A RIVERSIDE HOLIDAY COTTAGE IN SUFFOLK IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRYSIDE
Set right on the banks of the River Deben, Boatmans in Letheringham 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, self-catering holiday cottage in Suffolk is traditional in design with quirky modern touches and enjoys superb views of the river and woodland beyond. With an abundance of birdlife and plenty of countryside walks nearby, Boatmans really is a fantastic rural escape.
“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".
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 stove 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. 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.
GROUND FLOOR: From the driveway a path leads up to the patio and the cottage is entered up a step into the conservatory.
CONSERVATORY: 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.
KITCHEN: Steps take you into the country kitchen, which includes an electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge-freezer and breakfast table seating four. The kitchen gets plenty of natural light from windows on either side, one over looking the front garden and the other into the conservatory and river/woodland beyond.
BEDROOM 1: Leading off the kitchen is a single bedroom with a window into the conservatory.
LIVING ROOM: Steps lead to the living room with comfortable soft seating for four, a flat screen TV, DVD/CD player and a cosy multi-fuel fire. A great room to curl up and relax with a book (which also enjoys river/woodland views).
PORCH: The cottage can also be entered from the front door from which a path joins to the quiet country lane. The porch leads through to the living room and includes coat/boot space.
MASTER BEDROOM: 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.
BATHROOM: At the bottom of the stairs is the ample bathroom, with a luxurious full-length bath, large separate power shower, W.C., bidet and hand basin.
“Boatmans was the cleanest and nicest cottage that we have stayed in……..we cannot rate this cottage highly enough, the garden is magnificent and the use of the rowboat a lovely addition"
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.
Boatmans has received our Morris Award for Excellence, this was based upon Customer feedback, examples below:
“This is the best cottage we have ever stayed in. Everything you could wish for is here – and more".
"……in fact we would like to live here!" “We too would love to live here”.
“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 little touch to make your holiday the best it can be. Will be back!!”
A rowing boat is available (life jackets provided).
Fishing is permitted and the catch can include roach, perch, tench, dace, pike, carp and sticklebacks.
"…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!!"
During the summer months, the following are supplied:
– Two sets of tables and chairs (for patio and large private garden) and bench
– Picnic basket and rug
– Sun loungers and sun umbrella upon request
Included with every stay at this riverside holiday cottage in Suffolk 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 Café or 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!
A selection of books, DVDs and games.
All prices at this holiday cottage in Suffolk include 100% cotton bed linen, summer and winter duvets (thin and plump pillows!), towels, heating and electricity. Fuel for the fire is also 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.
There is also a rustic outside shed, available upon request, for storage of items such as bikes and fishing tackle etc.
“…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!!"
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, such places are within a half hour drive.
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.
“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.”
Sorry, no smoking, pets, children under six or unaccompanied teenagers.
Soft furnishings in the photographs are subject to change.
The large private garden is situated along the banks of the river Deben: the hazards of this are at your own risk.
Due to the undulating nature of the location, this holiday cottage in Suffolk would be most enjoyed by those who are physically active.
Some house maintenance activities may be carried out during your stay; however, if this occurs every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.
The CD/DVD player cannot play copies.
There is no dishwasher – each year, a £50 gift voucher from delicatessens Emmett's will be awarded for the best washing up!