TRUE DICKENS HISTORY IN RURAL NORTH SUFFOLK
This beautifully renovated stable at The Rookery, Blundeston was visited by Charles Dickens and used in his favourite book, David Copperfield. It successfully combines contemporary luxury with period features to provide charming self-catering accommodation with private courtyard.
"What a gorgeous place! We have really enjoyed our stay at Betsey Trotwood – we don't want to go. Thank you for all the recommendations, we have explored the area and discovered some beautiful places and enjoyed some delicious food. We are already planning our next trip"
“We found Betsey to be extremely inviting and comfortable, tastefully decorated and presented. Thanks for all the thoughtful provisions and helpful information, we especially loved discovering the history of your lovely house” – 19th March 2017
“What a great find! We have really chilled out in your lovely cottage. Location perforce for us to go walking yet also meet up with family and do loads of exploring. We look forward to a return visit soon” – 18th February 2017
“A lovely restful week – thank you so much for your hospitality and such a comfortable for home for my week. Great walks on the beaches with my lab. A perfect base to catch up with my son – some lovely meals on the aga. My second visit and I hope to return soon” – 10th March 2017
The ground floor, with under floor heating, has a spacious kitchen/dining room opening into the living room, where double doors give access to the secluded patio. The luxurious master bedroom is designed for relaxation with king size bed and claw footbath; the modern shower room is adjacent with a good sized single room with pull out to make it into a twin, also on the first floor. The woodwork throughout the cottage is quite unique, with wide bespoke doors made from reclaimed local joists to compliment the original beams and pillars.
Betsey Trotwood is opposite the owners’ house however it has allocated parking on the drive and a secluded courtyard garden at the back so that you can enjoy privacy.
The front door opens into an entrance hall opening to the inner hall with stairs rising ahead, a cloakroom and door to the kitchen/breakfast room. The ground floor is tiled throughout with under floor heating to keep your feet cosy!
This super light and large kitchen with glossy base and wall units is well equipped with a two oven Aga, fridge, three drawer freezer, dishwasher, free standing microwave, washer/dryer and coffee machine (capsules provided to start you off). A dining table with four chairs sits under the large arched window overlooking the courtyard and Airplay allows you to stream your own music from an Apple device.
The large L shaped sofa invites you to sit back and watch the wide flat screen TV on cooler days or open the wide door to patio garden. The room also has occasional tables, and a large arched window overlooking the main courtyard.
WC and wash basin.
Wooden stairs with wide treads rise to the first floor landing which is carpeted, as are the bedrooms.
Designed for relaxation and decadence – this luxurious large bedroom has a king size bed with bedside tables and a free standing claw foot bath with wash stand and towel ladder conveniently placed next to it. There’s also a large ottoman, chest of drawers, hanging space and window in the eaves.
This contemporary shower room has a double walk in shower, WC, washbasin set into a vanity unit, heated towel rail and Velux window giving natural light.
Set in the eaves with original pillars in the centre of the room giving character, this cleverly designed room has an elegant single day bed with pull out if you need twin occupancy. There’s a window, chest of drawers and blanket box next to the bed.
You’re welcome to use the owners’ gym next door to Betsey Trotwood where you’ll find free weights, a cross trainer and vibration plate. There’s also a bike shed where you can store your own safely or borrow those stored there (at your own risk).
Betsey Trotwood was part of the Rookery’s stable block and, along with a gym and office, is attached to the original coach house. The cottage is opposite the owners’ house (The Rookery) however they will respect your privacy and you will be able to enjoy privacy in the secluded courtyard garden with table, chairs and BBQ at the back and have an allocated parking space on the drive.
The Rookery of Blundeston is famous for being the birthplace of 'David Copperfield', in the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens. In the novel David spent his early life in the Rookery, the adjacent house to this holiday cottage – hence the name “Betsey Trotwood”, named after David’s characterful great-aunt.
Betsey offers a number of walks charming direct from the property either around the village or off across the beautiful Halvergate Marshes towards the Broads. A short easy drive away are numerous beaches, Lound Lakes Nature Reserve, Somerleyton Hall, and the whole Broads network where you can spend days on end being walked by the dog.
All prices include 100% cotton bed linen, towels, heating and electricity, plus a welcome bottle of wine and biscuits to help you get your break off to a relaxing start.
This contemporary cottage (along with an office and gym) is part of the Listed former stable block and coach house to The Rookery’s main owner-occupied rectory. It’s equipped with under floor heating on the ground floor and appliances include a wide flat screen TV with Freeview, Wifi and Airplay allowing you to stream your own music from an Apple device. The kitchen is well equipped with a two oven Aga, fridge, three drawer freezer, dishwasher, free standing microwave, washing machine, coffee machine (with a few pods to start you off) and a BBQ for summer months.
A travel cot, high chair and stair gate are available from the property owners on request at the time of booking.
With The Rookery featuring in the beginning of Dickens’ favourite book, Betsey is an ideal base for a regional tour of Dickensian History through Blundeston, Somerleyton, and Great Yarmouth. Step back into British history with a visit to the Somerleyton Estate just two minutes away; set in 5000 acres, Somerleyton Hall is widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain and is open to the public every April to September.
There’s plenty of walks within easy reach, as well as a short one to the village pub. Nearby Lound Lakes is a nature reserve worth a visit to potentially kingfisher, osprey and bittern (when they’re visiting!). Woodland trails at Herringfleet, Corton or Fritton. Beaches at Gorleston, Corton, and Lowestoft are within 10 minutes, or wander from the property down to the Halvergate Marshes and through to Somerleyton and make a day of it, with or without your dog.
Not only is it charming, but Blundeston is a very central village for visiting the Norfolk and Suffolk Coasts and Oulton Broad, the most southern area of open water in the Broads system where there are a range of lovely restaurants and pubs. There is a warm and friendly village pub, The Plough, just 500m away, where you can taste good home cooked food and local ales. Neighbouring Lound and Somerleyton both have good gastro pubs.
Hopton nearby includes leisure resorts and amusement complexes, notably Potters Resort home of World Championship Bowls. Lowestoft, Gorleston and Great Yarmouth are a short drive, and offer everything from sedate museums to the exciting Pleasure Beach, Africa Alive and Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park. Add to that within in little over 30 minutes are Southwold and the Heritage Suffolk Coast or the fine city of Norwich and North Norfolk beyond.
Bookings made within 15 days of travelling discounted by 10%
A well-behaved dog is welcome downstairs and a stair gate is provided to prevent it going upstairs. If you wish to bring a dog it must be mentioned at the time of booking on the booking form and is subject to our conditions of booking.
Sorry, no smoking or unaccompanied teenagers.
Typical of an old building, there are eaves, beams and low doors upstairs so please be careful and the single room has a joist in the middle of it.
Use of the gym equipment and bikes are entirely at your own risk.
Once you have filled out the online booking form, you will be given the option to pay by credit or debit card, or by BACs transfer. A 25% deposit is requested at the time of your booking to secure your booking. The balance and a returnable good housekeeping deposit are due six weeks before your holiday commences. Please click here to see our full terms and conditions of bookinghttp://www.bestofsuffolk.co.uk/terms-and-conditions
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