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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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About the property

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. Changeover day is Friday, short breaks also available out of the main summer season.

Susan Riseborough
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 February, 2017

About Susan Riseborough

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.

Susan Riseborough purchased this cottage in 1968

Why Susan Riseborough chose Suffolk

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 from the cottage door.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Very cosy cottage in great location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was lovely and had everything we needed. Lots of useful information of places to visit. We walked to the nearby St Peter's Brewery and had lunch in the hall there. The cottage is well situated to visit the coast too. The owner was there to greet us and show us all we needed to know about the cottage. Fresh flowers and home baked cake were great to arrive to as well! We had a fantastic stay and would recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Grove Farm Cottage. St Peter's Hall is a very historic place with its own restaurant, brewery (and shop) and a delightful place to walk to through the local countryside - plus you get a good pint at the end of it!
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The best cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage has everything you could ever need in a holiday home! Susan thought of everything a visitor may need in this home! This was our first time staying here and we wished it was for longer. The home is far more cozier than the pictures show. We are a family of four and had plenty of room. We will for sure be back and will tell all our friends about this beautiful cottage! Shops were close by and if you like walking, there were plenty of trails nearby. Thanks Susan for a wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you found the cottage so ideal for your family of four. It was a pleasure to meet you all, especially as you had travelled from the USA and would be very pleased to welcome you all back in the future.
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Fabulous cottage!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is a delight. It's so well furnished and equipped that it very quickly felt like home. A lovely vase of roses and a home made cake awaited us on arrival, which was a very nice touch.

We found it easy to get around by car to lots of interesting places, so it's a well situated property too. We'd give it 10/10 !

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and found the cottage in a well situated place for exploring the local area. There are many interesting places to visit within a short driving distance, whatever the season, winter or summer! Many thanks for your 10/10!
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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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3 Feb 2017 - 2 Mar 2017
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7 Apr 2017 - 27 Apr 2017
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28 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
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26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
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2 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
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21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
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1 Sep 2017 - 5 Oct 2017
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6 Oct 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
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20 Oct 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
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3 Nov 2017 - 14 Dec 2017
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Rate Christmas
15 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 20.0%

Booking Notes:
25% deposit on booking by cheque or bank transfer .
Full balance of payment 1 month prior to holiday commencement.
Payment by cheque or bank transfer.

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.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ilketshall Saint Margaret in East of England

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • 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
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
Notes on accommodation: Friday to Friday bookings (Short breaks on request, out of main season only) Several pubs serving food within 3 miles, non within walking distance. St Peters Hall restaurant with bar and brewery tours - 2 miles Cot is a travel cot with thick mattress. Sorry, no bed linen supplied for cot. All oil 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. 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 for coats and muddy shoes

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