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Quiet Countryside With Large Private Garden & Rowing Boat - Fishing Permitted

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Letheringham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, England - With An Abundance Of Bird & Wildlife, Plenty Of Walks & Approximately A Mile Of River To Row

CONTACT ME ON: 01728 746391 or 07789 473060 or

Set right on the banks of the River Deben, with stunning views of the river and woodland beyond, Boatmans really is a riverside getaway worthy of Mole, Ratty and friends. Situated amongst ambling country lanes, Boatmans is surrounded by lush countryside and sits above a large private garden rolling down to the river Deben, which has its own landing stage and rowing boat. This charming, detached cottage has 2 bedrooms (sleeping 3), is traditional in design with quirky modern touches, and enjoys superb views of the river and woodland beyond. Boatmans is positioned 4 miles from the A12 enabling easy access to the nearby Suffolk Heritage Coast. There is a generous welcome pack, which includes a gift card for RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve 'or' a day pass to Ufford Park Health Club.

Enter into the conservatory, with its river and woodland views, through to the main cottage. There are steps between most rooms due to the cottage's hillside nature. The kitchen is well appointed with plenty of work surfaces and a breakfast table. In addition to newly installed oil fired central heating, the living room has a multi-fuel fire, which adds to the cosy feel of Boatmans. Upstairs is the large bedroom, which also enjoys a fabulous view of the Deben through onto woodland beyond. The bathroom is downstairs, immediately below the bedroom, with a luxurious full-length bath and large power shower. A Floor Plan is available upon request.

Outside there is plenty of space to explore and walk (including approximately a mile of river to row), meet the swans and soak up the Suffolk atmosphere in this "Special Landscape Area". See the Owner Profile section which contains further information about the bird and wildlife.


More Details

Jan Mcneill
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Jan Mcneill

CONTACT ME ON: 01728 746391 or 07789 473060 or

We are Jan, Simon and Scarlett. Boatmans was our first home and we lived there for 11 years before moving next door. There is a good distance and tree/hedge boundary between the properties – we will always respect your privacy but are always happy to help and chat!

I personally clean and prepare Boatmans for guests and take great pride in the feedback we receive. Boatmans has been a holiday cottage since 2012 and has received an award for Excellence based upon Customer Feedback.


Jan Mcneill purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Jan Mcneill chose Woodbridge

CONTACT ME ON: 01728 746391 or 07789 473060 or

Boatmans is a tranquil hideaway, but located within easy access to the fabulous Heritage coast as well as towns and cities – London’s Liverpool Street station is approximately an hour and a half. We both loved returning from the city, lighting the barbecue, enjoying a row on the river before dinner in the conservatory or patio watching the sunset.

We love the wildlife: otters, kingfishers, cormorants, herons, owls, ducks, geese etc and the resident swans that wait in anticipation for bread! I look forward to opening the curtains each morning - today (as I edit this), it was two playful otters and then a swan and Canada geese vying for a prime nesting spot. Previous sights include escapee cows, an owl on the lawn and a lone deer walking nonchalantly past as I prepared breakfast!

What makes this cottage unique

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In the summer the water is crystal clear enabling the bottom of the riverbed, fish, boatman, snails etc to be seen. I love the first sight of the yellow lilies and the prehistoric looking foliage. The swans normally produce signets and we’ve even had guests see a muntjac swim!

In the winter we enjoy the snowfall on the water, the pretty icicle laden branches, bracing walks and a cosy fire! Simon’s favourite past time is reading in bed, with the windows open whilst listening to the "wind-in-the willows". I particularly enjoy a walk at dusk seeing the Suffolk punches in the fields and often hawks and owls hunting for prey. We love the sounds: the shrill of kingfishers, woodpeckers, ‘bark’ of the muntjac, swans ‘taking off’ and landing, passing horses, a sudden ‘splash’ and even a donkey.

