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VisitEngland 5 Star Gold C15th Cottage In Kersey, Hadleigh, Suffolk, England

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Kersey, Nr. Ipswich, Suffolk, England - 100 m from the local pub in an idyllic, picturesque village only 30 mins from Suffolk Coast

Cressland is a charming 5 Star Gold 15th-century Grade II* cottage overlooking the famous `Splash' in the picturesque village of Kersey. The Suffolk brick floors, exposed floorboards and fireplaces are all original and parts of the house date back to the 1400s. Cressland has been sympathetically and beautifully restored, offering guests the spirit and feel of its ancient origins, combined with everything you need for modern comfortable living. The perfect characterful retreat. Large spacious rooms, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room with open fire, dining area with large dining table (perfect for family parties) and fully equipped country kitchen, with dining area and comfortable settle, as well as a beautiful cottage garden, with summer house, and barbecue. Please see our website for further information www.cresslandbythesplash.co.uk. Kersey is one of Suffolk's most photographed ancient villages starring in Films, TV and adverts. Each bedroom is named after TV programmes, advertisements and films which have been shot in and around Kersey. Lovejoy: The first scene of the first series of Lovejoy was filmed right outside Cressland in the ‘Splash’. Meerkat: A ‘Compare the Meerkat’ advert was filmed in 2011 in the Village Street, pub and school. Hallows: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows features scenes filmed in Lavenham. Witchfinder General: The opening scene of this cult 1960s film is set in Kersey.

Cressland is the perfect place to experience the peace and tranquility of the Suffolk countryside, a friendly welcome in the local pub, country walks straight from your door and many cycle routes. The village is within easy reach of the Suffolk coast, Lavenham, Clare, Constable country, Woodbridge, Aldeburgh and Southwold. Cambridge is 60 minutes away and London 90 minutes.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kersey in Kersey

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Three bathrooms (1 en-suite and 1 downstairs with walk-in shower)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7/8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Four bedrooms – 2 with king size beds, 1 twin and 1 single (full size trundle bed beneath single). Wooden cot bed and/or travel cots available upon request
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Office with wi-fi, family games, puzzles and books Outside: Private garden directly next to stream with patio area, outdoor dining area, barbecue, summer house. The cottage has its own drive which offers parking for 2 cars. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Luxury bed linen, towels provided, including a hairdryer in every bedroom. Other: Dining Room : Large oak dining table and chairs to seat 8 people, large inglenook fire place with log burning stove, and full barrel of logs provided. Side table with light and ipod/ipad,iphone docking station, radio and CD player.


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VisitEngland 5 Star Gold C15th Cottage In Kersey, Hadleigh, Suffolk, England
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 40 reviews
Forest Row

Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Visited with some friends for a birthday. Beautiful house, lovely village. Louise left a very generous welcome basket and could not have been more welcoming. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your birthday weekend and thank you Rachel for your lovely comments. It was a pleasure to meet you all. Best wishes, Louise
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as a group of ladies for our annual weekend away. This is probably the best equipped holiday house we have ever been to. We were welcomed by just the best welcome hamper. Fabulous home made cake. The standard of furnishing, kitchen equipment and bathrooms is excellent. The fresh flowers were a wonderful touch. Towels and bathrobes fabulous. Bed linen to die for. Kersey is a delightful village and The Bell is highly recommended, where we had two very jolly meals. Shops in Hadleigh surprisingly good. All in all highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Phillipa for such lovely comments. Really pleased you all had a good time and I will let Janet and Wendy at The Bell know you enjoyed your visits. Very best wishes, Louise
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Perfect and picturesque

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house. fully lives up to its pictures - no exaggerations!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Bob for your very kind comments about the cottage. Really pleased you enjoyed your stay. Very best wishes, Louise
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Stunning 😀

  • 5 of 5

It's really hard to describe what a lovely time we had! Everything was just perfect 👌?!!!

The cottage and village was amazing!!! 😀?👍?

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The charming 15th Century Cottage is situated in the picturesque village of Kersey.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly recommend Cressland-On-The Splash. It is a spacious and beautiful cottage situated in a quiet and peaceful village, whilst conveniently located for exploring the area or just enjoying the cottage and sunny garden.

