the road. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer over. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All Duvets, linen, towels and tea towels included. Please bring your own beach towels Extra linen/towels etc supplied for holidays longer than 1 week. Other: Porch with coat hooks and plenty of space for muddy shoes etc!

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