Guestbook comments from the owner

“What a great find, a beautiful cottage in a lovely quiet setting. We were lucky enough to have gorgeous weather over the weekend so enjoyed the gorgeous garden, bbqs, fishing, total relaxation, plenty of wildlife to be seen, birds, swans, the kingfisher and we were lucky enough to see the otter swim past in front of us whilst drinking tea fishing one evening! The boat was fun and the walks through fields and open countryside in the sun were adventurous".

“Boatmans was the cleanest and nicest cottage that we have stayed in. during our many holidays in Suffolk/Norfolk. We cannot rate this cottage highly enough, the garden is magnificent and the use of the rowboat a lovely addition".

“Such a splendid little cottage in a truly beautiful situation with river to row, lanes and fields to wander. Many picturesque and fascinating places to visit nearby. Jan is a wonderfully kind and considerate host making this a lovely home away from home.”

“This is the best cottage we have ever stayed in. Everything you could wish for is here – and more".

“The property was outstanding and there were so many lovely thoughtful touches. I was really impressed”.

“A wonderful little hideaway - just what we needed, but a great position to get to all towns and villages, had some great walks, whatever weather, the cottage was great, everything we needed, many thanks will miss this”.

"Having self-catered on numerous occasions we thought this cottage was the best we have stayed in for cleanliness, equipment – location and information".

"We’ve had a super week. Luckily weather reasonably good. Great places to visit. Cottage lovely, the garden delightful – a real GEM. Arrived back at the cottage early one afternoon so went for a row along the river in the boat. Tuesday was a warm evening so went fishing at the bottom of the garden, and to our great surprise caught a pike – must have weighed well over 12Ibs. Then, again the next evening caught another one – smaller but again must have been around 12lbs. Having caught the fishing bug, we tried again Thursday evening and caught another one – this only a small one about 3lbs. Amazing!! "

" fact we would like to live here!" “We too would love to live here”.

“Boatmans is a delightful cottage, with all the comforts of home. A lot of thought has gone into this lovely retreat."

"Boatmans cottage was a little piece of living the dream, so tranquil but practical fantastic stay”.

“Another perfect holiday break, at this, one of our favourite cottages.Always a warm and friendly welcome from Jan the owner,she has thought of every liittle touch to make your holiday the best it can be. Will be back !!”

“We have had a very restful week here at Boatmans. Very peaceful and tranquil location, the cottage is very clean and well equipped thanks to the thoughtful hostess “Jan”. Fishing was successful catching Roach and Perch"

Mar 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Woodbridge in Suffolk Coastal District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 6
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • At the bottom of the stairs, immediately below the bedroom, is the ample bathroom, with a luxurious full-length bath (with hand-held mixer), large separate power shower, W.C., bidet and hand basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 3 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs is a large bedroom with super-king size bed (with Hypnos gold mattresses), TV/DVD player and a large picture window enjoying panoramic views of the river and countryside. Off the kitchen is a single bedroom with a window into the conservatory.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Notes on accommodation: Included with every stay is either a gift card for RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve or a day pass to Ufford Park Health Club. Minsmere is one of the richest areas for wildlife in the UK with more than 5,600 species and was the location for the BBC’s Springwatch. The card will enable two adults entry or it can be used at the Shop. The pass to Ufford Park provides access to the gym, sauna, steam room, two-mile running track, jacuzzi and pool. If you would like one of the above, please advise at the time of booking and don’t forget your binoculars or swimming/gym kit! Heating, electricity, Wi-Fi, and fuel for the fire is supplied as well as any coal required for the barbecue. Tea (English and earl grey), coffee (ground and granules), sugar, one pint of milk, bottle of wine and biscuits are provided. A selection of books, DVDs and games. Sorry no pets, smoking, children under six or unaccompanied teenagers. The hazards of the river are at your own risk. Outside: There is plenty of parking on a separate drive for the property, which has a footpath leading to the conservatory. Boatmans is set amongst some of the finest Suffolk countryside with fantastic local walks. The large private garden is lush and full of interesting plants, with the River Deben flowing right at the end. A rowing boat is available. Fishing is permitted and the catch can include roach, perch, tench, dace, pike, carp and sticklebacks. During the summer months, the following are supplied: - Two sets of tables and chairs (for patio and large private garden) and bench - Barbecue - Picnic basket and rug - Sun loungers and sun umbrella upon request There is also a rustic outside shed, available upon request, for storage of items such as bikes and fishing tackle etc. Some house maintenance activities may be carried out during your stay; if this occurs every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 100% cotton bed linen (thin and plump pillows!), bathroom towels, kitchen towel and tea towels are provided. NOTE: the Washing Machine is a short distance next door in an external wash room. Other: The conservatory opens onto the secluded ‘sun-trap’ patio area (with table and chairs in the summer) and includes a dining table (seating four), a sofa, armchair and bench. The CD player from the living room is also linked to speakers in the conservatory.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Magical, riverside retreat just perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our best Christmas and New Year ever thanks to all the little extra touches Jan gives her guests from the moment you arrive. A beautiful cottage in idyllic setting with all the facilities we could’ve wished for. A perfectly romantic atmosphere cosying up in front of the wonderful log fire and a truly lovely local village pub with great food for when we didn’t want to cook plus excellent local farm produce from a number of shops. We will be back for sure & cant recommend this property & the owners highly enough. Thanks Jan! Xxx