We stayed at the cottage along with our elderly parents, son and his partner and we had a wonderful time. Access to the Witchfinder Bedroom on the 2nd floor is via a narrow staircase and naturally isn't suitable for less mobile visitors, but it was absolutely perfect for us!

The property is well equipped, extremely clean and Louise was a perfect host, meeting us on arrival to show us around the cottage, and the welcome pack was delightful.

The nearby public house serves a wide range of meals at a reasonable price and the service is excellent.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Steve for taking the the time to write such a thoughtful, detailed review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your time at Cressland and it was lovely to meet you all. Best wishes, Louise
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Character Cottage in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous family weekend in this Cottage in Kersey. The property is amazing with so much character, beams open fires etc yet with all modern comforts. The whole place is so well equipped and the welcome basket was wonderful. Thanks for the homemade scones by the way.

The garden is lovely, private and enclosed so perfect for a toddler. He really loved watching the cars go through the splash and then making a splash himself in his wellies with Grandad. I've never heard of Kersey until now and it is a lovely peaceful place. Thanks Louise for everything.

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jill for your lovely review. Sounds like your grandson really loved 'The Splash'. So pleased you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and Kersey. Very best wishes, Louise
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Louise Gibbons
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2018

About Louise Gibbons

My husband and I moved to Suffolk 8 years ago with our 3 children. We didn't really know Suffolk at all and had no friends or family in the area, so the move from London to a small country village was very daunting. It didn't take us long however to settle into village life and make friends. Kersey may be small, but it has a great friendly community with so much happening throughout the year.

I look after the cottage and our 3 children and my husband works in London and helps out with doing the gardening and maintenance.

We have all fallen in love with Suffolk and continue to enjoy exploring this wonderful county.

Louise Gibbons purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Louise Gibbons chose Kersey

Cressland has all the old-world charm of a 15th century cottage, but with all the modern day amenities with spacious rooms, easily accommodating large groups, or two families. It is also perfect for romantic weekends. We wanted guests to have the flexibility of self-catering, but with the added feel of a luxury hotel experience. Located right next to 'The Splash' in the picturesque village of Kersey, and 100 m from the local pub, it is the perfect, idyllic rural retreat.

Suffolk, as one of the driest, warmest and sunniest counties in England, is the perfect holiday destination. There is also so much to do and see in the area. Walking, cycling, sailing, visiting the many picturesque medieval villages, market towns and Constable country. Exploring heaths, forests, heritage coastline, beaches, castles, historic houses, as well as fun family days out and activities. We are even close enough to visit London and Cambridge for the day.

What makes this cottage unique

Kersey is one of the most picturesque villages in Suffolk, consisting of many listed properties and appearing on many postcards, calendars, TV programmes. It also has a fantastic ford (referred to by locals as The Splash) crossing the High Street and Cressland has the enviable position of being located right next to The Splash, with amazing views from all the bedroom windows up to the beautiful village church (floodlit in the evening for special occasions and at weekends).

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a perfect week staying in Cressland. Couldn't have asked for a more suitable cottage for our family felt instantly at home. There was everying the baby could want and need, he loved the toy cupboard! The adults had plenty of space (and bathrooms) to keep them happy. What a beautiful and peaceful village with lovely villages so close by. Thank you for the most wonderful week in Kersey. Oh and the lemon cake was delicious! And the hamper very much enjoyed!
Aug 2017
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Nearest Airport
62 Kilometres
London Stansted Airport
Nearest Barpub
190 Metres
The Bell Inn, Kersey
Nearest Ferry
48 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
9 Kilometres
Hintlesham Golf Club
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Colchester, Ipswich, Manningtree Stations
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
190 Metres
The Bell Inn, Kersey
Nearest Beach
32 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Kersey and the surrounding area offers beautiful open countryside for cyclists and walkers to explore, as well as picturesque, unspoilt villages, a host of attractions and interesting places to visit. The Suffolk Coast is also within 30 minutes’ drive.