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alison, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Boatmans and we look forward to welcoming you back soon! Jan
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  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Boatmans in 2017 and it's certainly not going to be the last. Each time the experience gets better and better, from booking, through to the perfectly maintained and furnished cottage, warm welcome from the owners and desire to stay longer. The homely touches make it the best holiday cottage we've stayed in to date and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

We're always made to feel very welcome and it's a veritable home from home and nothing is too much trouble for Jan. A complete - an unexpected - surprise was our winning the "best end of stay cleanliness" award for 2017. If somethings perfect you want to keep it that way - which we did. The £50 voucher will come in most handy. Would we come again, yes! Would we recommend it to one and all, yes! Is it the perfect way to relax, unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet, YES !! What are you waiting for...? Thank you Jan, Simon and Scarlett.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Simon & Loraine, we are so glad you enjoyed your second stay at Boatmans and we look forward to seeing you again in September! Congratulations for being our 2017 award winners! Jan
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Excellent cottage , central for walking/touring

  • 5 of 5

A very comfortable, clean and well maintained cottage for up to 3 people.

My wife and I, both in our 70's wanted somewhere from where we could explore Suffolk. Boatmans was perfect, (but we were helped by a week of almost unbroken sunshine!)

It was comforting to know that Jan, the owner, lived next door but we found no need to call on her, and, apart from welcoming us, she left us alone.

Neither my wife nor I are "rowers" so we did not use the boat (but it was available), neither were we anglers (it was the close season, anyway)

There are so many laces to visit close by -

Flatford Mill:Framlingham:Minsmere:Orford, Dunwich:Sutton Hoo, to name but a few.

If we return to Suffolk, then we would definitely stay at Boatman's. The problem is that the UK has so many wonderful places to visit....

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great choice.

  • 5 of 5

Best choice ever, this cottage and our host will take some beating. It does not get any better. We were even invited to share our hosts garden where we took some very special photos. The week has been such a pleasurable experience. We will have fond memories of “Boatmans” and the family that make other peoples dreams a reality.

Many thanks Jan, Simon and Scarlett”

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and thank-you for the wonderful photos of the Kingfisher and Woodpecker (unfortunately, I cannot load them onto our site). Thanks also for your help with the Kingfishers' perch!
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  • 5 of 5

This was a return visit for us and it was as charming as ever. Jan, Simon and gorgeous Scarlet treated us like extended family and we spent many hours fishing, playing hangman with Scarlett and generally relaxing. if you want a place to stay that beats all you could dream of in the countryside but with many nearby attractions to see then this is the place for you. Cosy rooms , great pedestal bath and loads of outside space to enjoy. Nothing is ever too much trouble and Jan who is always there to help if you need anything but never ever intrusive. What more can we say it is a fabulous place with a gorgeous family next door which now includes a little dog called Daisy. Try it you will not be disappointed and you will certainly return as we will and we have to travel from Crete. See you next year x

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you returned to Boatmans for another two weeks - we all had a wonderful time! Thank-you in particular for the wonderful brunch cruise on The Lady Florence, your enthusiam with building sandcastles at Walberswick and enjoying a visit to Sutton Hoo! Thank-you also for a wonderful meal at Boatmans (we'd forgotten how lovely the conservatory is for dinner whilst the sun goes down!). We hope "hangman" didn't get too much, but at least you got a break when Daisy arrived!
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outstanding property, location and welcome.

  • 5 of 5

A property even more impressive on arrival than its description. The attention to detail and care taken is fantastic and only eclipsed by the care and friendliness of owner Jan and lovely little Scarlett. A beautiful area with plenty to see and do and a welcome in every pub or attraction we visited, although the cottage itself is absolutely charming to remain in if you just want to kick back and relax. A place we are enthusiastic about the prospect of returning to in the future. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for your kind feedback and we were very impressed with amount of miles you covered on your bikes!
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CONTACT ME ON: 01728 746391 or 07789 473060 or


Boatmans is positioned 4 miles from the A12 enabling easy access to a wide range of places of interest. Woodbridge, Snape Maltings and the coast (Aldeburgh, Dunwich, Walberswick, Southwold, Thorpeness and Orford) are not far away. Suffolk's wonderful Heritage coast includes superb beaches, rivers, forests, Framlingham and Orford castles and historic towns. Sutton Hoo (Anglo-Saxon royal burial site) and RSPB Minsmere are also great attractions.


As a rough approximation, places of interest (listed earlier) are within a half hour drive.

Further Details:

Letheringham is a tiny rural village and is classed as a "Special Landscape Area"; it is located between Wickham Market and Framlingham (approx 3 and 4.5 miles respectively), both of which have a good range of shops and amenities, including cafés, Framlingham Castle, street market, food stores/butchers, take-aways/restaurants, clothes/antique shops and home wares etc.

Letheringham's Church of St Mary is a grade II* listed building and is an enjoyable walk from Boatmans.

The nearest village is picturesque Easton (a pleasant walk), which boasts an award winning country pub, church and the ‘crinkly-crankily’ wall! Easton Farm Park is a popular attraction, especially for families, which offers interactive farm fun and includes some truly special listed buildings. The Park also hosts a range of events (e.g. Farmers' Markets, car rallies, music festivals, horse shows) and is home to the endangered Suffolk punch horse.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Woodbridge, East of England

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jun - 13 Jul
2 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
13 Jul - 31 Aug
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Aug - 28 Sep
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Sep - 12 Oct
29 Sep 2018 - 12 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
12 Oct - 19 Oct
13 Oct 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
19 Oct - 26 Oct
20 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Oct - 21 Dec
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Dec - 4 Jan
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees


Changeover day is Friday. Although from Nov - Mar alternative arrival days and lengths of stay can be arranged - please enquire.

We request that guests depart by 10am and arrive no sooner than 4pm - this enables the desired level of preparation for the next guests.

Notes on prices:
With the exception of half-terms, short breaks are available from Nov - until the end of March. Either 3 nights (minimum stay) Fri-Mon or 4 nights Mon-Fri, at 75% of the weekly price - SORRY, but the Additional night rate is incorrect - it is less than shown (please enquire). Please enquire for short-break prices and alternative arrival days. Please no enquiries for discounts: prices as shown.

Short and long-term rentals considered - please enquire.

There is no dishwasher – each year a £50 gift voucher from delicatessens Emmett’s will be awarded for the best washing up!!

No Pets or Children under six.

The cancellation policy is detailed within the Owners' Terms and Conditions - sent following a booking &/or available upon request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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