Felixstowe 30 minutes drive from - Shingle beach and you can also explore the coastal paths, the famous Martello Towers and Languard Fort

Frinton-on-Sea 27 miles (44 minutes) drive - Sandy beach, very unspoilt seaside town in Essex

Aldeburgh 38 miles (1 hour by car) Blue Flag shingle beach, beautiful, famous seaside town.

Dunwich 43 miles (1 hour, 10 mins by car)

Walberswick 46 miles (1 hour, 11 mins by car) - great for crabbing

Southwold 48 miles (1 h 14 mins by car) - Sandy beach


Nearest Airport: Stansted 43 miles (80 mins)

Nearest Port: Harwich 27 miles (38 mins)

Nearest Train: Colchester 12 miles/Ipswich 8 miles

Direction by Road :

From London A12 past Colchester, B1070 to Hadleigh, from Cambridge A14 to Bury St Edmunds/Sudbury A134/A1071 Hadleigh

From Hadleigh A1141 signposted Lavenham. After 1 mile turn left signposted Kersey. Turn right past the Church and down the hill. Go through the ford “Splash” and house is just on the left.

Car - essential


Hadleigh market town 2 miles from Kersey. Supermarkets, butchers, chemist, bakers, banks, Post Office, restaurants. Hollow Trees Farm shop in Semer 5 mins drive away.

Further Details:

Dating back to medieval times, Kersey is a picturesque, traditional Suffolk village, consisting of many listed properties. Kersey became prosperous and famous for its “Kersey Cloth” during a period centred on the 14th and 15th centuries when the broadcloth industry provided wealth to South Suffolk communities. There was a steady decline in the 17th century when the village experienced a period of poverty. The village now has a thriving community, with many societies and events taking place throughout the year.

In many ways Kersey is a hidden gem, but once found it is never forgotten and it appears on many postcards, calendars, TV programmes and even a jigsaw puzzle. Visited by painters, walkers, cyclists and tourists. Over the years countless scenes have been shot here for films, TV programmes and advertisements. The first scene of “Lovejoy” is through the famous “Splash”. Kersey was also the scene for a recent Meerkat advertisement and home to the author Sir Hammond Innes who lived at “Ayres End”.

St Mary’s Church at the top of the South end of the village is visible for miles around, especially when floodlit. Every Thursday evening between 8-9 pm you will hear the bell ringers practising.

The 14th Century Bell Inn, 100yds up the road has oak beams, a cosy open fire and offers good traditional pub food and local ales.

Kersey Mill, located just off the main road before the Kersey Village sign, is a Grade II* listed mill house and watermill, together with a Grade II listed converted maltings. It stands in grounds of around 16 acres on the banks of the River Brett near Hadleigh, and has been converted into a gym, hair salon, beauty rooms, art gallery, and tea room.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Kersey, East of England

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
19 Feb 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter Holidays
30 Mar 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
16 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer Half Term
25 May 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
4 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer Holidays
20 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Autumn Half Term
19 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
29 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year
28 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Available for long/short breaks and romantic weekends

Short breaks : minimum of 2 night stay.

Monday to Friday (get 4 nights for the price of 3).

We do have a discounted rate for 4 people or less. Please call or email me to enquire - tel: 01473 822815, email: info@cresslandbythesplash.co.uk

Stay more than 2 nights and you receive a larger discount on the cost per night. Please call me on tel: 01473 822815, or email me on www.info@cressslandbythesplash.co.uk for a quote, as the price displayed on the system is not the price you will pay.

We do accept online payments see terms and also payment by bank transfer or cheque. one third of total rental cost as deposit to confirm booking, balance payable 8 weeks before start of holdiay. Security deposit of £150 payable with balance and returned at the end of the holiday provided there are no damages.

Changeover Day:
Ideally Friday or Monday changeover but can be flexible.

Notes on prices:
There is a discounted rate for 4 people (using just 2 bedrooms)

We also offer a 2 night "Weekend escape to the Country" special late arrival (up to 12 am meet and greet) for those who work late on Friday evening, with late Sunday 4 pm departure.

Rental cost includes: All bedlinen, towels (including beach towels), welcome basket, basket of logs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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